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Heavy snow causes disruption
across large parts of the UK
amid warnings there is a lot
worse to come.
Gridlock and accidents on the roads,
as the coldest week of the winter
blows in from the east.
Up to ten centimetres of snow
fell in some parts today,
and hundreds of schools
have been closed.
It's still snowing now,
the roads aren't safe,
and I just didn't want staff
put at risk.
This is the worst winter we've
had for quiet a while.
We'll be live in some of the areas
most affected and have the latest
on the travel situation -
and the weather forecast.
Also on the programme tonight,
the International Trade Secretary
warns that trying to keep the UK
in a customs union after Brexit
would be a sell-out.
Police say a mother and her two
teenage sons are believed to be
among the victims after
an explosion in Leicester
that left five people dead.
A surprise bidding war for Sky,
as an American media giant offers
more than £20 billion
for the British broadcaster.
And coming up on Sportsday on BBC
News, Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal
attempts to dump his former club,
Sheffield Wednesday, out of the FA
Cup at the second time of asking.
Good evening and welcome
to the BBC News At Six.
Snow and freezing temperatures have
caused major disruption across many
parts of the UK today with warnings
that there is much worse
to come this week.
More than 560 schools
have been closed
Wales and Scotland.
And the snow and ice has caused
treacherous driving conditions,
with 20 accidents in a space of just
three hours on Lincolnshire's roads,
including a fatal crash
which left three people dead.
There've been big problems
on the railways and airports too,
with hundreds of trains
and flights cancelled.
In a moment, we'll hear from
Danny Savage in North Yorkshire,
but first to Robert Hall
in Ashford in Kent.
Sophie, Ashford is right alongside
the M20 motorway, one of the roots
worst affected this morning. There
are still lying snow across the
eastern counties of England, and the
temperature here intent is predicted
to dive again to about minus six
even lower tonight. We did get a bit
of a lull this afternoon, a bit of a
thaw, but the ice is forming again,
and all of the signs are that
getting around tonight and tomorrow
The east coast had time to prepare,
but the snowfall sweeping
in from Europe gave travellers
a taste of what
this week has in store.
Lincolnshire Police dealt with 20
accidents in a three hour period.
Three people died in a collision on
the A15, and a schoolbus beard of
the road elsewhere. In Essex, a car
passenger filmed 17 damaged or
abandoned vehicles alongside the
A120 close to Colchester. In Kent,
where the county council had
declared a snow emergency, gritters
worked flat out to cover as many
roads as possible. But like traffic
overnight meant salt couldn't do its
work. By the time the morning
commute began, accidents and ice had
closed a series of routes. Tribe is
posted video images of M20, where
all traffic was brought to north of
Maidstone. -- drivers. Up to ten
centimetres of snow fell across
Kent, sorry and East Sussex, where
farmers helped to keep minor roads
open. More than 300 schools were
closed. This village was completely
cut off for a time as ice and
compacted snow stranded cars and
Some of the locals here
have been helping people move cars
off the main roads, it has been very
icy, and the sun has not had time to
hit it, so, yeah, it has been an
Landlord Jason was
among those who helped reopen the
road. You have seen the forecast,
are you worried about the rest of
It is going to be the same
again tomorrow, I do believe, and
Thursday evening as well, so it will
be the same again.
sought school closures, and that
this primary schools the head
teacher said she had no option.
felt it was an safe to open, I am
here, but I can't look after 420
children. That was why I made the
decision, it is still snowing now,
the roads not safe, and I just
didn't want staff being put at risk.
Across the eastern counties, traffic
called and travellers waited for
news on cancelled rail services.
Operators had run empty trains
through the night to keep the tracks
open, but for a while the defeated
them. -- the snow defeated them.
This afternoon, in the south-east,
the snow was replaced by blue skies,
but this is a lull. Temperatures are
falling again. Travelling will
remain unpredictable and hazardous
in the coming days. Robert Hall, BBC
Well, here in northern England, I
think it's fair to say that many
people woke up this morning to a bit
less so than they had been expecting
from the forecast. That is not to
say that it didn't fall heavily in
places, it was just quite patchy,
and that there are weather warnings
in place for Northern England,
Scotland and other parts of the UK
right through until Saturday now,
without to 40 centimetres of snow
expected in some areas before the
weekend. There is a long way to go
with this cold snap yet.
In the parts of northern England
where heavy snow was forecast,
some of the most difficult
conditions were in Teesside.
Traffic came to a standstill on many
roads through the morning rush hour,
and several schools were closed.
There is a little van stuck here,
so I've got to go round it,
so I'm going to hope
there is nothing
coming the other way.
20 miles further south, on one
of the steep roads over the moors,
negotiating Sutton Bank
was like an uphill slalom.
And as the snow came down again,
things got worse.
What this illustrates
is just how little snow
is needed to cause a problem.
There's hardly any
on the surface here,
but it's frozen up,
it's got really slippery.
And it's caused chaos
on this road this morning.
In the towns and cities on lower
ground, snow wasn't such a problem,
but the freezing temperatures were.
These homeless men in Leeds
haven't got shelter.
Even in this weather.
I shouldn't be doing
this, I know that.
I've nowhere to go.
Nowhere to live,
so I've nowhere to go.
So...it's all about survival.
I'm out in the cold,
nobody tends to help you,
because people are skint.
Back on the hills late morning,
and the clouds briefly parted
to reveal stunning views.
There is life, and trade, up here -
carrying on as normal,
despite the conditions.
2010 was the worst year
I can remember personally,
and it's not a scratch
on that, really.
But I mean, it's pretty -
it's caused a little bit
of disruption, but nothing major.
Yeah, it's more a bit
of fun than anything.
Nearby, Dave and Cath Wood
were digging out their driveway.
They're used to the conditions
but expect it to get
worse later in the week.
Just not much at all,
we're clearing it now
so that when the next lot comes,
we don't have so much to clear
after that, you see,
because I don't want it
padding down particularly.
So no, it's just a light flurry.
To be honest,
this is the worst winter
that we've had for quite a while.
Last year, we hardly had
any snow, but like I say,
going back a few years,
I just couldn't believe the amount
that we actually had.
There was feet and feet of it.
The last 24 hours of snowfall
in the England has been patchy.
Well rehearsed plans have been
implemented to keep roads
open as this late blast
of winter continues.
Danny Savage, BBC News,
Meanwhile, some rail problems
were not caused by snow.
Network Rail has apologised
to passengers tonight,
after it closed rail lines in areas
where heavy snow was forecast
to fall but then didn't.
Our transport correspondent
Victoria Fritz is at London Bridge.
Hello, Sophie, yeah, there has been
some widespread anger from commuters
today who had their services
cancelled, only to look at the
window and see belly a snowflake.
Here at London Bridge, south-eastern
have cancelled more than 100 trains
between London and Kent. Now, Sudden
and Gatwick Express were operating a
reduced service earlier on today. --
Southern. They have largely gone
back to normal, but it has been the
east of England that has borne the
brunt of the disruption on the train
network. We are talking Great
Northern, for example, Greater
Anglia, and C2C. When it comes to
Greater Anglia, they have now lifted
all distractions on the line after
the snow fell about 20 miles further
south than was originally predicted.
When it comes to tomorrow, Scotland
is likely to see the heaviest
snowfall, and that means that
ScotRail is now advising passengers
that they could be last-minute
changes to their schedules. So why
are there all these cancellations in
the first place? Well, the track and
signals operator, Network Rail,
tries to operate on the basis that
it wants to provide the safest and
the most reliable network for the
trains that do run to run, and that
means that compacted snow can turn
into ice, that can affect points and
stop them working, we could see
freezing temperatures, so we don't
even need any snow at all, that can
make the rails freeze, which means
that the signals don't change, so
that all these problems, despite
these widespread efforts, really, to
try and counteract this, we are
talking about Europe's busiest
railway network, so do expect more
Victoria at London Bridge, thank
you. We will have a full weather
forecast at the end of the
The International Trade Secretary,
Liam Fox, says any form of customs
union with the EU after Brexit
a "complete sell-out" for the UK.
He said the UK should
not let its future
be determined by its past.
But his former top official says
leaving the customs union
in the hope of getting better trade
deals with other countries would be
like "giving up a three-course
meal for the promise
of a packet of crisps."
Here's our deputy political
editor, John Pienaar.
They are the Cabinet's true
Foreign Secretary, does
the UK need a very godmother?
Wishful thinking, say the critics,
but senior ministers agree that all
of Britain, and Northern Ireland
too, will stick together and win,
despite all the obstacles and all
the doubts. So today the
International Trade Secretary said
critics were wrong to say that
Britain should stay in a European
customs union and give up the
freedom to strike independent trade
deals, not just wrong...
We would be
in a worse position than we are
today. It would be a complete
sell-out of Britain's national
interest and a betrayal of the
voters in the referendum.
before that warning, the critics
were joined by the former head of
Doc Cox's own department, and free
to speak out, he is not holding
We have a very deep trade
relationship in goods and services
with Europe, massively our most
important market. We turn away from
that, try and do more limited trade
deals with much smaller markets,
further away, with no service
access, that is like giving up a
three course meal for a packet of
crisps. If we go to Brussels and
say, we want access to the single
market, but we wanted on our terms,
all of the benefits, and we will
decide which obligations, no
negotiator in the world can bring
you that, you would need a fairy
How would the Trade
Secretary deal with that? Is the
greatest danger that Brexit could
lead to national self harm, or that
there aren't enough true believers
We cannot afford to be
bound by the practices of the past,
we have to take opportunities
available unfettered by those who
would make the rules on our behalf.
What we need is a hard-headed
leader, not a fairy godmother.
is a barrier to Brexit transition on
the north - south border in Ireland.
Dublin wants a British pledge, no
border checks, even if it means a
customs union. Was Boris Johnson a
help today? No problem, he said,
look at London's congestion charge.
There is no
There is no border between Camden
and Westminster, but when I was
Mayor of London, we and
aesthetically and invisibly took
hundreds of millions of pounds on
the accounts of people travelling
between those two boroughs without
any need for border checks
whatever... You can't compare two
boroughs of London with the kind of
difference in the arrangements that
would be in place between the UK and
I think it is a relevant
One thing Brexiteer is
our pledge of his belief, but today
more doubts about whether Brexit can
work and hopes of a transition
period. Mr is, including Theresa
May, still setting out the path to
Brexit, but the journey is looking
no easier, and so far a final route
not much clearer. John Pienaar, BBC
Police say a mother and her two
teenage sons were among the victims
of an explosion in Leicester
on Sunday night that completely
destroyed a supermarket
and the flat above it.
The remains of five people have been
discovered in the rubble.
The other two victims were believed
to be working in the Polish
supermarket at the time
of the blast.
From there, Sima Kotecha reports.
Mary Ragoobar and her two teenage
sons, Sean and Shane.
On Sunday night, they're believed
to have been inside their home
when the explosion happened.
Their flat and the Polish shop
below it were completely destroyed.
Police say they're missing,
along with Shane's girlfriend,
18-year-old Leah Beth Reek,
and 22-year-old Viktorija Ijevleva,
who was working in the
Today, the emergency services
came to this conclusion.
Sadly, we've now come to a point
where we acknowledge
that we will not be finding anybody
that's still alive.
We've had search dogs
here from the outset that
would identify live casualties.
We've got specialist
we've got specialist cameras
that we been using, and we've come
to a point now where finding any
survivors just won't happen.
Up close, the devastation
Some have compared it
to looking like a war zone.
The building collapsed from top
to bottom in a matter of minutes.
We've been told today that most
of the rubble has been
removed and examined.
Officers say that the investigation
now is very much focused around
what caused the fire and why.
Family members have told the BBC
there exhausted with grief
and still can't quite
believe what happened.
Sima Kotecha, BBC News, Leicester.
The time is quarter past six.
Our top story this evening:
Heavy snow causes disruption
across large parts of the UK
amid warnings there is a lot
worse to come.
And still to come -
more than a thousand lawyers
-- Lewis Gilbert, the man behind
classic James Bond films, has died
at the age of 97.
Arsenal fans continue to rage
at their manager after
Coming up on Sportsday on BBC News,
venting their anger at Wenger -
Arsenal fans continue to rage
at their manager after
their side's passive performance
in the League Cup final defeat.
Police have launched a child
at a suspected unregistered school
in Essex following
a BBC investigation.
The synagogue says it's closed
the school on its grounds while it
about the treatment of children.
More than 350 schools
in England and Wales that
are thought to be unregistered.
The schools' regulator
Ofsted says it lacks
the powers to close them down.
Our special correspondent,
Lucy Manning, has been investigating
whether places offering exclusively
religious education should even be
considered as schools.
Young children on their way to
school, except this one is believed
to be unregistered.
Five minutes to nine
and a school bus arrives at the
house in north London
with the last of the children.
We counted at least 30 going in.
Schools need to register
if they teach more than
five children for at
least 18 hours a week.
When we knocked at the door,
we were told it was a club.
Suri, not her real name
or voice, lives in
Stamford Hill in North London.
She says her son will be expected
because of community pressure to
enrolled in a different,
unregistered school for
13- to 16-year-olds,
known as a yeshiva.
She's distraught about his
education, or lack of it.
We're living in Britain.
Boys can't speak English.
They're going to be dependent
on benefits for the rest
of their lives.
It's just not giving
children any choice.
She told the council
and Ofsted the school was
How did it leave you feeling that
none of these people
who you approached seemed to be able
to do anything about this
It's really, really upsetting.
I was really angry because I'd
gone out of my way.
I'm doing something I shouldn't be
doing, and they turned me away.
They told me they can't help me.
Madrasahs and other centres
education only after
school don't need to be
registered, but there
is still concern about
associations of some.
The Qadria Trust community
and education Centre
in Birmingham teaches children
for three hours a day.
During an event at the centre
where some children
are present, they sing the anthem
of a Pakistani militant group.
Its leader is said
to be an inspiration
for the killer of a Glasgow
shopkeeper murdered for his
One verse promotes an enthusiasm
to die for the sake
The centre said the singer had
added his own words and
they had strongly objected.
Last night, we reported
on a suspected
unregistered school in South end
where a teacher appeared to
manhandle a pupil.
The community here denied
this was a school, but
we've now discovered there was even
a brochure advertising it.
It says: The entire
atmosphere at the
school is one of love
and personal attention.
We understand the school has now
been closed while the
The BBC has obtained
a copy of legal guidance
which might help to explain why
so few of these schools
have been shut down.
Drawn up in 2014 for Jewish
religious yeshivas, it's also known
to have been cited internally
by the Department of Education.
It says places only
education can't be classed as
schools and therefore can't be shut
The implication, the less maths
and English taught, the easier
it might be to escape inspection.
We do not want kids
growing up here who
are only taught one religious way
of thinking, and that religion
covers their whole way of life,
they can work as, who they can be,
what type of jobs they can do, how
they should treat women.
So, even if it's technically
legal, it's wrong.
The Department of Education
says it can't comment on
legal opinions prepared by others.
It says where a school
is operating illegally,
action must be taken,
thousands of children
are still arriving each morning
at suspected unregistered schools.
Lucy Manning, BBC News.
Police investigating the deaths
of at least three people in a fire
at a house in County Fermanagh have
arrested a man on
suspicion of murder.
The 27-year-old was taken
to hospital for treatment
after being detained at the scene
of the blaze in
Derrylin this morning.
A local councillor has said those
who died were members of one family.
Shares in Sky have risen sharply
today after the American media giant
Comcast made a surprise takeover bid
for the British broadcaster,
pitting itself against
Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox,
which had already agreed
an £18 billion deal.
Our media editor,
Amol Rajan, is here.
How significant is this latest bid
Hugely so. We have three
active bids for the broadcaster. We
have Rupert Murdoch's 21st-century
fox trying to get full control,
which is stuck in a regulatory
quagmire because of concerns over
media plurality was not the second
is this fresh bid from the US giant
Comcast, a huge company, but
unlikely to face the same regulatory
hurdles. And then you have Disney
trying to take control of Fox. They
all share one thing in common in
that they are part of a frenzy of
deal-making going on in
international media. If you are Ray
Sky customer, it is good news
because more companies want to give
you more programmes. If you are
Rupert Murdoch who set up Sky in
1990 and now faces the prospect of
being a minority shareholder if you
don't forks out more cash, this is
hardly the Hollywood ending he was
Almost every criminal lawyer
in England and Wales has experienced
failings in the disclosure
of evidence in the past year alone,
according to a BBC survey.
Almost a third of those questioned
also said they believed the failings
had led to possible wrongful
miscarriages of justice.
The findings come after several rape
trials collapsed when it emerged
that vital evidence had not been
shared with defence lawyers.
Clive Coleman reports.
You know, who could be dreaming up
some sort of monstrous thing against
William, a teacher for 40 years,
has never been in trouble with the
Last year, he was accused
of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old
girl in a supermarket.
He couldn't remember
the incident but was
convinced the store's CCTV
would exonerate him.
But in interview, the police
told him this CCTV was poor
quality and too far
away to identify him.
My lawyer wrote to the Crown
Prosecution Service six times, and
thank goodness we got
it before the trial,
because our entire defence
was based on that CCTV.
Contrary to what the police
had said, William
was clearly visible on the CCTV.
For legal reasons,
the complainant is
I never saw these two girls.
I brushed past one of them,
and that's what the CCTV shows.
Based on the video, the court threw
the case against William out.
Thames Valley police
told us it's officers
carried out a full investigation
and followed standard procedures.
Now, 1300 criminal
lawyers have provided
a picture of widespread disclosure
problems to the BBC.
97% had encountered
disclosure failings in
the last year.
Half of these were in
the magistrates court.
And nearly a third believed
it had resulted in a
possible wrongful conviction
or miscarriage of justice.
The snapshot provided
by this survey blows away
the idea that disclosure problems
are limited to a few high-profile
cases in the Crown Court.
It paints a picture
of daily difficult in
magistrates courts like these, where
the majority of criminal cases are
We're facing a crisis
The courts are not able to trust
that the disclosure process
has been completed fairly
and accurately, they are not
going to have faith in prosecutions,
think we'll see that
reflected in verdicts.
The Crown Prosecution Service
said the BBC survey was
likely to provide a skewed view,
with lawyers applying their own
interpretation of what
a disclosure failing was.
But it accepted some
improvements were needed.
For William, it's just a relief
he finally got the evidence that
proved his innocence.
If people were at all doubtful
of me, it could have
destroyed my reputation
with family and friends,
and I'm just very lucky that
I have the kind of friends who
believe in me.
Clive Coleman, BBC News.
The film director Lewis Gilbert -
the man behind some of the most
famous Bond films, like the Spy
who loved me and Moonraker -
has died at the age of 97.
He also directed Michael Caine
in the iconic films Alfie
and Educating Rita.
Our arts correspondent David Sillito
looks back at his life.
That's it, it's fine.
Gilbert took on Bond in You Only
Live Twice, he was already a
director with 20 films to his name.
He had directed Orson Welles and
don't Bogart, but 007 with its
seemingly unlimited budget was new
At May 25 films and I've
never been on one where this doesn't
ever come up. If I said today, I
want 5000 people flown in from
Tokyo, I'm sure they would be flown
In the 50s, Lewis Gilbert had
made his name with a string of tales
of stiff upper lip wartime British
valour. And then in the 60s, a film
that helped define a very different
era - Alfie.
My understanding of
winning only goes as far as the
pleasure. When it comes to the pain,
I'm like every other bloke. I don't
want to know.
No, no, no Michael, we
are going right.
Onset, he was
easy-going, charming, unflappable. A
child of musical performance, yet
spent his life in show business. And
17 years after Alfie, he was
reunited with Michael Caine in
I thought it was
another Willie Rosol adaptation -
Shirley Valentine. -- Willy Russell.
Lewis Gilbert, providing some of
James Bond's greatest moments.
The film director Lewis Gilbert,
who's died at the age of 97.
Time for a look at the weather.
Here's Darren Bett.
The picturesque but challenging
weather, certainly, Sophie. It's not
going to be bad everywhere but there
is more severe weather to come
through the rest of this week,
meaning more warnings for snow and
ice. It means more travel disruption
is likely, and for all of us, a
significant wind-chill. The easterly
wind is not too strong it by blowing
in more snow showers this evening
and overnight, particularly on the
eastern side of the country.
Temperatures hardly got above
freezing, and some places stay below
all day, so a widespread frost. The
snow shifts further north into
Scotland tomorrow. It is one heavy
snow shower after another, blown on
by a strong to gale force easterly
wind. Further south, a scattering of
snow showers, and Sunny spells
towards the south-east. It might be
dry and sunny later on in the
afternoon. Those are the maximum
temperatures. Lola and today, and
add on the strength of the win, and
it will feel much colder, more like
minus ten. Much stronger winds on
the way tomorrow, continuing into
Thursday. On Thursday, this low
pressure area moves up from Iberia,
bringing wet weather and some more
organised snow developing over the
English Channel, moving into
southern England on Thursday
morning, then the main focus
shifting more to the and Wales. Then
something drier, fewer showers, back
into those snow showers in
north-east England and Scotland,
where the Amber weather warning
continues. This one arrives later in
the afternoon the south-west, the
next batch of heavy snow set to
arrive. The wind is not changing
much, still bitterly cold and
easterly. Wrap up warmly if you do
have to go out.