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Theresa May will address MPs this
afternoon about the nerve agent
attack on a former Russian spy
and his daughter.
The Kremlin says it's not a matter
for the Russian government,
as hundreds of people in Salisbury
are told to wash their clothes
in case they're contaminated.
We'll have the latest on that
meeting of the Security Council
from Downing street.
Also this lunchtime...
How tickled I am by all this
goodwill. What about you, have you
been tickled by goodwill?
Tributes for the comedy
legend Sir Ken Dodd,
who's died at the age of 90
A row at the top of the Labour
Party, as a Shadow Cabinet minister
is removed from her post and says
she's the victim of bullying.
TV football pundit Jamie Carragher
apologises, after spitting
at a 14 -year-old girl.
And be careful how you feed
the birds in your garden -
a warning it could spread disease.
And coming up in the
sport on BBC News,
a day to forget for
the Winter Paralympics
organisers - the snowboard cross
was delayed following problems
with the start gate.
All the British athletes
Good afternoon and welcome
to the News at One.
The Prime Minister will make
a statement to MPs this afternoon
on the nerve agent attack
in Salisbury on a former Russian
spy and his daughter.
It follows a meeting this morning
of her National Security Council,
where ministers were
briefed on the latest
intelligence about the attack.
The Kremlin says the attack is not
a matter for the Russian government.
Sergei and Yulia Skripal are still
critically ill in hospital.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people
who visited the restaurant
and pub they went to before
the attack, are being told
to wash their clothes,
after traces of nerve agent
were found at both places.
Richard Galpin reports.
Nine days after the attack, and
police, including large numbers from
Counter Terrorism Command, are
focusing their investigation on who
was behind the attack. As well as
how and where in Salisbury Sergei
Skripal and daughter Yulia ingested
the nerve agent. They remain in a
critical condition in hospital.
Nothing is being said about them
making any recovery. This morning,
senior ministers arrived in Downing
Street for a key meeting with
security officials about the latest
intelligence. The question of who
was behind the attack and how to
respond high on the agenda. And
already some politicians are
expecting the Prime Minister to
We are expecting the
Prime Minister to make an
announcement soon, and frankly I
would be surprised if she did not
point the finger at the Kremlin.
was Sunday last week when Sergei
Skripal and his daughter headed into
the centre of Salisbury. A few hours
later they were found collapsed on a
bench outside a shopping centre. The
BBC understands that traces of the
nerve agent have been found at the
Zizzi restaurant, where the Skripals
eight on the day. The table was so
come terminated it had to be
destroyed. Staff were told to burn
their clothes. Traces were also
found at a nearby pub they visited.
Several other locations in the city
are under investigation. While
emergency teams and experts use
protective gear as they work
together evidence and decontaminate
areas, last week health officials
were insisting there was no
immediate threat to the public. That
has all now changed, with hundreds
of people who have been in the
restaurant and pub told to wash
their clothes as a precaution,
raising questions about why this
advice had not been given earlier.
Proportion not -- proportion of
additional advice was given when
more information was not about the
nerve agent. It couldn't be given
earlier because they didn't know
what they had. Most people
is to be making progress. And if the
evidence does ultimately implicate
Russia, the government here will be
under intense pressure to take
robust action in response.
Richard Galpin, BBC News.
In a moment we will speak to our
correspondent in Salisbury.
Vicki Young is in
Downing Street for us.
That meeting of the National
Security Council ended a short time
Yes. It went on for almost two
hours. All the senior figures here
discussing this. There are many
senior figures in Westminster who do
not think there could be anything
other than Russia responsible for
this attack. Of course, the problem
for the Prime Minister is she needs
the evidence. Who will see point the
finger of blame at? It is one thing
to say it is Russia, another to say
it is the Kremlin are President
Putin. There is still some caution.
The Home Secretary has given an
interview today. She says the
government has do have the facts
first. If they do attribute blame,
they wanted to be completely sound.
She said the government's reaction
has to be cool-headed and take into
account diplomatic relations. The
issue here is if this robust, strong
response does come, it is much more
powerful if it comes alongside other
countries, countries in the European
Union, Nato, perhaps. For that to
happen they need to see the
evidence. Whatever Theresa May has
to say about all of this, she will
say to Parliament in the next couple
Thank you very much.
Our home affairs correspondent,
Leila Nathoo, is in Salisbury.
What is the latest there are?
is clearly some concern among some
people who have been -- had been
dining at Zizzi restaurant from
Sunday to Monday. And who had been
drinking at the Mill Pub. They were
not informed until now that they
needed to take these precautions and
wash their clothes, potentially wipe
down their phones and glasses. These
are a small number of people. We
have heard from public health
officials saying this is a
precaution. There is no immediate
risk to the public. We have heard
from the council leader saying
people accept this is an
unprecedented situation, and as the
advice changed, so did the advice to
the public. They key is some
concern. We have heard from the
former Chief Medical Officer
Vertonghen saying helplines and
dedicated health centres should have
been set up in the immediate
aftermath to address concerns. As
for the police investigation, that
is now focusing on how surrogate --
Sergei Skripal and you -- Yulia came
to contract the nerve agent. Traces
have been found in the Zizzi
restaurant. That was the first place
they visited. The table they sat at
has had to be destroyed because it
was so contaminated. Police trying
to piece together what happened
before they got to the restaurant.
The BBC News channel will have live
coverage from half past four this
afternoon of the Prime Minister's
statement to MPs updating them on
the latest intelligence regarding
the Salisbury attack.
Tributes are coming in this
lunchtime for the legendary
comedian, Sir Ken Dodd,
who's died at the age of 90.
He found fame on stage,
on television and as
a chart topping singer.
He's been described as the last
of the music hall legends,
and his epic stage performances
often lasted several hours.
Ken Dodd died in the same
house he was born in -
and just two days after getting
David Sillito reports.
The tickling sticks, the wild hair
and surreal flights of fancy were
only a part of it. Ken Dodd was a
torrent of jokes. Shows would often
end in the early hours of the
Jeronimo! Thank you very
much. What a beautiful day for going
to count von Zeppelin and saying,
you will never sell a sausage that
Offstage he was very private.
One of his close circle of friends
was his joke writer, John Martin.
had the honour, and it was an honour
and a privilege, to be one of his
script writers for 30 years. I
always said writing jokes per Ken
Dodd was almost like being asked to
mix the painter Van Gogh, it was
that big an honour.
Tears in 1965 was one of the biggest
selling singles of the 1960s.
His run at the London Palladium
broke records. Summer seasons would
be 15 shows a week, and one of the
aspiring performance alongside him
remember how supportive he was.
He was very instrumental in
encouraging me to get into the
business. I used to support him on
his shows on the Isle of Man, the
Villa Marina and things. I remember
watching his partner in the wings
riding down the jokes so he wouldn't
tell the same jokes again. He just
loved his business.
And Jones was
his partner of 40 years. Piggott
ride just three days ago here in the
house where he had always lived,
Knotty Ash in Liverpool.
I have been overwhelmed by love and
affection, which I have already
received from dear friends and the
public. And I thank you all for
We got a glimpse of the
Private Ken Dodd in a famous court
case about his tax affairs. They
discovered £100,000 in cash in a
suitcase. But he was acquitted and
it became more material for his act.
It was only a few weeks ago that
ill-health finally stopped him
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome
Is roots were in musical. As a
student of comedy he had had a go at
Shakespeare but his life was all
about laughter and that love being
By Jove, Mrs!
Sir Ken Dodd, who has died at the
age of 90.
BBC One will be showing a tribute to
Ken Dodd this evening, with some
special archive programmes from
A 17-year-old has been jailed for 10
and a half years for attacking six
moped riders with acid,
while trying to steal their bikes.
Derryck John pleaded guilty
to carrying out the attacks
in the north and east
of London in July last year.
He sprayed the riders in the face
with a corrosive liquid,
leaving one of his victims
with "life-changing injuries".
A public row has broken out
at the top of the Labour Party,
after a Shadow Cabinet minister
was removed from her post,
apparently against her will.
Labour says Debbie Abrahams stepped
down as spokeswoman on Work
and Pensions pending
an investigation, but she claims
she's the victim of a bullying
culture within the party.
Ben Wright is at Westminster.
Ben and Briton completely different
versions of events, and an
embarrassment for the Labour Party?
That's right. Debbie Abrahams has
been a member of the Shadow Cabinet
since last summer. But now there has
been an extraordinary falling out
between her and the Labour leader's
office. It has erupted late last
night. Labour said that Debbie
Abrahams had stepped aside while an
investigation could happen into what
the party calls and employment
issue. I understand it does concern
bullying allegations from a number
of complainants. Also last night,
Debbie Abrahams put out an
excoriating statement. A blistering
attack on the Labour leader's
office, completely denying she had
taken part in any bullying. She
denied she had volunteered to step
aside. She said the claims were
spurious. She said that some in the
Labour leader's office had behaved
aggressively, in an intimidating and
wholly unprofessional way. She said
it showed the bullying culture at
Westminster at its worst. It has
been an extraordinary falling out.
She will make a formal complaint to
the Labour Party and the
Parliamentary authorities about
this. Whatever has actually
occurred, and there will be an
investigation into what is going on,
considering how much we have been
talking about the bullying culture
of Parliament recently, this has
been handled clumsily. That is
been handled clumsily. That is safe
Separately, the government is having
to answer an urgent question by a
backbench MP this afternoon on the
broader claims around the bullying
culture in Parliament. Thank you
Ben Wright. The authorities in Nepal
say 49 people were killed when a
Bangladeshi passenger plane crashed
while trying to land at Kathmandu
airport. It appeared to go out of
control and slid off the runway into
a football field.
The trial of the teenager accused
of causing an explosion
at Parsons Green station
in September last year,
has heard evidence allegedly linking
him to the so-called islamic state.
He blamed this country for his
father's death in Iraq.
Ahmed Hassan denies attempted murder
and causing an explosion
likely to endanger life.
June Kelly is at the Old Bailey.
Who has been testifying
Katie cable was a lecturer at the
college where Ahmad Hassan was a
tutor. She became a mentor to him.
She had a good relationship with him
and thought him an outstanding
student. She recounted a
conversation they had when he told
her that he held the British
responsible for his father's death.
His father what a taxi driver and
guide it in a bombing in Iraq. He
also said it was his duty to hate
Britain. That comment was made in
August, 2016, a year before the
Parsons Green attack. She said at
the same time she looked at his
phone and on his phone she could see
a WhatsApp message. That said, "IIS
has accepted your donation." The
court heard that he had trained with
Islamic State in. He said he was
taught how to kill by them but in
Iraq he said he was in fear of the
man had tried to get away from them.
On his father's death, she said he
also spoke about events in Iraq very
disparagingly. He spoke about Tony
Blair disparagingly. There was
clearly anger, she said. His anger
was very clear, she said.
Briefly, I think the court has heard
from other people.
Yes, one witness,
Zoe Spencer, who worked somewhere
where he stayed when he first came
to the UK. She said she saw I
propaganda on his phone. She asked
him what he was doing, and he
immediately close the phone. He was
16 years of age, but she felt he was
mentally much older than that. The
court has also heard this morning
that in the run-up to the Parsons
Green attack, Ahmad Hassan was going
through the government's Prevent
programme, which is aimed at
It is 1:16pm.
Our top story this lunchtime...
Theresa May has been
chairing a meeting of her
National Security Council to discuss
who was behind the nerve agent
attack on a former Russian
spy and his daughter.
And coming up, Great Britain's
wheelchair curlers have
made an impressive start
at the Paralympics, beating
the world champions Norway
in an opening match.
They are currently leading in their
match against Canada.
Coming up in the sport...
The trial of England all-rounder
Ben Stokes will begin on August 6th
at Bristol Crown Court.
That's expected to last up to seven
days, which means he'll
miss the second Test
against India at Lord's.
At the Paralympics, Great Britain's
wheelchair curling team
have made a good start -
they've beaten world
champions Norway and now
they're facing Canada.
But there's been disappointment
for Britain's snowboarders -
all three contenders have been
knocked out of the competition.
Our sports reporter,
Kate Grey, is in South Korea.
Well, it was supposed to be a
historic day for the snowboarders.
The first time Great Britain had
been rigged presented in the sport
at the Paralympic Games. Inset, it
was a day they would rather forget.
The normally fast and
furious snowboard cross
was today more of a flop.
No, the gate didn't open.
Issues with the start gate meant
competition was disrupted,
delayed, and organisers left
scratching their heads.
Unable to fix the problem,
it was back to basics -
rope and a manual start.
Hardly ideal with
the world watching.
Despite all the issues here,
the three British athletes did
manage to make their debut,
but they were affected
by the delays.
They all successfully made it
through qualification, but struggled
in the elimination rounds.
The best result was
making it to the quarterfinals,
losing to the eventual
Britain's flag bearer,
Owen Pick, in the red vest,
had high hopes for this event
but all the uncertainties
and hanging around between runs
ultimately took its toll.
Oh, and he's come really,
really wide there!
There was talks of them...
The coaches all had a meeting,
and there was talks
that they were going to cancel
and do it another day.
And it was like, guys, come on now.
We need to get this...
It's the Paralympics,
we want to race.
It just made people kind of go,
blurgh, if that makes sense.
And, yeah, it's just
a bit annoying, really.
All of a sudden, we've got this
new starting system.
There was a much more positive
mood down by the coast
with the wheelchair curlers.
Their fourth match in 48 hours,
this time against Sweden.
A very dominant performance
by the Brits meant the opposition
could only get one point.
Another convincing win
under their belts.
Next they face the Paralympic
Kate Grey, BBC News, Pyeongchang.
We have just found out that Britain
have indeed beaten the Paralympic
champions, Canada, in an impressive
win, 8-1. That means they've won
four round robin matches. So they
are full of confidence and will be
back in action tomorrow.
The former commander of the UK's
Maritime Forces says Britain
is in danger of losing its status
as a "credible military power".
Rear Admiral Alex Burton has called
for an urgent increase
in the defence budget after years
of budget cuts, and said the threat
from Russia is growing.
He's been speaking to our economics
editor, Kamal Ahmed,
who's here with me now.
What has he been saying?
I think it
is a plea for defence not to be
forgotten. We have had huge debates
about hospitals and schools, but he
says, with the threat increasing
from Russia, from rogue states, from
terrorism, that the hardware, our
ships, our submarines, Armed Forces
and soldiers, need to be remembered
in keeping Britain safe. I asked at
the Rear Admiral, who retired from
the Royal navy last autumn, what was
What worries me, and worried me
when I left the front line and was
operating in headquarters, is that
some of the decisions we were
making, and potentially
over the next 12 months,
some of the decisions that will be
made, will affect the
ability to fight and win
on the front line.
Of course, this is all in the
context of the Spring statement
tomorrow, the big announcement on
the public finances and the economy.
The Treasury makes it clear defence
spending is going up. It is the
fastest rising sector for Whitehawk
in terms of its expenditure, and
also that they are looking at other
areas, like education and health.
There could be some warm words on
defence spending tomorrow.
very much indeed.
A council with unprecedented
financial problems has been accused
of using millions of pounds
of funding ring-fenced for public
health to prop up other services.
The BBC's Inside Out East
programme has learned that
Northamptonshire County Council may
have to return as much as £10
million to Public Health England.
Tom Barton has the details.
there are over 1,000
smoking-related deaths each year...
and healthy eating.
..score is below the UK average.
Every year, the government gives
councils in England grants to spend
on improving the health
of local people.
But now there are questions over how
one council has been
spending that money.
We can reveal that Northamptonshire
County Council is being investigated
over claims that it spent millions
of pounds of public health
money on other things.
If it's found to have done so,
then this hard-up council could be
forced to repay some of that cash.
are already in dire straits.
At the start of February,
it became the first council
in nearly 20 years to put itself
in financial special measures,
as officials worried it
might run out of cash.
And it's cutting services,
including axing bus subsidies
and closing 21 libraries.
Opposition councillors say it's no
surprise the authority may
have broken the rules.
I think it tells you a lot
about the bigger picture
at Northamptonshire County Council,
which is that money is really tight.
They are having to scramble around
for every penny they can find
to balance the budget,
and they may be pushing
things a little too far.
And potentially spending ring-fenced
money outside the rules.
That's a big issue, isn't it?
Absolutely it's a big issue.
You would expect people to know
the rules and stick within them.
The council's leader acknowledges
that money intended for public
health may have been spent
on delivering adult social care
services, and she says
the authority is in discussions
with Public Health England over
whether any of that spending
was outside the rules.
Whether it was wrong,
what I can assure people is,
that money wasn't misappropriated.
It may have been spent
on adult social care,
looking after people in some way
or another, that somebody might
judge that wasn't really
public health money,
but at the end of the day,
it's still been spent on the people
For the last two months,
a government inspector has been
keeping a close eye on how
County Council is run.
He is due to complete his report
at the end of this week,
giving more details about what went
wrong at this troubled council.
Tom Barton, BBC News, Northampton.
And if you live in the east of
England, you can see more on that
story tonight on inside out on BBC
One at 7:30pm, and then everywhere
on the BBC iPlayer.
There are over 60,000 people
detained in mental health
hospitals in England -
a rise of more than 40%
in the last decade.
The Prime Minister has said
that figure is too high.
In this special report,
Graham Satchell follows the progress
of one patient as she prepares
to leave hospital and begin
a new phase of her life.
So, any worries?
How are you feeling?
I'm a bit nervous, because obviously
I've been here for quite
a while so it becomes kind
of normal, the routine.
Tee has been locked up for her own
safety for almost two years.
No sharp objects, not even a mirror.
She was detained under
the Mental Health Act
just after turning 18.
I just remember feeling every
emotion under the sun.
I was scared.
I felt upset that I've let my family
down, I felt a bit lost.
Initially it was really horrible
and a really scary process
and I started to realise that
that was what I needed.
They didn't section
me for no reason.
There was obviously a reason why.
Tee has been treated
at St Andrews in Northampton,
one of the biggest secure mental
health hospitals in the country.
It's the first time news cameras
have been allowed to film here.
Tee's problems started
when she was 14.
I used to self-harm so that got more
intense and quite serious
and things like overdosing,
which obviously I look back now
and am glad nothing worked.
Things like that, just spiralled out
of control and I felt
like I couldn't cope anymore.
Tee, it's almost time
to leave hospital.
How do you think you've
done in your time here?
When I first got here,
I was really anxious and thought
I would be here forever.
Tee has worked hard
to get to this point.
With therapy and medication, she's
learned to manage her emotions.
But the number of people
being detained in mental health
hospitals in England has gone up 40%
in a decade.
The majority of our patients
are detained patients.
They are here under a section
of the Mental Health Act.
Sadly, there is an inexhaustible
supply of damaged young women out
there who could replace the ladies
who are leaving.
Why are numbers so high?
The moment of crisis for Tee came
as she moved from child to adult
mental health services.
The criteria for getting help
as an adult is different.
Waiting times are longer.
As she turned 18, Tee had months
of no support and ended
up taking an overdose.
I felt like I was kind
of just left, so that gap,
it really made me worse.
My mental health deteriortated,
I felt like nobody cared,
I pushed the ones I loved the most
away because I thought,
they don't care so I don't care.
It was really difficult having that
period of no support.
Transition is supposed to be
a gradual managed period
from children's mental health
services to adult mental health
services but for many young people,
it's like falling off a cliff edge
and that's how many young people
describe that process.
NHS England told us they're spelling
spending an extra £280 million
a year and trialling new models
of care, young people moving
to adult mental health services
at 25 rather than 18.
But they acknowledge too many young
people are not getting
the treatment they should expect.
Graham Satchell, BBC News.
It is understood that Jamie
Carragher will not appear on Monday
The former England and Liverpool
Jamie Carragher, has apologised
after spitting at a 14-year-old girl
in a car while driving.
The 40-year-old had been covering
his former side's 2-1 defeat
by Manchester United on Saturday.
The footage shows the star react
by spitting, after what he described
as being "goaded" -
he later said there was "no
excuse" for his behaviour.
Scientists are warning that feeding
birds in your garden
could spread some diseases,
posing a threat to wildlife.
Experts led by the Zoological
Society of London say feeding tables
and containers need to be regularly
disinfected, as Helen
Feeding wild birds. It's a great way
to get close to nature, but
scientists say feeding birds may not
always be good for their health.
when people are feeding birds in
their garden, you get a number of
birds coming to the same place, day
after day after day, and you can get
a build-up of disease-causing agents
at those locations.
Data shows new
disease threats to common garden
birds, like chaffinches and great
tips, which cause symptoms like
fluffed up feathers and lethargy.
Birds rely on us feeding them, that
when they gather on bird feeders
like this, they can pass diseases to
each other. Wildlife experts say
anyone who feeds birds should follow
simple precautions. The aim of this
report is to get the message out
that the people that they need to be
responsible if they are feeding
birds. We are not discouraging
people from feeding birds, but if
you put feed out that the birds, you
should be very aware of your
hygiene, about keeping feeders
clean, and what signs of disease
look like. If you see signs of
disease, you should take action.
This bird lover says it's worth
taking the action to keep birds
coming back to her garden.
necessity to clean them, the news
about that is a bit of a shock,
because I don't do it very often. It
is rather a pain to do it. We will
just have to bother.
populations of some garden birds in
dramatic decline, more information
will help safeguard the health of
the birds we share our gardens with.
Helen Briggs, BBC News.
Time for a look at the weather.
If you were out and about at the
weekend, you would be forgiven for
thinking it is spring. Lots of
sunshine, and high temperatures for
some areas. But now it looks like we
are going to be plunged back into
winter. Sunspots struggling to get
higher than 5 degrees. Today, we
have a troublesome area of clouds
swirling around, especially across
England and Wales. The odd heavy
burst of showers this afternoon.
Brighter in western Scotland and
Northern Ireland. Temperature is not
as high as the weekend, but if you
do get some brightness, and you get
to around 10 degrees, not feeling
too bad. This wet weather towards
the south and the east will not be
any hurry to clear away. Sliding
eastwards as we go through the
night. But out west, skies begin to
Claire, and could be a touch of
frost, mist and fog in these areas.
Temperatures above freezing in most
areas. Tomorrow, likely to start off
with a lot of cloud, especially
central and eastern areas. Where you
don't see cloud, we are expecting
spells of sunshine tomorrow,
especially across the western half
of England, Wales, Scotland and
Northern Ireland. But a change for
the middle of the week. This area of
low pressure trying to squash its
way in. The isobars are squeezing
together, showing that the winds
will be brisk, and could touch gale
force wind western areas. But coming
from the south, so mild air.
Wednesday the mildest day of the
week. A bit of uncertainty as to how
far east this wet weather will get.
Further east, a better chance of
sunshine, and in that sunshine you
could easily get up to 14 or 15
degrees. But that will not last.
Starting to see a change through
Thursday and Friday, particularly in
the north. It will remain quite
unsettled, with some spells of rain
at times. Then we get to the
weekend. It looks like high pressure
will build its way down from
Scandinavia, forcing an easterly
wind in our direction, a cold one as
well. For the weekend, chilly with
brisk winds, and the potential for
some wintry showers.
That's all from the BBC News at One,
so it's goodbye from me -