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An 18-year-old is convicted

of attempted murder,

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after the bomb attack

on the London Underground

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last September.

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Ahmed Hassan admitted building

the device at home -

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he planted it on a tube carriage

at the height of the rush hour.

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30 people were injured

in the explosion at Parsons Green.

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It's emerged Hassan

was enrolled on two government

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anti-radicalisation programmes.

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Hassan was engaged on the programme,

but coming back to his devious

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nature, he kept it very secretive

in relation to what he was doing,

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what he was planning,

and nobody around him actually knew

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what his plot was.

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The Government says

there are lessons to be

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learned from the case.

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We'll have the latest.

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Also this lunchtime.

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The Foreign Secretary says

Vladimir Putin is almost certainly

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responsible for ordering the use

of a nerve agent on a former Russian

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spy on British soil.

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Our quarrel is with Putin's Kremlin,

and with his decision,

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and we think it overwhelmingly

likely it was his decision to direct

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the use of a nerve agent

on the streets of the UK,

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on the streets of Europe.

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TopMan apologises unreservedly

for any offence - after selling a T

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shirt that some believed referred

to the Hillsborough disaster.

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And it's Gold Cup day at Cheltenham

- can trainer Nicky Henderson win

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a historic treble later today?

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And coming up in the sport

on BBC News, it's an all

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English Champions League

quarterfinal as Liverpool are drawn

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against Premier League

rivals Manchester City.

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Good afternoon and welcome

to the BBC News at One.

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An 18-year-old man has been found

guilty of attempted murder,

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following the bomb attack

on the London Underground last

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September, which injured 30 people.

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Ahmed Hassan admitted building

the device that partially detonated

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at Parsons Green station,

during the morning rush hour.

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The court heard it was only luck

that the device didn't fully go off,

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and kill many people.

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It's emerged that Hassan was under

two deradicalisation programmes,

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"channel" and "prevent".

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The government says

there are lessons to be

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learned from the case.

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Our Home Affairs correspondent,

June Kelly, is at the Old Bailey.

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Well, soon after his arrived in the

UK it became clear that Ahmed Hassan

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was at risk of violent extremism. He

said he had been kidnapped and

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trained to kill in Iraq he was also

seen looking at propaganda on his

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phone. He was put on the Government

programme prevent, which is aimed at

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turning people Jay from terrorism,

but at the same time, this young man

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was building a bomb.

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was building a bomb.

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Ahmed Hassan buying batteries

and screwdrivers in Asda.

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Everyday items but, for him,

part of his bomb-making kit.

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He's asked for ID.

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He may have looked young,

but he's been described as mature,

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highly intelligent and calculating.

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CCTV cameras captured his journey

as, the following morning,

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he left home with a bomb in his bag

and a plan in his head.

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He was on his way to

kill and injure people

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on the London Underground system.

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He made for a train and,

a few stops down the District Line,

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he got off, leaving his bag

containing his bomb

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on a timer behind.

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Just after the train pulled

into Parsons Green station,

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the bomb detonated, creating

a massive fireball which rolled down

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the carriage, leaving passengers

burning and screaming in pain.

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Hassan had struck shrapnel

to the device - including nuts,

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bolts, screws and knives -

to cause maximum carnage.

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He'd also used the explosive TATP,

known as Mother of Satan.

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The bomb had only

partially exploded.

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That bag's on fire.

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At Parsons Green, a major emergency

operation got under way.

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Terrified passengers

were taken off the train.

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Some were carried out

of the station on stretchers.

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Meanwhile, the teenage bomber left

London and went on the run.

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The year before he'd told a teacher

it was his duty to hate Britain

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because his father had been killed

by coalition forces.

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And at the time of the attack

he was on the Government's

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anti-radicalisation programme,

Prevent.

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He was very cunning and devious and,

on the face of it, Hassan

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was engaged on the programme,

but coming back to his devious

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nature, he kept it very secretive

in relation to what he was doing,

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what he was planning

and nobody around him actually

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knew what his plot was.

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24 hours on from his attack,

firearms officers were surrounding

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his house in Sunbury in Surrey.

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Inside were his petrified

elderly foster parents,

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Penny and Ron Jones.

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This was a couple who had received

MBEs from the Queen for fostering

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hundreds of children.

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Ahmed Hassan repaid them

for giving him a home by secretly

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building a bomb in their kitchen.

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And it's also emerged

that the teenagers staying

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in their spare bedroom had said

to immigration officials

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that in Iraq, he'd been

kidnapped and trained to kill

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by the Islamic State group.

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It seems the Joneses were told

little about his background.

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Someone like Penny Jones

is experienced, and she's

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an absolute champion for education,

for the children's mental

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health and well-being.

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She would have put in as much

as she possibly could in place

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for this young man.

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And this would have...

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This would have absolutely destroyed

them, in part, because they had...

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I don't think they had any idea.

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After the bombing, Hassan,

who had come into the UK two

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years earlier on a lorry,

headed for Dover.

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He was arrested as he tried

to flee the country

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which had given him refuge,

but for which he felt only hatred.

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June Kelly, BBC News.

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Clearly Ahmed Hassan had duped

officials from the prevent programme

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into believing he was co-operating

with them. This morning after the

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verdict we had a statement from

Surrey County Council which was

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responsible for his welfare, in this

country, they apologised saying our

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work with other aagencies in this

case wasn't as good as it should

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have been and we are sorry for that.

They also apologised to Hassan's

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foster parentings, they say they

were told about his background but

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what we are still trying to get

nailed down is what the Jones were

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told. Also this morning we have had

a statement from the Security

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Minister, and he said clearly

lessons had to be learned from this

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case.

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case.

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The Foreign Secretary has said

he believes it's "overwhelmingly

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likely" that President Putin

was personally responsible

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for directing the use of a nerve

agent on a former spy in Salisbury.

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Boris Johnson's comments come

as Russia's Foreign Minister,

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Sergei Lavrov, confirmed British

diplomats will be expelled

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from Moscow, in response to 23

Russians being told to leave Britain

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earlier this week.

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Naomi Grimley reports.

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It is 12 days since Sergei Skripal

and his daughter were attacked with

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nerve agents? Salisbury. The

resulting diplomatic spat with

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Russia has escalated rapidly, even

racing the prospect of a return to

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the Cold War.

British diplomats in Moscow are

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braced for tit-for-tat reprisals

after Britain announced the

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expulsion of 23 Russian official,

there is no word yet on that but

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Russia says it has stopped listening

to the allegations from the west.

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TRANSLATION:

There is

investigations, hearings, when not a

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single piece of evidence has been

presented to the public. The lact of

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facts is being compensated for by

more ways of sanctions.

Boris

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Johnson was standing shoulder to

shoulder with his polish

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counterpart, making it clear

President Putin is the man he wants

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to see punished, not Russians in

general.

Our quarrel is with Putin's

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Kremlin. And with his decision, and

we think it likely that it was his

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decision. To direct the use of a

nerve agent on the streets of the

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UK, on the streets of Europe, for

the first time since the Second

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World War.

The Russians are gave and

immediate responsibilities to that

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remark, saying it was shocking and

unforgivable. Meanwhile at

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Westminster, this episode has

started to reveal some of the

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existing cracks in the Labour Party.

Jeremy Corbyn has once again

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suggested that Britain can't be sure

the Russian state is responsible. In

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a guardian article he

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But that has drawn an angry response

from some Labour backbenchers.

What

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we need is a very clear line from

our leadership, stating very clearly

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that we stand shoulder to shoulder

with our allies and with the

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Government, in the action it has

taken.

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In Salisbury last night specialist

police teams were still at the grave

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side of Sergei Skripal's wife and

son.

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131 people in this English city are

believed to have had possible

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contact with the deadly nerve agent.

They may not be in hospital, but the

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anxiety caused to them is trouble

enough.

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to them is trouble enough.

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Our correspondent Richard

Galpin is in Moscow.

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It #150e78 there was a pretty swift

reaction to what Boris Johnson --

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Boris Johnson had to say?

Totally,

it has been very quick, and absolute

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fury. It has come from best cover,

the Kremlin spokesperson, the

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official spokesperson, he Oussama

Assaidi what Mr Johnson has done is

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very shocking, is unforgivable and a

breach of diplomatic rules on what

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is normal, decent behaviour, so I

think the Kremlin will see this as

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being really provocative, upping the

ante at what is a very febrile time

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in terms of the relationship between

Moscow and London. Then of course we

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are waiting for that decision on the

retaliatory measures from Moscow.

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Still, no definite timing on that.

Officials have been saying it will

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be soon, one person saying it could

be any minute now, but I think we

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have to factor in the Presidential

election taking place on Sunday,

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that might affect it. However, given

what Mr Johnson has said today,

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which is really going to be seen as

provocative, maybe they will decide

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to move more quickly on those

measures.

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(

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(

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At least six people are now known

to have died when a newly-built

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bridge collapsed onto a busy

road in Florida.

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Eight cars were crushed,

10 people were taken to hospital,

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and the emergency services have been

working at the scene

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throughout the night.

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CBS news correspondent

Manuel Bohorquez is at the scene.

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Bring us up-to-date with what the

authorities are saying and doing.

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Well, Jane, at this point they do

not expect to find any more

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survivors behind us, where that

bridge collapsed. They said this has

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turned from a Search and Rescue

mission to a recovery effort, and a

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very delicate one at that. You might

be able to tell behind me it's a

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precarious situation for rescue

workers and investigators back

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there, there is part of the bridge

that the teating on one of the

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support columns and as they try to

clear some of the rubble it can

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still be dangerous for them. The

yerls indication of what may have

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been happening on the bridge, #k5i78

in the form of a tweet from US

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Senator Marco Rubio who said he

learned that workers may have been

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tightening some of the cables when

it collapsed. We know that a stress

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test was also happening at that

time, this is a bridge that was

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installed just days ago, had not

been opened to foot traffic just yet

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but clearly there was traffic going

underneath it while the tests were

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happening.

Thank you very much.

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Thank you very much.

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The clothing chain TopMan has

apologised unreservedly for any

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offence that was caused by a T-shirt

it's been selling, after criticism

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that it could be seen to refer

to the Hillsborough disaster.

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The red top, with a large 96

on the back, is being seen by some

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Liverpool fans as a reference

to the club's kit and the number

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of people who died

in the 1989 disaster.

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TopMan says the design was inspired

by a Bob Marley song, but is has now

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been withdrawn from sale.

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Sarah Corker reports.

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This is the £20 T-shirt that

Liverpool fans have deck cried as

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sick. On the back the words what

goes round comes back round, and

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written o the sleeve is the word

Karma. It was spotted online on

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Thursday, and on Merseyside there

has been a big backlash, the 96, the

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colour red and the rose are seen by

some here as references to the

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Hillsborough disaster, when 96

people died.

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Campaigners want to know how this

happened

Who made this decision do

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this shirt? Who made this decision

surely to goodness they must have

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known, something about Hillsborough,

and if they don't, I urge them to

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look up on Hillsborough, because I

think they will learn, they have to

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learn a lot about it. And of course

I can understand the fans, the

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families, being upset about this.

And some took to Twitter to vent

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their anger, absolute disgrace, it

is surely unintentional one person

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rote wrote, how no-one flagged how

offensive it would be is beyond me.

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Another wrote it is a Bob Marley

song, the lyrics are from the song,

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Karma is the brand. They could have

thought of the other connotations

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perhaps but probably the designers

don't follow football. Others

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described it as an unfortunate

coincidence and a genuine mistakes.

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TopMan acted swiftly. Removing the

shirt this morning.

I have

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constituents who have post-traumatic

stress disorder from that terrible

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event, it is just, it is really

unfortunate that top man have done

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this, I am glad they have taken it

off sale. Is

A company spokesperson

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Questions are being asked of the

design team how this Hillsborough

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connection was not spotted sooner.

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Our top story this lunchtime...

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An 18-year-old is convicted

of attempted murder,

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after the bomb attack

on the London Underground

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last September.

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Coming up, the Six Nations climax.

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Ireland look to secure

the Grand Slam against

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an under-pressure England side.

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Coming up in sport, no medals

for Great Britain on day seven

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of the Winter Paralympics

as the snowboarders

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all once again miss out

on the podium in PyeongChang.

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GB have two days left

to meet their medal target.

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The elephant population

is continuing to dwindle

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across Africa, as thousands

are killed every year

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for their tusks.

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Campaigners say a ban on the trade

in ivory would be one step

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towards making it an unacceptable

ornament - and help

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save the elephants.

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The leaders of Botswana,

Uganda and Gabon are calling

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on the UK and the European Union

to outlaw the sale of antique ivory.

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From Botswana, Alistair

Leithead reports.

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Botswana is the last sanctuary

for Africa's elephants.

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Half of the animals left

on the continent live

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here and on its borders.

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But conservationists say

the continuing trade in tusks,

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be it legal or illegal,

to feed the market for ivory

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in China means the elephants

are still seriously endangered.

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Thousands of elephants

are still being killed

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for their ivory across Africa every

year, leaving orphans,

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like these guys.

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Although the scale of poaching

is down from what it was a few years

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ago, more elephants are being killed

every year than are being born.

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It is still a big crisis

for Africa's elephants.

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This is one way to address it -

cracking down hard

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on the poachers and traffickers.

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A demonstration at the Giants Club

Summit shows how lessons learned

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in counterterrorism are now

being used for anti-poaching.

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Making sure animals are worth

more alive is important,

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but many here think

ending trade is key.

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This ivory ornament was bought

at auction in the UK as an antique,

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and therefore legal to sell.

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But radiocarbon dating proved

it was from an elephant

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killed 13 years ago.

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If the experts can't

tell, then how on earth

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are the public supposed to know?

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And I think the default setting

when you have that level

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of uncertainty simply has to be,

"We can't afford to sell ivory."

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That is why a global petition

is pushing for an EU and UK ban

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of antique ivory sales,

now signed by three

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African presidents.

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Well, I think the way we are moving

now, when you look at the other

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countries coming on board,

for example, like China.

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I think they are setting a wonderful

example for others to follow,

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whether it is the UK,

the European Union or anyone else.

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Banning the vehicle ivory trade

won't stop the illegal killing

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and filling of elephants,

but it is another step

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towards making ivory a less

acceptable ornament.

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-- the illegal killing and orphaning

of elephants.

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The Egyptian government has called

on the British authorities to bring

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to justice the people who attacked

an Egyptian student in Nottingham.

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18-year-old Mariam Moustafa died

on Wednesday, nearly a month

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after she was assaulted

in the city centre.

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The attack has caused

widespread anger in Egypt.

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From Nottingham,

Sima Kotecha reports.

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18-year-old Mariam Moustafa, an

engineering student in Nottingham.

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Her family are from Egypt and came

here for a better life.

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In February, as the teenager

was making her way to see her mother

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and sister, she was attacked.

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She caught a bus on the street

to try and get away from the girls.

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However, they followed her.

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Police say she was

punched several times.

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She died on Wednesday.

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This footage on social media shows

what happened on the bus.

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You move out my way!

0:19:460:19:47

You move out my way!

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Yesterday police said there was no

information at this stage to suggest

0:19:530:19:55

it was a hate crime,

but that they were

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keeping an open mind.

0:19:570:20:00

She was in a coma for three

weeks after the attack.

0:20:000:20:02

The family gave us these pictures.

0:20:020:20:06

Her younger sister told

the BBC it felt as if half

0:20:060:20:09

of her was now missing.

0:20:090:20:12

Mariam was always looking out...

0:20:120:20:14

Looking forward for

being an engineering.

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She was a hard worker,

she always put all her effort in,

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to be in engineering.

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For me, I still can't

believe she's gone.

0:20:230:20:26

I still feel like she's around me.

0:20:260:20:28

I feel like she's going to come

knocking on the door,

0:20:280:20:30

saying, "Malla, come here."

0:20:300:20:32

But that's not happening.

0:20:320:20:40

The Egyptian government has called

on the UK authorities

0:20:400:20:42

to bring those who did this

to her to just as quickly.

0:20:420:20:49

-- to justice quickly.

0:20:490:20:50

A 17-year-old girl was arrested

on suspicion of assault but has been

0:20:500:20:53

released on conditional bail.

0:20:530:20:54

A postmortem examination

is taking place today.

0:20:540:20:56

Sima Kotecha, BBC News, Nottingham.

0:20:560:21:02

The number of secondary schools

running at a loss has nearly trebled

0:21:020:21:05

in England in four years,

according to The Education

0:21:050:21:08

Policy Institute.

0:21:080:21:11

The think tank analysed the budgets

of council-supported primary

0:21:110:21:13

and secondary schools in the last

financial year, and more

0:21:130:21:16

than a quarter of the secondary

schools were in the red.

0:21:160:21:20

The Government disputes the figures

and says it's putting an extra

0:21:200:21:23

£1.3 billion into schools.

0:21:230:21:25

Helena Lee reports.

0:21:250:21:33

This is the Elizabeth Garrett

Anderson School in north London, a

0:21:360:21:40

comprehensive secondary for around

900 girls. And one facing funding

0:21:400:21:46

issues. They already feeling the

impact here. The school says costs

0:21:460:21:50

are gobbling up for them, meaning

they are having to dip into

0:21:500:21:55

reserves. Jo is the head teacher,

she says it is the disadvantaged

0:21:550:21:59

children at her school most

affected.

It as local authorities

0:21:590:22:08

are not able to provide the same

services they use too. Schools have

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to pick that up. If we don't do

that, it is the most disadvantaged,

0:22:130:22:18

the most challenged, most vulnerable

young people who will suffer. So all

0:22:180:22:22

the support around mental health and

other challenges has been withdrawn

0:22:220:22:26

and we have to fun but ourselves.

This school is not alone,

0:22:260:22:32

researchers at the Education Policy

Institute looked at finances of

0:22:320:22:36

local authority secondaries in

England over the last seven years.

0:22:360:22:39

They found the number of secondary

schools in deficit almost trebled in

0:22:390:22:45

the last four years.

In 2013/2014, almost 8% were in the

0:22:450:22:51

red. That rose to just over 26% in

2016/ 17. Those in the south-west

0:22:510:22:59

are most likely to be in deficit.

Parents will naturally be concerned

0:22:590:23:04

about some of the pressures on

school budgets, because what it may

0:23:040:23:08

mean for them is cuts to teachers,

cuts to teaching assistants, which

0:23:080:23:13

can potentially mean increased class

sizes and a reduction of subjects on

0:23:130:23:16

offer in secondary schools.

The local Government Association

0:23:160:23:20

says this report shows the

Government needs to provide extra

0:23:200:23:24

funding but the Government says it

does not recognise the findings of

0:23:240:23:27

the report and is investing £1.3

billion into schools.

0:23:270:23:32

It's Gold Cup day at

the Cheltenham Festival,

0:23:320:23:34

with trainer Nicky Henderson

going for an historic treble

0:23:340:23:36

when he sends out Might Bite

later this afternoon.

0:23:360:23:40

Victory would make Henderson

the first trainer to win

0:23:400:23:42

the Champion Hurdle,

Champion Chase and Gold Cup at one

0:23:420:23:45

Cheltenham Festival.

0:23:450:23:49

70,000 people are expected

to be there to watch.

0:23:490:23:51

Our sports correspondent

Andy Swiss reports.

0:23:510:23:58

Sunny skies and even brighter hopes

as the fans flocked for a snapshot

0:24:040:24:09

of racing history, the big question

is who's here will it be? 12 months

0:24:090:24:18

ago it was Sizing Johns, but he has

been ruled out by injury, leaving

0:24:180:24:24

the field open. Native River is one

of the favourites and the jockey has

0:24:240:24:30

Gold Cup glory in his sights.

Any

trainer, owner or jockey, just to

0:24:300:24:35

have a runner in the races is

amazing. Four win eight, to me, it

0:24:350:24:40

is the best race you can win.

Others are already chasing history.

0:24:400:24:45

Trainer Nicky Henderson has already

won the two biggest races at the

0:24:450:24:49

festival so far and now his horse

Might Bite could make it an

0:24:490:24:53

president at hat-trick. But he fears

the soggy conditions might think his

0:24:530:24:57

hopes. -- could make it an

unprecedented hat-trick.

He is a

0:24:570:25:03

very classy horse and it rubs the

class out of them a little bit. And

0:25:030:25:07

the real old sluggers in the Gold

Cup can make it into a bit of a war

0:25:070:25:15

of attrition, that is probably not

Might Bite's scene.

0:25:150:25:20

One man guaranteed a special day is

109-year-old Ralph, Britain's third

0:25:200:25:25

oldest man will be a guest here and

half a century after his last

0:25:250:25:29

Cheltenham visit, he hopes to choose

a winner.

I like to have an

0:25:290:25:35

occasional flutter on racing. I

don't spend a lot, just two

0:25:350:25:40

shillings.

A shilling or two is what so many

0:25:400:25:45

here hoped for. Today is one of

racing's biggest gambles, as well as

0:25:450:25:50

one of its biggest celebrations. The

fans will hope for plenty to cheer.

0:25:500:25:57

This promises to be one of the most

open Gold cups we have seen. Might

0:25:570:26:05

Bite, Our Duke and Native River are

currently leading the betting. The

0:26:050:26:11

Gold cup gets under way at 3:30pm.

Thank you very much, Andy Swiss at

0:26:110:26:16

Cheltenham. It is a busy time in the

sporting world.

0:26:160:26:22

It's the climax of the Six Nations

this weekend, with Ireland aiming

0:26:220:26:25

to win the Grand Slam

against England at Twickenham.

0:26:250:26:27

Confidence is low in Eddie Jones'

side, and after a two-match losing

0:26:270:26:30

run, the England coach has made

a number of changes

0:26:300:26:32

for tomorrow's game.

0:26:320:26:33

Elsewhere, Italy play Scotland,

and Wales host France in Cardiff.

0:26:330:26:36

Joe Wilson reports.

0:26:360:26:37

Twickenham on Friday

reveals the seats.

0:26:370:26:38

They are always green,

not just for St Patrick's Day.

0:26:380:26:41

But here Ireland seek

Six Nations perfection.

0:26:410:26:44

First they beat France...

0:26:440:26:47

Last gasp in Paris.

0:26:470:26:48

Second wind was against Italy.

0:26:480:26:51

Next, Wales were beaten in Dublin.

0:26:510:26:53

Four more tries beat Scotland.

0:26:530:26:55

Which just leaves England.

0:26:550:26:56

Five wins means the Grand Slam.

0:26:560:26:59

Much at stake.

0:26:590:27:01

Here's a fantastic opportunity

to just achieve a Grand Slam

0:27:010:27:04

but to go a year unbeaten.

0:27:040:27:10

-- to not just achieve the Grand

Slam.

0:27:100:27:13

Yes, Ireland did the Grand Slam nine

years ago, but the only other time

0:27:130:27:17

they've achieved the feat was 1948.

0:27:170:27:18

There was no commentary.

0:27:180:27:19

Ireland in grey.

0:27:190:27:21

Well, if Ireland are here

to try and make history,

0:27:210:27:23

England are certainly trying

to find a future.

0:27:230:27:27

Coach Eddie Jones spent the week

apologising about leadership speech

0:27:270:27:30

filmed last year when he bantered

about Ireland being, quote, scummy.

0:27:300:27:35

He's made radical changes

to his team to play Ireland,

0:27:350:27:38

often selections speak

louder than words.

0:27:380:27:41

Any team that wins 11 games

in a row, they're worthy

0:27:410:27:43

champions of the Six Nations.

0:27:430:27:45

We're very respectful of them but,

like any team, they team,

0:27:450:27:48

they have a weakness.

0:27:480:27:49

England's weaknesses have been

starkly exposed in two

0:27:490:27:51

consecutive defeats.

0:27:510:27:53

Eddie Jones has never lost

with England at Twickenham,

0:27:530:27:56

and that's part of the fascination

tomorrow.

0:27:560:27:57

Tickets offered online

for crazy sums.

0:27:570:28:01

Grand Slam seats - a grand each.

0:28:010:28:04

Joe Wilson, BBC News, Twickenham.

0:28:040:28:09

Footage has been released

of a polar bear cub born

0:28:090:28:11

in the Scottish Highlands,

just before Christmas.

0:28:110:28:13

Staff at the wildlife park

where the youngster was born,

0:28:130:28:17

are yet to find out whether the bear

is a boy or a girl -

0:28:170:28:20

but the youngster is proving to be

a confident and curious little

0:28:200:28:23

character, as our Scotland

Correspondent Lorna Gordon

0:28:230:28:25

has been finding out.

0:28:250:28:33

The first tentative steps outside

for Britain's polar Bear cub in 25

0:28:330:28:38

years. Emerging from its den in the

Highlands, its mum close by.

This is

0:28:380:28:46

how I knew we had a polar bear cub,

you can hear the sound.

Keeper Vicky

0:28:460:28:53

Larkin was the first to find out

that a cub had arrived.

I am super

0:28:530:28:58

excited. It is probably the most

exciting thing to happen in my whole

0:28:580:29:04

superior. I am really excited seeing

how the cub grows, getting to know

0:29:040:29:10

its little character and also just

eventually sharing it with the

0:29:100:29:14

public as well. It is just such an

amazing thing to happen.

The two

0:29:140:29:19

male polar bears at the park are

kept in a separate enclosure, well

0:29:190:29:23

away from the female and its new

offspring.

The one you can just see

0:29:230:29:30

at the back will never meet his

club. This replicates what would

0:29:300:29:35

happen in the wild. -- will never

meet his cub.

The cub copies

0:29:350:29:45

everything its mum does. Inquisitive

and, for the most part, fearless.

0:29:450:29:51

Some conservationists question

whether these animals should ever be

0:29:510:29:56

bred in captivity, but keep is

hearsay diminishing sea ice

0:29:560:30:00

threatens the polar bear population

in the wild. -- but keepers hearsay.

0:30:000:30:06

We try to give them the best

quality-of-life we can, we have some

0:30:060:30:11

of the biggest enclosures in

captivity. The wild population is in

0:30:110:30:14

trouble. Whilst we may not be able

to do right now, it may be necessary

0:30:140:30:19

to to augment the wild population

from a captive population in future.

0:30:190:30:24

The area the cub is exploring is

growing fast. It is still being

0:30:240:30:29

shielded from view but it is likely

to be a big draw, and people could

0:30:290:30:32

still get to see it in the open

within the next few weeks.

0:30:320:30:41

I am afraid, for some others, it is

0:30:420:30:44

I am afraid, for some others, it is

time the weather.

0:30:440:30:47

If you have enjoyed that springlike

feel to the weather, for some of us

0:30:470:30:52

tomorrow will be quite a shock.

Things are turning much more wintry.

0:30:520:30:57

We have some sunshine out, this is

the scene in London at the moment. A

0:30:570:31:02

blue sky and some shower clouds. But

over the next few days we will see

0:31:020:31:06

snow and ice becoming more

widespread across the country and we

0:31:060:31:10

are likely to see some disruption.

The Met Office have issued Amber

0:31:100:31:13

warnings across parts of eastern

England, especially through the last

0:31:130:31:17

part of Saturday and into Sunday.

Some rain showers of cross party of

0:31:170:31:22

Northern Ireland in northern England

this afternoon. Some pretty heavy

0:31:220:31:24

snowfall in the East of Scotland, we

could see another 20 centimetres

0:31:240:31:30

over the Cairngorms. Temperatures

around four in Aberdeen, but around

0:31:300:31:34

14 in the sunshine in London. A few

showers across England and Wales

0:31:340:31:39

into this evening.

That is when we really start to draw

0:31:390:31:42

in this cold, easterly wind. For

northern England into the Midlands,

0:31:420:31:47

some showers increasingly falling

snow, even to lower levels. Many

0:31:470:31:51

others getting close to or below

freezing a very different feel to

0:31:510:31:55

the weather this time tomorrow. The

cold weather down to the fact we

0:31:550:31:59

have high pressure across

Scandinavia, we are drawing in these

0:31:590:32:03

really chilly easterly winds, very

similar to what we had a couple of

0:32:030:32:06

weeks ago. The cold weather will not

be as long-lived and the snow will

0:32:060:32:09

not be as happy. Snow showers to in

from the easterly wind. For eastern

0:32:090:32:14

England in particular there will be

snow showers from the word go,

0:32:140:32:19

drifting westwards through the day.

Temperatures will struggle to get

0:32:190:32:22

much above freezing for many of us.

Adding on the wind chill and the

0:32:220:32:27

bitter, easterly wind, feeling as

low as -7 or eight. Very different

0:32:270:32:33

than it feels out there today.

The Met Office has issued amber

0:32:330:32:37

warnings, be prepared the disruptive

weather. Snow and ice across the

0:32:370:32:43

East Midlands and London and the

south-east of England. We expect

0:32:430:32:45

several centimetres of snow by

Sunday morning. More snowfall during

0:32:450:32:51

Sunday pushes across parts of

south-west England, Wales and

0:32:510:32:54

towards Northern Ireland. We still

have that cold easterly wind drawing

0:32:540:32:58

in more snow showers from the North

Sea, particularly across England and

0:32:580:33:02

Wales. Fewer snow showers in

Scotland during the day on Sunday

0:33:020:33:06

but another really cold day.

Temperatures only run two or three

0:33:060:33:11

above freezing foremost, feeling

colder with the wind-chill.

0:33:110:33:15

It will turn milder into next week

but be prepared for this weekend, it

0:33:150:33:18

looks pretty with further snow.

0:33:180:33:22

but be prepared for this weekend, it

looks pretty with further snow. We

0:33:220:33:24

have been warned!

0:33:240:33:25

A reminder of our main

story this lunchtime...

0:33:250:33:29

And 18-year-old has been convicted

of attempted murder after the bomb

0:33:290:33:33

attack on the London Underground

last September.

0:33:330:33:34

That's all from the BBC News at

One, so it's goodbye from me -

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and on BBC One we now join the BBC's

news teams where you are.

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