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The Prime Minister visits Salisbury,

for the first time

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since the poisoning there of

a former Russian spy and daughter.

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Theresa May thanks the emergency

services

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and says there is no doubt

who is behind the attack:

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We do hold Russia

culpable for this brazen,

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brazen act, and

despicable act,

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that's taken place on the streets

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of what is such a remarkable city.

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Russia says it will expel

British diplomats soon,

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we'll have the latest

from Salisbury and Moscow.

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Also this lunchtime.

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Tests on a door from Grenfell Tower

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show it held back fire for only half

as long as it was meant to.

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The government says the risk

to public safety is low.

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Northamptonshire County Council

should be abolished,

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a government inspection recommends

a complete restructure,

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after the council

struggled with a deficit.

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The situation in Syria is described

as a colossal human tragedy,

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by the UN Refugee Agency,

as the war exceeds seven years.

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In the sport on BBC News.

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Ahead of their Europa League

tie with AC Milan,

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Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger,

calls on his players to produce

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the performances that will encourage

fans back to the Emirates Stadium.

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Hello, good afternoon and welcome

to the BBC News at One.

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The Prime Minister is in Salisbury

this afternoon in the wake

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of the poisoning of a former Russian

spy and his daughter.

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The Kremlin has said British

diplomats will be ordered

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to leave Moscow soon,

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following the expulsion yesterday

of 23 Russians from London.

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The Prime Minister took the action

after Moscow refused to explain how

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a Russian-made nerve agent was used

on Sergei and Yulia Skripal.

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France says it agrees that Russia

was responsible for the attack

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and last night the US government

expressed its full support for

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Britain in relation to the attack.

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Our diplomatic correspondent

Paul Adams reports.

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In the last few minutes, the leaders

of France, Germany and the United

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States have joined the UK in issuing

a joint statement, condemning the

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use of military grade nerve agent,

saying this constitutes the first

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offensive use of a nerve agent in

Europe since the Second World War.

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Our diplomatic correspondent

Paul Adams reports.

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Theresa May in the quiet English

town where events 11

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days ago triggered this

growing diplomatic row.

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Visiting for the first time

the scene of the crime,

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the first use of a military grade

nerve agent on British soil.

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The consequences of

this shocking act now

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reverberating around the world.

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I'm pleased to have been able

to come down here to Salisbury,

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to speak to people who responded

to this terrible incident

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that took place.

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And, as you know, I announced

in the House of Commons

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the action we are taking,

we do hold Russia culpable for this,

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this brazen, brazen act,

and despicable act that has taken

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place on the streets

of what is such a remarkable city.

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Last night at the United Nations,

an emergency session

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of the Security Council,

and an emphatic expression

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of support from Donald

Trump's representative.

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No two nations enjoy

a stronger bond.

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Ours is truly a special

relationship, when our friends

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in Great Britain face a challenge,

the United States will

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always be there for them.

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Always.

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And from the White House,

confirmation that America agrees

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with Theresa May on who poisoned

Sergei and Yulia Skripal,

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the United States shares

the assessment that Russia

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is responsible for the reckless

nerve agent attack on a British

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citizen and his daughter.

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But are Britain's allies willing

to go further and take

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actions of their own?

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President Emmanuel Macron spoke

with Theresa May this morning

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and agrees there is no other

plausible explanation

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for what happened in Salisbury

and he says he will announce his own

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measures in the coming days.

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There is a global disgust

at what has happened,

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and that is very important,

and we will continue to make

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the case to our friends and allies

that, as a committee of nations,

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we need to stand up to Russia.

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But Russia is undaunted.

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The government continuing

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to deny any involvement and now

threatening to retaliate.

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TRANSLATION:

Due to action,

non-friendly actions,

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taken by the British

against the Russian Federation,

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we are going to talk

about retaliatory measures

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that we will take, we're working

on them at the moment

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and we will take them

as soon as possible.

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At the British Embassy,

diplomats and spies wait

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to hear if they too will be

packing their bags;

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it seems, inevitable.

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In a moment we will hear

from Richard Galpin in Moscow,

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but first our home affairs

correspondent Daniel

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Sandford is in Salisbury

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Very interesting visit, sombre mood,

at this stage two are unwell but no

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one has died from the nerve agent

attack and the lot of the focus was

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on the businesses here in Salisbury,

she started by going into a

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cookshop, then walked past the scene

of the bench where the couple were

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found so seriously ill on Sunday,

the Skripals, at ago, then talking

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to business owners in the near

vicinity of the bench before going

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down to the Mill Pub, the first

place that they visited on the

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Sunday, then she went over to the

Guildhall, and we think she is

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probably likely to go to the

hospital and visit some of the

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patients there in the hospital

before heading back to London. In

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terms of police activity, a lot of

activity at the place where cars are

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towed away from Salisbury town

centre are, that is where Sergei

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Skripal's car was towed and likely

to still be there. A lot of work,

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these officers and soldiers wearing

gas masks. New location, military

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low loaders turned up to take away

another vehicle, in the town of

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older halt, and that is where we

believe Detective Sergeant Nick

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Bailey, the police officer who

became very ill after being

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contaminated, lives. -- Alderholt.

It is likely to be a vehicle related

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to him.

Crossing to Moscow, Richard

Galpin, where you are, absolute

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denial of any involvement in this?

Yes, absolutely, that has been the

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position for several days, looks

like we are getting closer to some

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kind of announcement on what Russia

will do in retaliation, the Kremlin

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today, not long before they respond,

and Vladimir Putin will take the

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final decision on what the measures

are and how they will be lamented,

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and the British government will be

informed first, as to exactly where

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it will happen, it seems likely that

British diplomats will be expelled.

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Expelled from Moscow. In the British

Embassy. We expect amongst them some

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of them to be British spies. We are

still waiting for the full

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announcement, from the government,

here. Vladimir Putin is back in

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town, knew was down in Crimea, he is

now back, there may be some work

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from Vladimir Putin himself in the

coming hours.

Thank you very much.

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In the last few minutes,

Britain, Germany, France

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and the United States have issued

a joint statement about the attack

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Our Assistant Political Editor

Norman Smith is in Westminster

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This will be seen as significant,

despite the bulge and other Russian

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diplomats and the other measures

announced, it was widely held in

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Westminster that there is a limit to

what Britain can do on its own and

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if they want to really punish

president Vladimir Putin, they must

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pull together a broad coalition of

international countries. That

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appears to be taking shape with this

joint statement from Britain, the

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United States, Germany and France,

condemning Russia, in very

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forthright terms, let me give you

some of the statement: I agree it is

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highly likely that Russia was

responsible, we share the UK

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assessment that there is no

plausible alternative explanation,

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it goes on to say, we call on Russia

to address all questions related to

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the attack in Salisbury, Russia

should in particular provide full

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and complete disclosure of the

Novichok programme, the nerve agent

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involved, and concerns are

heightened against the background of

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a pattern of earlier irresponsible

Russian behaviour. Of itself, that

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has not mean that there is a package

of sanctions ready to be imposed

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more broadly, by international

allies, but it does suggest that

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maybe, the British government is

beginning to make some sort of

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headway, and I suspect the hope is

that if, as expected, Russia

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retaliates, then Britain will be

able to respond, not purely by

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perhaps kicking out more Russian

diplomats, but by a much broader

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range of international sanctions

involving other countries.

Thank

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you.

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The laboratory where scientists

helped identify the nerve agent

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used in Salisbury will receive

what the government has

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described as a significant

increase in funding.

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In his first major speech

as Defence Secretary,

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Gavin Williamson confirmed plans

to create a multi-million pound

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centre to counter the threat

of chemical weapons,

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at the Ministry of Defence

laboratory Porton Down.

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Naomi Grimley reports.

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It's a sobering thought, most of the

UK's chemical warfare capability has

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been tied up over the last few days

in the small cathedral city of

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Salisbury, so how well equipped with

the UK be, if a country such as

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Russia launched a larger attack than

this? Today, the Defence Secretary

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admitted that ministers should have

thought more about this kind of

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threat.

State -based dangers are

increasing, back in 2010, we did not

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believe they posed us a credible

threat. With the benefit of

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hindsight, this can at best be

described as naive.

Russia, he said,

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was ripping up the international

rule book.

Frankly, Russia should go

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away, it should shut up...

Brought

forward a planned announcement: we

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are investing £48 million in a new

chemical weapons defence centre, to

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maintain our cutting edge in

chemical analysis and defence.

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This is the defence science and

technology laboratory at Porton

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Down, shown here in a BBC

documentary. It may be a world-class

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facility but since 2010, there have

been painful cuts to the units which

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specialise in this kind of research.

Some experts also point to Syria,

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arguing the West should have been

forced -- enforced red lines on

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chemical weapons there, and not

allow them to be used with impunity.

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The rules have changed on the use of

chemical weapons because we have

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done nothing about it, and it has

been very salutary that here in the

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United Kingdom, we have seen a

weapon of mass destruction, a

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chemical weapon attack on our soil,

the first ever. Now, I think that is

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bringing it home to the government

that they must act.

It was also

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announced today that thousands of

front line troops will be vaccinated

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against anthrax, it may be a

precaution but it will start a

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debate, are we properly equipped for

all the threats of an unpredictable

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world?

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The Anglo-Dutch consumer group,

Unilever, has chosen Rotterdam

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for its headquarters,

rather than London.

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The company, which makes dozens

of household brands,

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including Dove soap and Marmite,

currently has head

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offices in both cities.

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Our business correspondent

Theo Leggett reports.

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Unilever may not be a household name

but its products can be found in

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almost every British household,

including Marmite, Pot Noodles and

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PG tips.

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PG tips. Unilever is a British

business but it is also Dutch, it is

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to companies, one based in the

building behind me, and the other in

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Rotterdam and now it has decided

that is too unwieldy, so it will

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become one company based in the

Netherlands. Unilever has 169,000

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employees worldwide, more than 7000

based in the UK. That is not

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expected to change.

Instead of

having two legal structures we will

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simply have one, in the Netherlands,

and that will allow us to run our

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business a little bit faster and

more efficiently.

The government has

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played down the decision and said it

is not connected in Brexit.

It is

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only the corporate headquarters that

is moving, a relatively small number

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of jobs, it will not impact on the

net of tax that Unilever pays in the

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UK, and most importantly, the two

fastest growing divisions within

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Unilever household products, and

personal care products will be

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concentrated in the UK.

Analysts

agree that business considerations

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will have influenced the company

more than Britain leaving the EU.

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It's very easy to view everything at

the moment through the prism of

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Brexit but there's a lot of other

factors in play with Unilever, not

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least the fact that the heritage

lies both in the UK and the

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Netherlands.

It had to choose one of

the two. Politically, Unilever's

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decision comes at an awkward time

for a government which is trying to

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prove that written will be open for

business outside the the EU.

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Police say tests carried out

on a door from a flat

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in Grenfell Tower showed the door

held back fire for only half as long

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as it was designed to.

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The Housing Secretary Sajid Javid

told the Commons that the Government

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has ordered further tests

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but stressed there was no evidence

it's a systemic issue,

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and the risk to public

safety is low.

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Seventy one people died and dozens

were injured in the fire

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in London last June.

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Lucinda Adam reports.

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Witnesses to the Grenfell Tower fire

and the emergency services were

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shocked by how quickly the fire

spread around the tower block, now,

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expert test on a glazed front door

taken from an undamaged flat have

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found it held a fire for just 15

minutes, not the 30 minutes it had

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been designed for.

It is very

important for survivors of Grenfell

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Tower and bereaved families to feel

that we can honour the memories of

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those who have died, one way we can

bring justice is to make sure that

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regulations and progressive policies

ensure that people feel safe in

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their homes once again, that means

tightening regulations, that means

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honouring what happened at Grenfell,

by ensuring that people all around

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the United Kingdom feel safe in

their homes, but that also includes

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people in social housing.

Nine

months on, the Metropolitan Police

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continued frenzied investigations at

the scene, other expert test is

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being done off-site. So far, the

cladding and insulation on the

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outside of the building has failed

tests by the government. Once again,

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the failure of the door to resist

fire has raised questions about

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whether people living in public

housing are safe.

Deeply concerned,

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but not surprised: we have long

through campaigns talked about the

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fact that there has been a legacy of

neglect. It is vital, when we

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specified fire doors, it is my will

that we know what the product are,

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and that information is validated by

third parties.

Today, the housing

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secretary told the Commons there was

no evidence fire doors were a

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systematic issue, but ordered

further investigation.

The expert

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panel has advised the risk to the

public safety remains low. There is

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no change to fire safety advice that

the public should follow. I

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nevertheless fully appreciate that

this news will be troubling for many

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people, not least those affected by

the Grenfell tragedy, and that is

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why based on expert advice, we have

begun the process of conducting

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further tests.

The Metropolitan

Police say it is too early to say

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what these tests and others may

impact upon the criminal

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investigation into what happened

here, which will determine whether

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corporate manslaughter charges can

be brought, but these latest results

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will only fuel the community's

demand for answers about why the

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fire was so devastating and why so

many died.

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The time is 1:17pm.

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Our top story this lunchtime:

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The Prime Minister visits Salisbury,

for the first time since

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the poisoning there of a former

Russian spy and daughter.

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Theresa May thanks the emergency

services and says there is no doubt

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who is behind the attack.

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And coming up...

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Pupils taking part in the BBC's

School Report are learning how

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to separate real news

from fake news.

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Keep on asking because at some point

you may get to the dark secrets.

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Coming up in sport, Great Britain

can now not win a medal

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in the wheelchair curling

at the Winter Paralympics.

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Defeat to South Korea in their

penultimate round-robin match.

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And Norway's victory over Slovakia

means Britain failed

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to make the medal play-off.

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The United Nations Refugee Agency

has described the civil war in Syria

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as a colossal human tragedy,

as it passes its

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seventh anniversary.

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Half a million Syrians have been

killed and 13 million are in need

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of humanitarian assistance

because of the fighting.

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Here, Cabinet ministers have branded

as utterly abhorrent the Syrian

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regime's use of food and medical

supplies as weapons of war.

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Martin Patience sent

this report from Beirut.

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This is a war with no end in sight.

The rescuer calls to a young boy

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buried in the rubble, where are you?

His home was hit by an air strike,

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but the boy survived. Where is my

mother, he cries.

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mother, he cries. Eastern Ghouta is

the latest front line of Syria's war

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and nowhere is safe. Hospitals in

the rebels's stronghold are

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overwhelmed by the injured.

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overwhelmed by the injured. Some of

the most vulnerable have been

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allowed to leave eastern Ghouta for

medical treatment. Among them, this

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farmer. But he's lost in his own

country.

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TRANSLATION:

I don't know anything

about my family until now. I haven't

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heard from them in ten days. I hope

I can return to my family and see my

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children again.

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The war began when Syrian stuck to

the streets demanding the fall of

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President Bashar al-Assad. They

didn't know it then, but it was the

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start of a failed revolution. The

Syrian regime launched a brutal

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crackdown. In 2013, it carried out a

chemical attack in eastern Ghouta,

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killing hundreds. America said it

crossed the red line and was poised

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to attack. But at the last minute,

Washington pulled out. That was a

0:20:400:20:46

major turning point in the war. Two

years later, Russia entered the

0:20:460:20:53

conflict but on the side of the

Syrian government. Moscow's support

0:20:530:21:01

of President Bashar al-Assad has now

tilted the war in his favour. Amid

0:21:010:21:07

the chaos, the Islamic State group

seized control of large parts of the

0:21:070:21:11

country but it has now been largely

defeated. Today the Syrian army

0:21:110:21:20

appears closer to re-taking eastern

Ghouta. An extraordinary exodus of

0:21:200:21:31

thousands of civilians is under way.

For years, these people have

0:21:310:21:39

survived a siege and bombardment.

They have now left behind their

0:21:390:21:43

homes and have no idea what lies

ahead.

0:21:430:21:51

A 44 year old man has been jailed

for at least 30 years,

0:21:510:21:55

after admitting stabbing to death

a woman while she was at work

0:21:550:21:57

in an Aldi supermarket in Skipton

just before Christmas.

0:21:570:22:01

Neville Hord pleaded

guilty to murdering

0:22:010:22:02

30-year-old Jodie Willsher,

0:22:020:22:04

who was the daughter

of his former partner.

0:22:040:22:10

The mother-of-one died at the scene.

0:22:100:22:11

Prosecutors described Hord's motive

for the killing as 'revenge'.

0:22:110:22:19

The Crown Prosecution Service has

ruled out a further review

0:22:220:22:24

by prosecutors into the death

of 13-month-old Poppi Worthington in

0:22:240:22:26

Barrow-in-Furness in December 2012.

0:22:260:22:27

A coroner concluded in January that

Poppi had been sexually

0:22:270:22:30

assaulted by her father,

Paul Worthington, before

0:22:300:22:31

she died of asphyxia.

0:22:310:22:32

He denies any wrongdoing.

0:22:320:22:34

The CPS said no new evidence had

emerged that could change

0:22:340:22:36

its decision not to prosecute.

0:22:360:22:38

Today Poppi's mother

said she was "extremely

0:22:380:22:39

disappointed" by the decision.

0:22:390:22:44

Government inspectors have

recommended abolishing

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Northamptonshire County Council,

and replacing it with two

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new unitary authorities.

0:22:470:22:55

The council has been facing

serious financial problems.

0:22:550:22:59

Our correspondent Jo Black

is at the council's headquarters.

0:22:590:23:04

Explain what has happened here and

what it means.

This council here in

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Northampton has been dubbed the

worst run authority in the country

0:23:100:23:13

by one of the local MPs and it's

facing severe financial pressures,

0:23:130:23:19

and has been doing for quite a while

now. I can confirm that in the last

0:23:190:23:24

few minutes it's been announced the

leader here, councillor Heather

0:23:240:23:28

Smith, has quit as leader so that is

coming through in the last few

0:23:280:23:32

minutes. There's a press conference

going on across the road is reacting

0:23:320:23:36

to this report, which has been

published today by an independent

0:23:360:23:42

inspector. Like I say, they have

been facing financial woes here for

0:23:420:23:44

some time and this report won't make

many people very happy. Let me give

0:23:440:23:49

you a run-through of what's been

going on, earlier this year they

0:23:490:23:53

imposed emergency spending controls

because they thought they would run

0:23:530:23:56

out of cash. They put the budget

together for year and there's £40

0:23:560:24:02

million worth of cuts so things like

bus subsidies will go, libraries

0:24:020:24:07

will close, trading standards will

have their budgets cut. This

0:24:070:24:11

brand-new building which is worth

around £50 million, the council only

0:24:110:24:16

moved into its six months ago and is

now thinking of selling it to raise

0:24:160:24:20

cash. If you look at this report,

the inspector says the council could

0:24:200:24:25

be abolished and replaced by two

unitary authorities, that's one

0:24:250:24:31

recommendation, and it also says it

is up to the Secretary of State

0:24:310:24:35

Savage of it to consider whether to

sending government Commissioner to

0:24:350:24:42

run the services here. There is a

press conference going on and we

0:24:420:24:45

will get more efficient -- official

lines, but there has been alarmed --

0:24:450:24:56

and ongoing demand for extra

services.

0:24:560:25:03

services.

Thank you, apologies with

the problems with Jo's microphone

0:25:030:25:10

there.

0:25:100:25:12

The World Health Organisation

is to carry out a review

0:25:120:25:14

of the potential impact of plastic

on human health.

0:25:140:25:16

The move follows the release

of a new study that found tiny

0:25:160:25:19

particles of plastic in major brands

of drinking water.

0:25:190:25:21

The motor industry should

finance a clean air fund,

0:25:210:25:24

and new laws should be passed

to clean up the poisonous

0:25:240:25:26

air in parts of the UK.

0:25:260:25:28

These are among the conclusions

reached by MPs who sit on four

0:25:280:25:31

parliamentary committees,

and who've joined forces to call

0:25:310:25:32

for a new Clean Air Act.

0:25:320:25:34

Here's our Environment

Analyst, Roger Harrabin.

0:25:340:25:42

The air in many of Britain's cities

is officially unfit to breathe. MPs

0:25:420:25:48

are angry that despite a series of

court defeats the Government still

0:25:480:25:51

hasn't cleaned it up. The young and

old are particularly at risk and the

0:25:510:25:57

UN children's organisation Unicef is

demanding Britain's children get

0:25:570:26:01

clean air.

The evidence shows the

impact is extremely severe, we are

0:26:010:26:07

seeing children's lungs are not

developing as they should, we are

0:26:070:26:10

seeing a risk to children's immune

system and even the deterioration of

0:26:100:26:16

children's brain development and

these impacts children throughout

0:26:160:26:18

their lives.

Vehicles produce 80% of

nitrogen -based pollution. The

0:26:180:26:22

Government aims to end sales of new

conventional diesel and petrol

0:26:220:26:26

vehicles by 2040 but India will do

it ten years earlier.

Over

0:26:260:26:32

successive years over many

governments, this issue has not been

0:26:320:26:36

given the priority it deserves and

everybody has a right to breathe

0:26:360:26:39

clean air so we want to see the

Government put health at the heart

0:26:390:26:46

of this issue.

Many want to see a

clean air fund. In a statement, the

0:26:460:26:52

industry said:

0:26:520:27:02

But car engines are not the only

source of vehicle emissions. Tyres

0:27:060:27:11

creating friction on the road make

dust pollution too, so do breaks.

0:27:110:27:17

The Government says air pollution is

getting better, which it is. It is

0:27:170:27:22

promising a new air strategy later

in the year but it may be aiming at

0:27:220:27:26

a moving target because the latest

science suggests, no proof yet, but

0:27:260:27:32

suggests air pollution at very low

levels could be linked with

0:27:320:27:35

Alzheimer's and attention deficit in

children. This is no easy problem.

0:27:350:27:43

Across the BBC, today is the day

when thousands of pupils around

0:27:430:27:46

the country find stories

in their local area,

0:27:460:27:48

and produce news bulletins

for their own School Report.

0:27:480:27:50

The focus of this year's project

is helping young people

0:27:500:27:54

identify real news and filter out

so-called fake news.

0:27:540:27:58

And a game has been launched that

challenges young people

0:27:580:28:00

to spot false stories.

0:28:000:28:01

Our correspondent John Maguire has

been meeting some of the students

0:28:010:28:04

involved in its development.

0:28:040:28:10

Sometimes it's difficult to tell

what is real and what is not.

0:28:100:28:14

Fake news is a major issue

in this internet age,

0:28:140:28:16

especially for children.

0:28:160:28:18

These students at Whitley Academy

in Coventry have been helping

0:28:180:28:20

to create an online game to teach

youngsters how to detect

0:28:200:28:23

when news is made up.

0:28:230:28:29

Like I said, what I can say,

it's too early to say.

0:28:290:28:32

But that doesn't mean we don't know,

it's just that we don't know yet.

0:28:320:28:36

The scenario involves a major

problem with a social media company.

0:28:360:28:41

I'm dealing with a

major incident here!

0:28:410:28:44

The students act as journalists,

trying to find out what is happening

0:28:440:28:47

and deciding how and when to

publish their story.

0:28:470:28:52

Always keep on asking,

because at one point,

0:28:520:28:54

you might get to the bottom of it,

the dark secrets that the CEO wants

0:28:540:28:57

to keep from their users.

0:28:570:29:04

I think it teaches you how

to make the right decisions

0:29:040:29:07

about what is happening.

0:29:070:29:09

And I think that really helps,

because now in social media

0:29:090:29:11

and stuff, they give out a lot

of fake news on the Internet,

0:29:110:29:16

and some people believe a lot of it,

and that can get them

0:29:160:29:19

into a lot of trouble.

0:29:190:29:21

The game is being released online

by the BBC on School Report day.

0:29:210:29:24

It is created in partnership

with the animators and

0:29:240:29:26

film-makers Aardman.

0:29:260:29:28

Here at their headquarters,

media students from the City

0:29:280:29:30

of Bristol College have also been

involved in the process.

0:29:300:29:34

So, what do you think

of the characters that

0:29:340:29:36

were put in there?

0:29:360:29:37

Yeah, I really like them.

0:29:370:29:38

Personally, my favourite is Sly Fox.

0:29:380:29:41

Before this, I didn't know

about fake news at all,

0:29:410:29:43

so this has brought

it to my attention.

0:29:430:29:46

It might encourage younger kids,

if they hear anything

0:29:460:29:48

on the news to research it.

0:29:480:29:53

And see if it is true or false.

0:29:530:29:56

Part of this game is about trying

to find the sources,

0:29:560:29:59

finding out if it is real

and if it is safe to share it,

0:29:590:30:02

if other people are open to finding

out about it as well.

0:30:020:30:07

30,000 students take part

in School Report each year,

0:30:070:30:09

helping them to understand

what is going on in the world.

0:30:090:30:12

And this game is designed

to inform and protect them

0:30:120:30:14

from malicious fake news.

0:30:140:30:20

Teaching them to question, to ask

what, how, and crucially, why.

0:30:200:30:26

You made it.

0:30:260:30:27

Welcome to the social media team.

0:30:270:30:35

The weather forecast is all true,

I'm sure, even if we sometimes don't

0:30:380:30:43

like it, Helen.

0:30:430:30:44

I'm sure, even if we sometimes don't

like it, Helen.

0:30:440:30:46

That is the point, many people will

be asking why is winter returning

0:30:460:30:51

this weekend! Rain under the weather

front but it is now clearing

0:30:510:30:56

northwards. It is raining we are

concerned about at the moment, we've

0:30:560:31:00

had almost two inches in Northern

Ireland but it is clearing away. As

0:31:000:31:05

the evening and night wears on it

will turn progressively to snow.

0:31:050:31:10

More rain falling behind so with the

cloud again it will be particularly

0:31:100:31:14

cold, perhaps a little more chilly

than last night and missed and cloud

0:31:140:31:19

to greet us as well as rain tomorrow

morning. Friday looks like it will

0:31:190:31:23

start on a grey note with snow

falling over the hills to start with

0:31:230:31:26

but initially, sorry through the day

it will fall at lower levels as

0:31:260:31:33

well. Temperatures around 7 degrees

in Scotland, the west holding onto

0:31:330:31:38

brightness. There are issues with

flooding because it has been raining

0:31:380:31:45

today, will be tonight and tomorrow.

Further south still relatively mild

0:31:450:31:50

with sharp showers to contend with

tomorrow. Then tomorrow night look

0:31:500:31:55

at this, as that easterly wind takes

effect the rain showers will turn to

0:31:550:32:00

snow and it will be much colder

tomorrow night, quite widespread

0:32:000:32:04

frost, especially in the east,

accentuated by the wind. Let's talk

0:32:040:32:10

of the wind, the reason for the

change. This Scandinavia high

0:32:100:32:14

pressure allows the wind to blast

once again across our shores so any

0:32:140:32:19

of the showers falling through

Saturday will fall as snow except

0:32:190:32:22

the far south and west. They will

continue to fester central and

0:32:220:32:26

eastern areas, temperatures will be

8-10d lower than today and tomorrow

0:32:260:32:32

a real shock to the system when you

add on the effect of the wind.

0:32:320:32:36

Winter is definitely returning.

Obviously we need to give you more

0:32:360:32:41

details with regard to time of the

snow but there's an added

0:32:410:32:46

complication across the southern

half of the UK on Sunday with

0:32:460:32:52

several centimetres of snow falling.

Snow and ice, hazards to be

0:32:520:32:59

concerned about, and bitterly cold.

So please do keep your eyes on the

0:32:590:33:04

forecast, don't make this on the

list you see if you do have plans,

0:33:040:33:09

but it looks like a nasty wintry

weather to

0:33:090:33:13

but it looks like a nasty wintry

weather to -- returning to our

0:33:130:33:14

shores.

Thank you, Helen. A reminder of our

0:33:140:33:20

main story - the primers to visit

Salisbury

0:33:200:33:27

Salisbury -- the Prime Minister

visit Salisbury for the first time

0:33:270:33:29

since the poisoning of a Russian

spy.

0:33:290:33:32

That's all from the BBC News at One

so it's goodbye from me -

0:33:320:33:43