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The former football
coach, Barry Bennell,
has been found guilty of multiple
sexual offences against young boys.
He'd targeted youth footballers
in the 1980s, claiming
he could fulfil their dreams
of a career in the sport.
But in court, he was described
a "child molester
on an industrial scale,"
been found guilty of 36 charges.
The jury has asked for more time
to consider further counts.
We'll be live at
Liverpool Crown Court.
Also on the programme:
Using artificial intelligence
to beat jihadists on the web,
but will tech companies use
the Government's new online tool?
It's the biggest cancer killer,
so why is research funding
into lung cancer in non-smokers
lagging behind other
forms of the disease?
I felt like I was being punished
for a crime I didn't commit.
I've never smoked.
In fact, I used to be
the butt of jokes at school
because I wouldn't.
Heartbreak again for Team
GB's Elise Christie,
who crashes out at the Winter
And pleased to meet you -
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
go on their first joint public
engagement to Scotland.
And in Sportsday on BBC News,
Ben Stokes will fly out
to New Zealand to join his
New Zealand team-mates
tomorrow after pleading not guilty
to a charge of affray at the
Magistrates' Court in Bristol.
Good evening and welcome
to the BBC News at Six.
The former football coach,
Barry Bennell, has been found guilty
of multiple sex offences
against young boys in the 1980s.
Bennell, who's 64, had denied 48
charges, including indecent assault
and serious sexual assaults,
but the jury convicted him on 36
counts and has asked for more time
to consider seven others.
During the trial, prosecutors
described him as a "predatory
paedophile", who molested young boys
on an "industrial scale".
Well, Danny Savage is at
Liverpool Crown Court
for us this evening.
This was a trial which lasted for
five weeks. The jury went out last
Thursday and returned this afternoon
with some, but not all of their
verdicts. As those guilty verdicts
were read out, Barry Bennell, the
charismatic football coach who had
used his position to molest young
boys, shook his head and muttered,
while his victims sat in court
Barry Bennell, a football
coach who abused many
young boys in his charge.
Today, he was convicted of sexually
assaulting boys aged
between eight and 15.
He was the gatekeeper
to a dream world in football
but his victims had to silently
suffer horrific abuse.
His trial heard he was a child
molester on an industrial scale.
This afternoon, he was found guilty
of assaulting ten of the 11 boys
this trial centred on.
The jury haven't yet reached
a decision on a number of other
charges and will continue
their deliberations tomorrow.
He abused the boys at his homes,
one of which was in this
He had arcade games and exotic pets
and always had a reason
for them to stay over.
His victims were associated
with Crewe and Manchester City,
where he was involved
in the junior setups.
He was said to have been
treated like God at
Manchester City's Maine Road ground.
In court, it was said Bennell
had groomed the parents
of the complainants
so he could carry on the abuse.
He offered no evidence
in his defence, but his barrister
accused some of the men,
who were boys at the time,
of inventing stories about him
and jumping on the bandwagon.
Today, the 64-year-old,
who has appeared throughout the case
via video link, shook his head
as the guilty verdicts
Some of his victims were in tears,
hearing finally that the man who'd
abused them when they were little
boys has been convicted.
As you can see from those pictures,
Barry Bennell is a shadow of his
former self and what he was like to
those boys from 1979 through the
80s. There are still seven charges
against him outstanding, so the jury
will return tomorrow to continue
their deliberations and the judge
has told them that he will now
accept a majority verdict from them
with those judges going forward. So
the case isn't finished yet. The
jury will return tomorrow.
Savage at Liverpool Crown Court,
The Government has unveiled
an online tool, powered
by artificial intelligence,
that it says can accurately detect
jihadist content and stop
it from being viewed.
The Home Secretary, Amber Rudd,
says she wouldn't rule
out bringing in a law that
would force technology
companies to use it.
But with extremist propaganda
from so-called Islamic State
appearing on more than 400 platforms
last year, there are concerns that
such groups will simply
adapt their methods
to reach new audiences.
Our Media Editor Amol
Rajan has the story.
Militaristic, cinematic and often
with high-level production
values, these propaganda videos
for the so-called Islamic State
espouse terror and hatred.
They're also easy to find
on the internet right now.
What we have here are two videos,
one of which is extremist content,
the other which is perfectly
legitimate news coverage.
Now an artificial intelligence firm
in London has used Home Office money
to target such extremist content.
The creators claim the technology,
which is obviously secret,
can spot 94% of IS content online
with an accuracy of 99.995%.
The technology distinguishes
between news and extremism and
flags up examples such as the one
on the right, with a high
probability of being extremist
content, to be vetted by a human.
What we are looking to do is to try
and remove this content
from the public web.
If it requires somebody to have ten
passwords and an incredibly
complicated Tor browser before
they can get access to content,
we see that as a win.
It means that it can't just be
shared between friends on, like,
their mobile phones.
While attention is focused
on big firms like Twitter,
Google and Facebook,
crucially, this technology
will benefit smaller platforms,
who will have free use of it.
Islamic State supporters used over
400 unique platforms last year,
145 of them for the first time.
Like other forms of modern media,
has now shifted online.
What's so striking about this
new tool is both that it's funded
by Government rather
than technology firms,
and that it's powered
by artificial intelligence.
In other words, it's an admission
that machines rather than manpower
will be most effective at finding
and removing extremist
One former jihadist
who now works in
argues that terrorists will always
adapt their methods
new audiences, and the platforms
need to be willing to take action.
The big players in this area
are taking a lot of action,
but we've found that it's
the smaller companies who aren't
necessarily prepared to play
ball with Government,
sometimes because they're
suspicious of government,
sometimes because they simply don't
regard it as being part
of their business model.
It's not yet clear how widely
the technology will be taken up,
but the Government says
its instinct is to collaborate
We're not going to rule out
taking legislative action
if we need to do it,
but I remain convinced that the best
way to take real action
to have the best outcomes
is to have an industry-led form
like the one we've got.
Your algorithms are doing that
grooming and that radicalisation.
It's a war of attrition,
but the chair of the Home Affairs
Select Committee says the onus
is still on the biggest
I think it's imperative on the tech
giants, on all of these companies
to do more to operate swiftly
to remove illegal material.
If they don't, there has to be
some form of penalty
on them for not doing this,
because in the end, this
is about illegal material.
It's important to be
realistic about the costs
and consequences of the open web.
While technology and Government
pressure can reduce harm,
the fight against digital extremism
is a war without end.
Amol Rajan, BBC News.
A woman has been found dead
in a flat in Manchester
following reports of a man jumping
from a second storey window.
He's thought to have leapt
from a building in the Ancoats area
before "a number of people"
were assaulted shortly
after 7.30 this morning.
Police say a 37-year-old
man has been arrested
on suspicion of murder.
A judge has upheld the UK arrest
warrant for the founder
of the Wikileaks website,
It was issued when he breached bail
conditions in 2012 and sought
refuge at the Ecuadorean Embassy,
where he's been ever since.
He was facing sexual assault
allegations in Sweden,
which have since been dropped.
Mr Assange says he now fears
extradition to the US.
Two teenagers have been arrested
in connection with the death
of a six-week-old baby
boy in Southampton.
Police were called to a house
in the Woolston area last weekend
after the baby fell ill.
He later died in hospital.
A 16-year-old boy and 18-year-old
woman are being questioned
on suspicion of murder.
It's been a dramatic day
for Team GB
at the Winter Olympics
in South Korea.
Hopes of a first medal
in the Games disappeared
when Elise Christie crashed out
on the last lap of the women's
speed skating final.
Andy Swiss was watching
and sent us this report.
Racing for redemption,
Elise Christie hoping to
turn heartbreak into Olympic glory.
Away they go, the final is on.
They get away first time.
Four years ago in Sochi,
Christie endured a personal
quit the sport.
Surely it couldn't happen again?
She has work to do to get
back into contention.
But stuck in fourth place,
she spied a gap, went
for it and what followed
was horribly familiar.
Christie tries to make
it on the inside.
She crashes out,
Christie is out of it
It's a photo finish on the line!
Once again, Christie's hopes
were sent sliding into the
It was Sochi all over again,
and as Italy's Arianna Fontana
took gold, Christie
was left in utter despair.
Well, can you believe it,
another Olympics, another tumble
for Elise Christie.
She still has two more
events to come, but her
Games have started
Replays suggested Christie's
hand had been hit by
a rival's skate and afterwards,
she was inconsolable.
As the tears flowed,
she tried to make sense of
her seemingly endless misfortune.
I know it's short track
and I'm supposed to be
but it still hurts, you know.
Obviously, it's still almost a week
until my best distance, so I'll
I don't know, I just can't see
living with this feeling, you
But it's out of my control,
I got knocked over and that's
Christie, oh, they've gone down!
Those memories of Sochi four years
ago, though, may now
prove hard to erase.
She crashed at the same final there.
But her team are urging
her to stay positive.
I think we could all see she tried
everything out there to try and get
She wasn't going for anything else.
You know, that's the
nature of the sport.
Crashes do happen, unfortunately.
The question now, though,
is whether Britain's biggest
medal hope can pick herself up again
on a desperate day of deja vu.
Andy Swiss, BBC News, Pyeongchang.
The England cricketer
Ben Stokes is to go on trial,
charged in connection with a fight
outside a nightclub
in Bristol last September.
The 26-year-old pleaded
not guilty to affray
at Bristol Magistrates Court this
morning, and was granted bail before
the next hearing in March.
He'll now fly out to join England's
current tour of New Zealand.
From Bristol, Jon Kay's report
contains some flash photography.
Five months after the alleged
incident, Ben Stokes returned
to Bristol for his first appearance
before the city's magistrates.
Inside a packed Court number one,
the Durham and England all-rounder
told a district judge
that he would be pleading not guilty
to a charge of affray.
Standing next to him,
two local men, Ryan Hale
and Ryan Ali, both
in their twenties.
They also told the court they would
be entering not guilty pleas.
The men were told the case would now
go to trial at Bristol Crown Court,
with an initial date
set for 12th March.
A short time after this hearing,
there was a statement from
the England and Wales Cricket Board,
who said they had been told that
Ben Stokes wouldn't have to appear
in court in person next month
and that tomorrow,
he was flying to New Zealand.
The 26-year-old, who missed out
on the Ashes Series in Australia,
will arrive in New Zealand
on Friday, initially just
for training with his
The ECB said he is not currently
being considered for the ongoing
and it will be up to head coach
Trevor Bayliss whether he's included
in any later matches.
Ben Stokes has also been given
permission to take part
in the Indian Premier League,
which starts in April.
He and the other two men
who have been charged
were all granted unconditional bail
by the court today.
Jon Kay, BBC News, Bristol.
Our top story this evening:
The former football coach
Barry Bennell has been found guilty
of multiple sexual offences
against young boys.
And still to come, repairs begin
on the UK's longest and steepest
series of canal locks.
Coming up on Sportsday on BBC News,
the Champions League is back,
with Tottenham in Turin
for a massive clash
against two-time winners Juventus.
Manchester City are in
Switzerland to face FC Basel.
Two months ago, our Legal
Correspondent Clive Coleman
lost his sister Sarah
to lung cancer.
She was one of many healthy
non-smokers to contract the disease.
It is in fact the UK's
biggest cancer killer,
but receives relatively little
funding for research.
Around 35,000 people
die from lung cancer
in the UK every year,
and around 44,000 new
cases are diagnosed.
But just £708 is spent per lung
cancer death in the UK,
a fifth of that spent on breast
cancer and a tenth of the amount
on leukaemia research.
Well, Clive has been finding out
more about the non-smokers
who contract the disease,
and why it remains the poor relation
to other forms of cancer.
When you're first diagnosed
with cancer, it's really scary
and I was very scared.
I was diagnosed with non-small cell
lung cancer in August 2015.
This is my younger sister, Sarah.
She died of blood cancer
in December, two years
after being diagnosed.
In the months before her death,
she made this film
about her condition.
Before she got the illness,
I knew relatively little about it.
I suppose I shared the common view
that it was a smoker's disease.
I had no idea how many
healthy non-smokers got it,
or that in the UK, it kills more
than breast, prostate and pancreatic
cancer put together.
Keep to the side, that's it.
Like my sister, Joanne Marshall has
but has stage 4 lung
cancer because of a non-inherited
fault in her genes.
She's been treated with
targeted drug therapies.
They provide a very
effective stay of execution.
So for me, for example,
I've been on a targeted
therapy for about a year,
which meant that I could live,
essentially, a normal life.
I was very active.
I could breathe properly.
But they don't last for ever,
that's the problem.
Cancer tends to be one step ahead.
The children help
just by being here.
I mean, they're really doing
everything they can.
His life has completely changed
and it's not what I wanted for him.
But, you know...
If we get through this,
we'll be so strong.
Scientists don't know why seemingly
more and more healthy non-smokers
are getting lung cancer.
But visiting Joanna and her family,
I had learned that the disease kills
98 people each day in the UK.
14% of those who get
it have never smoked,
and yet in terms of research
funding, it receives a small
fraction of the money spent
on breast or testicular
cancer or leukaemia.
It's a massive problem,
because these people
who are diagnosed with lung cancer
who've never smoked are really quite
angry that it's assumed
that they have smoked
and they have self-inflicted this
cancer upon them, when clearly,
Because of the way that the disease
behaves and these people are not
expected to be diagnosed
with cancer, they're not high risk,
they're usually diagnosed at a later
stage, and therefore
treatment can often not be curative,
which is a complete
and utter disaster for them.
Lung cancer remains the ugly,
poor relation of the cancer family.
It doesn't discriminate
between smokers and non-smokers,
and there will be many more cases
like my sister's
before a long-term
Clive Coleman, BBC News.
South Africa's ruling
African National Congress
has confirmed it's formally asked
President Jacob Zuma to resign.
Senior ANC leaders say he did agree
to step down, but only
in three to six months' time.
That time frame was rejected.
There could now be a vote
in the South African Parliament
to remove the president,
whose time in office has
been marred by numerous
allegations of corruption.
Our Africa Editor Fergal Keane
is in Johannesburg.
How do you think the President will
We're going to know
tomorrow morning. It's been
disclosed that he will make the top
six leaders of the African National
Congress including the man who will
be his political nemesis, Cyril
Ramaphosa, the organisation 's
president and he will give his
response. Until now he has said he
will not with thine. If the ANC
wants to force him from office then
they will have to do that -- he will
What are his options?
Look, he can fight if he wishes but
this is only going one way. This
story will end with the removal of
Jacob Zuma from the presidency. The
question is whether, by clinging on,
he spits the ANC, Africa's oldest
liberation movement? He has quite a
substantial degree of support in the
party. The question is whether over
the last month since Ramaphosa has
taken over enough people have seen
which way the wind is blowing and
will line up behind Ramaphosa and if
it gets to an issue of no confidence
in parliament will decide that they
can vote with the opposition and
remove Jacob Zuma from office.
Fogel, thank you.
Inflation remained unchanged
at 3% last month.
The cost of food and some imported
materials fell, but the price
of clothing and some
leisure activities rose.
Last week, the Bank of England
warned that interest rates may go
up quicker than expected to help
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have
made their first official
joint visit to Scotland,
as part of a round of official
engagements in the run-up
to their wedding in May.
It's the fourth appearance
the couple have made
since their engagement
was announced in November.
From Edinburgh, our
Nicholas Witchell reports.
The report contains some flash
Edinburgh Castle and a welcome
to Scotland on a day
when the temperature
was barely above zero.
A day, then, for a good
warm overcoat and there
was Meghan Markle, wrapped up
in the very thing.
The coat, patterned
in tartan green and blue.
Offering a welcome, the band
of Her Majesty's Royal Marines
Scotland and the regimental mascot
of the Royal Regiment of Scotland,
a Shetland pony with sharp teeth.
Watch Harry's left hand.
Oh, nearly got him!
Harry moved on, ring finger
intact and Meghan amused.
Bang went the one o'clock gun,
out came the thoughtfully-provided
ear plugs and as Harry and Meghan
gazed over the city, those who'd
come to see them were positive.
I got to meet Meghan today
and she is absolutely beautiful.
I'm so excited for them to be
here in Edinburgh today.
They're the future of the Royal
family, Meghan and Harry
and William and Kate,
they're the future.
This has been another important
introduction on the Meghan Markle
of the United Kingdom.
The underlying message is how
much Scotland matters.
The union, of course,
is a sensitive issue,
one the royals know they must
navigate with care but that
navigation will increasingly be
the task of the younger royals
like Harry and his wife to be.
Scotland will need to be
a regular destination.
BBC News, Edinburgh.
The UK's longest and steepest
series of canal locks
is in desperate need of repair.
Foxton locks, in the heart
is on the Grand Union Canal,
but five of the ten lock gates
need to be changed after
years of wear and tear.
Now the Canal and River Trust,
a charity which helps safeguard more
than 2,000 miles of waterways
in England and Wales,
is spending hundreds of thousands
of pounds on restoration.
Sima Kotecha has the story.
Ten canal locks, all lined
up along a steep hill,
built in the early 19th century
to help control the level of water
so that boats could travel freely.
Now, for the first time in more
than a quarter of a century,
five pairs of large iron gates
are being replaced
and it's no easy task.
We need a large crane to get them
into position in the first place
and then we have to get down
into the lock, everything has to be
drained for us to be
able to get in there.
The gate itself sits
in a pot and there's a pin
on the bottom of the gate.
That's what it pivots on.
For fitting a pair of gates,
it will probably take
us about four days.
So this is an old lock gate.
You can see where it is rotten.
They last around 25-30 years
and each one is unique.
The one that replaces the old one
needs to be identical in order
for it to fit in properly.
And all this meticulous repair work
has a price tag of £200,000.
Does this really have to happen,
do you really have to spend
that much money on this?
We try to get the cost down as much
as we can to facilitate the work
but we have to make sure that we're
preserving the heritage.
There are certain
things we have to do.
So we're replacing oak doors
with new oak lock gates.
It's grade two listed,
it was actually built
in the 19th century,
is that right?
So it makes your job
even more challenging.
Yes, we have to get certain
permissions before we can
undertake any works.
So we have to write in detail
about the works we need to undertake
and then it needs to be signed off
and checked by a conservation
officer to make sure we're trying
to preserve our industrial heritage
here as much as possible.
Hundreds of thousands of people
visit the Foxton locks every year.
Its picturesque backdrop
is part of its appeal.
The repairs are scheduled
to be completed in March
and it's hoped the new gates
will help to rejuvenate the site
and its surrounding beauty.
Sima Kotecha, BBC
I can't imagine the weather is going
to be any good for a trip on the
canals but Chris has the details.
to be any good for a trip on the
canals but Chris has the details.
A little bit cold, today has been
cold and off as well. Snow in
Scotland and higher parts of
northern England. A bit lower down
for some of you. After the snow,
some glorious weather watcher
pictures, this is from the Stirling
area. The weather fronts that
brought the rain and snow is hanging
on over eastern areas of England but
to the West, skies clearing and with
light winds, a recipe for things
turning cold overnight. A widespread
frost and a risk of icy stretches
developing an untreated roads and
surfaces. That takes us to a cold
start on Wednesday. Another area of
low pressure moving from the
Atlantic, tightly packed isobars
ahead of the front, so a windy start
and then the rain moves in and it
will turn into snow again as it
bumps into the cold air. Most snow
will be high up over the hills of
Scotland, the Highlands, the
Southern uplands and we are likely
to see blizzard conditions and a
risk of some transport disruption.
Further south, there could be some
over Snowdonia and the Brecon
Beacons but it will turn milder and
the snow will turn into brain.
Turning down later in the
Turning down later in the day --
will turn into rain. High
temperatures of 11 implements but
quite cold over the north of the UK.
Thursday, high pressure over England
and Wales building which means for
many areas a dry day with plenty of
sunshine. Further north, blustery
wind bringing showers but there will
be some sunny spells between them.
Temperatures around 5 degrees in
Scotland, still cold but further
south, highs of ten or 11 degrees.
Some contrast. On Friday and the
weekend, things turning milder and
for most of us it should be drier as
well. The mild theme lasts into next
week but there are hints that
towards the end of February we may
see the weather turning much colder
and that's something we'll be
keeping a very close eye on.
A reminder of our main story.
Former football coach Barry Bennell
has been found guilty of multiple
sexual offences against young boys.
So it's goodbye
from me and the team.
Now on BBC One, let's join our news
teams where you are.