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A former football coach goes

on trial, accused of 48 historical

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sex offences against young boys.

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The court was told that

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Barry Bennell had almost "unfettered

access" to boys dreaming of success

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in the professional game.

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Some of the abuse is alleged to have

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taken place in the grounds

of Crewe Alexandra,

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where Bennell was coach.

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And the other main stories

on tonight's programme...

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The newly reshuffled Cabinet

meets for the first time

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as Theresa May rings more changes

among junior ranks

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to refresh her government.

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The north London shopkeeper who died

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after being attacked in a row

over cigarette papers.

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North and South Korea hold

their first talks in over two years.

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And the self-propelling suitcase

that follows its owner -

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just one of the marvels at a major

tech show in Las Vegas.

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Coming up on Sportsday later

in the hour on BBC News,

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another

competition for Manchester City -

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Bristol City are the visitors

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for the first leg of their

League Cup semifinal.

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Good evening.

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A court has heard that the former

football coach Barry Bennell

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was a "predatory and determined

paedophile," who is alleged to have

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subjected a number of boys to abuse

on more than 100 occasions.

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Bennell, who is now known

as Richard Jones, denies multiple

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historical sex offence charges.

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The prosecution said that some

of the abuse took place

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in the grounds of Crewe Alexandra,

where Bennell was coach,

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but also at his home.

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Let's join our Sports

Editor Dan Roan,

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who's at Liverpool Crown Court.

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Yesterday, we learned that Barry

Bennell had pleaded guilty to seven

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charges of sexual abuse, but he were

still contesting 48 further counts

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relating to 11 compliments, all boys

aged as young as nine between 1979

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and 1991. Today, this trial,

expected to last eight weeks, got

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under way as the prosecution opened

its case.

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Exercise full former coach in the

1980s, Barry Bennell worked with

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some of the most successful teams

like Alexandra. He also had linked

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with Stoke City. But today Liverpool

Crown Court was told the

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63-year-old, who now calls himself

Richard Jones, was also a predatory,

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determined and dangerous paedophile.

For the prosecution, Nicholas

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Johnson QC told the jury that

Bennell, who appeared via video link

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because of ill-health, engaged in a

course of conduct over many years

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involving systematic and persistent

sexual abuse of pre-or prepubescent

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boys. He had pretty much unfettered

access to large numbers of young

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lads who dreamt of a life in

professional football. Although it

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seemed that Mr Bennell was a skilled

and relatively successful coach, he

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had a much darker side. The court

was told that Bennell had previously

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served to prison sentences both here

and in the United States was serious

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sexual offences against junior

footballers, but that he insisted

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the current complainants were

maliciously making up stories

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against him, seeking attention or

compensation. The court was told

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that Bennell subjected boys to

hundreds of assaults and even

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carried out some of his crimes here,

in one of the changing rooms in the

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ground of Crewe Alexandra. But

several alleged victims also played

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for clubs linked to Manchester City.

One alleged that he was abused when

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aged between 11 and 13 more than 100

times after Bennell introduced

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himself as a scout for the club.

Another claimed he was abused at

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Bennell's house and on football

tours, where horror

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movies would be played to soften up

his victims. And one complainant who

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threatened to report the abuse said

Bennell told him that nobody would

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believe him and that "I've got

people playing professional football

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now that I have done these things to

- you are nothing". The jury were

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told they would have to decide

between Bennell's version of events

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or believe the prosecution's case

that he committed sexual offences on

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a large scale against very

vulnerable lads. The trial

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continues. Dan Roan, BBC News,

Liverpool.

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Theresa May has appointed more women

and MPs from ethnic minority

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backgrounds as ministers,

at the end of a two-day reshuffle

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designed to recharge her government.

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Our Deputy Political Editor

John Pienaar has more.

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Allowed through the door at Number

Ten today for a quick peek at the

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new look cabinet. Nobody move.

Almost nobody move yesterday because

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Theresa May couldn't make them.

Where is she? There she is. Jeremy

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Hunt, the Health Secretary, was in

the way and wouldn't budge, just

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like yesterday. The new faces in the

top team were happy enough, though.

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There's lots of energy, lots of

ideas. It was a really important

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meeting this morning, with a sense

of renewed vigour.

And the losers?

I

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thought what I thought right.

Justine Greening, now ex-Education

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Secretary, had no regrets. She would

not switch jobs.

Now she is jobbed

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off. You have to be careful about

who you alienate.

You can't make too

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many enemies?

No, you can't. That is

the truth of all reshuffles. But I

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do think the Prime Minister has

balanced it well. We have stability

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at Cabinet level and we have new

blood coming through into the other

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layers of government. So the

balancing act, she has got right.

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Bringing the Tory party closer to

people was today's mission, making

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government to look more like the

electorate and somehow retrieving

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old loyalties that were judged by

potential voters.

Excited about the

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prospect of joining the government?

So for those judged the brightest

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and the best, the guessing game was

over.

You live in hope these days.

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They left Number Ten happier than

they went in. Some couldn't bear to

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wait for the official announcement

before passing on the news.

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Congratulations, what have you got?

Altogether, 14 MPs were given jobs,

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eight of them women, and five from

ethnic minorities. Meanwhile,

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another plan went wrong today. Toby

Young, appointed to the board of a

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new university regulator, resigned

under pressure. He had helped set up

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free schools, but past inflammatory

comments and tweets forced to step

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down before he could start his new

role. An embarrassment to the

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government, but a relief to critics,

including Tories.

Clearly, due

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diligence wasn't done. I made it

clear I thought it was the wrong

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thing to do because of some very

extreme things that Toby Young had

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said in the past on eugenics, on the

disabled and the way he described

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working class people.

Newly

appointed unpromoted ministers are

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looking happy tonight. They always

do. But this reshuffle, the

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ministers Theresa May couldn't move

or sack, has been as much a mark of

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her political vulnerability as the

sign of strength her party wanted.

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Tory MPs can only hope for a tighter

grip at the top in what will be a

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defining year. British politics is

as volatile as it has been in modern

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times. Unpredictability is the new

normal. John Pienaar, BBC News,

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Westminster.

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North and South Korea have

held their first talks

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for more than two years,

and have agreed to further

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discussions to ease military

tensions in the region.

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It came after the North confirmed

it'll be sending a team

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to the Winter Olympics

in South Korea next month.

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From Seoul, Rupert

Wingfield-Hayes reports.

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The skiers on the slopes of

PyeongChang today were moving a

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little slower than they will be in a

month's time. Then, the world's best

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will be flying down these pistes.

And now we know that when the

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Olympic Games open here on February

seven, there will be a full North

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Korean team competing. They will

march in side by side with their

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South Korean compatriots.

TRANSLATION: I think with both, we

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can put everything aside and

everyone should do their best to

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achieve their goals in the

competition. -- with sports.

North

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Korea is just 50 miles away in that

direction, and the north has really

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completely overshadowed preparations

for the Olympics here. Some teams

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have threatened to pull out, ticket

sales have been slow. You can see

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this place isn't exactly humming

with skiers, so there is immense

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relief here that the north and the

South are now at least talking. This

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morning, North Korea's chief

delegate strode across the

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demarcation line that divides the

two Koreas. He warmly shook the hand

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of his South Korean counterpart. The

weather is cold, he said, but

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despite the cold, the people's

desire for improving relations is

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frozen. It's hard to overstate how

dramatic and rapid this shift has

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been. It's only a month since North

Korea test fired this huge new

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missile, boasting that it could hit

any city in the United States. Off

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the coast of Korea, US aircraft

carriers massed, their decks

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swarming with supersonic strike

aircraft. It felt like this region

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was teetering on the brink of war.

So is Pyongyang's sudden change of

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heart real, or just a tactic to

avoid war with America?

North Korea

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would like to gain time in order to

avoid a potential retaliation by the

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United States against it and will

eventually re-engage in the

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provocation cycle so that it can

threaten the United States.

The

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Winter Olympics may be a cover for

Kim Jong-Un, a convenient excuse for

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him to step back from the brink. But

here in the south, any chance to

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talk is better than the terrifying

alternative. Rupert Wingfield-Hayes,

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BBC News, in PyeongChang, South

Korea.

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Five men and a woman have appeared

in court charged with belonging

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to the banned far-right group,

National Action.

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The six, who were arrested

during raids across England

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last week, appeared

at Westminster Magistrates court.

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They'll appear at the Old Bailey

later this month.

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Virgin Trains have stopped

stocking the Daily Mail

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on board their west coast route.

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The company said concern had been

raised by colleagues

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about the Mail's editorial position

on issues such as immigration,

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LGBT rights and unemployment.

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The Daily Mail has accused

the company of censoring the choice

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of newspapers offered to passengers.

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The Director-General of the BBC has

been asked to appear before MPs

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to answer questions about gender

and pay at the corporation.

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Lord Hall will face

questions by the Culture

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and Media select committee.

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The request comes after the BBC's

former China Editor Carrie Gracie

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resigned from her post

after complaining about unequal pay.

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She's also been asked

to appear before MPs.

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The number of people waiting more

than four hours in accident

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and emergency departments

in Scotland reached a record high

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in the last week of 2017.

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New figures show only 78%

of patients were seen

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within the government's

four hour target -

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the lowest proportion

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since weekly data started

being published three years ago.

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Here's our Scotland

Editor Sarah Smith.

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Busy Accident & Emergency

departments in Scotland mean

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patients are facing their longest

recorded waiting times.

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Last week, over 100,000

patients waited more

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than four hours to be seen,

nearly 300 waited

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Nearly 300 waited

longer than 12 hours,

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figures described

today as a "disgrace."

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The figures out today

are for the week ending in Hogmanay,

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a very, very challenging week

for our health service,

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flu really beginning

to kick in that week.

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For example, 40% increase in calls

to the Scottish Ambulance Service

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on Hogmanay alone.

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Of course, our staff are working

extremely hard on the front-line

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to keep patients safe.

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In the week between Christmas

and New Year, only 78% of people

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visiting A&E were seen

within the target of four hours.

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That's compared to 92% for the same

week the year before.

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The delays are not because of

increased patient numbers.

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Only 635 more people

attended A&E departments.

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One reason given for

the increased waiting times

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is a surge in flu infections.

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Cases of flu in Scotland

are running at more than double

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the rate in England,

more than twice as many

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as there were last year, and that's

now a significant concern.

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I just wasn't sure.

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Patients with flu take longer

to assess and require treatment

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in individual rooms,

as staff try to minimise

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the spread of infection.

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The team have had to work extremely

hard all the way over Christmas

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and the New Year period.

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Worse than before?

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I would say so.

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I've been doing this job for many

years and I think it's probably one

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of the busiest times we've had.

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The Health Minister,

visiting a hospital in Perth,

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insists the Scottish NHS

is performing well overall,

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with far fewer cancelled operations

than south of the border.

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In Lanarkshire, some of the NHS

admin staff have been volunteering

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on the wards to help

the overstretched nurses.

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I was a bed buster.

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What's a bed buster?

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It was basically going to help

the ward staff to strip down

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the beds after a patient had been

discharged so that it's cleaned

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and made up and ready

for the patient to come into,

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and do that as quickly as possible

to save the nursing staff

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doing it themselves.

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NHS spending is significantly higher

in Scotland, about £160 more

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per person than in England.

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Greater integrated health and social

care is meant to mean

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fewer delayed discharges,

less bed-blocking, but today's

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figures show that the winter health

crisis has hit Scotland hard.

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Sarah Smith, BBC News, Perth.

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Our top story this evening:

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Barry Bennell, a former football

coach, goes on trial accused of 48

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historical sex offences

against young boys.

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Still to come...

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Everyone is listening,

and I'm in the same room

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as the royal couple right now.

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Stay tuned to find out

what happened when Prince Harry

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and Meghan Markle visited a south

London radio station.

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Coming up on Sportsday on BBC News:

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The Football Association announces

a range of measure to improve

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diversity and increase funding

in the game.

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It's the world's biggest showcase

for the gadgets that

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could become part of our lives

in the near future.

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More than 170,000 people

are expected to visit this year's

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Consumer Electronics Show in Las

Vegas.

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The tech companies' latest

developments include driverless

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taxis and new advances in artificial

intelligence, including some

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disturbingly human robots.

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Our technology correspondent,

Rory Cellan-Jones, is in Las Vegas.

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Reeta we come here every year to see

thousands of new gadgets launched

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and spot the new trend. It's not

difficult it year it's all about

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artificial intelligence building it

into products to make it smarter to

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learn as they go along. That's the

theory at least. You may see behind

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me the stand of alibaba. They are in

a battle with the Americans for

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leadership in this technology of the

future.

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A powerful and largely invisible

technology is on the march,

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it's learning how to drive.

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It can recognise individual faces

and it knows an awful lot

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about our personal preferences.

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That technology is artificial

intelligence and, in Las Vegas this

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week, tech firms are showing

off how far it's come.

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Hey Sophia, can we shake hands?

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In a Las Vegas university lab I'm

meeting Sofia, a humanoid robot.

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How sophisticated do

you think you are as a robot?

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I want people to perceive

me as the robot I am.

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However, I wouldn't want to trick

people into thinking I'm a human.

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I just want to communicate

with humans in the best possible

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ways, which includes

looking like one.

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Sophia, who's had advance

notice of my questions,

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has few practical uses right now,

but her creators believe she

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represents a big step on the road

to artificial intelligence.

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Our aspiration is to bring

the machines to life,

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to create living, intelligent

systems and there you'll see

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the greatest revolution

in artificial intelligence.

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As this giant tech show gets under

way, China's spending on AI

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and robotics is much in evidence.

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This suitcase recognises

and follows its owner.

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Here's China's biggest force in AI

the search giant Baidu,

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laying on a lavish Las Vegas event

with the slogan - AI is changing

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the world at China's speed.

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It calls itself China's Google,

it's already a leader

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in technologies like facial

recognition and Baidu

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is confident China can challenge

America's AI dominance.

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China is quickly catching up

and the gap is closing,

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but China has a lot more people,

much larger scale.

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It's a big market.

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So I think that's a foundation

for China to prevail in the AI age.

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Google, which usually keeps low

profile at this show,

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has chosen to put its name

everywhere across

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Las Vegas, stressing

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its leading role in AI.

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There is lots of great competition

and lots of excitment. What it means

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is that there's a lot of investment

going into this area. A lot of the

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best minds working on it. I think

you're going to see the field

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advance pretty quickly.

It's arrival

quite slowly out in down town Las

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Vegas I booked a ride in a taxi with

no steering wheel, pedals or driver.

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It's not just America and China

Rasing to get ahead in AI.

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Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC News, Las

Vegas.

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A teenager has been arrested

on suspicion of murder and two

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others are being sought by police

after a shop worker

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was attacked in an argument

about cigarette papers.

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Officers say when staff refused

to serve them because of their age,

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they became aggressive.

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The victim, Vijay Patel,

died in hospital yesterday.

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Our special correspondent,

Lucy Manning, reports

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now from north London.

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He worked hard in this shop

in the quiet suburbs of north

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London, but one punch was to end

Vijay Patel's life.

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On Saturday night, Abdullah Rahimzai

was working alongside Mr Patel

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when three teenagers were told

they couldn't buy cigarette

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papers unless they could

prove they were 18.

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They threatened me to break

the window, so that's why I ask him.

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I wish I didn't send him

to the window, but because of

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the threat the guys made,

I asked him only to see.

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When I reached the door,

he was already knocked down.

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He was hit one punch.

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The family released this photo

of Mr Patel in hospital before

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he died to try to help catch those

who killed him.

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For his relatives in Slough,

disbelief a night at work

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could end with such violence.

0:19:430:19:47

He was just the greatest man.

0:19:470:19:50

He was innocent, he was kind.

0:19:500:19:55

He loved everyone and that's why

we all loved him as well.

0:19:550:20:05

He was the pillar of the house.

0:20:060:20:08

You know how you take out the pillar

and the house is not

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there, it's like this.

0:20:110:20:12

Everyone is broken down.

0:20:120:20:14

Mr Patel had come from India

a decade ago, working

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all hours to help his family.

0:20:170:20:21

He came to this country

so he could support his family,

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so he could support his children.

0:20:230:20:25

He could give them a better life.

0:20:250:20:28

So they could get the best

education as well.

0:20:280:20:33

So they could have

better lives ahead.

0:20:330:20:34

A better future ahead as well.

0:20:340:20:36

Police say Mr Patel

was murdered for trying to make

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others obey the law.

0:20:380:20:40

It was a completely unprovoked

attack on a man just

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doing his job here.

0:20:420:20:45

The police have now arrested

a 16-year-old and are looking

0:20:450:20:48

for two other teenagers.

0:20:480:20:52

Mr Patel's nephew, the same age

as the boy arrested,

0:20:520:20:54

can't understand why

they attacked him.

0:20:540:20:56

One punch and one family left

with nothing but their grief.

0:20:560:20:58

Lucy Manning, BBC News.

0:20:580:21:08

The Government has rewritten

its ministerial code of conduct

0:21:090:21:11

in light of problems with harassment

at Westminster which

0:21:110:21:13

emerged last year.

0:21:130:21:20

It states that inappropriate

behaviour "will not be tolerated."

0:21:200:21:22

The amended code also sets out

ministers' duty to report any

0:21:220:21:25

meetings they conduct overseas.

0:21:250:21:26

A year ago today, the late

Martin McGuinness resigned

0:21:260:21:28

as Stormont's Deputy First Minister.

0:21:280:21:32

His party, Sinn Fein,

and the Democratic Unionists have

0:21:320:21:34

since been unable to reach

an agreement to restore

0:21:340:21:36

the power-sharing coalition.

0:21:360:21:38

Civil servants have been

running Northern Ireland,

0:21:380:21:40

but they're not able to make

any major decisions.

0:21:400:21:43

Our Ireland correspondent,

Chris Page, has been

0:21:430:21:47

looking at the impact of 12

months without government.

0:21:470:21:49

Just like everywhere else

in the UK, the health service

0:21:490:21:51

in Northern Ireland is under severe

pressure this winter,

0:21:510:21:55

but what's different here is that

there's no Health Minister.

0:21:550:21:58

Three months before it collapsed,

the devolved Government published

0:21:580:22:01

a plan to restructure the NHS

after a report said the system

0:22:010:22:05

was at breaking point.

0:22:050:22:07

No problem with your

blood pressure before?

0:22:070:22:09

No.

0:22:090:22:10

This GP says urgent

reforms are being held up

0:22:100:22:12

because ministers are out of office.

0:22:120:22:15

We already see it with the long

waiting lists for secondary care.

0:22:150:22:18

We see it with the lack

of investment in social care.

0:22:180:22:21

We see it with the issues around

the out of hours service and we see

0:22:210:22:25

it with the heavy demands on access

to GP services, and that's where

0:22:250:22:29

the patients will see it primarily.

0:22:290:22:34

Others who rely on public money

to do their jobs say that

0:22:340:22:37

uncertainty is unacceptable.

0:22:370:22:41

You're too neat by nature.

0:22:410:22:43

This workshop for people

with dementia is one

0:22:430:22:45

of hundreds of programmes run

by community arts organisations.

0:22:450:22:50

They say their future is shaky

because of funding cuts,

0:22:500:22:52

but they feel they've nowhere to go

to make their case.

0:22:520:22:54

We have no Government,

we have no champion,

0:22:540:22:56

we have no minister.

0:22:560:22:57

So we've nobody to turn

to to support policy changes,

0:22:570:23:00

to support the communities here.

0:23:000:23:02

This is a crisis moment for us.

0:23:020:23:07

The political crisis is apparently

still as deep as a year ago.

0:23:070:23:16

Martin McGuinness ended

Sinn Fein's uneasy partnership

0:23:160:23:18

with the Democratic Unionists

when he resigned as

0:23:180:23:20

Deputy First Minister.

0:23:200:23:23

There have since been elections

to Stormont and Westminster

0:23:230:23:25

and several rounds of talks

to restore power-sharing.

0:23:250:23:28

But many days of negotiations have

failed to break the deadlock.

0:23:280:23:33

The DUP and Sinn Fein

increased their dominance in both

0:23:330:23:36

elections last year and they blame

each other for the

0:23:360:23:38

Stormont stalemate.

0:23:380:23:40

In the meantime, unmade

decisions are piling up.

0:23:400:23:43

Half of the construction

industry's business comes

0:23:430:23:45

from public sector projects.

0:23:450:23:50

Workers are concerned

about a downturn in demand.

0:23:500:23:52

Within the next few months,

unless decisions are made

0:23:520:23:54

and projects and things start

to move forward, I think

0:23:540:23:56

we could see a situation

where we're seeing layoffs

0:23:560:23:59

in the construction industry.

0:23:590:24:00

We need to see the Executive

and the Assembly reestablished

0:24:000:24:03

as soon as possible.

0:24:030:24:05

The British and Irish governments

are aiming to restart

0:24:050:24:07

talks between the parties

in the coming weeks.

0:24:070:24:09

At the moment, there's no sign

of a deal to bring devolution

0:24:090:24:12

out of the deep freeze.

0:24:120:24:13

Chris Page, BBC News, Belfast.

0:24:130:24:21

Prince Harry and his fiancee

Meghan Markle have visited a youth

0:24:210:24:24

radio station in Brixton, in south

London, on their first Royal

0:24:240:24:27

engagement of the year.

0:24:270:24:29

Hundreds of people lined the streets

outside the Reprezent

0:24:290:24:32

studios to welcome them.

0:24:320:24:38

Nicholas Witchell's report

contains flash photography.

0:24:380:24:40

They travel with all

the paraphernalia of royalty,

0:24:400:24:42

but Harry and Meghan

are the new Royal couple

0:24:420:24:44

determined to do things just

a little differently.

0:24:440:24:46

So this was a visit

to a radio station, housed

0:24:460:24:48

in old shipping containers.

0:24:480:24:53

CHEERING

0:24:530:24:57

Believe it or not everyone

is listening and I'm in the same

0:24:570:25:02

room as the Royal couple right now.

0:25:020:25:06

This is Reprezent FM in Brixton,

south London, set up 10 years ago

0:25:060:25:09

to help tackle inner city issues,

like knife crime.

0:25:090:25:12

It gives young people a purpose

and trains them to be broadcasters.

0:25:120:25:15

I can see why your show's

so popular because you're

0:25:150:25:17

so thoughtful in the approach,

but also so engaging to listen to.

0:25:170:25:21

Thank you.

0:25:210:25:25

Inside the station, Harry and Meghan

were getting to know

0:25:250:25:27

the broadcasting class of 2018.

0:25:270:25:31

Outside it was apparent that

royalty's newest recruit is reaching

0:25:310:25:34

new audiences herself.

0:25:340:25:35

The support from Brixton,

it was just a lot of people

0:25:350:25:39

of colour that were just

cheering her on.

0:25:390:25:41

Obviously you could tell

that she was quite surprised

0:25:410:25:43

the reception she got.

0:25:430:25:44

She looked shocked, didn't she?

0:25:440:25:45

I thought that, yeah.

0:25:450:25:47

Yeah, because everyone was shouting

for Meghan and not really Harry.

0:25:470:25:50

Get out of the way.

0:25:500:25:51

We want to see Meghan!

0:25:510:25:53

"We want to see Meghan",

demanded the crowds in south London.

0:25:530:25:55

Expect to hear a lot of that

between now and the wedding

0:25:550:25:58

in May, and beyond.

0:25:580:26:00

Nicholas Witchell, BBC News.

0:26:000:26:06

Time for a look at the weather.

0:26:060:26:08

Here's Chris Fawkes.

0:26:080:26:09

Here's Chris Fawkes.

0:26:090:26:10

We look at the weather going on in

the Kalps. A two-day snowstorm that

0:26:100:26:20

brought huge falls of snow. 160

centimetres of snow, it has shut the

0:26:200:26:26

resort. It's high across a wide

range of alpine resort areas. People

0:26:260:26:35

have been stranded at times without

power. Towns are digging out from

0:26:350:26:42

the huge snowdrifts. We have had low

cloud today, mist and fog patches

0:26:420:26:47

and drizzle widely. There have been

brighter spots, Cumbria and western

0:26:470:26:52

Scotland seeing fine weather and

sunshine. We are seeing a change

0:26:520:26:55

take place at the moment. This band

of rain is edging in off Atlantic.

0:26:550:27:01

There are bumps along this weather

front. That is a sign we could see

0:27:010:27:05

an area of low pressure form along

the front which would slow it down.

0:27:050:27:09

That heavy rain will get across

Northern Ireland into parts of

0:27:090:27:15

Scotland. The rain lighter in

England and Wales. Tomorrow the

0:27:150:27:19

complication is if we do get an area

of low pressure forming along the

0:27:190:27:22

front it could really put the brakes

on this front, particularly across

0:27:220:27:27

eastern Scotland and north-east

England. These are perhaps the

0:27:270:27:29

favoured areas for the rain lasting

into the afternoon. It could be

0:27:290:27:33

elsewhere across eastern England

too. We will see sunshine further

0:27:330:27:37

east. Temperatures five or six, not

as cold as it has been in the north,

0:27:370:27:45

milder to south-west England and

Wales later in the day. Mist and fog

0:27:450:27:47

to start the day on Thursday. Some

of these will be slow to clear.

0:27:470:27:51

Decent day weather wise. Bright or

sunny spells. Chilly in the north,

0:27:510:27:57

three or five degrees Celsius.

Cooler further south. That is how

0:27:570:28:01

the weather is shaping up.

0:28:010:28:03

A reminder of our main story.

0:28:030:28:08

Barry Bennell -

a former football coach -

0:28:080:28:12

goes on trial accused of 48

historical sex offences.

0:28:120:28:14

The court was told that he had

almost "unfettered access" to young

0:28:140:28:17

boys dreaming of success

in the professional game.

0:28:170:28:19

That's all from the BBC News at Six,

so it's goodbye from me

0:28:190:28:22

and on BBC One we now join the BBC's

news teams where you are.

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