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A desperate search for survivors
after mudslides in California leave
at least 15 people dead.
Rivers of mud and huge boulders
crashing into homes -
leaving dozens trapped.
We dug down and found a little baby.
I don't know where it came from.
We got it out, got
the mud out of its mouth.
I hope it's OK.
They took it right to the hospital.
Another survivor pulled
to safety but officials fear
the number of dead could rise.
The firefighters won't let us go
up there any further.
They say the situation can change
in the blink of an eye.
As you can see, this
is how dangerous it is.
Some of those affected now
are the very ones who faced
wildfires last month.
British factories are booming -
the longest run in manufacturing
growth for 20 years.
The former football coach accused
of dozens of child sex offences.
The court hears from
an alleged victim.
And lost and stranded
on a Cornish beach.
Rescuers struggle to cope
with the number of seal
pups they're finding.
Coming up in Sportsday
on BBC News...
Arsene Wenger must watch
from the stands again as Arsenal
play Chelsea in the EFL Cup
semifinal first leg at
Good evening and welcome
to the BBC News at Six.
At least 15 people have been killed
by mudslides and flash floods
in Southern California.
Rescue workers are now mounting
a desperate search for survivors,
fearing that hundreds of people
might still be trapped.
Many of those affected now
are the very same people who last
month fled from wild fires.
The extreme weather
has hit Carpinteria,
Santa Barbara and Montecito,
from where our correspondent,
James Cook, reports.
On California's Pacific coast,
ordeal by the elements continues.
First, they enjoyed the largest
buyer in the state's history. Next
came torrential rain, more intense
than anyone here could remember.
Then, within minutes, destruction,
caused by an unstoppable wall of mud
and debris. This 14-year-old
survived. Even she does not know
how. Firefighters using rescue dogs
heard her screams and worked for
hours to pull her from the wreckage
of her home. Her family's fate is
unknown. Everyone here, it seems,
has their own incredible story of a
struggle to survive.
boulders and trees came through our
house we climbed up onto the roof
and waited till the creek went down
a bit and then we climbed off the
roof and got to our neighbour's. We
just got pulled out of there by the
firefighters. Police are now
We heard a
little baby crying. We dug down and
found a little baby.
We got it out, got
the mud out of its mouth.
I'm hoping it's OK.
They took it right to the hospital.
But it was just a baby, four feet
down in the mud, under the rocks.
I'm glad we got him.
A mother and her newborn baby are
winched to safety. The little girl
makes it onto the roof of her
seven-year-old brother is saved as
well. Terrifying moments but they
are the lucky ones.
How do you
describe it? It is devastating.
fire created a situation where the
dirt was able to wash down. Had we
still had all the vegetation on the
hills it would not have been as much
of an issue.
Why did it
happen? The area soaked had been
affected with wildfires. The earth
was baked, leaving it slick and
hard. The water had nowhere to go
but down, fast, into the town of
Montecito with devastating effect.
This is one of the most exclusive
communities in the United States,
home to stars including actor Rob
Lowe and TV presenter Alan
DeGeneres. Oprah Winfrey posted a
video from her garden. See how deep
the mud is. The destruction was not
confined to the coast. Further
inland, in Burbank, a suburb of Los
Angeles, the cameras captured
another mudslide in action. The mud
roared down here with terrifying
speed, sweeping everything in its
path. Firefighters will not let us
go up that any further. They say the
situation could change in the blink
of an eye. As you can see, this is
how dangerous it is. The Pacific
coast was hardest hit. The financial
cost will be immense. The human
toll, even higher. James Cook, BBC
We can go live to James now. What is
the latest you have on the rescue
Well, the scene around me
here is one, as you can see, of
complete devastation. The power of
the mud as it charged down from the
mountains was quite immense. It has
left parts of houses smashed to
pieces and strewn across the road.
The rescue operation does continue.
We have seen helicopters overhead in
the last three minutes ferrying
people backwards and forwards,
presumably trying to get people out.
We have had no more formal details
on how that is going. The last we
heard there were some 300 people
trapped in one area alone. This is a
very difficult, very intense
situation still. There are also
questions about why people were not
evacuated. Some evacuation warnings
were given but were they given for
the right areas and where they
strong enough? Perhaps, should
people have listened to them more
Thank you very much.
There's a boom in goods
made in Britain.
Manufacturing output in the UK
has reached its highest
level in nearly a decade,
after showing growth
for seven months in a row -
that's according to the Office
for National Statistics.
The sector has been boosted
by a strong global economy
and the devaluation of the pound
since the Brexit vote,
which makes exports
Our economics editor,
Kamal Ahmed, reports.
The sound of better economic news,
and the manufacturers making
the goods a faster growing
world is demanding.
The weakness in the value
of the pound makes everything
Britain sells abroad more
competitive, and firms that export
are taking advantage.
So this machine actually
is a high-end machine...
Like Brandauer in Birmingham.
Among other high-tech materials,
it makes the switches for 90%
of all the kettles in the world,
billions of them.
Its order books for household
goods, the car sector
and aerospace are bulging.
We've always exported a huge
percentage of what we make.
Currently, that's around 70-75%.
Global growth of our customers
and the manufacturing supply chain
means growth for us.
Our customers are doing well,
and technology demands
which means Brandauer as a net
result will do well.
It's been a ten year roller-coaster
for Britain's makers.
Manufacturing suffered badly
in the financial crisis and has only
slowly recovered since.
But, in the last year,
things have taken a turn
for the better and output is now
at its highest since April 2008.
Behind these better figures is a big
economic trend, global growth.
For the first time since
the financial crisis ten years ago,
all the economic centres,
the USA, China, Japan
and the rest of Europe,
are seeing stronger growth,
and that rising tide
is lifting Britain and
confidence is flowing back.
It's not all good news.
are poor and there are still
the problems of falling wages
and the increase in prices.
Many economists warn that Britain
is not out of the economic woods,
including a former adviser
to the Chancellor.
What we've seen in the UK
relative to elsewhere
is growth relatively stable.
That is still better than most
predicted at the start of 2017,
because the Brexit negotiation
was expected to have a more
dampening impact on growth,
but the global environment has
actually ended up being much
stronger, and I think that has
supported UK activity.
The UK is still the laggard, though.
Businesses have been more
hesitant about expanding,
whereas elsewhere in the world
confidence is much stronger and we
have seen more business spending.
Manufacturing is a bright point,
but at just 10% of the UK economy
it's not everything.
The strength of Britain overall
will only become clear when the full
set of figures are published
at the end of the month.
Many economists believe
they will now be more
positive than expected.
The Chancellor Philip Hammond has
said the European Union should stop
talking about "punishing"
the UK over Brexit.
He'll make the warning
in a speech in Berlin tonight
and Kamal joins me now.
Do you detect a more robust tone
from the Chancellor?
I certainly do.
2018 will be very tight timetable
for those European Union
negotiations. Philip Hammond, in
this speech is certainly a change of
tone. He supported remaining in the
European Union. He talks about it
taking two to tango. The use should
stop talking about punishing the UK
over Brexit. He is really saying,
you need to help us find some
solutions. Other countries, Canada,
America and Australia are offering
free trade deals Europe, what you
going to put on the table? In
Brussels it may raise a few
eyebrows. They say, Britain decided
to leave the European Union. You
broke it, you fix it. They are
saying it is for Britain to come to
the table with solutions. As we have
heard time and again, it does not
want Britain to be better off
outside the user and it was inside
the EU. We cannot have, Brussels
says, our cake and eat it.
Police in Stockport have found human
remains in a suburban back garden.
Their search comes after a woman
went to the police at the weekend
and told detectives she had
killed a man.
Our North of England
correspondent, Judith Moritz,
is in Stockport for us.
Judith, what more can you tell us?
Well, George, the police say on
Sunday afternoon a 63-year-old woman
walked into a police station not far
from here and confessed to having
killed a man several years ago and
buried him in the garden. That's
part a forensic search and last
night detectives confirmed that they
have found human remains at the
property. The BBC understands that
the body that has been found is that
of a man called Kenneth Combs and
the woman, who is now talking to
detectives on suspicion of murder is
his daughter. Neighbours have been
asked if they remember the family.
The police say a postmortem
examination should give more
information into course about how
and when he died.
The trial of the former football
coach Barry Bennell on charges
of child sexual offences has -
for the first time -
heard from an alleged victim.
A man who claims he was sexually
abused as a child has told the court
that Bennell had what he called
a "power hold" over young
boys who dreamt of being
Barry Bennell, who's now known
as Richard Jones, denies 48 charges
of child sexual abuse.
Our Sports Editor,
Dan Roan, reports.
Back in the 1980s, Barry Bennell
worked with some of the most
promising young footballers in the
north-west of England. Youth team
coach at Crewe Alexandra. He also
had links with Manchester City.
Liverpool Crown Court has told the
64-year-old, who now causes of
Richard Jones, exploited young boys
dreams of becoming footballers in
order to sexually abuse them. With
Bennell watching on via video link,
the jury was shown footage of the
complainants interview. He first met
him when he came as a scout for
Manchester City. The alleged victim
said he was abused up to 100 times
along with other boys by Bennell at
his home and in a shop he owned in
Derbyshire village. He had up to
three boys share a bed with him. The
said none dare speak out for fear of
jeopardising their football
prospects. It was almost like an
untold rule, he said. He had a big
power hold over us. The court was
shown a recording of this BBC
programme from November 2016
featuring other alleged victims
which the complainant said left him
in complete meltdown, prompting him
to contact police for the first
time. Appearing behind a screen in
court he was cross examined by the
defence, and asked if his complaint
was financially motivated. I am not
in it for the money, he said. The
court was read transcripts from
Bennell's interview with the police.
He said he has had no sexual contact
with him and remembered thinking he
was the one that got away with it he
was not one of my victims. It is
impossible. The trial continues.
Our top story this evening:
A desperate search for survivors
after mudslides in California
leave 15 people dead,
and officials warn
the death toll could rise.
And still to come:
The man behind Wallace
and Grommit on how he's
created his latest characters.
Coming up on Sportsday on BBC News:
Double amputee Billy Monger is back
behind the wheel and training
to be a stunt driver.
The teenager lost both his lower
legs in an accident last year.
In the last few years, dozens
of British citizens have travelled
to Syria to volunteer in the fight
against so-called Islamic State.
Today the bodies of two men
killed in battle have been
brought back to the UK.
Jac Holmes and Oliver Hall fought
with Kurdish forces.
The parents of Jac Holmes say
they are proud of him,
and were unable to prevent
him from going.
They've been speaking
to Emma Vardy.
The road outside the cargo
area of Heathrow became
the scene of tributes,
as the bodies of two men,
carried from Syria by Iraq
and Jordan, arrived home.
Both 24 and both with no
previous military training,
Jac Holmes and Oliver Hall had
a desire to join
the battle against IS.
Well, for me, it was
a personal choice.
I wanted to fight against Isis
and I wanted to help the situation
over here in Iraq and Syria.
Jac Holmes, a former IT
worker from Bournemouth,
was just 21 when he first travelled
to Syria and his parents
discovered his plans.
As we went to move a bit
of furniture, opened a drawer
to make sure it was empty
and found his flight confirmation.
I had to leave the house
pretty quickly because I
was so angry with him.
I had all these messages
and missed calls and stuff.
When I picked up the messages,
it was Jac and he said,
"Mum, I'm up a mountain.
"I've crossed the border
and I'm in Syria."
He spent two years fighting
with the Kurdish armed group
the YPG, which has allowed many
to join its ranks.
But fighting abroad with any
militia, say British authorities,
is against the law.
Morally, what was your stance
on what Jac was doing?
I think Jac had always has
had a sense of helping
the underdog, helping people.
Morally, I don't have an issue
if he has killed any Daesh
fighters, not at all.
I think, if you speak to most
people on the street,
they would say the same.
Just days after the battle
for the de facto IS capital Raqqa
was over, Jac was killed
by a suicide belt left behind.
My name is Oliver Hall and I came
here of my own free will,
knowing all of the risks
and consequences that can follow.
Oliver Hall from Gosport had
travelled to Syria in August.
His mother was told he was checking
to make sure an area was safe
for civilians when he was killed
by an IED.
A ceremony for Jac Holmes
and Oliver Hall was held in Syria
as they began the journey home.
People from the Kurdish community
in the UK have gathered
here at Heathrow today to pay
tribute to two men who took
up their cause to fight
against so-called Islamic State.
What Jac Holmes and Oliver Hall did
is something the British authorities
have tried to deter people from but,
for those here today,
they will be remembered as heroes.
I'm immensely proud
of my son, really.
You know, your average
22-year-old is more concerned
about who is winning X Factor.
I'll never forget him.
Of course I won't.
Seven British men in total have died
with the YPG in Syria in the war
which has seen so many British men
and women drawn to it,
with many lives lost.
Emma Vardy, BBC News.
Cancer patients at a specialist NHS
hospital could face delays
to their treatment due
to a major shortage of staff.
That's the warning from a senior
doctor in a leaked memo to staff
at Churchill Hospital in Oxford.
He says the number
of specialist nurses
at the hospital is down by 40% -
nearly a half.
Our Health Editor Hugh Pym
is outside the hospital in Oxford.
I wonder just how worried patients
in the Oxford area, cancer patients,
should be about this?
which runs this hospital says
patients should be completely
reassured there has been no change
in policy whatsoever and they should
continue to expect high standards of
care but in a timely fashion, but
this leaked e-mail shows that
doctors there are seriously
concerned about workforce shortages,
difficulties recruiting trained
cancer nurses, and they think
chemotherapy will be affected. They
are considering reducing the doses
for patients who are terminally ill.
It has been said that, for some
patients who don't need chemotherapy
urgently, there are delays of one to
two weeks, but the trust says that
is still within the target. The
trust has acknowledged there are
serious problems with workforce in
the area and difficulties
recruiting, and Cancer Research UK
says this issue must be urgently
Conservation charities say they've
been "overwhelmed" by the number
of stranded seals found along
the Cornish coast over
the last few weeks.
Record numbers of sick and abandoned
pups have been discovered -
after a series of winter storms
and high tides.
Rescue centres say they
are struggling to cope,
as Jon Kay reports.
On a suburban estate...
OK, shall we get them out?
A pop-up seal sanctuary.
With the local rescue centres full,
these orphaned pups are having to be
housed in a garage near St Ives.
Father and son David
and Dan are fully trained
and caring for the seals 24/7.
Are you struggling to cope?
We're at the point
where we really are.
This sort of speaks for itself,
having all of these guys here.
The rehab centres just don't
have the space to handle this many
pups in such a short amount of time.
Every day, volunteers from the group
are racing to the Cornish coast
to rescue unprecedented numbers
of sick and starving pups, orphaned
and injured in winter storms.
Here's the tube in the
corner of its mouth...
food is the easy bit.
Finding them somewhere to recuperate
is much more difficult.
They've had nearly 300 call-outs
already this winter.
We've been out 55 times
this year so far.
What, since the 1st of January?
Since the 1st of January, we've had
55 calls and we've rescued 25.
The situation we find
ourselves in is completely
shocking beyond belief.
So why are things
so bad this winter?
Because we've had a succession
of storms over really high tides,
flooded all the beaches,
washed all those seal pups
out without enough food
inside them to survive.
At Cornwall's seal sanctuary,
there is no room left.
Some pups have had to be
taken to rescue centres
hundreds of miles away.
In the hospital wing,
this one has an eye infection.
He has to be covered while he's
treated to stop him biting.
Staff don't expect it to get
quiet any time soon.
We are only just in the middle part
of the pup season at the moment,
and that season doesn't generally
finish until about March,
So, as you can imagine,
we're going to have quite
a considerable number coming
in at that point.
It's not just south-west England.
Rescue teams all around the UK
are reporting record numbers
of seals needing help.
Once these pups have recovered,
they'll be sent back into the sea,
but conservationists say,
if we're going to avoid
an accommodation crisis next winter,
we need to start planning now.
Jon Kay, BBC News, Cornwall.
It's the Bristol-based animation
company that gave us Wallace
and Grommit and Shaun the Sheep.
Now, Aardman and its Oscar-winning
director, Nick Park
are about to unveil a new film,
a prehistoric comedy
called Early Man.
It's been five years in the making
and Nick Park has been showing our
Arts Editor, Will Gompertz, exactly
how he's made his creations come
to life on the big screen.
The initial idea was, you know,
what if cavemen invented football?
And I hadn't seen a prehistoric
underdog sports movie before.
Come on, everyone.
Let's show them what we've got.
This is one of my first sketches.
I loved sketching all the time.
That's where the characters
tend to come from.
And are you thinking as you sketch
in terms of plasticine?
Yes, I do.
I think 3-D all the time,
and I'm always drawing
as if they have dimensions.
I'm thinking about how
they will interpret,
how they will translate into models.
What strange magic is this?
We try and prepare for every shot
before the animator starts.
We do quite often live-action
videos, so Nick will act out almost
the entire film in front of camera,
and we go through that with him,
and that's our starting point.
We wanted, following Nick's
initial brief, to keep it
all looking very handmade,
so all of these sections
are made of plasticine,
but the mechanics inside are made
of lots of different materials.
Underneath, we have armatures,
which we make all in-house.
They look something
a little bit like this.
So we have sort of ball
and socket joint in here,
and hinged joints and rotates,
and fundamentally that's what sort
of sits inside our main characters.
Just a little bit more!
There are aspects of it,
are there not, which hark back
to your earliest days,
back to Wallace and Gromit.
Yeah, I know.
At the heart of it,
it is these two characters.
Dug is a cavemen and
his pet hog Hognob.
I set out to try and be a bit
different to Wallace
and Gromit, but I guess
there is a sort of default.
I can't help it.
The eyes are close together
and there is a sort of man and dog
sort of relationship, I guess.
I mean, as man and hog in this case.
It's one thing trying to make it
a film you want to make and to stay
true to your vision.
But you are hoping that it also does
work for people out in the audience.
Time for a look at the weather.
Here's Helen Willetts.
Rather quiet across the UK at the
moment, which is good compared to
around the world. Some sunshine
today, but this band of cloud and
rain is still making for gloomy
conditions across the eastern side
of the country. Further west, we had
problems with fog, with a spate of
accidents with poor visibility. It
is taken up again not just for
Northern Ireland but across many
parts of England and Wales, where we
have had that sunshine today, in
south-western Scotland as well. That
will be coupled with temperatures
close to frigging, especially in the
countryside, so it could be icy and
could be freezing frog. --
temperatures close to freezing.
Parts of south Scotland, across
north-west England, the Midlands,
eastern parts of Wales, perhaps
Devon and the West Country, central
southern England, more widespread
than this morning, and there is also
the complication of the weather
front further east, with some
low-level fog over the hills, but
possibly at lower levels with holes
in the cloud. It would take a while
for the fog to play tomorrow
morning, and then there will be some
sunshine, but not as widespread as
today. -- for the fog to clear. Some
of the cloud coming back into Kent.
Not as persistently wet as today,
but still drizzly and cold. Why
Friday, a bit more of a breeze to
lift the fog from the west, but
there could be a lot of morning fog
and frost, a lot of cloud, and not
much change over the weekend. In
Northern Ireland, the weather front
gets stuck, and just to reiterate
its going to get quite foggy out
there from now until tomorrow
morning, and it might not clear in
some parts tomorrow morning.
That's all from the BBC News at six.
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