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Travel misery for many

as more than a foot of snow falls

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in some parts of the UK.

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Drivers in central

Scotland bore the brunt -

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hundreds were stranded for hours

overnight on the M80 near Glasgow.

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I left Aberdeen at 4:30pm yesterday

afternoon and got stuck here about

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eight o'clock last night.

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Been here ever since.

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Not moved an inch yet.

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Eastern England has been

hit hard overnight.

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Many roads are blocked

and there fears that some

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villages might be cut off.

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I'll be reporting live from the

angel of the North in Gateshead.

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There are currently blizzard

conditions, subzero temperatures and

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an amber warning of more severe

weather ahead.

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Hundreds of schools have stayed

closed in the worst affected areas -

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and a new front is expected to bring

blizzards, and more

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significant travel disruption.

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Also this lunchtime -

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Theresa May is meeting

the European Council

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leader in Downing St,

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ahead of a big

Brexit speech tomorrow.

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British children who were forced

to settle abroad in the 1940s

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and who were abused should be given

financial compensation,

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says a new report.

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And Prince William is to make

the first official visit

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by a member of the Royal

Family to the Occupied

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Palestinian Territories.

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And coming up in the

sport on BBC News -

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the Scottish Rugby Union

says its appalled by the behviour

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of these fans, as England coach

Eddie Jones was physically

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and verbally abused

on a train journey to London.

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Good afternoon and welcome

to the BBC News at One.

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More than 300 drivers have

endured freezing conditions

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stranded in the snow

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on the M80 in central Scotland.

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Some spent as long as 18 hours

stuck in their vehicles,

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after lorries reportedly

slid into each other

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while trying to go uphill.

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The extreme weather also left

drivers stuck for hours

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on roads in Lincolnshire,

where many main roads are blocked,

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and the military has been called

in to help.

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Throughout the UK, there is severe

disruption to transport and travel.

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A second red alert -

the most severe weather warning,

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meaning there's a risk to life -

has been issued for southwest

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England and South Wales

from three o'clock this afternoon.

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The icy blast is expected to last

at least another 48 hours.

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Let's get the latest from Ben Brown

who's in the north east of England.

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We are at the angel of the Northern

Gateshead. It's pretty brutal here

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at the moment. We have had lizard

conditions, subzero temperatures,

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winds of around 40 miles an hour.

There are a few hardy souls on the

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sledgers here, trying to enjoy the

snow. This is the a 617, just off

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the A-1. There are cars going up and

down but we have seen cars stranded

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as well. But nothing as bad as in

Scotland where dozens of drivers

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were stranded overnight for many

hours.

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Catriona Renton reports.

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Gridlock north of Glasgow, a main

route brought to a standstill.

I

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left Aberdeen at 4:30pm yesterday

afternoon and got stuck here about

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eight o'clock last night. I've been

here ever since. Not moved an inch

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yet. Not seen the police but the

Fire Brigade delivered water last

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night. Most of the help has come

from locals, delivering cups of tea

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and copy and blankets. Bottles of

water. About 400 metres from me is a

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motorway bridge where people have

set up a tea and coffee stall for

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anybody needing refreshment.

Conditions were terrible. At its

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height, around 1000 vehicles were

stuck with tailbacks of

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approximately eight miles. At

Glasgow airport, the departures

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board says it all. 200 people spend

the night in the terminal building

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because roads were inaccessible and

hotels fall.

Since Wednesday

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morning, nothing seems to be

happening. They are still not giving

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as an answer as to when the next

flight is or anything like that.

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We've been here since yesterday

afternoon with our six-month-old son

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and our daughter.

Staff say they

will get the airport fully open

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again as soon as it is operationally

safe to do so. But as so many fights

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have been cancelled, it will take

some time to get things back to

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normal. Yesterday afternoon,

conditions in Edinburgh were

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treacherous.

My God!

This footage

was filmed on a dash cam by a van

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driver. The red warning, the highest

level, has now been lifted but much

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of the country is now still on alert

at amber.

Be prepared. A lot of

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people have heeded advice this

morning. Looking at the motorway

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network, it's eerie to see how quiet

it is. People have heeded the

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warning. Thereafter the ball still

out there, I understand there is

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essential travel. Really, if you are

doing that, you are putting yourself

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at risk.

This is the Scottish

Borders. With weather warnings still

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in place, events are being

cancelled, including the Scottish

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Conservative Party conference which

was due to start on Friday in

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Aberdeen. When the weather improves,

it will take time for this deep snow

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to clear.

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We are here in the north-east of

England. There is an amber warning

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this morning, more severe weather

ahead. More heavy snowfalls and

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strong winds. To the south in

Lincolnshire, they have been really

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hard hit. The military have been

drafted in to help move people

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around.

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Britain is battling with some of the

most brutal winter weather for

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years. Not only the so-called beast

from the east but also storm Hanna

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coming up from the south. -- Emma.

Victims have been stranded in

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subzero conditions. Roads like this

one in Norfolk are like ice rinks.

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Drivers ventures out at their peril.

I phoned in to work that I am stuck

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in a drift and I won't be in.

I am

just able to get through in low

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ratio. This is going to be tricky. I

don't know if I have the attraction

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to get through the snow drift.

What

are you going to do?

Go home and

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have a cup of tea. That's the

answer.

In Lincolnshire, police are

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warning people to think carefully

before setting off on any journey.

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It's been a challenge since the

early hours. We've seen significant

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snow drifting, particularly on the

east coast and south of Lincoln.

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Vehicles have been stuck,

predominantly HDVs. But there is a

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problem with high winds.

The

military have been brought in to

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help the NHS staff, hospitals and

patients.

We are coordinating

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drivers and vehicles from RAF

wittering to very essential

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personnel from their home addresses

to where they are required. These

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are primarily health care

individuals but also from the

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emergency services.

Some people in

Lincolnshire were determined to get

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to work, even if it meant walking

for several hours.

I like a

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challenge and I wouldn't be

defeated. I am dedicated and I

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wanted to come and relieve the night

staff that have been here and let

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them go home.

For meteorologists,

this is officially the first day of

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spring. It certainly doesn't feel

anything like it. There is a warning

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that in some parts of the country,

very cold conditions could last well

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into next week. Let's talk more

about that red warning of possible

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danger to life. That's the issue

this afternoon in the south-west and

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south Wales.

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Jon Kay

is in Tiverton in Devon.

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How bad is it there?

A lot of people

woke up and thought it was not that

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bad. Yes, the grand Western Canal

here in Tiverton has frozen but life

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has been going on. Then that red

warning around breakfast time. Still

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people thought, we can get around.

But let's be clear. This red alert

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warning doesn't become active until

three o'clock this afternoon. In a

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couple of hours. That is when large

amounts of really heavy snow are due

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to start falling, plus the high

winds from storm Emma. We are

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talking blizzard conditions,

drifting, not just in the moat,

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rural communities but some of the

main routes as well. People are

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being warned, you might have thought

earlier

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earlier it was OK but it's going to

get nasty, right through that red

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strip. It's not going to blow

through quickly. It's going to stick

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around for 48 hours or so. People

have been stocking up at

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supermarkets for the last few hours

and the headline is to take action.

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You are warned to stay in, stay warm

and stay put if you can.

Thank you.

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Let's go to Victoria Fritz our

transport correspondent at

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Paddington station. What is the

situation there?

To make matters

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worse, Paddington station actually

closed because it was snowing inside

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the terminus building itself. It has

now reopened but services are

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incredibly limited. There is just

one train going to Bristol at the

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moment. There has been about two

trains in the last three hours

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trying to get to Heathrow. A very

limited service indeed. The trains

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that are running our very busy and

the platforms are packed, waiting

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for that one train heading west. If

you are trying to get into London,

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the high-speed services as stopping

at Reading. For the services that

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have been cancelled, great Western

Railway say they are not putting on

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buses or taxes because road

conditions are too dangerous to use

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alternative forms of transport.

There is a warning that has just

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come out in the last half hour for

people in Wales. They are told these

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go home as soon as possible. There

is plenty more transport disruption

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to come.

Victoria, thank you.

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to come.

Victoria, thank you. Also

to John Kay at Tiverton.

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to John Kay at Tiverton. Around the

country, not surprisingly, record

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supplies of gas are being used as

people try to keep warm.

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National Grid has warned that it

might not have enough gas to meet

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the UK's needs and has asked

suppliers to provide more.

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Demand for gas hit a six-year high

yesterday, and large industrial

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users are being asked to cut back.

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Our Business Editor

Simon Jack is here.

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Cold weather has increased demand

but why is it critical?

A surge in

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demand, 30% higher than usual as

people keep their heating on. That

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is twinned with a cut in supply from

Norway, from South Hook and from gas

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plants here. Supplies have been cut.

Demand up, supply down. It has led

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to a warning that demand could

outstrip supply. That when you turn

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on your heating or cooker that it's

not going to work? It doesn't but it

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has set in motion a number of

measures to try and balance demand.

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That includes national grid going to

heavy users and asking them to use

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less. Some have agreed to do that.

They hope it will bring things back

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into kilter. Domestic use is not

affected but industrial users are

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affected. It is a test of the

measures put in place to try and

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equalise supply and demand. Of

course, it will raise questions

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about long-term investment in

Britain's gas supplies.

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We'll have more on the big freeze

and a full weather forecast

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at the end of the programme.

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And you can keep up to date

with the weather and travel

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situation wherever you are,

by visiting the BBC News Live page,

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that's at bbc.co.uk/news

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You can also get live updates

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The time is 30 minutes past one.

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Our top story this lunchtime.

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Travel misery as a foot of snow

falls in some parts of the UK.

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Hundreds stranded on the M 80 in

Scotland. And the new coach of

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England's women's football team Phil

Neville has his first competitive

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match this evening.

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Coming up in sport, world

heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder

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says the sport has a huge problem

with doping head of a world title

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fight with Cuban Luis Ortiz.

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Theresa May is holding talks

on Brexit in Downing Street

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with the President of

the European Council, Donald Tusk -

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after he warned that trade

restrictions with the EU will be

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inevitable if Britain leaves

the single market and customs union.

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The former Prime Minister Tony Blair

has criticised Theresa May's Brexit

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plan, saying that the fundamental

dilemma remains avoiding

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a hard Irish border.

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Our political correspondent

Jonathan Blake reports.

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Taking precautions

to avoid any slip-ups.

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Cabinet ministers carefully

made their way into Downing

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Street this morning.

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Inside, Theresa May asked them

to agree to her latest

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big pitch on Brexit.

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A speech tomorrow setting out

what Downing Street has called

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an ambitious economic partnership.

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Before then, this man will have

lunch at Number Ten.

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Donald Tusk, as President

of the European Council, represents

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the 27 remaining member states.

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This morning, a challenge

to the Prime Minister

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on the question of Northern Ireland

and a defence of EU's so-called

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backstop option that it

could in effect remain part

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of the customs union.

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Until now no one has come up

with anything wiser than that.

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In a few hours I will be asking

in London whether the UK Government

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has a better idea that would be

as effective in preventing a hard

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border between Ireland

and Northern Ireland.

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The Brexit process is now well

in motion, but those against it

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are still keen to stop it.

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Tony Blair, the second former

Prime Minister in as many days,

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to put forward his ideas.

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The first is that the British people

start to understand this is a very

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costly and complex process,

much more so than we realised.

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Secondly, I think we have to show

people who voted leave

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there are different ways of dealing

with their anxieties, but the third

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thing is to say to Europe,

Brexit may be bad for Britain,

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it's bad for Europe,

it's going to diminish Europe,

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it's going to weaken it politically.

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That kind of talk exasperates those

who want the government to get

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on with delivering our

departure from the EU.

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The fundamental problem is two

ex-prime ministers simply cannot

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accept a democratic vote.

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It beats me if they

were ever democrats.

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Leaving Cabinet this morning

Boris Johnson appeared confident.

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Can you sell this deal to the EU?

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The government maintains a solution

can be found to the Northern Ireland

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border issue and in the end a good

deal done with Brussels.

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Expect some details tomorrow.

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For now, plenty to

discuss over lunch.

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Jonathan Blake, BBC News.

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Our assistant political editor

Norman Smith is at Downing Street.

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What sort of reception do you think

Donald Tusk is likely to be getting?

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I think he will get a pretty frosty

reception, not just because of the

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freezing weather but because

relations, you sense, have cooled

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between Brussels and London, with a

marked hardening of attitudes and

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language over recent days, with that

war of words yesterday over

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Brussels' proposals for the Northern

Ireland border. And this morning you

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sense Mr Tusk almost upping the

ante, saying before he got on the

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train to come here that there was no

prospect of Mrs May getting a

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frictionless trade deal so long as

we were intent on leaving the single

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market and the customs union, and

demanding Mrs May set out her plans

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for Northern Ireland and insisting

that EU leaders would not put

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pressure on their negotiators, they

were fully behind them. You get the

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feeling the pressure is really being

ratcheted up on Mrs May, was also at

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the same time big noise Cup

Remainers piling in, today, Tony

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Blair, Jeremy Corbyn at the start of

the week shifting Labour's position

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to maximise remain support. Tomorrow

is Mrs May's pushback moment when

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she delivers that long-awaited

speech setting out her vision for

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the sort of Brexit deal she wants to

secure. But it is for Mrs May D-Day,

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Detail Day. She's got to spell out

the sort of detail is central to her

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deal if she's to fend off her

critics.

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The Independent Inquiry

into Child Sexual Abuse has urged

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the government to pay compensation

within 12 months to all surviving

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child migrants forced

abroad in the years

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after the second world war.

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Its report says the sending away

of British children from poor

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backgrounds was "indefensible"

and entirely wrong.

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Around 4000 children

were sent to Australia,

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Canada and elsewhere.

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Some were sexually

and physically abused.

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Our home affairs correspondent

Tom Symonds is in Central London,

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where the report has

just been published.

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This report, which is damning, is

the first time that the British

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government has been directly blamed

for that programme of child

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migrations, a programme that's been

described today as child

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trafficking. We are talking about

British children here in the years

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following the Second World War, 2000

of those 4000 are still alive and

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this report says that that continued

because successive governments,

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right up to 1970, put politics

before child protection.

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They have been called

Britain's lost children.

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At the end of their lives,

they are still blighted by the

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horrors they faced when very young.

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The liner arrives at Fremantle

from Great Britain with 931 new

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migrants...

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Many were in care when sent

in the post-war years to live

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abroad, as they were told,

in the sunshine.

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But some ended up

in places like this

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the Boys School

in Western Australia.

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The enquiry was told it was run

by paedophiles who used their

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position to inflict vicious abuse.

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We were 60 miles from Perth.

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We had no parents,

we had no relatives and

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there was nowhere we could go.

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These brothers, these paedophiles,

must have felt they were in heaven.

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The child abuse enquiry's verdict

today, the migrant scheme should

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never have happened. Successive

governments failed to end it and

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surviving victims should be paid

compensation within 12 months. The

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evidence of what went on has been in

the National Archives ever since but

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was never fully considered in this

country until this enquiry. Because

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of that, many of the lost children

have not lived to see this day, when

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finally the scale of their suffering

has been recognised. At the other

0:21:250:21:30

side of Westminster the Child

Migrants Trust is giving its

0:21:300:21:32

reaction right now to this report,

but what it says is that finally the

0:21:320:21:37

government is having a finger

pointed directly at it and it will

0:21:370:21:40

be now for the government to decide

how much every single one of those

0:21:400:21:44

child migrants is paid. This report

says they should get a flat payment

0:21:440:21:48

in compensation, regardless of any

suffering they experienced over the

0:21:480:21:54

years, but crucially that it must be

paid quickly, because these are

0:21:540:21:57

people that are nearing the end of

their lives and they do want to see

0:21:570:22:01

justice before those lives are over.

0:22:010:22:05

The government has abandoned

the second part of the Leveson

0:22:050:22:08

Inquiry into press standards

and regulation, saying it would be

0:22:080:22:10

too "costly and time-consuming".

0:22:100:22:11

It was due to look into unlawful

activity within media organisations.

0:22:110:22:14

Our media correspondent

David Sillito is with me.

0:22:140:22:20

Tell us more about why this has been

ditched.

Remember the Leveson

0:22:200:22:25

Inquiry, 2012, a huge investigation

into malpractice within the

0:22:250:22:29

newspapers. However, there was a

second part to it, looking at

0:22:290:22:33

illegality, looking at police

corruption, that they couldn't look

0:22:330:22:38

at at the time, even though the

government said it was definitely

0:22:380:22:41

going to do it because of all the

legal action that was taking place.

0:22:410:22:44

That legal action came to an end and

now the government has said, no, it

0:22:440:22:50

won't actually do part two, looking

at all office. Matt Hancock, the

0:22:500:22:54

Culture Secretary, says it is not

proportionate, not in the national

0:22:540:22:58

interest, essentially newspapers

have got their house in order, a new

0:22:580:23:01

form of regulation and that police

practices have changed. Also there's

0:23:010:23:05

the other element of this, section

40, which is essentially the stick

0:23:050:23:12

forcing the newspapers to sign up to

formally regulator. The newspapers

0:23:120:23:18

really didn't want to do this, they

haven't signed up to any formal

0:23:180:23:23

regulator and this was supposedly to

encourage them by giving them

0:23:230:23:29

penalties within the libel courts.

Now, this is going to be scrapped at

0:23:290:23:33

the earliest possible opportunity,

because they said the newspaper

0:23:330:23:37

industry, newspapers, couldn't face

these costs if they were ever in

0:23:370:23:42

that situation. So two elements and

Labour said this is a breach of

0:23:420:23:46

promise to the victims and simply

the government has been waiting for

0:23:460:23:50

the wind to change to make this

announcement.

Thank you.

0:23:500:23:54

A former Royal Marine has been

jailed for a minimum of 28 years

0:23:540:23:57

for murdering an 83-year-old

dog-walker in Norfolk last year.

0:23:570:23:59

Peter Wrighton was stabbed 45 times

before his body was dumped

0:23:590:24:02

in undergrowth near East Harling.

0:24:020:24:04

Alexander Palmer had previously told

mental health professionals

0:24:040:24:07

that he wanted to kill a stranger.

0:24:070:24:09

He was given a life sentence

at Nottingham Crown Court today.

0:24:090:24:15

Walmart has become the second big

retailer in the United States

0:24:150:24:18

to restrict the sale of guns.

0:24:180:24:19

The company said it was acting

in "the light of recent events" -

0:24:190:24:23

a reference to the shooting

at a school in Florida that has led

0:24:230:24:26

to growing demands for tougher

controls on firearms.

0:24:260:24:30

Walmart says it will not sell

weapons and ammunition to people

0:24:300:24:32

under 21, which follows a similar

decision by another

0:24:320:24:35

chain store, Dick's.

0:24:350:24:40

One of President Trump's closest

aides - his director

0:24:400:24:42

of communications, Hope Hicks -

has announced that she's resigning.

0:24:420:24:44

Her departure comes just a day

after she appeared before

0:24:440:24:47

a congressional committee

and admitted telling "white

0:24:470:24:49

lies" for Donald Trump.

0:24:490:24:52

Hope Hicks was Mr Trump's longest

serving political aide.

0:24:520:24:58

He will now be looking for his fifth

White House communications chief -

0:24:580:25:05

Prince William is to make

an historic official trip to Israel,

0:25:050:25:08

Jordan and the occupied Palestinian

territories this summer.

0:25:080:25:10

It's the first time an official

visit has been made

0:25:100:25:12

to the territories by a member

of the British royal family.

0:25:120:25:15

Our royal correspondent

Nicholas Witchell is with me.

0:25:150:25:22

How significant is this?

It is

significant, yes, sensitive, yes,

0:25:220:25:27

further evidence that William is

taking on these most important

0:25:270:25:30

responsibilities within the royal

family. It will be the first

0:25:300:25:33

official visit by a member of the

Royal family to the occupied

0:25:330:25:37

Palestinian territories. The Queen

has never visited Israel. The Prince

0:25:370:25:41

of Wales has been there to attend

funerals, but he's never made an

0:25:410:25:45

official visit as such, so this will

be the first official visit via very

0:25:450:25:51

senior member of the British Royal

family to Israel. It's therefore

0:25:510:25:55

significant and I think it's been

carefully judged that it should be

0:25:550:25:58

William and not his father making

the visit. All of course decided by

0:25:580:26:03

the Foreign Office, the Foreign

Office Minister has said this

0:26:030:26:05

morning that it will be an important

opportunity to promote diplomatic

0:26:050:26:07

and cultural ties. Welcomed by

Israel's president, he's linking it

0:26:070:26:13

to Israel's 70th anniversary of

independence, he's called it a very

0:26:130:26:18

special present. When will it take

place? It will also include Jordan

0:26:180:26:22

and Kensington Palace is saying in

the summer.

Thank you.

0:26:220:26:29

Phil Neville, the new coach

of the England women's football

0:26:290:26:32

team, has his first competitive game

tonight, as his side takes on France

0:26:320:26:35

in the She Believes Cup -

being hosted by the US.

0:26:350:26:38

In a BBC interview, Neville says

he feels there are "probably people

0:26:380:26:41

His appointment in January

was criticised because of his lack

0:26:410:26:43

of coaching and women's football

experience.

0:26:430:26:44

Jo Currie reports.

0:26:440:26:46

From international player

to international head coach.

0:26:460:26:47

Tonight, Phil Neville will take his

seat on the bench for the first time

0:26:470:26:51

as England women's manager.

0:26:510:26:52

His appointment was controversial.

0:26:520:26:55

Critics said he lacked

coaching experience,

0:26:550:26:57

had never worked in the women's game

before, and he was forced

0:26:570:27:00

to apologise for sexist tweets

on his first day in the job.

0:27:000:27:03

However, Neville insists he's

the right man to lead the Lionesses.

0:27:030:27:07

It's about getting results

on the field, and yes,

0:27:070:27:09

it will take a little bit of time,

but like I say, there's

0:27:090:27:12

a thirst for learning.

0:27:120:27:14

Wins buy you time to implement more,

and I think this tournament gives us

0:27:140:27:18

a great, great opportunity to win

games of football against the best

0:27:180:27:22

teams in the world.

0:27:220:27:24

The She Believes Cup represents

a real baptism of fire for Neville.

0:27:240:27:28

After tonight's match

against France, they then take

0:27:280:27:31

on the top two teams in the world -

Germany and then the USA.

0:27:310:27:35

Somebody who knows just how tough

that's going to be is former England

0:27:350:27:38

captain Casey Stoney,

who recently retired to take

0:27:380:27:40

up a coaching position

on Neville's backroom staff.

0:27:400:27:44

He's very driven, he's very focused,

but he's also quite relaxed.

0:27:440:27:50

He's a relaxed guy,

he's easy to talk to,

0:27:500:27:52

and he's very keen on getting

to know the players.

0:27:520:27:55

Neville insists he shouldn't be

judged on just this one tournament

0:27:550:27:58

and says that whilst there are those

that would like to see him fail,

0:27:580:28:02

he can handle the pressure

of being an international manager.

0:28:020:28:06

You can look at it two ways -

you can say, wow, three

0:28:060:28:09

massively difficult games,

or it's an opportunity

0:28:090:28:10

to make an instant impact,

and that's the way I'm

0:28:100:28:13

looking at it.

0:28:130:28:15

This is the third year England have

taken part in the She Believes Cup.

0:28:150:28:18

They've only ever won game

at the tournament, an historic win

0:28:180:28:22

against the USA in 2017.

0:28:220:28:24

This time around though,

all eyes will not be just on how

0:28:240:28:27

the Lionesses perform,

but also how their

0:28:270:28:29

new boss does, too.

0:28:290:28:30

Jo Currie, BBC News, Ohio.

0:28:300:28:34

More now on our main story.

0:28:340:28:36

Our correspondent Duncan Kennedy has

been finding out about the problems

0:28:360:28:38

facing the elderly in this

terrible winter weather.

0:28:380:28:44

As you can see here in Dorchester

the snow is really coming down now

0:28:480:28:52

and it's freezing cold, which is why

helping the elderly is so important,

0:28:520:28:56

particularly with things like meals

and meals on wheels. Patrick is from

0:28:560:29:01

St Jude's care, delivering meals,

about 300 today?

About 300.

You have

0:29:010:29:08

one for Bill.

I have one for Bill,

ready to go in.

Where delivering to

0:29:080:29:14

74-year-old Bill Barton.

Morning,

Bill, St Jude's here.

We come to his

0:29:140:29:21

lovely warm flat. Hello, Bill, thank

you for letting us in. Bill is

0:29:210:29:25

getting meals on wheels and an

important time of the day for you,

0:29:250:29:29

because this is extremely important

to get this food?

Yes.

Why is it

0:29:290:29:35

important?

Because of the bad

weather we're at the moment.

Why is

0:29:350:29:39

it important to get a hot meal? What

have we got today, Patrick?

It's

0:29:390:29:45

chicken in chicken and mushroom

sauce, with mashed potatoes and

0:29:450:29:49

things.

Why is it important to have

a hot meal? Because of the warmth?

0:29:490:29:58

Yeah.

If you didn't get that, what

would you have to do?

Cook it

0:29:580:30:03

myself, in the microwave.

How

difficult would that be?

Very

0:30:030:30:08

difficult at times will stop

how

important is it, Bill, to get

0:30:080:30:14

company from people like Patrick?

Well, if I didn't have anybody

0:30:140:30:19

coming, like Patrick, I wouldn't

have anybody to talk to, only if I

0:30:190:30:26

phoned my relations will stop

how

often do you see people during the

0:30:260:30:31

day? If Patrick didn't come, would

you see anybody?

Yes, one of my

0:30:310:30:37

carers. Am I allowed to mention

their name?

0:30:370:30:45

their name?

Thank you, we won't

interrupt your warm meal. It's

0:30:450:30:47

throwing it down with snow here the

bill is one of 300 or so people in

0:30:470:30:53

this area going to get a hot meal

over the next hour or so and as you

0:30:530:30:58

can tell it's very welcome indeed.

Thank you, and Bill as well. What

0:30:580:31:03

more does the weather have in store?

Here's Louise Lear.

0:31:030:31:10

We haven't seen a red warning for

snow since 2013 and we had two in

0:31:100:31:16

consecutive days. Today, it's

brought Southwest Wales and

0:31:160:31:19

south-west England as well and in

actual fact, if we look at the snow

0:31:190:31:24

radar if this clump of snow that's

going to be moving up through the

0:31:240:31:27

Channel Isles that will cause the

issues. We've got a rash of snow

0:31:270:31:31

showers piling into eastern Scotland

but it's not as bad as it was

0:31:310:31:35

yesterday. We've lost the red

warning, take action. We still got

0:31:350:31:39

amber warnings in force for East of

Scotland, be prepared for further

0:31:390:31:43

disruption. The same for north-east

England and Northern Ireland. Down

0:31:430:31:46

into the south-west we have another

red warning, this means take action.

0:31:460:31:52

We are looking at severe weather for

the end of the day, blizzard like

0:31:520:31:56

conditions here. We will widely see

as much as 20 and two metres of

0:31:560:32:00

falling snow and we could see more,

30-40 centimetres to higher ground.

0:32:000:32:04

It will be awful out there and with

strong gusty winds it will blow the

0:32:040:32:09

snow around. It will move through

Wales and into Northern Ireland

0:32:090:32:12

through the evening and overnight,

towards midnight, we still have

0:32:120:32:15

those snow showers across eastern

Scotland will stop not as heavy or

0:32:150:32:19

as frequent as yesterday, but still

a nuisance and still there.

0:32:190:32:23

Elsewhere, under the bitterly cold

night. Again, temperatures falling

0:32:230:32:26

below quite widely. -- falling below

freezing. A miserable start to

0:32:260:32:34

Friday morning and although the snow

will start to ease away across

0:32:340:32:37

southern island don't be fooled.

There is another pulse of snow

0:32:370:32:41

circulating around the area of low

pressure that will moving across

0:32:410:32:44

Southern counties into South

Midlands and maybe south Wales as

0:32:440:32:47

well. We keep the snow showers into

eastern Scotland, sandwiched in

0:32:470:32:52

between the two something drier and

brighter, but still the cold

0:32:520:32:56

easterly wind making it feel quite

more out there. Factor in the wind,

0:32:560:33:00

we will see a gain a significant

wind-chill and it will feel below

0:33:000:33:03

freezing if you are out and about.

It looks as though Friday will be

0:33:030:33:07

the last bitterly cold day. We had

this Beast from the east all week

0:33:070:33:13

but as Emma comes up from the

south-west you will start to see

0:33:130:33:16

something less cold,

0:33:160:33:23

something less cold, lighter blue

starts to nibble away across

0:33:230:33:24

Northern Ireland, England and Wales.

The real cold air sits across

0:33:240:33:27

eastern Scotland. As we head into

the weekend it's still going to be

0:33:270:33:29

cold, but little less cold across

much of England and Wales Cricket

0:33:290:33:33

but however any precipitation we

still see over the weekend could

0:33:330:33:37

still fall as snow.

0:33:370:33:38

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