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Guilty, the antique arms dealer
whose weapons were linked to 100
violent crimes. Paul Edmunds said he
did not care who bought guns and
bullets off him. His weapons were
involved in three murders and even
an attempt to shoot down a police
We have now been able to stop
what was a major supply route
of these firearms and ammunitions
onto our streets.
Also tonight - Iran's deadliest
earthquake in a decade.
Thousands are left homeless,
struggling with freezing
night time temperatures.
Inflation stays steady at 3% -
but food prices continue to rise.
From EU rules on health
and safety to finance -
MPs debate a bill that aims to turn
them into British law.
The Iittle tricks that
could save a mountain of food waste.
A national humiliation -
how Italians are reacting to missing
out on the World Cup for the first
time in sixty years.
Coming up on Sportsday on BBC News.
"We must score goals" -
Ireland manager Martin O'Neill's
plea to his players ahead
of their crucial World Cup
qualifying play-off against Denmark.
Good evening and welcome
to the BBC News at Six.
Police are calling it a major
victory against gun crime in
Britain. Tonight dealer Paul Edmunds
is facing a lengthy jail term. He
has been found guilty of supplying
guns and ammunition that had been
linked to more than 100 crime scenes
across the country, including three
But police warned that more than two
hundred weapons he sold
are not accounted for.
In police interviews Paul Edmunds
has shown no sympathy towards those
who have been shot by using his
guns. Around 1000 of his bullets
have been found at crime scenes
across the country, including him in
the West Midlands, greater
Manchester, and London. Tonight 's
barrister has said that his client
expects a significantly lengthy
sentence. -- tonight, his barrister.
An expert in guns, enabling him to
make bullets from his house in
Gloucestershire. Inside, police
found over 100,000 rounds of
ammunition and almost 200 guns. But
it's well scattered around his
bedroom and attic. Today, following
a six-week trial, Paul Edmunds was
found guilty of supplying guns and
home-made ammunition to gangs across
the country. The 66-year-old made
bullet for firearms that were
classified as antique and then sold
them for a hefty profit. He supplied
them to his compass, this
56-year-old, who admitted selling
them on to gangs.
These weapons and
ammunition have appeared in over 100
crime scenes in the UK between 2009
and 2015. This involved murders and
other serious crimes. He abused his
position. He abused his knowledge of
ammunition and firearms. Undoubtedly
this operation, which began in 2014,
has saved many lives as we have been
able to stop what was a major supply
route for these firearms and
ammunition onto the streets.
bullets were found at the scenes of
fatal shootings, including a night
in Birmingham last year. As
ammunition was also used to shoot at
a police helicopter in the 2011
riots. Ballistics experts carried
out microscopic investigations.
Certain tools are used. These tools
impart markings on to the modified
rounds. We started to notice that
there is a pattern of tool marks.
When we look at lots of different
criminal incidents we to see the
same patterns again and again. You
can start linking them together
forensically with a microscope.
building contains thousands of
firearms that have been seized by
police from across the country. This
gun was imported by Paul Edmunds
from America. Now he has been
convicted it will also be stored
here. At the National ballistics
intelligence service they are firing
one of the antique revolvers with
the bullets made by Edmonds. Casings
found at two of fatal shootings in
Birmingham over the last couple of
years were also handcrafted by the
pensioner who will be sentenced next
month. -- bullets made by Edmunds.
At least 460 people are now known
to have been killed by Sunday's
earthquake on the border
between Iran and Iraq.
Officials have called off
the rescue operation,
saying it's unlikely that more
survivors will be found.
There have been more than 200
aftershocks in the area
since the earthquake,
as James Robbins reports.
In many authorities say they are not
expecting to find any more
survivors. -- Iranian authorities.
Work now is to clear ruined homes,
demolish, and then rebuild. Local
people are in shock. Thousands are
homeless. They are in desperate need
of shelter and supplies. Iran's
president has visited the worst hit
areas. He promised whatever
assistance was needed, and criminal
action if any public housing is
found to have been substandard.
We will provide tents
for those who need them and give
loans and grants to all those whose
houses were damaged and are unsafe.
We'll give money to everybody who
needs temporary accommodation.
The earthquake, which struck the
mountainous region bordering Iraq
was one of the most powerful in the
world this year, as well as the
deadliest. At least 70,000 people
need shelter. The UN says it is
ready to assist if required. And
with night-time temperatures close
to freezing its not just the
homeless who are sleeping outdoors,
many families won't return to
buildings they do not trust, fearing
more after-shocks. Up to 200 have
already been recorded since this
magnitude 7.3 earthquake on Sunday
This was the moment the earthquake
A birthday party ends in terror.
But this Kurdish family escaped
unharmed. And northern Iraq was hit
less hard. Read Crescent groups are
offering help to their Iranians
neighbours. -- Red Crescent.
help is needed, we will definitely
supply help across the border if we
Aid has been pouring in.
A combination of aircraft and Iran's
special ambulance coaches are
transferring some of the injured for
specialist treatment elsewhere in
the country. But the painful process
of grieving for entire communities
is only just beginning. James
Robbins, BBC News.
MPs have begun what will be more
than a week of debate on key
legislation that will pave
the way for Brexit.
At the moment EU laws
and regulations affect almost
every part of our lives -
whether it's agriculture or finance.
The bill before the Commons now will
bring all of that under British law.
But as Jon Pienaar reports -
there are already plenty of signs
that the bill will not have an easy
This report contains flash
Brexit, still a work in progress
comments about Westminster taking
back control. But the planning and
scheming is now intense. And tonight
it is clear that big questions of
how, even when, Britain finally
leaves are up for grabs. Is this a
meaningless vote? Brexiteers like
Liam Fox and Boris Johnson are now
told that the Brexit deadline of
March 2019 will be met by law, but
the Brexit secretary would love to
know if the way is clear to leave on
schedule. And tonight there is still
European Union withdraw
In the House of Commons they
have stopped weeks of line by line
debate on the law to leave. Tory and
Labour MPs saying a heart Brexit
deadline could cut negotiations
short, even force Britain to leave
without a deal. -- hard Brexit.
Everybody has become more brittle.
More unwilling to listen. More
unpersuaded that every suggestion
made some form of treason.
understand how impossible it is for
me to explain to my constituents
that they can have certainty about
nothing about Brexit as the
government planned it, except,
according to him, the date when it
The Labour leadership
does not want to appear to obstruct
Brexit. We all know we are leaving,
they say, so why the deadline?
negotiations go to the wire, both we
and the EU 27 might recognise the
need for an extra week, an extra
day, an extra hour, even an extra
The battle lines are drawn.
Brexiteers keen for victory.
Millions of people who died in both
world Wars died for a reason. It was
to do with sustaining the freedom
and democracy of this house.
Brexiteer ministers pledging Brexit
with a good deal if possible but no
deal if a must.
We want to make sure
as a responsible government that our
country is ready to leave the
European Union without deal, if that
of the Tories let rip.
I am the
rebel. I espouse the policies the
loved it. Today Theresa May met
another critic Brexit, Nicola
Sturgeon. In the coming weeks she
may yet see off the attacks on her
Brexit deadline closer to home. She
better, her authority is at stake.
John Pienaar, BBC News.
Inflation remained unchanged
last month at 3% -
but it may not feel like it
if you've just been
to the supermarket.
Food prices continue to rise -
up by more than 4%.
Other prices - such fuel -
have come down which is why
the overall inflation
figure remains steady.
Our Economics Editor Kamal
Ahmed is here with me.
Are we seeing the end of this period
of high inflation?
foot has come off the inflation
accelerator to an extent. Inflation
was pushed up by one big thing, that
was the falling value of the pound
after the referendum. That produces
an inflation spiked. But because it
is a currency change, that Spike is
pushing through the economy quite
quickly. As you suggest, in the real
world people are still feeling that
income squeeze. Household incomes
are only going up by 2.2%. Well
below the rise in prices. And, as he
said, on things like food inflation
that's the highest figure since
2013. People are still feeling the
impact of those price rises in their
pocket. But it does seem we have
reached the top of that curve on
inflation rates. And that probably
means the Bank of England, thinking
about when it might next raise
interest rates, which are used to
control inflation, probably put that
date off again, probably now not
until the end of next year.
you very much.
Russia has rejected allegations
that it uses the internet to meddle
in elections around the world.
Last night Theresa May accused
President Putin's government
of "planting fake stories" to "sow
discord in the West".
Similar accusations have
been made in America.
So is Britain affected -
what about the last election
or the EU referendum?
Our Security Correspondent
Gordon Corera reports.
Allegations of Russian
interference in elections have
been gathering pace.
Claims that the Kremlin
sought to influence
politics across the West.
But did that campaign also
reach British shores?
Last night, the Prime Minister
issued a stark warning to Russia.
It is seeking to
Deploying its state-run media
organisation to plant fake stories
and photoshopped images
in an attempt to sow
discord in the West
and undermine our institutions.
So I have a very simple
message for Russia -
we know what you are doing
and you will not succeed.
Today, the Prime Minister's
spokesman was careful to stress
that they hadn't seen any evidence
of successful interference
in Britain's democratic process
and Russia, as always,
denied the allegations,
but last night's speech was a step
change in language -
a reflection that evidence may
slowly be emerging of at least
attempts to influence debate here.
Today, the US Congress was holding
more hearings about Russia.
Its investigations have identified
fake social media accounts linked
to Russia pushing divisive messages.
It's now emerging that some of those
accounts also pushed out
messages related to Britain.
For instance, the South Lone
Star Twitter account,
claiming to be a proud Texan
and American, but thought to be
Russian, tweeted this image
of a Muslim woman wrongly accused
of ignoring the Westminster
Bridge attack in March.
The same account also
posted about Brexit.
In Parliament, the MP chairing
a committee investigating the issue
says the extent of the problem has
to be established.
There's already strong evidence
to show that Russia-backed
organisations were involved
in putting out fake news messages
through Facebook and Twitter
during the US presidential election.
There is a small amount of evidence
emerging now about similar activity
during the Brexit referendum.
I think we have a right to know
what was being done.
The evidence so far of Russian
is fragmentary, but unlike America,
investigations here are only
just gathering pace.
Gordon Corera, BBC News.
Our top story this evening.
The 60 year-old antiques dealer,
found guilty of supplying weapons
linked to a hundred violent crimes.
And still to come...
From the running track to Buckingham
Palace, Mo Farah becomes Sir Mo
Farah. Britain's four-time Olympic
champion, Mo Farah, received his
knighthood from the Queen. He
describes it as a dream come true.
Last night we reported
on how throwing away food,
whether by shops or families,
costs up to £17 billion a year.
Campaigners say much of that
waste could be avoided.
Tonight, we're looking
at the simple steps that farmers,
retailers and we, the consumers,
can take to stop so much food ending
up in the rubbish bin.
Jeremy Cooke reports.
If you want to stop food
waste, down on the farm
is a good place to start.
These fields are part of a trial
to find new ways to make sure these
potatoes end up on our plates
and not in the bin.
I hate waste because it's costing me
money and so I don't
want to see waste.
So that's why we're striving
all the time to cut out
waste in the field.
So Ian, I've got
some VA data here...
Jeff is comparing notes,
sharing hi-tech data with Ian
from the supermarket.
So we're looking good, low waste.
Even before the potatoes
come out of the ground,
detailed computer analysis means
they know, for instance,
the yield and so how much
shelf space in store,
how much marketing
to shift any excess.
We're working with technology
to allow that information flow
from what's happening in the field.
So our growers can tell us
what they think they're going to be
producing and then we can match that
to what we want to sell and,
hopefully, take that waste out
of the supply chain.
There are now big efforts throughout
the process to reduce food waste,
whether it be on the farm,
in processing, in storage
or in the supermarkets.
But perhaps the biggest difference
can be made by us consumers
because most of the food that gets
thrown away is from
our own kitchens.
Kate's a self-confessed foodie,
she took part in a scheme to reduce
waste and now puts 20% less food
in the bin.
Well, Kate measures ingredients
so there's no waste,
keeps the fridge at optimum
temperature, so things stay fresh,
uses DIY vacuum packs in the freezer
for long-term storage.
And, keeps leftovers for week
day lunch and super.
You save food, you save
money and you save time.
So if you want to do any of those
three things, it's worth it.
And then also, we should feel
a little bit responsible
for the planet as well.
But what happens if you still have
food heading for the bin?
Well, how about a community fridge.
It's a simple idea, food that's
still good is donated instead
of discarded and then it's given
for free to anyone who wants it.
This one is in Swadlincote,
it's one of two already operating,
but the plan is to have 50 up
and running by the end of the year.
Good news for people like Lizzie.
If obviously it's going in the bin
it's wasted, especially for those
that haven't got enough money to go
and get a full food shop.
There are people who are desperately
in need and yet there are other
organisations that are just throwing
food down into skips.
There are people that have come
in here that have talked
about the days when they used
to have to go into the skips
and the amount of the food
they get out of the skip.
Producing food takes hard graft
and major investment,
but it's massively undervalued
and reducing waste will take
a huge shift of attitude
in our throwaway society.
Jeremy Cooke, BBC News.
the disappearance of a teenager
in Dorset have released
a 71-year-old woman.
A 19-year-old man, believed to be
the woman's grandson,
is still in custody.
19-year-old Gaia Pope
was last seen a week ago.
Jon Kay is in Swanage for us.
It was about this time last
week that Gaia Pope was last seen.
He was caught on CCTV on this area
of swannage running past a camera
wearing a red shirt and grey
leggings. Police have been looking
for ever since. It seems today that
that investigation has stepped up a
gear. They seem to be focussing on
two addresses here behind me. We
have seen forensic officers going in
and out in white suits. In the last
few hours we have seen sniffer dogs
and a major incident vehicle turned
up a short time ago. Dorset Police
confirmed they arrested two people
from this local area, a 71-year-old
woman and a 19-year-old man. Both of
whom it's thought are known to Gaia.
The woman has since been released,
pending further police
investigations, but the young man
remains with police and is being
questioned by them. Dorset Police
are stressing this disappearance is
completely out of character. Gaia is
a young woman who suffers from.
Epilepsy. She is are hopeful she
might be in this area. Her family
issued a direct appeal saying it's a
care scary and worrying time and
appealing for her to come forward
and promising to find their "darling
Princess." Jon, thank you very much.
In Northern Ireland, the trial
of a man accused of the murder
of two Catholic workmen
during the height of the Troubles is
to go ahead using evidence provided
by a so-called loyalist supergrass.
The two men were shot
dead in May 1994.
Former Ulster Volunteer Force
Commander Gary Haggarty,
who has admitted 200 offences,
including five murders,
will be the star witness in the case
against James Smyth.
Our Ireland correspondent,
Chris Buckler, reports.
Gary Haggarty was a leader
within the Ulster Volunteer Force,
a notorious loyalist paramilitary
group, responsible for hundreds
of murders during years
when conflict and killings
were all too common
in Northern Ireland.
Haggarty was responsible
for some of them.
Earlier this year, he pleaded guilty
to more than 200 crimes.
Among them, shootings
and kidnappings, conspiracy
to murder and directing terrorism.
He was given five life sentences
for the five murders he admitted,
but those jail terms will be
because Haggarty has agreed to give
evidence against a former friend,
James Smyth, from
Forthriver Link, in Belfast.
The reported suspect
will be prosecuted for
the following offences.
The murder of Gary Convie.
The murder of Eamon Fox.
Gary Convie and Eamon Fox
were shot dead simply
because of their religion.
They were Catholic workmen,
murdered in 1994 by the UVF
as they ate their lunch
in their car.
But more than a dozen other people
that Haggarty said were involved
in murders are not to be tried
because the prosecution service
say his evidence is not sufficient
to secure a conviction.
That includes both paramilitaries
and police officers,
who he says protected him
when he was a police informer.
What we want to know is,
are the police officers in the dock?
To me, they're as guilty
as the gunman and Gary
Haggarty in this case.
They're now exempt from prosecution,
which is hard to take.
The case will be what's known
as a supergrass trial.
A case where the word of another
offender is key to the prosecution.
There were a series of them
here in Belfast in the 1980s,
however the system collapsed
because of concerns
of the credibility of the evidence
given by the so-called supergrasses.
The law was changed a decade ago
to put in place new safeguards
for these kind of prosecutions.
Cases where people know more
than they've ever told,
and in Northern Ireland there's
still much to learn about that long
history of violence.
Chris Buckler, BBC News, Belfast.
The Olympic champion,
Mo Farah, is now Sir Mo
after receiving his knighthood
from the Queen at Buckingham
Palace this morning.
Sir Mohammed Farah for services to
Farah came to the UK from Somalia
as a young boy and went on to become
Britain's most decorated athlete.
Sir Mo, who's now concentrating
on marathon running,
said today was an amazing moment.
That was an incredible day for me,
I really enjoyed coming here.
at the beginning, but it's a lovely
day for me and my wife
and for the Farah family,
particularly because I never
dreamed of having the title
and to meet the Queen.
It's just been unreal.
For the first time since 1958,
four-time champions Italy will not
be playing at the World Cup
which takes place
in Russia next year.
Fans were stunned when their team
drew against Sweden last night
and crashed out of the competition.
The Italian media are calling it
a national humiliation.
But as our sports correspondent
Joe Wilson reports, Italy aren't
the only top-tier team to miss out
on a trip to Russia.
Italy on Tuesday -
the newspapers all said
goodbye in their own way.
What could cheer the country?
Well, nice try, but even
the national anthem includes
the line, "Where is victory?"
Like night without day,
like seasons without summer,
like a game without goals,
Italy now face life
without the World Cup.
0-0 against Sweden in Milan last
night meant they lost the two-legged
play-off and a nation
loses its identity.
Today, Italy woke up in a depression
mood and it is something
psychological, something social.
We are talking about and we know
we can't understand, really - why?!
Italy may be the most notable
absentees from next year's
World Cup, but they're not alone.
Three times World Cup finalists
the Netherlands failed to qualify.
Their form's been awful recently.
In South America, Chile,
ranked ninth in the world
with Alexis Sanchez as star
player, missed out.
Another world-famous player
who won't be there, Gareth Bale.
Wales finished below Ireland
in their qualifying Group.
So there is one European place
still up for grabs at the World Cup
and tonight it will be settled
here in Dublin.
The Republic of Ireland actually
are the play-off experts.
This is their eighth play-off.
Denmark the opponents tonight.
It's a great opportunity to qualify,
but beyond this game,
what will the World Cup be like?
If we got the World Cup,
I couldn't care less who's there,
I have to be honest
with you about that one.
I really couldn't care less.
But I think, from a neutral's
perspective, I think you do
want to see the big nations.
You do want to see Holland there.
You want to see the best players,
the Gareth Bales, Alexis Sanchezes.
You want to see them
playing on the world scene
because the World Cup,
when I was a boy growing
up, it was everything.
Qualification is a competition not
a certainty and while Italy suffers,
witness what it meant to Sweden
to get through.
Well if the Irish players try
something similar this evening I
think I'm a safe distance from the
stadium. 0-0 after the first leg,
any win would do for the Republic of
Ireland to go through this evening.
Many thanks, Joe.
Time for a look at the weather,
here's Phil Avery
Time for a look at the weather,
here's Phil Avery
Hello. Not the most sparkling of
days. This picture tell as dreary
tale. At its best, there was a fair
am of cloud. You get the sense on
the big picture that we've got an
awful lot of cloud streaming in on a
breeze across many parts of the
British Isles. That is the way it
will stay. We will pep up the
showers to northern parts of
Scotland, further south a lot of
cloud around. So that's going to
help to keep us in double figures
for the most part across the British
Isles. My concern is where the cloud
breaks. We could see fog patches
forming just in time for the morning
commute. I will not be too clever
about where I think that will be, it
will just be a thought in your
minds. It will be a grey start. I'm
hopeful as the day gets going, some
of these spots are bright. Others
may join them as we get on through
the morning. Watch out for the
chance of fog first up. It will be
patchy and in places quite dense. As
we get on through the morning so I
think northern and western parts
will be in with the best chance of
seeing brightness. One or two
showers to the west of Wales. It
will stay dark across the Midlands
and over towards the Wash where, if
you are stuck with a bit of fog it
could be at eight or nine or ten
degrees only. Elsewhere 12-13. The
cold air to the north will become an
increasing player having had a mild
spell of weather. Thereby a cold
front introducing cold air. You will
have rain for a time. It will
brighten. To the south the last of
the mild air. Temperatures will drop
into single figures, a fresher end
to the weekend. Thank you very much.
to the weekend. Thank you very much.
Before we go, here's
a look at a special
report coming up at Ten.
Clive Myrie reports
on the crisis in Yemen.