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Large parts of the UK

grind to a halt as snow,

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blizzards and sub-zero temperatures

continue to grip the country.

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A rare red alert for

snow is now in force -

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this time in south west England

and south Wales - meaning there's

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a risk to life tonight.

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People here are being told to stay

inside, to stay warm and to stay

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part.

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Near Glasgow, warm drinks

and blankets are lowered down

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for hundreds of people stranded

on a motorway, some for 20 hours.

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I got stuck here about eight

o'clock last night and I've

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been here ever since.

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I have not moved an inch yet.

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A lucky escape for this driver -

but police across the UK say they've

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dealt with hundreds of incidents

in the past 24 hours.

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We'll have the latest

on the situation around the UK

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as forecasters warn there's yet more

to come tomorrow.

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Also on the programme...

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Britain's so-called lost children,

forcibly sent abroad

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after World War II.

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Aow the Government's urged to give

survivors compensation.

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The Prime Minister holds talks

with the European Council president

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Donald Tusk in Downing Street

ahead of her major speech

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on Brexit tomorrow.

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A woman who bludgeoned her husband

to death with a hammer wins

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the right to challenge her murder

conviction at the Court of Appeal.

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And hoping for Oscar glory -

the profoundly deaf 6-year-old

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from Swindon who'll be joining

the stars on the red

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carpet this weekend.

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And coming up on Sportsday on BBC

News: Scottish Rugby say they're

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appalled to hear that Eddie Jones

suffered physcial and verbal

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abuse after their Six

Nations win over England.

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Good evening and welcome

to the BBC News at Six.

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A red alert - meaning

there's a risk to life -

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is in force tonight in parts

of south west England and south

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Wales as heavy snow and blizzard

conditions sweep in.

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It comes after hundreds of drivers

were stranded overnight on the M80

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motorway near Glasgow.

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In Lincolnshire today, where many

roads have been impassable,

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the RAF has been drafted in to help

the emergency services and police

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have asked farmers with tractors

to help clear the snow.

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Thousands of schools remain closed

and many flights and trains

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have been cancelled.

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The Met Office has issued weather

warnings for almost the entire UK

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tonight, with Amber alerts, the

second-highest level, in place of a

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large parts. It is this area in red

from Exeter to Cardiff and beyond

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that is most at risk tonight.

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We'll be reporting

from across the UK -

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from Devon, South Wales

and Stirlingshire but we start

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tonight in County Durham

and our correspondent Danny Savage.

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Sophie, the biggest problem over the

last 24 hours has again been severe

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disruption to the transport network.

On the trains, the airports, and

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especially on the roads. There has

been a real change of conditions

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last night and today, with the wind

getting stronger from East, bringing

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atrocious driving conditions and

visibility almost down to zero in

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places. There is more of this to

come.

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In Teesdale in County Durham,

communities woke up to find

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themselves entombed in snow.

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Yes, they are used to winter

weather here, but it hasn't

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been this bad for years.

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Behind every frozen door

was a snapshot of life

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around the UK today.

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Children off school and parents

wondering just how wrong this

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is all going to go on for.

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with a house full of children.

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--

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Childcare is an issue for a lot

of parents and we end up

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with a house full of children.

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We have a people, vulnerable people

that unfortunately can't get out.

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It's hard, you know?

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We dig each other out,

there's a lot of community

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spirit that goes on.

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And they were digging

out from first thing,

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with all ages lending a hand before

it snowed again.

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Here in Middleton, in Teesdale,

the unofficial snow depth is...

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33 centimetres.

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Venturing out into the countryside

around here was a battle

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with the elements.

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What's different today

is the wind and the immense

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wind-chill that comes with it,

that's whipping the falling snow

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and the stuff that's lying around

into these huge drifts.

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Exposed to the strong easterly

wind, drivers in Norfolk

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ended up in bother, too.

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And out came the shovels.

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I phoned in to work

and said I can't make it,

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because I'm stuck in the drift.

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I won't be in, so I'm

just trying to get home.

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It's really deep.

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I was only just able to get

through in my Range Rover here.

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So this is going to be tricky,

and I don't think I've got enough

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traction to pull this car

through this snowdrift.

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What are you going to do?

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Go home and have a cup of tea.

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I think that's the answer

to everything, isn't it?

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Neighbouring Suffolk saw

more heavy snow, too.

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Lincolnshire, again,

was beset with problems.

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This van will not be

going anywhere for a long time.

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If the public stop and speak to you,

please engage with them.

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A control centre was set up

to coordinate RAF units drafted

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in to assist emergency services.

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This is what trans-Pennine A-roads

looked like in North Yorkshire.

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And this wasn't even on high ground.

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The A65 between Skipton

and Kendall was best avoided.

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In Ireland, a severe weather warning

has been issued for the Republic.

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The Siberian freeze from the east

has crept further west.

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Sales of anything to do with coping

with snow have lept.

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It's all very different

to what you might expect

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for the first day of spring.

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Danny Savage, BBC News.

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Heavy snow is continuing to fall

across large parts of Scotland.

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Last night hundreds of drivers

were left stranded in freezing

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conditions on the M80 near Glasgow -

some for up to 20 hours.

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At Glasgow airport some passengers

are preparing to bed

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down for a second night

after it was closed again today.

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Our Scotland correspondent Lorna

Gordon is near the M80 at Denny.

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She's sent this report.

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Scotland's road to nowhere.

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Hundreds of drivers stuck in miles

of stationary traffic

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on what is usually one

of the country's busiest roads.

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I left Sterling at about eight

o'clock and I've been

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here since, unfortunately.

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That is a good 17 hours,

maybe, at the moment?

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Just knocking on that, yeah.

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I think I've moved about 100

metres in that time.

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Last night, some old boys

came out with biscuits

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and crisps and this morning,

it was all the schoolkids that came

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out, so, we're getting looked after.

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I've got two biscuits.

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The worst of circumstances bringing

out the best in people.

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Volunteers handing out

food and water to those

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stranded in their cars.

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This storm was forecast

well ahead of time, but,

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despite the warnings,

people did still venture out.

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Now, after waiting nearly 18 hours

on this stretch of motorway,

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it looks as if, finally,

the traffic might just be

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about to start moving again.

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Police officers clearing

the way ahead, one by one.

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We've been coming up and down

the northbound carriageway.

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Because of the queueing

vehicles and the vehicles

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stuck most of the night.

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Hard work, I've seen

the guys digging it out.

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Very much so.

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Very much so.

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Giving the public reassurance to say

we're getting to them

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albeit, yes, slowly.

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But the appalling weather saw even

the emergency services

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struggling at times.

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No worries, thank you...

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Those, though, who have experience

of working in these extreme

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conditions have been

putting their knowledge to good use.

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We are picking up a prescription for

somebody out in the countryside,

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somebody has not been able to get

their essential medication so we are

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going to take it to them.

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For much of the day,

trains in the affected areas have

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been off and the vast majority

of flights were cancelled from

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Edinburgh and Glasgow, once again.

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There was fun for some,

but with blizzards, freezing

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temperatures and drifting snow,

there are serious concerns for those

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out in these conditions.

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Even as those who could heeded

the warnings to stay at home.

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Tonight, across much of Scotland, it

is bitterly cold. The biting wind,

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pushing temperatures too well, well

below zero. There are still weather

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warnings in place, the advice is to

not travel unless it is absolutely

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essential. Everybody is keen to

avoid a repeat of the chaos on the

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roads that we have seen over the

last 24 hours.

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Storm Emma is sweeping across parts

of South west of England and south

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Wales this evening.

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A red alert is now in

place until the early

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hours of the morning -

and people are told to stay indoors

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because lives could be at risk.

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We'll get the latest from Sian Lloyd

in South Wales in a moment but first

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let's go to Jon Kay who's in Devon.

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John?

A lot of people woke up in

this part of the country, looked out

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the window and thought it is not too

bad. Even when the red alert was

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issued at about eight o'clock, at

breakfast time this morning, it did

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not seem too bad for quite a long

time. Crucially, that red alert did

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not come into effect, did not become

active until three o'clock this

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afternoon. Almost bang on schedule,

the sky turned white, rather than

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read, across the vast area, heavy

snow started following, and with it

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came the wind, the blizzards that

whipped up the snow and cause

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drifting and cause roads to be

blocked. That is what the

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authorities are really worried

about. So, tonight there are a few

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cars around, but people are mainly

at home, sitting tight, waiting to

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set this out, and trying to

stockpile food. You can see lots of

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people going to the shops, trying to

stock up with essentials, head of

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the storm coming in. The police and

authorities are dealing with

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numerous incidents. We have heard

tonight that a little girl, a

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seven-year-old girl has died in

Cornwall. We are not clear if it is

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weather-related. At the same time,

police are dealing with an incident

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just outside Exeter, a notorious

spot which is steep, where there is

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snow, and they are trying to get

traffic in and out of there.

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Multiple incidents, but the key

messages to try to get indoors, stay

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inside, stay warm and then stay put

until this is all over.

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Let's go to Merthyr Tydfyll now.

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Sian Lloyd is there.

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Does not look like it is snowing,

but is it expected to get much

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worse?

Yes, the snow is falling

here. It is feeling bitterly cold. I

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am in the centre of Merthyr Tydfil

and it is pretty deserted. People

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have been heeding the warnings here.

The red warning came in early today,

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leading to an increased response

with more schools closing, thousands

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of hospital appointments being

cancelled and businesses being

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closed. We are expecting much more

bad weather as we head into tonight.

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The Beast from the East

has travelled west.

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Most of South Wales had

previously escaped snow.

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But today that changed.

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The county of Torfaen is

one of those where a red

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extreme weather warning

is now in place.

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Teams who usually work

in the council's forestry division

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were drafted in to deliver hot meals

to those unable to leave

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their homes, like Stanley Todd.

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He is worried that bad weather

will prevent his care

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workers from reaching him.

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What it stops is people calling.

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Because normally, several people

a day called for a chat

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or whatever, various services.

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So that will make it very lonely.

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The weather warning covers visits

and high wind Nowell,

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The weather warning

covers high wind,

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which could pose a risk to life.

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Remote hilltop communities are used

to seeing the bad weather coming in,

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but the valleys towns below are also

heeding this warning.

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In Merthyr Tydfil, schools have

been warned to close.

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More than a thousand

are shut across Wales.

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On the high Street, one

of the only shopkeepers

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to open today soon gave up.

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Usually a busy centre,

it looked more like a ghost town.

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People had heeded the warnings

given to avoid travel.

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Well, I think if there's a risk

to life, you've got to take

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sensible proportions, really.

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People are going into shutdown

and panic mode, I think.

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It's starting to worry people.

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The Welsh Transport Secretary warned

people to leave work early

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with the weather expected

to get worse.

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Plenty more information on the BBC

News website. We will have a full

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weather forecast for you later in

the programme.

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Our top story this evening...

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Snow, blizzards and sub zero

temperatures continue

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to grip the country,

with a red alert in force for south

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west England and south Wales.

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And still to come...

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We follow the team behind short

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as they head to the Oscars.

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Coming up on Sportsday on BBC News:

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Phil Neville takes charge

for his first game tonight against

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France in the She Belives Cup

tournament in the USA.

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They've been called

Britain's lost children -

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around 4,000 of them

who were forcibly sent abroad

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to countries like Australia,

Canada and New Zealand in the years

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after World War II.

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They were promised new

lives in the sunshine.

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Instead, many suffered horrendous

physical and sexual abuse.

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Now, an independent inquiry

into what went on has urged

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the British Government to pay

compensation to all the survivors.

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Our Home Affairs Correspondent

Tom Symonds reports.

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A dark history - British children

lied to, deported, sexually abused,

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even tortured.

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I've lived for 60-odd

years with this.

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It went unmentioned for decades.

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Even today, this is not

a well-known scandal.

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But it has devastated lives

and continues to blight them.

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All we did was do as we were told.

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And suffered immensely for it.

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The child migrants were from poor

backgrounds, promised a better

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life in the sunshine.

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And when visitors

came, especially from

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Britain, that's how it seemed.

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But last year, the

now-elderly migrants

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gave hours of chilling evidence

of what their carers said.

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They said that you're

a nobody, you've got

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nobody, you've got no

parents, they're all dead.

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..And even worse, did.

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The verdict today, even by 1940s

standards,

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what happened was indefensible.

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Several governments ignored

warnings, carefully filed in

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the official archives to avoid

upsetting the charities and

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religious groups involved.

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Or the Australians.

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Politics put before children.

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They ignored our plight,

they encouraged

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paedophilia, to a degree.

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Because they were made

aware of problems in

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Australia, where they

were sending us to.

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And yet, they continued sending us.

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What does that tell you?

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That tells me that they didn't

give a rat's backside,

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if you'll pardon the vernacular,

about the British children.

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Campaigners were delighted today

that the British Government

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has been held responsible.

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At last, a measure of

truth and a measure

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of responsibility.

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The buck stops with the government.

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Britain apologised in 2010 that this

report has called for all surviving

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migrants to receive compensation

within a year. The government is

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considering its response will stop

its the first time this much

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criticised inquiry has bared its

teeth. But the evidence heard in

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this room was never really in doubt.

And this was a scandal very much of

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the past. The inquiry's other

investigations may not be as

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straightforward. But this to come

first. Because half of those who had

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been called Britain's lost children

have already passed away.

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The Prime Minister has met Donald

Tusk ahead of her major speech on

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Brexit tomorrow expecting to set out

her plans for the next stage of

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negotiations.

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But there are tensions

with Brussels on the way ahead.

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The EU's chief Brexit negotiator,

Michel Barnier, says Britain

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is closing the doors on itself,

one by one, because of its

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insistence on leaving the EU's

single market and the customs union.

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Our Deputy political editor

John Pienaar reports.

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Foreign Secretary, will

the whole Cabinet agree?

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Time for the Cabinet

to stick together.

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Too cold not to.

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Not just the weather,

the chill between Britain

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and Brussels over Brexit.

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Boris Johnson and fellow Brexiteers

counting on Theresa May at today's

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Cabinet to map out firm lines

in her big speech tomorrow.

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Is this government on a sure

footing on Brexit?

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Former Remainers, too,

joining the united front.

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Is the government

skating on thin ice?

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A fragile truce against a chorus

of critics, British and European.

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Are you confident the Brexit

plan is going to fly?

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Without question,

absolutely confident we'll

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make a success of it.

0:18:120:18:16

All the doubters, though,

ex-Prime Ministers, Donald Tusk,

0:18:160:18:18

what do you make of them?

0:18:180:18:20

Fantastic investment from Toyota

yesterday demonstrates

0:18:200:18:21

real money invested,

creating real jobs.

0:18:210:18:23

And that speaks louder

than any prediction.

0:18:230:18:26

In Downing Street, they're preparing

for a hazardous journey.

0:18:260:18:29

Inside, Mrs May was rehearsing her

Brexit speech, hopes

0:18:290:18:31

of all trade routes clear.

0:18:310:18:38

of all trade routes free and clear.

0:18:380:18:39

Rules made in Britain,

squaring with Europe's,

0:18:390:18:41

only when they suit the UK.

0:18:410:18:42

And when the Cabinet broke up,

ministers were behind

0:18:420:18:45

what they'd heard.

0:18:450:18:46

Is the plan realistic, in a word?

0:18:460:18:47

Very much so.

0:18:470:18:49

You have no doubts?

0:18:490:18:50

Not a single doubt, yourself?

0:18:500:18:51

Not at all.

0:18:510:18:52

Wait until you hear

the speech, tomorrow.

0:18:520:18:57

The EU Council President,

chairman among leaders,

0:18:570:18:59

came in for his speech preview, too.

0:18:590:19:01

Expecting to dislike a lot of it,

despite the diplomatic chumminess.

0:19:010:19:04

And in their meeting

fully expected to say so.

0:19:040:19:09

I'm not happy with...

0:19:090:19:11

"Not happy with her

red lines", he said.

0:19:110:19:14

She wanted trade with no barriers

and, as he'd argued earlier,

0:19:140:19:17

he wanted Britain playing

by EU rules.

0:19:170:19:21

There can be no frictionless trade

outside of the customs union

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and the single market.

0:19:240:19:27

Fiction is an inevitable

side-effect of Brexit.

0:19:270:19:34

In Brussels, there was no backing

down from the demand Britain

0:19:340:19:42

has rejected outright,

to avoid a hard Irish border,

0:19:420:19:44

Northern Ireland must

stay in a customs union,

0:19:440:19:46

if all else fails.

0:19:460:19:47

Be calm and be pragmatic.

0:19:470:19:49

No chance of Mrs May accepting that.

0:19:490:19:52

It's been hard enough

just clearing the path

0:19:520:19:54

to the start of Brexit talks,

which looks like becoming

0:19:540:19:56

very hard going.

0:19:560:20:03

Hard going uniting the cabinet, may

be hard to avoid the collapse of

0:20:030:20:07

Brexit talks over the Irish border

and if they go ahead, hard to

0:20:070:20:11

overcome EU objections to Britain

leaving and trading on its own

0:20:110:20:14

terms. Tomorrow, Theresa May will

set out her plans in detail but

0:20:140:20:18

there are many obstacles to overcome

and it won't get much easier any

0:20:180:20:21

time soon.

0:20:210:20:24

A woman who killed her husband has

won permission to challenge

0:20:240:20:26

her murder conviction.

0:20:260:20:29

Sally Challen, who was sentenced

to 22 years, admitted killing

0:20:290:20:32

Richard Challen at their home

in Surrey in 2010,

0:20:320:20:34

but denied murder.

0:20:340:20:35

Her lawyers say she was the victim

of "coercive control".

0:20:350:20:38

Charlotte Gallagher reports.

0:20:380:20:43

Victory for Sally

Challen's supporters.

0:20:430:20:47

Her son, David, hugs her lawyer

outside the Court of Appeal.

0:20:470:20:52

Sally Challen killed her husband,

Richard, in 2010, by repeatedly

0:20:520:20:55

hitting him over the head

with a hammer.

0:20:550:20:57

She was found guilty

of murder and sentenced

0:20:570:20:58

to a minimum of 22 years.

0:20:580:21:00

Her lawyers will now attempt

to challenge that murder conviction.

0:21:000:21:04

Sally Challen's legal team

say she was the victim

0:21:040:21:07

of coercive control,

a type of psychological abuse

0:21:070:21:08

that wasn't recognised

by law when Sally Challen

0:21:080:21:10

was first convicted.

0:21:100:21:14

It's now a criminal offence.

0:21:140:21:17

Her legal team say her husband

degraded, humiliated

0:21:170:21:19

and controlled her for many years,

and that was what led

0:21:190:21:22

to the killing.

0:21:220:21:27

This was going to be her last

chance at challenging

0:21:270:21:31

a conviction and a very,

very long sentence for what was

0:21:310:21:35

very, very tragic events that

happened in extreme circumstances.

0:21:350:21:38

Her son was relieved

with the decision.

0:21:380:21:43

Overcome, overjoyed,

most of all thankful.

0:21:430:21:48

Thankful we're getting this chance,

thankful that the justice system

0:21:480:21:51

acknowledges an issue might have

been overlooked or not

0:21:510:21:53

properly investigated.

0:21:530:21:58

Campaigners admit there

is still a long way to go,

0:21:580:22:01

but hope the case could help other

men and women who may have

0:22:010:22:05

subjected to mental abuse.

0:22:050:22:06

Charlotte Gallagher, BBC News.

0:22:060:22:12

The England rugby coach,

Eddie Jones, has said he'll no

0:22:120:22:15

longer travel on public transport,

after being verbally abused

0:22:150:22:17

by Scotland fans after England's

defeat to Scotland over the weekend.

0:22:170:22:20

BBC footage shows Mr Jones initially

posed for photograph

0:22:200:22:23

with a group of men,

after getting off the train

0:22:230:22:28

at Manchester, before

he was subjected to taunts

0:22:280:22:31

and abuse, as he tried

to get into a taxi.

0:22:310:22:34

The stars will be out in force in LA

on Sunday for the Oscars.

0:22:340:22:38

And joining them will be a

6-year-old girl from Swindon

0:22:380:22:40

who is profoundly deaf.

0:22:400:22:42

Maisie Sly stars in

the Oscar nominated British

0:22:420:22:44

drama The Silent Child.

0:22:440:22:47

It was written and directed

by two former actors

0:22:470:22:50

from Hollyoaks, as our

Entertainment Correspondent

0:22:500:22:51

Colin Paterson reports.

0:22:510:22:58

"Hello, I'm Maisie.

0:22:580:22:59

I'm in Hollywood for the Oscars."

0:22:590:23:02

It's a story so happy it could be

the plot of a Hollywood film.

0:23:020:23:06

Maisie Sly had never even acted

before her parents were told

0:23:060:23:10

about film-makers looking

for a profoundly deaf girl to star

0:23:100:23:12

in their film, The Silent Child.

0:23:120:23:18

And now, here are the nominees

for Best Live Action Short Film.

0:23:240:23:28

This is the moment in January

when the team gathered to find out

0:23:280:23:31

if they had been nominated

for an Oscar.

0:23:310:23:33

..My Nephew Emmett.

0:23:330:23:35

The Silent Child.

0:23:350:23:37

CHEERING

0:23:370:23:39

YES!

0:23:390:23:44

And so, this week,

they reunited at Heathrow...

0:23:440:23:46

Hello, welcome on board.

0:23:460:23:49

And headed to Los Angeles.

0:23:490:23:57

Most people prepare for the Oscars

by meeting stylists and planning

0:23:580:24:00

acceptance speeches.

0:24:000:24:03

Maisie's schedule has

been rather different.

0:24:030:24:06

"My favourite thing this week

was Kidspace and the zoo."

0:24:070:24:14

"Yep, that's my favourite

thing this week."

0:24:140:24:15

Welcome to Hollywood!

0:24:150:24:17

Although she is having to get used

to people recognising her.

0:24:170:24:20

I saw her on television,

just last week.

0:24:200:24:22

They say she's nominated.

0:24:220:24:24

Do you think she'll be able

to get a job one day?

0:24:240:24:28

Rachel Shenton wrote and starred

in The Silent Child.

0:24:280:24:30

She learned sign language after her

own father lost his hearing.

0:24:300:24:34

The nomination means

that ultimately, now,

0:24:340:24:37

we are in over 600 cinemas

in the US, which is huge

0:24:370:24:40

for us as a short film.

0:24:400:24:42

And it's really important

for the subject, which is obviously

0:24:420:24:44

deafness, and shining a much-needed

light on access to education

0:24:440:24:47

for deaf children.

0:24:470:24:48

There's Meryl Streep.

0:24:480:24:49

Her former Hollyoaks co-star

Chris Overton directed the film and,

0:24:490:24:52

at a lunch for all the nominees,

they got to meet one of his heroes.

0:24:520:24:55

Steven Spielberg was in

between me and Rachel.

0:24:550:24:58

And the person taking the photo

said, oh, can we move,

0:24:580:25:00

because the light's not good.

0:25:000:25:04

So we were ordering

Spielberg around!

0:25:040:25:05

Oh, an Oscar!

0:25:050:25:06

Now all that remains is to find

out if there will be

0:25:060:25:09

a Hollywood happy ending.

0:25:090:25:11

On Sunday night, Maisie could get

her hands on a real one of these.

0:25:110:25:14

Colin Paterson, BBC

News, Los Angeles.

0:25:140:25:17

Good luck to her.

0:25:210:25:22

Let's return to our main story,

and that red weather alert

0:25:220:25:25

in South Wales and the south west.

0:25:250:25:26

Jon Kay's in Tiverton.

0:25:260:25:29

A difficult few hours ahead?

0:25:330:25:37

It is. It is difficult for,

particularly, those bigger

0:25:370:25:42

communities that aren't so used to

this kind of weather. There are

0:25:420:25:45

people who live on the Moors who get

hit by snow pretty much every year

0:25:450:25:49

but this red warnings that was

declared this morning by the Met

0:25:490:25:53

office takes in some big cities like

Exeter. It goes towards Taunton,

0:25:530:25:59

Cardiff, the edge of Bristol. There

are big urban areas and urban

0:25:590:26:02

communities who might not be used to

the amount of snow and freezing rain

0:26:020:26:06

that could fall over the next few

hours. This isn't going to push

0:26:060:26:11

through particularly quickly, this

will go through the night, the early

0:26:110:26:14

hours of tomorrow and then another

wave tomorrow and tomorrow night.

0:26:140:26:18

That's why the authorities also

worried. That freezing rain and

0:26:180:26:21

mentioned is when rain falls, it

warms up and falls as rain and then

0:26:210:26:25

freezes as it hits the ground and

that could be absolutely treacherous

0:26:250:26:29

for Rush hour tomorrow morning. Once

again, lots of warnings and expect

0:26:290:26:33

more warnings in the hours and days

that followed.

Thank you.

0:26:330:26:39

Time for a look at the weather.

0:26:390:26:41

Here's Louise Lear.

0:26:410:26:43

This is far from over?

Severe

weather through the night and into

0:26:430:26:47

tomorrow as well.

0:26:470:26:51

You have been hearing red weather

warnings issued.

0:26:510:26:57

This has been the story with the

snow. This feed of showers across

0:26:570:27:01

eastern Scotland but

0:27:010:27:03

snow. This feed of showers across

eastern Scotland but in the last few

0:27:030:27:04

hours, the snow has gathered in

intensity across the south-west. You

0:27:040:27:09

can see quite clearly. In the last

few minutes, the Met office has

0:27:090:27:15

extended the amber warning. This red

warning is the real issue. This one

0:27:150:27:22

means take action. The weather is so

that there is a potential for the

0:27:220:27:26

loss of life. Blizzard like

conditions across the south-west.

0:27:260:27:29

And into south Wales overnight. That

extends its way, perhaps brushing

0:27:290:27:37

the southern part of Northern

Ireland and through the night, we

0:27:370:27:40

can't forget those showers across

eastern Scotland which have been

0:27:400:27:43

such a nuisance. They will continue,

perhaps not as widespread that they

0:27:430:27:47

will still be there. A veil of cloud

through the night, perhaps

0:27:470:27:51

temperature is not falling quite as

low as night just past but still no

0:27:510:27:56

news of minus four. Bitterly cold

start, and a grey and grim start for

0:27:560:28:01

many of us with a lot of cloud. That

biting easterly wind will make it

0:28:010:28:06

feel much colder. A brief lull

tomorrow morning, some showers in

0:28:060:28:12

the east but it will continue into

the afternoon, more snow in the

0:28:120:28:16

south and the Channel, the south

Midlands, Wales and south-west

0:28:160:28:20

England. Keep abreast of the

forecast, the position of that snow

0:28:200:28:24

may well change. Factor in the

strength of the winds, perishing me

0:28:240:28:28

cold. The wind direction will change

slightly and pushed the beast from

0:28:280:28:33

the east into the far north-east.

The weekend, something less cold but

0:28:330:28:37

still the risk of some snow showers.

0:28:370:28:39

The weekend, something less cold but

still the risk of some snow showers.

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Thank you.

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