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A former football coach goes
on trial, accused of 48 historical
sex offences against young boys.
The court was told that
Barry Bennell had almost "unfettered
access" to boys dreaming of success
in the professional game.
Some of the abuse is alleged to have
taken place in the grounds
of Crewe Alexandra,
where Bennell was coach.
And the other main stories
on tonight's programme...
The newly reshuffled Cabinet
meets for the first time
as Theresa May rings more changes
among junior ranks
to refresh her government.
The north London shopkeeper who died
after being attacked in a row
over cigarette papers.
North and South Korea hold
their first talks in over two years.
And the self-propelling suitcase
that follows its owner -
just one of the marvels at a major
tech show in Las Vegas.
Coming up on Sportsday later
in the hour on BBC News,
competition for Manchester City -
Bristol City are the visitors
for the first leg of their
League Cup semifinal.
A court has heard that the former
football coach Barry Bennell
was a "predatory and determined
paedophile," who is alleged to have
subjected a number of boys to abuse
on more than 100 occasions.
Bennell, who is now known
as Richard Jones, denies multiple
historical sex offence charges.
The prosecution said that some
of the abuse took place
in the grounds of Crewe Alexandra,
where Bennell was coach,
but also at his home.
Let's join our Sports
Editor Dan Roan,
who's at Liverpool Crown Court.
Yesterday, we learned that Barry
Bennell had pleaded guilty to seven
charges of sexual abuse, but he were
still contesting 48 further counts
relating to 11 compliments, all boys
aged as young as nine between 1979
and 1991. Today, this trial,
expected to last eight weeks, got
under way as the prosecution opened
Exercise full former coach in the
1980s, Barry Bennell worked with
some of the most successful teams
like Alexandra. He also had linked
with Stoke City. But today Liverpool
Crown Court was told the
63-year-old, who now calls himself
Richard Jones, was also a predatory,
determined and dangerous paedophile.
For the prosecution, Nicholas
Johnson QC told the jury that
Bennell, who appeared via video link
because of ill-health, engaged in a
course of conduct over many years
involving systematic and persistent
sexual abuse of pre-or prepubescent
boys. He had pretty much unfettered
access to large numbers of young
lads who dreamt of a life in
professional football. Although it
seemed that Mr Bennell was a skilled
and relatively successful coach, he
had a much darker side. The court
was told that Bennell had previously
served to prison sentences both here
and in the United States was serious
sexual offences against junior
footballers, but that he insisted
the current complainants were
maliciously making up stories
against him, seeking attention or
compensation. The court was told
that Bennell subjected boys to
hundreds of assaults and even
carried out some of his crimes here,
in one of the changing rooms in the
ground of Crewe Alexandra. But
several alleged victims also played
for clubs linked to Manchester City.
One alleged that he was abused when
aged between 11 and 13 more than 100
times after Bennell introduced
himself as a scout for the club.
Another claimed he was abused at
Bennell's house and on football
tours, where horror
movies would be played to soften up
his victims. And one complainant who
threatened to report the abuse said
Bennell told him that nobody would
believe him and that "I've got
people playing professional football
now that I have done these things to
- you are nothing". The jury were
told they would have to decide
between Bennell's version of events
or believe the prosecution's case
that he committed sexual offences on
a large scale against very
vulnerable lads. The trial
continues. Dan Roan, BBC News,
Theresa May has appointed more women
and MPs from ethnic minority
backgrounds as ministers,
at the end of a two-day reshuffle
designed to recharge her government.
Our Deputy Political Editor
John Pienaar has more.
Allowed through the door at Number
Ten today for a quick peek at the
new look cabinet. Nobody move.
Almost nobody move yesterday because
Theresa May couldn't make them.
Where is she? There she is. Jeremy
Hunt, the Health Secretary, was in
the way and wouldn't budge, just
like yesterday. The new faces in the
top team were happy enough, though.
There's lots of energy, lots of
ideas. It was a really important
meeting this morning, with a sense
of renewed vigour.
And the losers?
thought what I thought right.
Justine Greening, now ex-Education
Secretary, had no regrets. She would
not switch jobs.
Now she is jobbed
off. You have to be careful about
who you alienate.
You can't make too
No, you can't. That is
the truth of all reshuffles. But I
do think the Prime Minister has
balanced it well. We have stability
at Cabinet level and we have new
blood coming through into the other
layers of government. So the
balancing act, she has got right.
Bringing the Tory party closer to
people was today's mission, making
government to look more like the
electorate and somehow retrieving
old loyalties that were judged by
Excited about the
prospect of joining the government?
So for those judged the brightest
and the best, the guessing game was
You live in hope these days.
They left Number Ten happier than
they went in. Some couldn't bear to
wait for the official announcement
before passing on the news.
Congratulations, what have you got?
Altogether, 14 MPs were given jobs,
eight of them women, and five from
ethnic minorities. Meanwhile,
another plan went wrong today. Toby
Young, appointed to the board of a
new university regulator, resigned
under pressure. He had helped set up
free schools, but past inflammatory
comments and tweets forced to step
down before he could start his new
role. An embarrassment to the
government, but a relief to critics,
diligence wasn't done. I made it
clear I thought it was the wrong
thing to do because of some very
extreme things that Toby Young had
said in the past on eugenics, on the
disabled and the way he described
working class people.
appointed unpromoted ministers are
looking happy tonight. They always
do. But this reshuffle, the
ministers Theresa May couldn't move
or sack, has been as much a mark of
her political vulnerability as the
sign of strength her party wanted.
Tory MPs can only hope for a tighter
grip at the top in what will be a
defining year. British politics is
as volatile as it has been in modern
times. Unpredictability is the new
normal. John Pienaar, BBC News,
North and South Korea have
held their first talks
for more than two years,
and have agreed to further
discussions to ease military
tensions in the region.
It came after the North confirmed
it'll be sending a team
to the Winter Olympics
in South Korea next month.
From Seoul, Rupert
The skiers on the slopes of
PyeongChang today were moving a
little slower than they will be in a
month's time. Then, the world's best
will be flying down these pistes.
And now we know that when the
Olympic Games open here on February
seven, there will be a full North
Korean team competing. They will
march in side by side with their
South Korean compatriots.
TRANSLATION: I think with both, we
can put everything aside and
everyone should do their best to
achieve their goals in the
competition. -- with sports.
Korea is just 50 miles away in that
direction, and the north has really
completely overshadowed preparations
for the Olympics here. Some teams
have threatened to pull out, ticket
sales have been slow. You can see
this place isn't exactly humming
with skiers, so there is immense
relief here that the north and the
South are now at least talking. This
morning, North Korea's chief
delegate strode across the
demarcation line that divides the
two Koreas. He warmly shook the hand
of his South Korean counterpart. The
weather is cold, he said, but
despite the cold, the people's
desire for improving relations is
frozen. It's hard to overstate how
dramatic and rapid this shift has
been. It's only a month since North
Korea test fired this huge new
missile, boasting that it could hit
any city in the United States. Off
the coast of Korea, US aircraft
carriers massed, their decks
swarming with supersonic strike
aircraft. It felt like this region
was teetering on the brink of war.
So is Pyongyang's sudden change of
heart real, or just a tactic to
avoid war with America?
would like to gain time in order to
avoid a potential retaliation by the
United States against it and will
eventually re-engage in the
provocation cycle so that it can
threaten the United States.
Winter Olympics may be a cover for
Kim Jong-Un, a convenient excuse for
him to step back from the brink. But
here in the south, any chance to
talk is better than the terrifying
alternative. Rupert Wingfield-Hayes,
BBC News, in PyeongChang, South
Five men and a woman have appeared
in court charged with belonging
to the banned far-right group,
The six, who were arrested
during raids across England
last week, appeared
at Westminster Magistrates court.
They'll appear at the Old Bailey
later this month.
Virgin Trains have stopped
stocking the Daily Mail
on board their west coast route.
The company said concern had been
raised by colleagues
about the Mail's editorial position
on issues such as immigration,
LGBT rights and unemployment.
The Daily Mail has accused
the company of censoring the choice
of newspapers offered to passengers.
The Director-General of the BBC has
been asked to appear before MPs
to answer questions about gender
and pay at the corporation.
Lord Hall will face
questions by the Culture
and Media select committee.
The request comes after the BBC's
former China Editor Carrie Gracie
resigned from her post
after complaining about unequal pay.
She's also been asked
to appear before MPs.
The number of people waiting more
than four hours in accident
and emergency departments
in Scotland reached a record high
in the last week of 2017.
New figures show only 78%
of patients were seen
within the government's
four hour target -
the lowest proportion
since weekly data started
being published three years ago.
Here's our Scotland
Editor Sarah Smith.
Busy Accident & Emergency
departments in Scotland mean
patients are facing their longest
recorded waiting times.
Last week, over 100,000
patients waited more
than four hours to be seen,
nearly 300 waited
Nearly 300 waited
longer than 12 hours,
today as a "disgrace."
The figures out today
are for the week ending in Hogmanay,
a very, very challenging week
for our health service,
flu really beginning
to kick in that week.
For example, 40% increase in calls
to the Scottish Ambulance Service
on Hogmanay alone.
Of course, our staff are working
extremely hard on the front-line
to keep patients safe.
In the week between Christmas
and New Year, only 78% of people
visiting A&E were seen
within the target of four hours.
That's compared to 92% for the same
week the year before.
The delays are not because of
increased patient numbers.
Only 635 more people
attended A&E departments.
One reason given for
the increased waiting times
is a surge in flu infections.
Cases of flu in Scotland
are running at more than double
the rate in England,
more than twice as many
as there were last year, and that's
now a significant concern.
I just wasn't sure.
Patients with flu take longer
to assess and require treatment
in individual rooms,
as staff try to minimise
the spread of infection.
The team have had to work extremely
hard all the way over Christmas
and the New Year period.
Worse than before?
I would say so.
I've been doing this job for many
years and I think it's probably one
of the busiest times we've had.
The Health Minister,
visiting a hospital in Perth,
insists the Scottish NHS
is performing well overall,
with far fewer cancelled operations
than south of the border.
In Lanarkshire, some of the NHS
admin staff have been volunteering
on the wards to help
the overstretched nurses.
I was a bed buster.
What's a bed buster?
It was basically going to help
the ward staff to strip down
the beds after a patient had been
discharged so that it's cleaned
and made up and ready
for the patient to come into,
and do that as quickly as possible
to save the nursing staff
doing it themselves.
NHS spending is significantly higher
in Scotland, about £160 more
per person than in England.
Greater integrated health and social
care is meant to mean
fewer delayed discharges,
less bed-blocking, but today's
figures show that the winter health
crisis has hit Scotland hard.
Sarah Smith, BBC News, Perth.
Our top story this evening:
Barry Bennell, a former football
coach, goes on trial accused of 48
historical sex offences
against young boys.
Still to come...
Everyone is listening,
and I'm in the same room
as the royal couple right now.
Stay tuned to find out
what happened when Prince Harry
and Meghan Markle visited a south
London radio station.
Coming up on Sportsday on BBC News:
The Football Association announces
a range of measure to improve
diversity and increase funding
in the game.
It's the world's biggest showcase
for the gadgets that
could become part of our lives
in the near future.
More than 170,000 people
are expected to visit this year's
Consumer Electronics Show in Las
The tech companies' latest
developments include driverless
taxis and new advances in artificial
intelligence, including some
disturbingly human robots.
Our technology correspondent,
Rory Cellan-Jones, is in Las Vegas.
Reeta we come here every year to see
thousands of new gadgets launched
and spot the new trend. It's not
difficult it year it's all about
artificial intelligence building it
into products to make it smarter to
learn as they go along. That's the
theory at least. You may see behind
me the stand of alibaba. They are in
a battle with the Americans for
leadership in this technology of the
A powerful and largely invisible
technology is on the march,
it's learning how to drive.
It can recognise individual faces
and it knows an awful lot
about our personal preferences.
That technology is artificial
intelligence and, in Las Vegas this
week, tech firms are showing
off how far it's come.
Hey Sophia, can we shake hands?
In a Las Vegas university lab I'm
meeting Sofia, a humanoid robot.
How sophisticated do
you think you are as a robot?
I want people to perceive
me as the robot I am.
However, I wouldn't want to trick
people into thinking I'm a human.
I just want to communicate
with humans in the best possible
ways, which includes
looking like one.
Sophia, who's had advance
notice of my questions,
has few practical uses right now,
but her creators believe she
represents a big step on the road
to artificial intelligence.
Our aspiration is to bring
the machines to life,
to create living, intelligent
systems and there you'll see
the greatest revolution
in artificial intelligence.
As this giant tech show gets under
way, China's spending on AI
and robotics is much in evidence.
This suitcase recognises
and follows its owner.
Here's China's biggest force in AI
the search giant Baidu,
laying on a lavish Las Vegas event
with the slogan - AI is changing
the world at China's speed.
It calls itself China's Google,
it's already a leader
in technologies like facial
recognition and Baidu
is confident China can challenge
America's AI dominance.
China is quickly catching up
and the gap is closing,
but China has a lot more people,
much larger scale.
It's a big market.
So I think that's a foundation
for China to prevail in the AI age.
Google, which usually keeps low
profile at this show,
has chosen to put its name
Las Vegas, stressing
its leading role in AI.
There is lots of great competition
and lots of excitment. What it means
is that there's a lot of investment
going into this area. A lot of the
best minds working on it. I think
you're going to see the field
advance pretty quickly.
quite slowly out in down town Las
Vegas I booked a ride in a taxi with
no steering wheel, pedals or driver.
It's not just America and China
Rasing to get ahead in AI.
Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC News, Las
A teenager has been arrested
on suspicion of murder and two
others are being sought by police
after a shop worker
was attacked in an argument
about cigarette papers.
Officers say when staff refused
to serve them because of their age,
they became aggressive.
The victim, Vijay Patel,
died in hospital yesterday.
Our special correspondent,
Lucy Manning, reports
now from north London.
He worked hard in this shop
in the quiet suburbs of north
London, but one punch was to end
Vijay Patel's life.
On Saturday night, Abdullah Rahimzai
was working alongside Mr Patel
when three teenagers were told
they couldn't buy cigarette
papers unless they could
prove they were 18.
They threatened me to break
the window, so that's why I ask him.
I wish I didn't send him
to the window, but because of
the threat the guys made,
I asked him only to see.
When I reached the door,
he was already knocked down.
He was hit one punch.
The family released this photo
of Mr Patel in hospital before
he died to try to help catch those
who killed him.
For his relatives in Slough,
disbelief a night at work
could end with such violence.
He was just the greatest man.
He was innocent, he was kind.
He loved everyone and that's why
we all loved him as well.
He was the pillar of the house.
You know how you take out the pillar
and the house is not
there, it's like this.
Everyone is broken down.
Mr Patel had come from India
a decade ago, working
all hours to help his family.
He came to this country
so he could support his family,
so he could support his children.
He could give them a better life.
So they could get the best
education as well.
So they could have
better lives ahead.
A better future ahead as well.
Police say Mr Patel
was murdered for trying to make
others obey the law.
It was a completely unprovoked
attack on a man just
doing his job here.
The police have now arrested
a 16-year-old and are looking
for two other teenagers.
Mr Patel's nephew, the same age
as the boy arrested,
can't understand why
they attacked him.
One punch and one family left
with nothing but their grief.
Lucy Manning, BBC News.
The Government has rewritten
its ministerial code of conduct
in light of problems with harassment
at Westminster which
emerged last year.
It states that inappropriate
behaviour "will not be tolerated."
The amended code also sets out
ministers' duty to report any
meetings they conduct overseas.
A year ago today, the late
Martin McGuinness resigned
as Stormont's Deputy First Minister.
His party, Sinn Fein,
and the Democratic Unionists have
since been unable to reach
an agreement to restore
the power-sharing coalition.
Civil servants have been
running Northern Ireland,
but they're not able to make
any major decisions.
Our Ireland correspondent,
Chris Page, has been
looking at the impact of 12
months without government.
Just like everywhere else
in the UK, the health service
in Northern Ireland is under severe
pressure this winter,
but what's different here is that
there's no Health Minister.
Three months before it collapsed,
the devolved Government published
a plan to restructure the NHS
after a report said the system
was at breaking point.
No problem with your
blood pressure before?
This GP says urgent
reforms are being held up
because ministers are out of office.
We already see it with the long
waiting lists for secondary care.
We see it with the lack
of investment in social care.
We see it with the issues around
the out of hours service and we see
it with the heavy demands on access
to GP services, and that's where
the patients will see it primarily.
Others who rely on public money
to do their jobs say that
uncertainty is unacceptable.
You're too neat by nature.
This workshop for people
with dementia is one
of hundreds of programmes run
by community arts organisations.
They say their future is shaky
because of funding cuts,
but they feel they've nowhere to go
to make their case.
We have no Government,
we have no champion,
we have no minister.
So we've nobody to turn
to to support policy changes,
to support the communities here.
This is a crisis moment for us.
The political crisis is apparently
still as deep as a year ago.
Martin McGuinness ended
Sinn Fein's uneasy partnership
with the Democratic Unionists
when he resigned as
Deputy First Minister.
There have since been elections
to Stormont and Westminster
and several rounds of talks
to restore power-sharing.
But many days of negotiations have
failed to break the deadlock.
The DUP and Sinn Fein
increased their dominance in both
elections last year and they blame
each other for the
In the meantime, unmade
decisions are piling up.
Half of the construction
industry's business comes
from public sector projects.
Workers are concerned
about a downturn in demand.
Within the next few months,
unless decisions are made
and projects and things start
to move forward, I think
we could see a situation
where we're seeing layoffs
in the construction industry.
We need to see the Executive
and the Assembly reestablished
as soon as possible.
The British and Irish governments
are aiming to restart
talks between the parties
in the coming weeks.
At the moment, there's no sign
of a deal to bring devolution
out of the deep freeze.
Chris Page, BBC News, Belfast.
Prince Harry and his fiancee
Meghan Markle have visited a youth
radio station in Brixton, in south
London, on their first Royal
engagement of the year.
Hundreds of people lined the streets
outside the Reprezent
studios to welcome them.
Nicholas Witchell's report
contains flash photography.
They travel with all
the paraphernalia of royalty,
but Harry and Meghan
are the new Royal couple
determined to do things just
a little differently.
So this was a visit
to a radio station, housed
in old shipping containers.
Believe it or not everyone
is listening and I'm in the same
room as the Royal couple right now.
This is Reprezent FM in Brixton,
south London, set up 10 years ago
to help tackle inner city issues,
like knife crime.
It gives young people a purpose
and trains them to be broadcasters.
I can see why your show's
so popular because you're
so thoughtful in the approach,
but also so engaging to listen to.
Inside the station, Harry and Meghan
were getting to know
the broadcasting class of 2018.
Outside it was apparent that
royalty's newest recruit is reaching
new audiences herself.
The support from Brixton,
it was just a lot of people
of colour that were just
cheering her on.
Obviously you could tell
that she was quite surprised
the reception she got.
She looked shocked, didn't she?
I thought that, yeah.
Yeah, because everyone was shouting
for Meghan and not really Harry.
Get out of the way.
We want to see Meghan!
"We want to see Meghan",
demanded the crowds in south London.
Expect to hear a lot of that
between now and the wedding
in May, and beyond.
Nicholas Witchell, BBC News.
Time for a look at the weather.
Here's Chris Fawkes.
Here's Chris Fawkes.
We look at the weather going on in
the Kalps. A two-day snowstorm that
brought huge falls of snow. 160
centimetres of snow, it has shut the
resort. It's high across a wide
range of alpine resort areas. People
have been stranded at times without
power. Towns are digging out from
the huge snowdrifts. We have had low
cloud today, mist and fog patches
and drizzle widely. There have been
brighter spots, Cumbria and western
Scotland seeing fine weather and
sunshine. We are seeing a change
take place at the moment. This band
of rain is edging in off Atlantic.
There are bumps along this weather
front. That is a sign we could see
an area of low pressure form along
the front which would slow it down.
That heavy rain will get across
Northern Ireland into parts of
Scotland. The rain lighter in
England and Wales. Tomorrow the
complication is if we do get an area
of low pressure forming along the
front it could really put the brakes
on this front, particularly across
eastern Scotland and north-east
England. These are perhaps the
favoured areas for the rain lasting
into the afternoon. It could be
elsewhere across eastern England
too. We will see sunshine further
east. Temperatures five or six, not
as cold as it has been in the north,
milder to south-west England and
Wales later in the day. Mist and fog
to start the day on Thursday. Some
of these will be slow to clear.
Decent day weather wise. Bright or
sunny spells. Chilly in the north,
three or five degrees Celsius.
Cooler further south. That is how
the weather is shaping up.
A reminder of our main story.
Barry Bennell -
a former football coach -
goes on trial accused of 48
historical sex offences.
The court was told that he had
almost "unfettered access" to young
boys dreaming of success
in the professional game.
That's all from the BBC News at Six,
so it's goodbye from me
and on BBC One we now join the BBC's
news teams where you are.