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The Home Secretary
says more is now known
about the substance used
in the suspected poisoning
of a Russian spy.
-- former Russian spy.
Sergei Skripal and his daughter
remain critically ill,
after collapsing in Salisbury.
as ministers move to
reassure local people.
I want to make sure that this
investigation response to evidence,
not to rumour, but I can reassure
the public that all action will be
taken to keep everybody safe.
We'll have the latest
on the continuing investigation.
Also this lunchtime...
The President of the EU says a free
trade agreement will have to be put
into place after Brexit -
and says the UK's position will have
"negative economic consequences."
A pick and mix approach for a
nonmember State is out of the
question. We are not going to
sacrifice these principles. It is
simply not in our interest.
Saudi's Crown Prince arrives
in the UK on a three-day visit
for talks with ministers and lunch
with the Queen - but
protests are expected.
A clamp-down on the extra fees
charged by secondary ticket websites
- they must now be upfront
about the full price
of all purchases.
And why pine martens could be
the key to the recovery
of the endangered red squirrel
population in the UK.
And coming up in the
sport on BBC News...
It's all to play for in the final
after New Zealand beat England
by five wickets to level
the series in Dunedin.
Good afternoon and welcome
to the BBC News At One.
The Home Secretary, Amber Rudd,
has said more is now known
about the substance involved
in the suspected poisoning
of a former Russian
spy and his daughter.
The Home Secretary says
the police will reveal more
details later today,
and insists the investigation must
respond to evidence, not rumour.
Sergei Skripal and his daughter
Yulia remain critically ill in
hospital in Salisbury in Wiltshire,
after collapsing on Sunday.
Richard Galpin reports.
With the former Russian intelligence
officer Sergei Skripal and his
daughter Yulia still fighting
for their lives in hospital,
counterterrorism police are now
running the investigation.
And they want any witnesses to come
forward with information. For
example, at the restaurant where the
Skripals eight not long before they
collapsed on a bench in the city
centre. Today, another sign of how
seriously this incident is being
Good morning. You attending
Senior ministers and
intelligence officials holding a
meeting at the Government's
emergency response committee called
Cobra. And afterwards, the Home
Secretary announced they had been
progress in the investigation into
what had made to the Skripals so ill
We do know more about
the substance and the police will be
making a further substance this
afternoon in order to share some of
that. We must let the police carry
on their work. They will share what
they come this afternoon and I'm
sure there will be more updates as
the investigation continues.
Scientists at the Government's
research laboratories at Porton down
near Salisbury have been examining
samples to try to work out exactly
what substance was involved but
despite suspicions, -- suspicions
that Russia might be behind what has
happened, there are warnings against
jumping to conclusions.
We need to
bear in mind that the police need to
look at all avenues, it is not just
a case of deciding that this is a
Russian state incident. This could
be someone else and it is quite
possible that someone else has done
this so it is really important that
we keep an open mind as police
In Moscow there is growing
anger at the way the British media
has been reporting the incident.
These people have been
used by the foreign media for an
anti-Russian campaign. It is a
traditional campaign. The tradition
is to make things up. We can only
see it as a provocation.
several key locations in Salisbury
remain cordoned off by the police.
It has now been revealed that an
ambulance station outside the city
has also been sealed off. There are
reports of a fire engine being used
to hose down the ambulance which
took the Skripals to hospital.
Richard Galpin, BBC News.
In a moment we'll get the latest
from our correspondent
Sarah Rainsford in Moscow,
but first let's speak
to Leila Nathoo in Salisbury.
Brings us right up to date with this
We know that
scientists at the UK's military
research facility have been
analysing that substance that
surrogate and Yulia Skripal were
exposed to and we heard from the
Home Secretary, Amber Rudd after she
chaired that high level emergency
committee this morning that now do
know more about it and we are
expecting an update from police
later this afternoon. We know it is
counterterror police who are now
leading this inquiry. They are
appealing for anyone who was in
Salisbury city centre on Sunday
afternoon from 1:30pm, when they
believe Sergei Skripal and Yulia and
the city centre. They are appealing
for anyone who was around at that
time to come forward with any they
have. In the last 15 minutes there
has been a flurry of activity near
arrest that has been cordoned off,
just behind me, and that has now
been renewed. There is police and
ambulances coming to the scene. We
don't yet know what that means but
we are expecting to hear more from
the police later this afternoon and,
as the Home Secretary said, it is
likely to be a lengthy
Thanks for now. Let's
get the latest from Moscow. We heard
about the anger from Moscow in
Richard's report did not tell us
more about what is being said where
That is the strongest
reaction we have had so far from
Moscow, coming from the foreign
ministry, the spokesperson there,
who has described the accusations
and half accusations coming from the
UK as utterly groundless. She has
taught about baseless accusations
and says this incident is being
exploited as part of what she sees
as a deliberate campaign to damage
relations between the West more
broadly and Russia are. She was very
critical of the Western media,
saying that this is being whipped up
and is an anti-Russian campaign, and
just speculation, and she was
talking about the need for an open
investigation into what happened and
for Russia to be involved with that.
She said Russia was willing and open
to cooperation, in fact very keen to
co-operate with any inquiry. Another
interesting point from here in
Russia is how the media here has
been covering what is going on and
the extraordinary thing is that
there has been almost no mention in
the very powerful, influential
state-run media here. The three key
TV channels have not mentioned a
word and the only discussion in some
newspapers has been to suggest that
this is some kind of anti-Russian
campaign being conducted in the UK
and there is no basis for the
you. Sarah Raynsford and Leila
In the past hour, the President
of the EU, Donald Tusk, has been
giving more details about ties
with Britain after Brexit.
He says a free trade arrangement
is the only workable option -
and that there could be
an arrangement resembling the one
that Brussels has with Canada.
Adam Fleming is in Luxembourg.
Tell us more about what Donald Tusk
has been outlining.
Well, Donald Tusk is the man who
chairs the summits of EU leaders and
there is going to be one of those in
a couple of weeks, where they will
sign off on their blueprint for the
next phase of Brexit talks, which is
all about negotiating the shape of
the future relationship with the UK
after Brexit and the message from
Donald Tusk here today was that with
the current UK redlines, the best he
could offer would be a partnership
on security, defence, aviation and
on trade the best would be a free
trade agreement. He explained what
Our agreement will not make trade
between the UK and the EU
frictioness or smoother.
It will make it more complicated
and costly for all of us.
This is the essence of Brexit.
A pick and mix approach for a
nonmember State is out of the
question. We are not going to
sacrifice these principles. That is
simply not in our interest.
Brexit watchers, lots of this will
not come as a surprise because it is
the sort of thing the EU has been
saying for weeks and weeks when they
have looked at what the British want
but I thought it was interesting
when I spoke to Donald Tusk at news
conference, when I asked him, does
this come anything close to what the
prime minister asked for in her
mansion house speech on Friday? He
gave an incredibly long pause, which
suggests he knows that it isn't. I
think what will
think what will probably be shopping
for some people is seeing it written
down in text form saying, this is
what is going to happen, and reading
the warning circulating in the
document by the EU today that this
will have serious economic
consequences for Britain. But if you
read the small print, there was a
section of the document that says
that other options are on the table
if the UK is willing to reconsider
its redlines. That is the EU saying
to the UK, if you are prepared to
make some big compromises, we are
prepared to make some big
Let's get reaction to all of that.
Our assistant political editor,
Norman Smith, is following
everything at Westminster. That is
fascinating about the redlines.
It is because while at first glance
this looks like a bucket of cold
water being poured over Mrs May,
with the EU rejecting, rebirthing or
ignoring all the sort of emollient
language and compromises offered by
Mrs May last week suggesting that we
could stay in some EU agencies, we
would be happy to pay and observe EU
standards, we would stick by some EU
rules and there would be no race to
the bottom. That has all been
rejected and at first glance, you
say that looks like a blow to the
solar plexus for Mrs May. Talking to
Downing Street folk, they say that
this is only a draft text, it is
early days, we hope the EU will
respond more imaginatively and
creatively, and they're great hope
is that EU leaders in individual
European capitals will be much more
receptive to the sort of hand of
friendship being reached out by Mrs
May and will be much more willing to
do a deal. Why? Self-interest,
because they do an awful lot of
trade with Britain and they do not
want to lose that. Britain is also a
huge contributor in terms of
European security and, crucially,
hard cash. We have offered up to £39
billion but we are not handing over
the money unless we get that deal.
One other thing that may comfort
Number Ten from this response is
that one consequence of Mrs May's
speech was to begin to bind the Tory
party together. I wonder if this
very tough language from the EU will
further solidify Tory support behind
Mrs May, if they think the EU is
trying to push her around.
Norman, thank you.
We'll hear more about
what the Government wants
for the UK financial sector
after Brexit when the
Chancellor gives a speech
in London this afternoon.
Our economics editor
Kamal Ahmed is here.
An important part of the economy, of
Absolutely, so a big issue
for us these Brexit negotiations
will be financial services. They
employ over 2 million people across
the UK, not just in London, and we
have a trade surplus with the EU
with about £20 billion a year so,
for us, it is a very important part
of the Brexit negotiation. Philip
Hammond this afternoon is likely to
say that any free-trade deal should
include a good deal on financial
services, maintaining access between
the EU and Britain. So far, the
European commission has been pretty
negative on this idea. Michel
Barnier, the chief Brexit negotiator
for the commission, has said there
has never been a free-trade deal
including financial services done by
the EU with a third country, which
is what we will be. Butternut Donald
Tusk press conference we have just
seen that Norman was talking about,
he did say that a free-trade deal
would look at all areas, including
services. So there could be a slight
opening for a negotiation. This is a
negotiation. Philip Hammond will set
out one stall, close alignment, the
European Union are going to say that
that will be really difficult.
Somewhere in the middle, I am sure,
there will be a way of organising it
so that the deal me, yes, be more
difficult in terms of the
relationship between the EU and
Britain, but it won't be a complete
brick wall between the two sites.
Ahmed, thank you very much.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince,
Mohammed Bin Salman,
is having lunch with the Queen
at the start of a three-day visit
to the UK, during which he's also
scheduled to have dinner
with the Prince of Wales,
and talks with the Prime Minister
about trade and security.
But campaigners are planning
protests - highlighting
Saudi Arabia's human rights record,
and its role in the war in Yemen.
Here's our security
correspondent Frank Gardner.
Touching down in Britain last night,
Saudi TV showed Brown crisper
hammered Bilson man being greeted by
Boris Johnson and others. -- Crown
Prince Mohammed bin Salman. A lavish
public relations campaign has
alerted Londoners to his visit. But
so too has this, anti-war protesters
say the Prince has blood on his
hands for Saudi led air strikes in
Yemen. They want the Government to
stop defence sales to Saudi Arabia.
Defence and security contracts
dominate trade with the UK. They are
worth billions of pounds and employ
thousands of Britons but in
neighbouring Yemen, Saudi led air
strikes on who the rebels have been
blamed for mounting civilian
casualties, which prompted a
question in Parliament this morning
over whether with a poor human
rights record, Saudi Arabia is a
As she makes her arms
sales pitch, will see also call the
Crown prince to stop the shocking
abuse of human rights in Saudi
The link that we have with
Saudi Arabia is historic, it is an
important want it I will be raising
concerns about human rights with the
Crown prince when I meet him.
home, the Crown Prince is rapidly
modernising his country. He has
lifted the ban on women driving from
June. Cinemas public entertainment
are being reintroduced and a new
mega city built. He is also aiming
to diversify the economy away from
oil, which means attracting British
investment. And with Brexit looming,
the Government here is looking to
boost its with it biggest trading
partner. The Crown Prince is no
democratic top slot at 200 prominent
Saudis in this hotel last year,
accusing them of corruption. His
critics say beheadings have
increased since he rose to power and
his ethics are worrying some foreign
investors. The Crown Prince is a man
in a hurry, as he sits down for
lunch with the Queen today, and his
message is that a new modern Saudi
Arabia is open for business. But
this relationship will always be a
controversial one. Frank Gardner,
Correspondent James Robbins
is at Buckingham Palace.
And the Crown Prince is now bear. He
is, he's having lunch now with the
Queen and it is a mark of the
seriousness which the government
applies to this visit and this
relationship that he is having lunch
with the Queen and dinner later on
with the heiress to the throne,
Prince Charles and Prince William
put up an indication of the fact
that this is everything short of a
state visit. The Tories may have
been cleared this is a controversial
visit, strongly opposed to many. She
and the government take the view
they think it is vital that the UK
maintains its long-standing
lectureship with Saudi Arabia in
spite of all the criticism. So for
instance we can expect the Crown
Prince to receive a detailed
briefing on security from senior
officials on the National Security
Council, but the UK said Saudi
Arabia through its security
cooperation with UK helps to keep us
safe. I think we can expect some new
trade deals unveiled by the Crown
Prince is in London. The UK says it
wants to broaden trade but would
like to see diversification away
from the huge emphasis on arms sales
which is so controversial. So I
think you may see deals perhaps
selling some educational and health
care services to Saudi Arabia,
perhaps a private school opening
shortly in the kingdom. But it
remains a difficult and
controversial path that the
government is steering.
Our top story this lunchtime.
The Home Secretary says more is now
known about the substance
used in the suspected poisoning
of a Russian spy and his
daughter, in Salisbury.
How a police officer
in the Westminster Bridge attack
will finally be heading home -
thanks to an army of volunteers.
Coming up in sport.
We build up to a huge
Champions League night
at Wembley for Tottenham,
with last year's finalists Juventus
standing in their way of a place
in the quarter finals.
A teenager has gone on trial
accused of planting a bomb
on a London underground train last
30 people were hurt
in the incident during rush hour
at Parsons Green station.
18-year-old Ahmed Hassan,
from Sunbury in Surrey,
denies attempted murder and causing
an explosion likely
to endanger life.
Our Home Affairs Correspondent
June Kelly is following
the trial at the Old Bailey.
I'm sure people not just in London
but around the country will remember
a major security alert on the cheap
in London last September. Today the
Old Bailey was told a tragedy was
only averted because the device
involved failed to fully go off.
An autumn morning in the rush-hour
and there an emergency
on an underground train in west
Today the Old Bailey heard how last
September an improvised explosive
device partially detonated
on a District line train.
It had just pulled into
Parsons Green station.
This partial explosion created
a large fireball in the carriage.
There were around 93 passengers
in the carriage, the court was told,
some were caught by the flames
and sustained significant burns.
Today the teenager on trial
for the attack was brought to court
to face charges of attempted murder
and causing an explosion
likely to endanger life.
18-year-old Ahmed Hassan,
an asylum seeker from Iraq,
is pleading not guilty.
At the time of his arrest he had
been living with foster parents.
Opening the case,
the prosecutor Alison Morgan
said of the passengers,
many ran in fear and panic.
They were fortunate.
Had the device fully detonated
it is inevitable that serious injury
and significant damage would have
been caused within the carriage.
Those in close proximity to the
device may well have been killed.
The jury heard that Ahmed Hassan had
left the device in a bucket.
It was said to be loaded
with shrapnel to cause
maximum harm and carnage.
And he had used the explosive DHCP.
The device was fitted with a timer.
Ahmed Hassan had got off
the train one station before.
He was arrested 24 hours later.
Well Ahmed Hassan was actually
arrested in Dover. The jury have
been shown the effect of the
fireball in the carriage as part of
the prosecution case.
President Trump's top
Gary Cohn, has resigned -
in the latest high profile departure
from the White House team.
Mr Cohn - a Democrat -
was a key architect
of the Administration's huge
package of tax cuts.
The former Wall St Banker
is rumoured to have been unhappy
that Mr Trump could trigger a trade
war by imposing tariffs on steel
and aluminium imports.
It's the latest in a series
of high-profile departures
from President Trump's team.
The country's four main secondary
ticketing agencies have
been banned from using some price
strategies which the Advertising
says are misleading.
It means StubHub, Get Me In,
Viagogo and Seatwave must be clear
from the outset about the total
price of any ticket they sell -
or face prosecution.
Nina Warhurst reports.
The Rolling Stones are coming
to town and I'm keen to be there.
The secondary ticketing site Viagogo
is reselling a ticket for £141.
But when I go to pay, this happens.
£47 VAT and booking fee.
So a ticket that we thought
was costing us £141
is now almost 200 quid.
These nasty surprises are common.
Claire used Viagogo to buy
four Ed Sheerin tickets.
She thought it was costing less
than £300, but that was for one
ticket and after fees were added,
more than £1400 left her account.
I rang my daughter crying
and I said, you know,
and thought I had done something...
I think the awful feeling is that
I felt I'd done something wrong.
Then I realised I hadn't,
actually, that this whole
practice was very deceptive.
We contacted Viagogo for a response
but didn't get a reply.
And today new guidelines come
into play which could see
secondary sellers prosecuted
if they mislead consumers.
We are saying that they've got to be
much more clear and upfront
about the prices that we are paying
when we buy tickets
through their sites.
And in a nutshell we are saying
the price that we see when we first
input how many tickets we want
should be the price
that we pay at the end.
But some artists say that
still leaves space for expensive
exploitation of fans.
So what would they like to see?
If you can't make a show, you can
sell it through the secondary
site for the same price
and you get your money back
and then someone can buy it
for face value plus whatever
the administration was.
So if they can actually
still see their favourite artist
without sacrificing a family
holiday, for example.
If you've already forked out fees
to see Mick and the gang,
you can appeal them and next time
they are on tour, the ticket price
you see should be what you get.
Nina Warhurst, BBC News.
Nearly a year ago, the life
of police constable
Kris Aves changed forever,
when he was injured in the terrorist
attack on Westminster bridge.
He was left paralysed
and no longer able to live
at home with his family.
But a call for help from the DIY SOS
team was met with the biggest
response for volunteers
in the show's history.
Daniela Relph has the story.
Thursday, the 23rd of March.
The morning after the
Westminster Bridge attack.
Five people died and 40
people were injured,
some of them suffering what has been
described as catastrophic
One of those with catastrophic
injuries was Metropolitan Police
constable Kris Aves.
Critically injured as he walked
across the bridge.
For much of the past year he's been
in Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
He dislocated his vertebrae,
damaged his spinal cord
and is now in a wheelchair.
But what he wanted more
than anything was to get home to his
partner and two young children.
It makes me sad
when I think forward.
To go swimming, I don't know how I'm
going to be in a pool having
a fun session with them.
I won't be able to stand up and kick
a football with them.
And I kind of just feel...
You know, it's just been
taken away from me.
And it's not fair.
The kids just ask a lot of questions
about stuff and about why did daddy
get hit, was he not looking
when he crossed the road?
And things like that.
And it's quite hard to answer them.
At the end of last year the DIY
SOS team stepped in.
This is DIY SOS!
They took the family's north London
home and transformed it.
They asked for volunteers to help.
The programme had never had such
an enormous response.
Sometimes we look at the police
and the people who go out,
emergency services, and do
what they do for us.
But we forget, behind every
person there is a family.
They are not just uniforms,
there are people in uniforms
and their families are affected too.
And obviously what happened to Kris
had a massive effect on the family.
We had exclusive access to the build
and the team's work.
Doorways were widened allowing
access for Kris's wheelchair.
In the kitchen surfaces were lowered
and space made to cook.
A lift was built.
The first of its kind
in a family home, so Kris can
move between floors.
In the garden, a complete redesign.
All to ensure there is space to play
with his son and daughter.
This entire project has been
about creating a family home.
A place where everyone
could be involved.
And live properly, together again.
The whole build took
nine days to complete.
And depended totally
on the generosity of others.
Every day there was
just ten, 20 people.
Do you want a hand?
Do you need a tiler?
Do you need a decorator?
And not just builders.
We get lots of cake delivered.
Cake is crucial!
Yeah, that's how the site works.
Cake and tea.
Tonight the programme will reveal
what Kris Aves made of his new home.
And the impact on one family
whose life was so changed
by events of almost a year ago.
Daniella Relph, BBC
News, north London.
And you can see the full
programme tonight -
that's DIY SOS, on BBC One at 8pm,
and available shortly
afterwards on the iPlayer.
For decades red squirrels have been
in decline across the UK,
as the non-native grey
species has spread.
Now it appears the pine marten may
be key to the recovery
of the red population.
Scientists at the University
of Aberdeen have carried
out an in-depth study
of the relationship
between the three species.
Our Science Correspondent
Victoria Gill explains.
It is an idyllic woodland site but a
glimpse of ecological warfare. Red
squirrels have been losing a battle
with the larger invasive grey
squirrels for a century but a new
character has joined in the fray.
Scientists from the University of
Aberdeen used feeding boxes to
gather forensic evidence of how the
three species coexist in Scottish
forest. Feeding boxes like this are
ideal for gathering evidence about
how the three species are
interacting. The red squirrels are
using them and the grey squirrels
and also the pine martens. Leading
evidence behind for scientists to
gather. Every time an animal visits
the feeding box it leaves behind a
hair sample. This evidence along
with images from remote cameras has
revealed that pine martens are
giving the red squirrels and
high amongst pine martens you have a
lot of red squirrels coming back
into areas where they had not been
in some time. So the higher the
activity of pine martens the more
likely you are to see red squirrels
and the less likely to see grey
squirrels. So they are retracting
from areas that they had been in
previously as the pine martens moved
These nocturnal tree climbing
predators are gradually returning to
Scottish bars after being hunted as
pets and for their fur almost to
extinction. Scientists think that
pine martens are able to catch and
eat the grey squirrel is more easily
than the red squirrels. Grey
squirrels spend more time on the
ground and in North America where
they evolved they did not encounter
a hunter quite so adept at climbing
trees. This newly discovered
relationship between native species
scientists say will be crucial to
the woodland recovery of the red
squirrels. Now just an update on the
The suspected poisoning
of the former Russian spy -
and his daughter.
Leila Nathoo has the latest.
Well you can see behind me the
Italian restaurant that has been
sealed off since Monday. Within the
last 30 minutes we had a major
emergency service presence here. You
can see police and ambulances are
now here and we had fire engines and
more ambulances that came to the
building next to the Italian
restaurant. There was a big
presence, an instant response unit
and one woman was accompanied into
an ambulance from that doping. We do
not know as yet whether this is
connect to what happened but the
building the emergency services went
into was next to the Italian
restaurant that has been a place of
interest certainly for the
investigation so far. Thank you.
Time for a look at the weather.
Here's Stav Danaos.
Good afternoon. Still quite a wintry
theme across the northern half of
the UK today. And you can see
further snowfall around in races.
But further south any showers are
rain and in the sunshine it will
feel almost springlike. So for the
rest of the afternoon a mixture of
sunny spells and showers. Many
places staying dry altogether. The
showers Kent to fizzle out into this
evening. A couple of wintry showers
continuing towards Scotland put up
and cold with some ice to watch out
for. Across the South and West we
have this feature, mainly rain but
also some cold air and that could
give rise to some snowfall even down
to lower levels for a time. So there
could be a bit of disruption from
this feature, nothing compared to
what we had last week. But those
white areas indicating the snow. It
could give rise to a couple of
centimetres of snow, enough to cause
a bit of disruption through the
morning rush. It should clear away
later in the morning and in fact
things brightening up quite nicely
for most. Some showers across the
North and West and again wintry over
the higher ground in Scotland.
Further south up to 10 degrees.
Further south up to 10 degrees. Into
Friday, and I'm - again a decent day
with a lot of sunshine around. More
showers across Scotland wintry over
the higher ground bust up and into
the far south of the country we have
an area of rain pushing into the
Southern counties in towards the
south-west. That will arrive with
some milder air. That will spread
its way slowly north as we had into
the weekend. The blue colour holding
on across the northern half of the
country so as the rain across the
South moves north, likely to have
some snow on its leading edge. But
further south noticeably milder with
some sunny spells. Back to you.
further south noticeably milder with
some sunny spells. Back to you.