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Emotional tributes to the two
brothers aged just six and two,
killed in a hit and run.
Casper and Corey Platt-May
were struck by a car
Their aunt says they
will be so missed.
They were the most loving boys.
They did nothing wrong.
They were loved by so many people.
Two people have been
arrested and are being held
by the police for questioning.
A review finds not just girls
but also vulnerable women
are being sexually abused
by grooming gangs in
the north-east of England.
Were you the mastermind that
cheated the Olympics?
The man who revealed Russian doping,
now in fear for his life, says
Russia should not be allowed at the
closing of the Winter Olympics.
The errors in prescribing
medicines in England
causing around 700 deaths a year.
And British hopes of Olympic gold
swept away in the curling.
Coming up later on BBC News,
Six Nations Sportsday.
The first Russian gold of the games
in figure skating.
Good evening and welcome
to the BBC News at Six.
The family of two young brothers
killed in a hit-and-run collision
have paid tribute to them as "jolly,
happy, lovely boys".
Corey and Casper Platt-May, aged six
and two, were struck by a car
yesterday afternoon in Coventry.
Their grandfather said he sobbed
at the scene of the crash
where the boys' pushchair,
baby walker and other possessions
were strewn over the road.
Their mother, who was
uninjured in the crash,
said her boys would be so missed.
A 53-year-old man and a 41-year-old
woman have been arrested.
Sima Kotecha reports.
Casper and Corey.
One brother loved maths
and football, the other enjoyed
splashing in puddles.
Yesterday, on this road in Coventry,
they were hit by a car.
confusion and shock.
They were the most loving boys.
They did nothing wrong.
They were loved by so many people,
and so cheeky and...
Corey was cheeky,
A right wrestler.
Casper followed his brother,
being a wrestler, being
mischievous and being cocky.
Just a normal little toddler.
They didn't deserve this.
It was around 2pm and the boys
were on their way to the park
with their mother when they were hit
by a black Ford Focus.
They were taken to hospital
with severe injuries
but neither of them survived.
I feel really heartbroken,
to be honest.
I've known the dad
almost all my life.
And such a lovely family.
Why do bad things happen?
My little one, she knows the older
one, because she's six.
He was really friendly.
A 53-year-old man and a 41-year-old
woman have been arrested
on suspicion of drink-driving
and causing death
by dangerous driving.
Casper and Corey's mother paid
tribute to her sons on social media,
calling them amazing,
cheeky and fun.
Their grandfather had this to say.
The boys were lovely.
They'd do anything.
Just very happy, jolly, lovely boys.
And their lives have been
taken away so young.
I just don't know
what to say, you know.
It's just crazy.
Well, the mood here this evening is
sombre indeed. The pile of flowers
behind me has been steadily growing
throughout the day, and people have
been standing in silence, trying to
process what happened to those two
boys yesterday in Coventry. We are
hearing from police this evening
that the two people arrested
yesterday, 853 or old man and a
41-year-old woman are still being
questioned. -- 53-year old man.
A review into sexual exploitation
in the north-east of England has
concluded it is likely that not just
girls but also vulnerable women
are being "extensively" abused
across the UK.
It follows Operation Sanctuary
in August last year which saw these
18 people jailed for the sexual
abuse of young women and girls
groomed in Newcastle.
A review of that case has concluded
a number of gangs have abused
more than 700 victims
across the Northumberland region.
From Newcastle, Fiona Trott reports.
A city under scrutiny.
On these streets, as many as 700
vulnerable girls and women
were sexually exploited.
Some were trafficked
from one house to another
and abused by several men.
Vanessa, not her real name,
was a victim of sexual exploitation.
To protect her identity,
we have used an actor's voice.
At first, nothing was expected.
I would just meet them
and sit and have a drink.
As time went on, I would have
to have sex with them.
When you are in care,
they say you need education
but what they seem to forget is that
you can have the mental
intelligence, but if you are not
it is pointless.
That is why schools
like this are teaching
children about grooming.
happened on their doorstep.
In Newcastle, we have seen
people being arrested.
Generally, it tends to be men.
It makes you afraid to go
out in case it happens
to you or your friend.
You get worried?
Scared in case it happens
and you don't know who to turn
to and who you could trust.
Both people in a relationship need
to be comfortable and you need to be
in a situation where you can
open up and listen.
Today's report says
it is not just children.
For the first time, a focus
on vulnerable adults and a warning
to other towns and cities
across the UK.
It was a specific feature
of the Newcastle experience that it
What I'd like the government to do
is to have a really good look
at the learning that is now
available about abuse of adults
check the legislation,
make sure the legislation
that is in place is fit for purpose.
In the meantime, this is how police
are tackling the problem now.
Takeaway staff across Newcastle
are being trained on how
to spot adult victims.
They know the exploitation
still exists in this city.
I think it would be naive and wrong
for me to suggest that
because of Sanctuary
and at the point that this
report is published,
that this has stopped.
That we have solved the problem.
It carries on, I would suggest,
in most, if not all towns
and cities in the UK.
Most of the perpetrators who cruised
the streets were from Pakistani,
Bangladeshi and Indian backgrounds.
The report is calling
for research into their cultures
to understand their motivation
and what it calls an
The hundreds of victims in Newcastle
received a public apology from the
review team today. This is what the
team says about how other towns and
cities can learn from Newcastle.
They say there should be an
automatic assumption that sexual
exploitation is happening on their
doorstep. Only then can it be
identified and dealt with as soon as
The man who exposed
the Russian Olympic doping scandal
says his country's athletes should
not be allowed to parade
under their national flag
at the closing ceremony
of the Winter Games this weekend.
Two Russian athletes have tested
positive for banned drugs.
Dr Grigory Rodchenkov's revelations
of state-sponsored doping
saw the country banned
from the Olympics,
its athletes forced
to compete as neutrals.
In fear of his life,
Dr Rodchenkov went into hiding.
Now in the United States,
our sports editor Dan Roan travelled
to interview him
at a secret location.
It's one of sport's
Russian cheating reached its height
at the last Winter Games in Sochi.
The mastermind, Doctor
In 2015, the former head
of Moscow's anti-doping lab
fleeing to the West.
Ever since, he's been
in FBI witness protection.
And we are on the way to meet him.
For more than two years now,
the man at the very heart
of Russia's doping scandal has been
living in hiding, here somewhere
in the United States.
Finally, he's agreed to speak to us,
but such are the security
concerns surrounding him,
we've not even been told
where we have to go.
After hours on the road,
we are taken to a location
that we are told has to remain
a secret, along
with his new identity.
If you had not left Russia,
where would you be now?
You'd be dead?
Rodchenkov's role in Russia's
remarkable doping programme
became the subject of
an Oscar-nominated film.
Were you the mastermind that
cheated the Olympics?
He said the conspiracy
went right to the top,
and that London 2012
was also targeted.
So what does he say to British
athletes whose Games were tainted?
The Russian government
says you are lying.
You were cheating.
It wasn't them, it was you.
Does British sport have a problem
with cheating, do you think?
Rodchenkov says he may soon be
prepared to name names, and has
vowed to reveal more information.
Despite Russian claims he is part
of a Western conspiracy,
his information led to a ban
from the Winter Olympics.
168 of the country's athletes
competed as neutrals,
but they may now be allowed to march
under their national flag
at the closing ceremony.
The Olympic athletes
of the Russian team...
Only clean Russians were meant
to be in Pyeongchang,
but today a second of its athletes
at these games, Nadezhda Sergeeva,
failed a drugs test.
Moving forward from sport's biggest
crisis is proving no easy task.
Dan Roan, BBC News.
The United Nations Security Council
has been meeting to discuss
a resolution calling for a 30-day
humanitarian ceasefire in Syria.
There were more air strikes today
targeting the rebel-held
area of eastern Ghouta,
near Damascus, which has been under
heavy bombardment since Sunday.
More than 400 people are reported
to have been killed this week.
Nick Bryant is at the UN.
So far it appears to be Russia
that's holding up a ceasefire.
Any sign of a breakthrough?
Yes, that's right. We were supposed
to have a vote on this ceasefire
resolution mid-morning which was
postponed. Then it was supposed to
be at noon, that got postponed.
Western diplomats are saying the
Russians are using delaying tactics
to allow the Assad regime to
continue its military campaign in
Eastern Ghouta. They are saying
sometimes the Russians are doing
over semantics rather than
substance, just changing a word here
or there. And while this diplomatic
haggling continues, so does the
bombardment of Eastern Ghouta, that
enclave to the east of the capital,
Damascus. This morning saw the most
intense bombardment so far. This
building behind me is packed with UN
staff, humanitarian professionals,
desperate to get humanitarian aid
into Eastern Ghouta and to carry out
medical evacuations. What they are
waiting for is a green light from
the Security Council, for Russia to
allow this draft resolution to go
through. While we have been on air,
one of the ambassadors in the heart
of the negotiations says, we are
almost there. We will see, because
that ceasefire resolution can't come
soon enough for the civilians in
besieged Eastern Ghouta.
in New York, thank you.
A company that makes ejector seats
has been fined £1.1 million
over the death of an RAF Red Arrows
pilot in 2011.
Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham
died when the main parachute
on his seat failed to deploy.
Martin-Baker Aircraft Limited
had already admitted
breaking safety laws.
The judge at Lincoln Crown Court
described it as having been
"an entirely preventable tragedy".
The head of Royal Bank of Scotland
says its return to profit,
for the first time since
it was bailed out by
the government in 2008,
is a "really symbolic moment".
RBS, a majority of which is still
owned by the taxpayer,
made an annual profit
of £752 million in 2017 compared
with a loss of nearly
£7 billion the year before.
Our economics editor
Kamal Ahmed reports.
Faced with one of the biggest crises
since the Second World War...
A coordinated response
to the financial crisis...
For RBS, the government will take...
It was an astonishing time,
a global risky bank on the verge
of collapse, customers unsure
if they could withdraw their own
money, a rescue plan funded
by the taxpayer to save the economy.
A decade on, after years of losses,
the man at the helm of a partially
revived RBS said he believed
the worst was behind them.
This is actually very symbolic.
I think not just for our colleagues
at work but also for the UK,
who did put a lot of
money into this bank.
And we've been restructuring it,
taking losses through conduct
and litigation issues.
From the out of control
RBS to the new, a focus
on the simpler NatWest,
which RBS owns, and selling off
the riskier bits of that old bad
bank after past bad behaviour.
A better day, a symbolic day
for this bank, but it's a bank
that is not out of the woods.
Ahead is a huge fine
from the American authorities over
this bank's involvement
in the mortgage crisis over there.
Here, there's the continuing fallout
from the terrible treatment
of many small businesses.
Yes, this year a profit,
but the accumulated losses
by this bank over the last
decade, £58 billion.
RBS knows it is facing a tough 2018.
It has set aside £3.2 billion to pay
fines expected from America.
And it will need to compensate those
small firms it has mistreated.
That could cost £400 million.
That's why the share price
went down today by 4%,
despite the profits.
Will the taxpayer get their money
back for bailing you out
in the financial crisis?
It will take a number
of years to come through.
The government has said
they want to start that process
in the fiscal year 18-19,
and it will take probably
about three to five years for them
to get down to a much smaller
percentage of their ownership.
Mr McEwan said costs still had
to be controlled and gave
no guarantees on jobs,
or that bank branches
would not be closed.
The British public have invested
in RBS and supported it supported it
for the last ten years.
We would like to see that support
invested back into the local
communities RBS serves.
That starts with the bank
branch closure programme,
which should be slowed
down and stopped.
A more positive time for RBS,
but challenges ahead
and a clear message -
the taxpayer will not be getting his
or her money back any time soon.
Kamal Ahmed, BBC News.
Our top story this evening.
Emotional tributes to the two
brothers, aged just six
and two, killed in a hit
and run yesterday afternoon.
And still to come.
The 15-year-old sensation who's
taken the first gold for the Olympic
athletes from Russia
in the women's figure skating.
Coming up on Sportsday on BBC News.
The 15-year-old skater
Alina Zagitova wins the Olympic
athletes from Russia
team their first gold
of the Games in figure skating.
Errors in prescribing drugs
in England are causing hundreds
of deaths every year.
The Health Secretary,
Jeremy Hunt, says the errors
are causing "appalling levels
of harm and death".
A government study found as many
as 237 million mistakes are possibly
being made each year.
Many cause no harm to
patients but some errors
are believed to cause
around 700 deaths per year
and could contribute
to thousands more.
The cost to the NHS in compensation
and additional care costs is over
one and a half billion pounds.
Mr Hunt said staffing issues
are a factor and the system
must be modernised,
Here's our Health Editor Hugh Pym.
Shirley has her husband Harry
to thank for spotting a medication
error which could have
made her very seriously ill.
She was admitted to hospital
with pneumonia but was mistakenly
given double dose of
the usual epilepsy medicine.
It was only put right after Harry
saw her condition had got worse
realised something was wrong.
Thinking back on it now,
her granddaughter and the rest
of the family are angry
about Shirley's ordeal.
I was personally really quite
horrified that something like that
could happen whilst in the care
of a hospital.
You know, you don't expect to go
into hospital and receive
the wrong medication,
you're already prescribed
and you have a prescription for.
You shouldn't then
receive the wrong dosage.
I think it was quite scary to think
that that error could be made.
I was shouting and hollering
and didn't know where
I was, what I was doing.
And that's not me at all.
It can happen right
across the system and not just
in hospitals and care homes
where medication is
Pharmacists can make errors
when they are dispensing medicines.
They say they sometimes have
to correct mistakes made by GPs
when they are issuing descriptions.
The government says medication
errors are made in every
health system but even so,
action is needed including greater
use of online prescribing.
This is not about blaming doctors,
who work under a huge
amount of pressure.
It's about putting the checks
and balances in place
with e-prescribing systems
and making sure the culture is right
so if someone does make a mistake
they are not criminalised for it.
We can learn from that mistake
and stop it being repeated.
Health unions agree that more needs
to be done but they argue underlying
issues like staffing
should be tackled.
There aren't enough staff always
to keep patients as safe
as they should be because errors
are so much easier made
when you don't know the patient,
you don't know the area.
You may not know the drugs.
It may be an area you're not
familiar working in.
It could even be
a different specialty.
Staff are moved around areas
to cover the gaps in the service
that we have at the moment.
Shirley and her family
are waiting for a full
explanation of what happened.
Whatever the reasons
for the mistake over the medicine,
they simply want someone
to take responsibility.
Hugh Pym, BBC News.
President Trump has criticised
an armed officer who stood outside
the Florida school where a gunman
killed 17 people last week.
Deputy Scot Peterson resigned
after an investigation found
he waited outside while shots
were being fired and failed
to confront the suspect.
The President, who has suggested
arming teachers as one way
of reducing the risk to students,
said the officer hadn't
shown enough courage.
He was there for five
minutes, for five minutes,
that was during the entire shooting.
He heard it right at the beginning
so he certainly did a poor job
but that's a case where somebody
was outside, they are trained,
they didn't react properly under
pressure or they were a coward.
European Union leaders
are meeting in Brussels
without Theresa May to discuss
the EU's future after Brexit.
Theresa May will give more details
on how close a relationship Britain
should eventually have with the EU
in a speech next Friday.
Our Europe Correspondent Damian
Grammaticas is at the EU
summit in Brussels.
What have the leaders
been discussing today?
Fiona where getting more details of
the outcome of that press conference
happening right now. On the table
were difficult issues they will be
facing, number one, the hole in the
budget left when the UK leaves,
about 10% of the EU's budget and
there are divisions. Countries who
put money in, many said they don't
want to put mooring but the
countries who want to receive money,
don't want to receive less. Donald
Tusk is said a number of countries
have indicated a willingness to
spend more and on priorities like
stemming illegal migration and
defence and security, so perhaps
some progress there. Is also said
there is an agreement on the UK's
MEPs, those seats will disappear and
be carved up amongst other
countries. On the crucial issue of
the Brexit negotiation, the leaders
here are all waiting to hear the
outcome of the Cabinet discussions
at Chequers. Indications are that
the UK will try to ask for a trade
deal with added extras, special
access for some businesses like
automobiles, and the Irish prime
ministers today said he poured cold
water on the idea saying you can't
have special access in some areas
and the EU has already made it is
not keen on that idea but Donald
Tusk is that he's going to London on
Thursday next week ahead of Theresa
May's big speech and needs details
and says he will press ahead with
EU's plan whether the UK is ready or
Damian, in Brussels, thank you.
Reality TV star Kylie Jenner showed
the power of social media
when she tweeted a post that wiped
a billion pounds off
Snapchat's stock market value.
She posted about the SnapChat app's
redesign to her 24-and-a-half
million Twitter followers,
"So does anyone else not
open Snapchat anymore?
"Or is it just me?"
Just ten minutes later she wrote,
"Still love you tho snap...my first
love" but by then it was too late.
The comedian, broadcaster and author
Stephen Fry has revealed he's been
suffering from prostate cancer.
The 60-year-old had an operation
to remove tumours last month
and said things had gone pretty well
and he's now on the
road to recovery.
I thought, well, before the gossip
gets silly and ill-informed I might
as well come clean so there you are.
Stephen Fry, my fight with cancer.
Of course it wasn't a fight.
I just submitted and
let the surgeon...
Ben was wonderful and Roger,
the urologist was wonderful
and Tony my doctor, wonderful.
I generally felt my life was saved
by this early intervention
so I would urge any of you men
of a certain age to think
about getting your PSA
levels checked and then,
of course, it's all about discussing
what the outcome, what the plan
should be with your specialist
and your doctor.
At the Winter Olympics,
Britain lost to Sweden
in the semifinal of the women's
curling although there is still
the chance of a bronze medal.
Elsewhere, a Russian girl,
aged just 15, won gold
in the ladies figure skating.
Our Sports Correspondent,
Andy Swiss, reports.
So would it be another step
towards the Olympic title?
The British team walked out to a mix
of noise and nerves.
The captain's face betraying just
how much was at stake.
Four years ago in Sochi, the British
women lost in the semifinals.
So for Eve Muirhead and her team
this is a chance to put that
disappointment behind them
and to guarantee themselves
an Olympic medal.
What followed proved
Sweden went ahead early
but Britain fought back.
Has Eve Muirhead
played a cracker here?
A spot of Muirhead magic
to level things up.
Well done, Eve Muirhead.
But their hopes
suddenly slipped away.
An error by the captain giving
the Swedes three shots.
The expression said it all.
From there there was no way back.
Sweden wrapped up an emphatic win.
Britain will now play off
for bronze, but their
golden hopes have gone.
I guess we've trained hard
for the last three or four years
to be in that position
and unfortunately today
we were just outplayed.
But if that was one-sided,
the other semifinal
delivered astonishing drama.
In extra time, South Korea
had the final stone
and a nation willing it on.
are going to get it.
What a fantastic shot!
Victory over Japan sparking
The hosts in the final
and in utter jubilation.
They are into the gold medal match.
But perhaps the day's
belonged to a 15-year-old,
the remarkable Alina Zagitova
winning a first gold
medal for the Olympic
athletes from Russia.
Her country is banned
from these Games so,
come the presentation,
no national flag
and a neutral anthem.
An unusual ceremony
for an extraordinary teenage talent.
Andy Swiss, BBC News, PyeongChang.
Amazing. It's going to be chilly
Time for a look at the weather.
Here's Alina Jenkins.
Cold as Pyeongchang but certainly
turning colder. Some sparkling
sunshine around and we keep that
through the weekend. This was taken
in early on this afternoon but
despite a good deed of sunshine
around through Saturday and Sunday,
it will feel bitterly cold as the
south-easterly winds start to
strengthen and as we go into next
week, a chance for some of us to see
some significant snow. This evening
and it's cloudy stretching down
through East Anglia. Summit could
push into the Midlands may be
northern parts of Wales, but for
much of the country, fairly clear
skies and under those clear skies
temperature is taking a tumble.
Minus three Celsius widely. A few
rural spots down to -5 so cold
frosty start to the day tomorrow. A
good deal of sunshine. Much of the
overnight cloud melting away but
some exceptions Northern Ireland,
the far south-west of England and
later in the day north of Scotland
seeing a bit more cloud.
Temperatures getting up between 4-7
on the strength of the wind and it
will feel colder and we do it all
again in Sunday. A cold frosty start
with sunshine. More sunshine for
Northern Ireland on Sunday. Cloud
creeping into Scotland, North
England could see a few wintry
flurries. Temperatures 4-7. Ad on
the strength of brisk south-easterly
wind and in places it will feel more
like -3 especially through the
Midlands and East Anglia so a cold
day on Sunday. It turns even colder.
The wind coming all the way down
from the Arctic pushing their way
across UK and in that airflow some
wintry showers developing across the
North Sea so Monday and Tuesday, a
greater chance for eastern parts of
the country to see some snow fall
and so that could push further
westwards through the rest of the
week. Fiona. Thanks very much.
A reminder of our main
Thanks very much.
Emotional tribute to the two
brothers aged 62 who were killed in
a in a hit-and-run yesterday