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Almost 200 military personnel
are deployed to Salisbury
after the nerve-agent
attack on a former Russian
spy and his daughter.
It comes as the Home Secretary
visits the city and calls
the attack "outrageous".
Our priority is going to be
the incident, which is why I'm
here in Salisbury today,
making sure that everybody
is protected around here,
around the incident,
making sure the emergency services
have had the support
that they need...
We'll have the very latest
from our correspondent in Salisbury.
Also this lunchtime...
After months of exchanging insults,
President Trump and the North Korean
leader Kim Jong-un agree to meet.
Britain seeks an exemption
from America's tough new tariffs
on imports of steel and aluminium.
A convoy of desperately needed aid
finally crosses into the besieged
Syrian enclave of Eastern Ghouta.
And the biggest Winter Paralympics
ever are under way -
with a record number
of athletes taking part.
And coming up in the
sport on BBC News...
Chris Froome has backed Team Sky
principal Sir Dave Brailsford
after the president of cycling's
world governing body called for him
to consider his position.
Good afternoon and welcome
to the BBC News At One.
180 military personnel
are being deployed to Salisbury,
after the nerve-agent attack
on a former Russian spy and his
daughter in the city last Sunday.
They're from the Royal Marines,
the RAF, and some are specialists
in chemical warfare.
They'll help remove vehicles
and objects from the scene which may
have been contaminated.
Sergei and Yulia Skripal are still
critically ill in hospital,
while the policeman who tried
to help them remains
in a serious condition.
Richard Galpin has the latest.
Six days after the attack here
in Salisbury and now the police and
forensics experts are to be joined
by around 200 soldiers specially
trained in chemical warfare.
Their job, to help
secure key locations,
recover evidence and remove
Also today the Home
Secretary visited the area
and praised the emergency services
for how they responded to such a
They reacted with the
compassion you would
hope our emergency
services do and I am
awe of their sympathetic approach
Meanwhile the double
agent Sergei Skripal and
daughter Yulia, who travelled
from Russia to spend time with her
father, remain in a critical
condition in Salisbury hospital.
But they are said to be stable.
Sergei Skripal's house
is another major
focus of the investigation, with
evidence being collected here and
the building possibly
At the research laboratories
in Porton Down,
scientists may have
the nerve agent used
the attack, which almost certainly
would have been made in a state-run
And that could well reveal
who targeted Sergei Skripal
and his daughter.
But why were they targeted now?
Sergei Skripal is one of a large
community of Russians
living in this country.
Some of them left Russia
in fear of their lives.
Here in Surrey, I have been speaking
to one of those exiles, who met
Sergei Skripal just
a couple of months ago.
He told me that in the chance
meeting, Sergei Skripal had
talked about how he regularly met up
with Russian diplomats here and
about the work he was involved in.
He said, I'm doing business,
a different kind.
But I closed down my
business in Spain.
I am working mainly
in cyber security.
Did he say what he was
doing in cyber security?
No, and I was not asking,
because a sensitive question.
But I understand he was
working for some Russian
But working with people
in the Embassy on this, or something
No, I had a feeling that meeting
with friends was one and
cyber security, his
business, was another.
So could that work in cyber security
possibly be the motive for
Richard Galpin, BBC News.
Our home affairs correspondent
Leila Nathoo is in Salisbury.
What's the latest?
Police here are clearly dealing with
a deadly substance, so that is why
the military are sending
reinforcements, 180 military
personnel coming here to insist the
investigation. They are taxed with
removing evidence, objects and
vehicles from the scene in Salisbury
town centre but it is understood
that they could also be involved in
recovering potentially contaminated
ambulances. The police are stressing
that there is no need for people to
be alarmed by the military's coming
here and there is no wider risk to
the public, no increased risk to the
public. It is just to help with the
investigation. This morning the Home
Secretary, Amber Rudd, visited the
scene here, the bench still under
the police tent behind me. She came
and talked to people affected, local
businesses, first responders and she
visited detectives Nick Bailey, the
police officer in hospital after
being exposed to that chemical. The
police investigation is focused on
and above locations in Salisbury
city centre but there has also been
a pick-up in activity at Sergei
Skripal's home, about ten minutes
away from here, yesterday. We think
the police are in for a lengthy
operation there as they tried to
recover evidence to try to figure
out how and when Sergei Skripal and
his daughter Yulia were exposed to
that nerve agent.
Thank you very much, Leila Nathoo.
Our defence correspondent
Jonathan Beale is here.
How unusual is it to see military
personnel on the streets of Britain
and who exactly are they?
is most military personnel go
through some kind of chemical
weapons training and where gas masks
and are aware of the threat. There
are specialist out there who would
not be a normally on the streets and
that is why ministers are saying,
don't be alarmed when you see these
people turning up. They have got
skills that will be vital to helping
the police in chemical warfare. They
have specialist vehicles which can
carry out what is called sensitive
site exploitation. They can trace
where the chemicals may have gone,
sent back samples and analyse them.
They have vehicles which are
essentially mobile laboratories
which can carry a decontamination
and they will also remove some of
the vehicles that may have been
contaminated, like the ambulances
that ferried people to hospital.
People might think this is very
worrying. I think the message from
ministers is that you should be
reassured, the people have the
expertise and skills and the threat
hasn't changed. They will be there
to secure the site is already
secured and help police find those
objects, fibre traces of the
chemical, and to make sure this is a
thank you. Jonathan Beale there, our
President Trump says
he will meet North Korean leader
Kim Jong-un for talks
by the end of May.
The North Koreans are reported to be
committed to denuclearisation
and ending missile tests.
The apparent breakthrough comes
after months of growing tension,
in which the two leaders have traded
insults - Kim Jong-un called
Mr Trump "mentally deranged".
The American President called him
a "maniac" and "little rocket man".
Laura Bicker has this
report from South Korea.
The missiles and displays
of military might from North Korea
have almost seemed defiant
in the face strict sanctions
and international condemnation.
But now it seems Kim
Jong-un wants to talk.
He made his new position clear over
food with South Korean
officials in Pyongyang.
It was the first time
ministers from Seoul have
met the young leader.
They say he is prepared to discuss
getting rid of his nuclear weapons
and they've now delivered a message
from Kim Jong-un that caught many
in the White House by surprise.
He expressed his eagerness
to meet President Trump
as soon as possible.
The idea of a face-to-face meeting
between President Trump
and Kim Jong-un by May seems
remarkable, given the months
of threats and insults between them.
They will be met with fire and fury.
Rocket Man is on a suicide
mission for himself.
But the tone has changed.
On Twitter, Donald Trump said that
great progress was being made
but that sanctions will remain
until an agreement is reached.
However, that meeting
is being planned.
The US Secretary of State
Just hours before coming
he had this to say.
In terms of the direct talks
with the United States
and US negotiations,
we are a long way from negotiation.
Given the unpredictable nature
of Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un,
could this meeting even go ahead?
There's all kinds of obstacles
on the road to the summit
between now and then.
It may be simply that
President Trump changes his mind.
This wouldn't be the
first time, would it?
It may be the senior
officials get to him and say,
"Mr President, not in May,
let's prepare properly."
You can't just wing it
policy on North Korea.
Getting Kim Jong-un to give
up his prized nuclear
weapons is a tough ask.
Analysts in Seoul are
cautious and believe this
is just the starting line.
The road ahead is very
long and complicated,
very complex and it is not
guaranteed that the North
will ever give up its nuclear
weapons easily, if at all.
The US and South Korea are due
to hold joint military exercises
at the end of this month.
Last September, the US flew
bombers over the peninsula
as a show of strength.
This usually infuriates North Korea
and prompts missile test.
This time they say
they will understand.
It may be a move away
from fire and fury,
potentially towards friendship.
But that would depend
whether the message from Pyongyang
is one of genuine progress
and not propaganda.
Laura Bicker, BBC News, sold.
In a moment we'll speak
to Barbara Plett Usher in Washington
but first to Laura Bicker
in the South Korean capital Seoul.
So, Laura, this looks
like a really significant
breakthrough - if it happens.
The president here in South Korea
has described it as miraculous. It
did seem utterly unthinkable just a
few months ago but this is something
that the South Korean government
have been working towards, deftly,
diplomatically trying to work with
Kim Jong-un and trying to work with
the United States. But it is a huge
political gamble for both President
Trump and President Mum. Getting Kim
Jong-un to give up his weapons is a
very difficult thing to do, even if
right now he says he is prepared to
discuss denuclearisation. There has
to be a payoff. What does Kim
Jong-un want in return? So that is
the gamble. What will be the carrot
in return for the stick which has
been these international sanctions?
The other thing here is cautious
optimism. That is the phrase that
many are using. They're optimistic
in South Korea because this is a
real opportunity, for the first
time. They are now even mentioning
in whispers something that they have
been trying to get for at least
seven decades, and that is the
possibility of a peace treaty.
Laura, thank you very much indeed,
and to Barbara Platt Chanel. What is
going on in the White House, after
such a hard line on North Korea from
Donald Trump, why has he agreed to
meet Kim Jong-un?
Seems like a big
difference but remember that he has
actually swung pretty wildly between
threatening and insulting Kim
Jong-un and then musing about the
possibility of sitting down with
him. As a candidate he said, "Maybe
I will meet Kim Jong-un and sit down
and have a hamburger with him." So
that is his style, to move from one
end of the other and see where it
lands. I think it would be quite
appealing for him to be the first
sitting president to meet the North
Korean leader and I think you'll
make the most of it. But he has said
sanctions will remain regardless,
whether there are talks, and the
policy is to isolate North Korea
politically and diplomatically while
presenting a clear military option.
There has been a clear emphasis
between the White House on the state
Department on that. The White House
has been much more willing to
consider a military option, whereas
the State Department has said, we
need to at least get in the State
room. Secretaries Tillerson said we
should at least have talks about
talks so doesn't seem the underlying
policy has changed but what has
changed is Kim Jong-un has said he
is willing. About giving up his
nuclear weapons, a big surprise
especially because he's so invested
in it. There is scepticism about it
here but it seems they are willing
to take the opportunity.
thank you, and thanks to Laura
Bicker in Seoul.
The Government says it will seek
a British exemption from new tariffs
on steel and aluminium exports
to the United States.
President Trump says the tariffs
are to defend America from what he's
called "an assault on our country".
But employers and unions
in the UK steel industry
say the measures could
have "devastating" consequences.
Here's our business
reporter Rob Young.
The UK has managed to forge a global
reputation for making
high-quality steel products.
A company in Sheffield makes parts
of submarines for the American Navy.
But the industry is worried
President Trump's steel import tax
will hit producers here hard.
What we will now see is UK
companies really suffering
from President Trump's slapping
in effect a 25% tax
on all their exports
from the UK to the US.
And that will hit us hard.
Each year, the UK sells
£360 million worth of steel
to the United States.
That's 7% of all the
steel Britain exports.
It's bought by America's defence,
aerospace and energy industries.
President Trump's plan to impose
a 25% import tax on steel will make
the tissue products more expensive
and less competitive in America.
-- British products.
We import a lot of speciality steels
and Europe, and recount in continued
to import that speciality steel
from Europe because it's not
available in the US.
So for that steel we purchase
from Europe, it's going
to cost us 25% more.
These new tariffs have led
to political sparks flying
in the US and globally.
Britain disagrees with the tariffs.
The European Union and others
are warning they will retaliate.
President Trump has said he will be
flexible towards America's real
friends, the British Government
intends to put view
across next week.
We'll be looking to see how we can
maximise the UK's case for exemption
under these particular
circumstances, but we will want over
the next few days to look
at them in great detail.
There a wider fear that steel bound
for America will now find its way
into other countries.
A flood of steel could push
global prices down.
That's potentially good
for consumers but a double
whammy for the industry.
Many of the same countries
who are in the top ten of US
exporters are the same who go
to Europe, for example Brazil
and Turkey are both large
exporters to the US,
they will turn their boat around
and head straight for the EU.
Trade deflection could have
much, much larger effect
on the industries in the actual loss
of exports themselves.
President Trump's intention
is to protect America's steel
industry but there is a very real
fear he will end up hitting
A long-awaited humanitarian
aid convoy has crossed
into the rebel-held enclave
of eastern Ghouta in Syria
where an estimated 400,000
civilians are trapped
by the fighting.
But the UN is warning
that it may have to pull
back because of renewed violence.
Martin Patience is following
developments from Beirut
in neighbouring Lebanon.
What is the latest you are hearing
on the progress of the convoy?
is the third time the international
community has tried to get
humanitarian assistance to the
people of Eastern Ghouta and nine
out of the 13 trucks we here have
been unloaded but it is not clear
whether the four remaining trucks,
food supplies from them will be
off-loaded and the reason is
continued shelling in the area. It
is worth pointing out it was
humanitarian assistance that should
have been delivered on Monday and
the reason it was not delivered then
was because of shelling. Yesterday
the convoy was cancelled because of
security concerns. It underscores
how difficult it is for the
international community to get
assistance to the people of Eastern
Ghouta. 400,000 people estimated to
live there and if they manage to
deliver the aid, international
organisations say it is not enough.
Whilst the international community
is focusing on getting aid to
Eastern Ghouta, the Syrian
government backs by its Russian ally
appeared determined to take the last
major rebel stronghold close to the
capital. The latest figures, more
than 900 civilians have been killed
in fighting since this major
government offensive began.
Our top story this lunchtime...
Almost 200 military personnel
are deployed to Salisbury -
after the nerve agent attack
on a former Russian
spy and his daughter.
And still to come...
Rethinking Stonehenge -
historians say the neolithic
structure may have been built
as part of a community celebration.
Coming up in the sport, a little bit
rusty but no problems for Serena
Williams she wins on the WTA tour
for the first time in over a year
and six months after giving birth to
her first child.
The arduous task of building
Stonehenge may have been part
of a ceremonial celebration -
according to historians
studying the ancient site.
The stone circle in Wiltshire
was built over 4,000 years ago
using stones from South Wales -
a fact that has long baffled
experts, but English Heritage now
says selecting, moving and setting
up the the stones on Salisbury Plain
may have been a way
of bringing people from all over
the country together.
Duncan Kennedy is at Stonehenge.
You might think that after 4500
years we would know everything about
this monument but that is not the
case, particularly with regard to
the building of it and today's
report says it may have been the
construction of the monument, it
could have been more important than
the end result. Today dozens of
volunteers turned up to help prove
One, two, three, pull.
Heaving for history.
Volunteers at Stonehenge
today trying to repeat
what Neolithic people did around
four and a half thousand years ago.
Do you currently feel
like Neolithic woman doing this?
That is an interesting concept, yes.
Yes, I do.
The aim of the experiment was to see
how this ancient monument was built.
Historians now say it was
the construction process itself
as much as the end
result that mattered.
We know it was a prehistoric
with the movements of the sun.
It was used as such.
The building process
and alterations, changes
coming together as a community might
have been more important factor.
English Heritage say the photos
of people in Indonesia,
taken 100 years ago,
helped to prove their
The images show how moving
great rocks has long been
accompanied by dancing
and dressing up in costumes.
They say it was probably
the same spirit that helped
to build Stonehenge, with people
drawn from across Britain to come
and feast and make
building a festival.
We need to come back literally four
In old money! In other
words, a celebration of
construction. Recreated today.
actually OK, not too bad.
It is fine.
Not too bad. Shall
be tried again? Brings the ropes
The stone is so
heavy, we have asked for more
volunteers. It weighs four tonnes.
This is hard work. This is the first
time an official rock pull like this
has taken place at Stonehenge.
partial success, not exactly
vertical, but it has been raised. It
shows the effort required just for a
four tonne stone.
It does not always
go to plan.
go to plan. Yet even with the odds
tumble the experiment shows what can
be achieved when strangers come
together for a common good. And in
doing so, helping to form our
preconceptions of prehistory. If you
are looking to take part yourself,
you are welcome to come along this
weekend because Stonehenge is
organising two days of experiments
to show people they can join in what
the people of the Neolithic era did
4500 years ago.
Duncan, thank you. Have a rest!
How do we rid our oceans of plastic?
It's a problem that's
had a huge amount of
attention in recent months.
Now scientists are asking members
of the public to help with efforts
to clean up Britain's coastline
with the help of new technology -
but from the comfort
of their own homes.
Dan Johnson has been to the south
coast to find out more.
Our beaches are the front line
in the war against plastic.
New technology is being used
to get a better idea
of the scale of the problem.
An eye in the sky capturing
the waste on our shores.
We use a drone to survey very
quickly and efficiently
lots of inaccessible beaches,
as well as public beaches, and we
take thousands of photographs.
We upload those photographs
onto an online platform and then
anybody in the country,
whether they are scientists,
not scientists, children, adults,
can log in and tag where they see
plastics in the photographs.
That means the clean-up
teams can focus efforts
on the worst-hit places.
But picking up the plastic
still needs people power.
We need to get involved
for two reasons.
One is about awareness,
awareness of the problem plastics
are causing on our planet,
particularly on our beaches
and seas, so that when we make
choices, buying coffee,
or are in the supermarket,
we can make better and more
But also, actually making us
all realise that science
is something we can all be part of.
It is not just for people who are in
labs or went to university.
We can all be involved in helping
scientists understand our world
and making it better.
This was collected in just a couple
of hours this morning and gives
an idea of the sort of stuff
that is around on our beaches.
The visual evidence of this problem.
But, actually, the majority
of the plastic that is a real
issue is right out there.
More than 8 million
tonnes of plastic goes
into the ocean every year.
Much of it so small
it is barely visible.
It is estimated less
than 1% is collected.
What we see on the beaches is just
a fraction unfortunately
of what is in the oceans.
The beach is a really good place
to clean up and to really
try to address that but ultimately
we need to stop the plastic going
into the oceans in the first place.
The sands may be shifting,
but we have still barely started
getting to grips with the true
nature of the plastic problem.
Dan Johnson, BBC
News, near Brighton.
Last week's cold weather and heavy
snow across the country caused huge
disruption to the health service,
with many operations cancelled.
But Lindsay Chisholm -
a surgeon at a Paisley hospital -
was so determined not to let
down her patients, she walked eight
miles through heavy snow
and blizzard conditions
so she could to perform
a crucial operation.
Lorna Gordon has the story.
The top story, Scotland continues to
battle the Beast from the East.
were conditions more akin to
mountains on city streets. The
blizzards, sub zero temperatures and
snow that kept falling meant no
buses, trains and few people
venturing out. It was not enough to
put off one very determined surgeon.
I got up early on Thursday and saw
there was a lot of snow but it did
not look impossible and I thought I
would head into work. When I
arrived, two colleagues would the
first eyesore. Took one look,
started laughing, and they said how
did you get here?
I said I work.
Lindsey was well prepared. She had
winter clothing, snow shoes and
walking poles to help through the
deepest drifts. Completing the eight
mile trek to the hospital in just
under three hours. Her patient
feared his surgery for cancer would
It felt like Christmas
Day. She told me she walked in from
home. I could not believe she had
walked almost eight miles to do
surgery on me. If there is a
real-life superwoman, she is it, for
The surgeon insists she
was just doing her job.
I did not
think it was a big deal, I put my
winter kit on and walked to work. It
is as if the world has gone mad!
Lindsey has been left bemused by the
attention, insisting many others
went the extra mile to keep the NHS
going through the storm.
The Winter Paralympics
are officially under way
after an opening ceremony
in the Korean resort of Pyeongchang.
Paralympics GB are sending
their biggest team since 2006
and hoping to win up
to a dozen medals.
Kate Grey is in Pyeongchang.
It was just under two weeks ago the
Olympics drew to a close in
Pyeongchang and now it is the turn
of the Paralympics. The crowd were
treated to a spectacular opening
ceremony and despite weather issues
and problems with rehearsals, it
went off without a hitch. The
biggest Winter Paralympics to date.
Drummers and dancers, the
traditional charms of Korea opening
the show. Nothing could be done
about the fog covered fireworks.
Heavy snow prevented a full
rehearsal so a slight fly kick up
could be forgiven.
Onto the parade.
Here they come, Great Britain. Owen
Pick leading the way. A great honour
for the soldier turned snowboarder.
The British team enjoying the party
atmosphere. The International
Paralympic Committee wanted north
and South Korea to march under a
unified flag. The team preferring to
walk out separately. The host nation
completing the procession. The cold
meant no hanging around with teams
sneaking in and out of the stadium.
The crowd were treated to an
eclectic mix. A snowboarding bare.
Weird and wonderful contraptions on
wheels. And the flaw putting on a
dazzling show with the help of
performers. Formalities were also
there. The flame brought into the
stadium in the united hands of North
and South Korean athlete before
lighting the cauldron in spectacular
style. The fog clearing for the
traditional fireworks finale. The
action begins tomorrow with plenty
of British interests. If the weather
behaves, Alpine skiing begins with
the downhill and there will be medal
hopes resting on the
hopes resting on the shoulders of
athletes. They will be hoping to get
back on the podium. Elsewhere, Scott
Mina will represent Great Britain
for the first time in Nordic skiing
for the first time in 20 years.
Competing in six out of the eight
days. Finally the curling team will
hope to begin their campaign with a
win. A busy day to start here.
Thank you. And now the weather.
win. A busy day to start here.
Thank you. And now the weather.
Weather-wise we have a mixture of
conditions. Turning cloudy across
England and Wales but further north
in Cumbria also cloud, contrast and
good sunshine in parts of Scotland.
The weather is changing because
further south we have low pressure
and a weather front. This cloud, not
a straight weather front, and one
that will bring pulses of rain. The
rain is beginning to arrive across
parts of south west England now. We
have showers moving across Scotland,
as well. The showers continue for
the rest of the day. Further south
cloud will thicken up with outbreaks
of rain arriving and that will turn
heavier in a rush hour across
central, southern England and
south-east England. Up to 12
Celsius, not bad for the time of
year. Overnight rain working
northwards. Getting into Northern
Ireland by the end of the night. We
will see a contrast in temperatures.
South-westerly winds blowing in
milder air and by the end of the
night, ten, 11 degrees in Cardiff
and London but cold in Scotland and
cold enough for pockets of frost. As
far as the weekend goes, you will
see spells of rain, turning milder
as the weekend goes on. Brisk winds,
particularly on Saturday and often a
lot of cloud in the sky. Saturday
looks like this. Rain pushing across
northern England and into Northern
Ireland and Scotland. There could be
snow across higher parts of Scotland
but as the milder air works in, snow
will turn back to rain. Rain across
Wales in south-west England, perhaps
lingering into the first part of the
afternoon. It will be cloudy, but on
the mild side, particularly eastern
England where it could reach 15
Celsius. Another band of rain moving
get across southern counties of
England could be heavy, with under
mixed in perhaps. And rain not far
from the East coast. Further north
west, lighter winds, more sunshine.
That is the latest weather.
west, lighter winds, more sunshine.
That is the latest weather. That is
So it's goodbye from me -
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