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Large parts of the UK
grind to a halt as snow,
blizzards and sub-zero temperatures
continue to grip the country.
A rare red alert for
snow is now in force -
this time in south west England
and south Wales - meaning there's
a risk to life tonight.
People here are being told to stay
inside, to stay warm and to stay
Near Glasgow, warm drinks
and blankets are lowered down
for hundreds of people stranded
on a motorway, some for 20 hours.
I got stuck here about eight
o'clock last night and I've
been here ever since.
I have not moved an inch yet.
A lucky escape for this driver -
but police across the UK say they've
dealt with hundreds of incidents
in the past 24 hours.
We'll have the latest
on the situation around the UK
as forecasters warn there's yet more
to come tomorrow.
Also on the programme...
Britain's so-called lost children,
forcibly sent abroad
after World War II.
Aow the Government's urged to give
The Prime Minister holds talks
with the European Council president
Donald Tusk in Downing Street
ahead of her major speech
on Brexit tomorrow.
A woman who bludgeoned her husband
to death with a hammer wins
the right to challenge her murder
conviction at the Court of Appeal.
And hoping for Oscar glory -
the profoundly deaf 6-year-old
from Swindon who'll be joining
the stars on the red
carpet this weekend.
And coming up on Sportsday on BBC
News: Scottish Rugby say they're
appalled to hear that Eddie Jones
suffered physcial and verbal
abuse after their Six
Nations win over England.
Good evening and welcome
to the BBC News at Six.
A red alert - meaning
there's a risk to life -
is in force tonight in parts
of south west England and south
Wales as heavy snow and blizzard
conditions sweep in.
It comes after hundreds of drivers
were stranded overnight on the M80
motorway near Glasgow.
In Lincolnshire today, where many
roads have been impassable,
the RAF has been drafted in to help
the emergency services and police
have asked farmers with tractors
to help clear the snow.
Thousands of schools remain closed
and many flights and trains
have been cancelled.
The Met Office has issued weather
warnings for almost the entire UK
tonight, with Amber alerts, the
second-highest level, in place of a
large parts. It is this area in red
from Exeter to Cardiff and beyond
that is most at risk tonight.
We'll be reporting
from across the UK -
from Devon, South Wales
and Stirlingshire but we start
tonight in County Durham
and our correspondent Danny Savage.
Sophie, the biggest problem over the
last 24 hours has again been severe
disruption to the transport network.
On the trains, the airports, and
especially on the roads. There has
been a real change of conditions
last night and today, with the wind
getting stronger from East, bringing
atrocious driving conditions and
visibility almost down to zero in
places. There is more of this to
In Teesdale in County Durham,
communities woke up to find
themselves entombed in snow.
Yes, they are used to winter
weather here, but it hasn't
been this bad for years.
Behind every frozen door
was a snapshot of life
around the UK today.
Children off school and parents
wondering just how wrong this
is all going to go on for.
with a house full of children.
Childcare is an issue for a lot
of parents and we end up
with a house full of children.
We have a people, vulnerable people
that unfortunately can't get out.
It's hard, you know?
We dig each other out,
there's a lot of community
spirit that goes on.
And they were digging
out from first thing,
with all ages lending a hand before
it snowed again.
Here in Middleton, in Teesdale,
the unofficial snow depth is...
Venturing out into the countryside
around here was a battle
with the elements.
What's different today
is the wind and the immense
wind-chill that comes with it,
that's whipping the falling snow
and the stuff that's lying around
into these huge drifts.
Exposed to the strong easterly
wind, drivers in Norfolk
ended up in bother, too.
And out came the shovels.
I phoned in to work
and said I can't make it,
because I'm stuck in the drift.
I won't be in, so I'm
just trying to get home.
It's really deep.
I was only just able to get
through in my Range Rover here.
So this is going to be tricky,
and I don't think I've got enough
traction to pull this car
through this snowdrift.
What are you going to do?
Go home and have a cup of tea.
I think that's the answer
to everything, isn't it?
Neighbouring Suffolk saw
more heavy snow, too.
was beset with problems.
This van will not be
going anywhere for a long time.
If the public stop and speak to you,
please engage with them.
A control centre was set up
to coordinate RAF units drafted
in to assist emergency services.
This is what trans-Pennine A-roads
looked like in North Yorkshire.
And this wasn't even on high ground.
The A65 between Skipton
and Kendall was best avoided.
In Ireland, a severe weather warning
has been issued for the Republic.
The Siberian freeze from the east
has crept further west.
Sales of anything to do with coping
with snow have lept.
It's all very different
to what you might expect
for the first day of spring.
Danny Savage, BBC News.
Heavy snow is continuing to fall
across large parts of Scotland.
Last night hundreds of drivers
were left stranded in freezing
conditions on the M80 near Glasgow -
some for up to 20 hours.
At Glasgow airport some passengers
are preparing to bed
down for a second night
after it was closed again today.
Our Scotland correspondent Lorna
Gordon is near the M80 at Denny.
She's sent this report.
Scotland's road to nowhere.
Hundreds of drivers stuck in miles
of stationary traffic
on what is usually one
of the country's busiest roads.
I left Sterling at about eight
o'clock and I've been
here since, unfortunately.
That is a good 17 hours,
maybe, at the moment?
Just knocking on that, yeah.
I think I've moved about 100
metres in that time.
Last night, some old boys
came out with biscuits
and crisps and this morning,
it was all the schoolkids that came
out, so, we're getting looked after.
I've got two biscuits.
The worst of circumstances bringing
out the best in people.
Volunteers handing out
food and water to those
stranded in their cars.
This storm was forecast
well ahead of time, but,
despite the warnings,
people did still venture out.
Now, after waiting nearly 18 hours
on this stretch of motorway,
it looks as if, finally,
the traffic might just be
about to start moving again.
Police officers clearing
the way ahead, one by one.
We've been coming up and down
the northbound carriageway.
Because of the queueing
vehicles and the vehicles
stuck most of the night.
Hard work, I've seen
the guys digging it out.
Very much so.
Very much so.
Giving the public reassurance to say
we're getting to them
albeit, yes, slowly.
But the appalling weather saw even
the emergency services
struggling at times.
No worries, thank you...
Those, though, who have experience
of working in these extreme
conditions have been
putting their knowledge to good use.
We are picking up a prescription for
somebody out in the countryside,
somebody has not been able to get
their essential medication so we are
going to take it to them.
For much of the day,
trains in the affected areas have
been off and the vast majority
of flights were cancelled from
Edinburgh and Glasgow, once again.
There was fun for some,
but with blizzards, freezing
temperatures and drifting snow,
there are serious concerns for those
out in these conditions.
Even as those who could heeded
the warnings to stay at home.
Tonight, across much of Scotland, it
is bitterly cold. The biting wind,
pushing temperatures too well, well
below zero. There are still weather
warnings in place, the advice is to
not travel unless it is absolutely
essential. Everybody is keen to
avoid a repeat of the chaos on the
roads that we have seen over the
last 24 hours.
Storm Emma is sweeping across parts
of South west of England and south
Wales this evening.
A red alert is now in
place until the early
hours of the morning -
and people are told to stay indoors
because lives could be at risk.
We'll get the latest from Sian Lloyd
in South Wales in a moment but first
let's go to Jon Kay who's in Devon.
A lot of people woke up in
this part of the country, looked out
the window and thought it is not too
bad. Even when the red alert was
issued at about eight o'clock, at
breakfast time this morning, it did
not seem too bad for quite a long
time. Crucially, that red alert did
not come into effect, did not become
active until three o'clock this
afternoon. Almost bang on schedule,
the sky turned white, rather than
read, across the vast area, heavy
snow started following, and with it
came the wind, the blizzards that
whipped up the snow and cause
drifting and cause roads to be
blocked. That is what the
authorities are really worried
about. So, tonight there are a few
cars around, but people are mainly
at home, sitting tight, waiting to
set this out, and trying to
stockpile food. You can see lots of
people going to the shops, trying to
stock up with essentials, head of
the storm coming in. The police and
authorities are dealing with
numerous incidents. We have heard
tonight that a little girl, a
seven-year-old girl has died in
Cornwall. We are not clear if it is
weather-related. At the same time,
police are dealing with an incident
just outside Exeter, a notorious
spot which is steep, where there is
snow, and they are trying to get
traffic in and out of there.
Multiple incidents, but the key
messages to try to get indoors, stay
inside, stay warm and then stay put
until this is all over.
Let's go to Merthyr Tydfyll now.
Sian Lloyd is there.
Does not look like it is snowing,
but is it expected to get much
Yes, the snow is falling
here. It is feeling bitterly cold. I
am in the centre of Merthyr Tydfil
and it is pretty deserted. People
have been heeding the warnings here.
The red warning came in early today,
leading to an increased response
with more schools closing, thousands
of hospital appointments being
cancelled and businesses being
closed. We are expecting much more
bad weather as we head into tonight.
The Beast from the East
has travelled west.
Most of South Wales had
previously escaped snow.
But today that changed.
The county of Torfaen is
one of those where a red
extreme weather warning
is now in place.
Teams who usually work
in the council's forestry division
were drafted in to deliver hot meals
to those unable to leave
their homes, like Stanley Todd.
He is worried that bad weather
will prevent his care
workers from reaching him.
What it stops is people calling.
Because normally, several people
a day called for a chat
or whatever, various services.
So that will make it very lonely.
The weather warning covers visits
and high wind Nowell,
The weather warning
covers high wind,
which could pose a risk to life.
Remote hilltop communities are used
to seeing the bad weather coming in,
but the valleys towns below are also
heeding this warning.
In Merthyr Tydfil, schools have
been warned to close.
More than a thousand
are shut across Wales.
On the high Street, one
of the only shopkeepers
to open today soon gave up.
Usually a busy centre,
it looked more like a ghost town.
People had heeded the warnings
given to avoid travel.
Well, I think if there's a risk
to life, you've got to take
sensible proportions, really.
People are going into shutdown
and panic mode, I think.
It's starting to worry people.
The Welsh Transport Secretary warned
people to leave work early
with the weather expected
to get worse.
Plenty more information on the BBC
News website. We will have a full
weather forecast for you later in
Our top story this evening...
Snow, blizzards and sub zero
to grip the country,
with a red alert in force for south
west England and south Wales.
And still to come...
The moment they found out
they were nominated.
We follow the team behind short
film the Silent Child
as they head to the Oscars.
Coming up on Sportsday on BBC News:
England women's head coach
Phil Neville takes charge
for his first game tonight against
France in the She Belives Cup
tournament in the USA.
They've been called
Britain's lost children -
around 4,000 of them
who were forcibly sent abroad
to countries like Australia,
Canada and New Zealand in the years
after World War II.
They were promised new
lives in the sunshine.
Instead, many suffered horrendous
physical and sexual abuse.
Now, an independent inquiry
into what went on has urged
the British Government to pay
compensation to all the survivors.
Our Home Affairs Correspondent
Tom Symonds reports.
A dark history - British children
lied to, deported, sexually abused,
I've lived for 60-odd
years with this.
It went unmentioned for decades.
Even today, this is not
a well-known scandal.
But it has devastated lives
and continues to blight them.
All we did was do as we were told.
And suffered immensely for it.
The child migrants were from poor
backgrounds, promised a better
life in the sunshine.
And when visitors
came, especially from
Britain, that's how it seemed.
But last year, the
gave hours of chilling evidence
of what their carers said.
They said that you're
a nobody, you've got
nobody, you've got no
parents, they're all dead.
..And even worse, did.
The verdict today, even by 1940s
what happened was indefensible.
Several governments ignored
warnings, carefully filed in
the official archives to avoid
upsetting the charities and
religious groups involved.
Or the Australians.
Politics put before children.
They ignored our plight,
paedophilia, to a degree.
Because they were made
aware of problems in
Australia, where they
were sending us to.
And yet, they continued sending us.
What does that tell you?
That tells me that they didn't
give a rat's backside,
if you'll pardon the vernacular,
about the British children.
Campaigners were delighted today
that the British Government
has been held responsible.
At last, a measure of
truth and a measure
The buck stops with the government.
Britain apologised in 2010 that this
report has called for all surviving
migrants to receive compensation
within a year. The government is
considering its response will stop
its the first time this much
criticised inquiry has bared its
teeth. But the evidence heard in
this room was never really in doubt.
And this was a scandal very much of
the past. The inquiry's other
investigations may not be as
straightforward. But this to come
first. Because half of those who had
been called Britain's lost children
have already passed away.
The Prime Minister has met Donald
Tusk ahead of her major speech on
Brexit tomorrow expecting to set out
her plans for the next stage of
But there are tensions
with Brussels on the way ahead.
The EU's chief Brexit negotiator,
Michel Barnier, says Britain
is closing the doors on itself,
one by one, because of its
insistence on leaving the EU's
single market and the customs union.
Our Deputy political editor
John Pienaar reports.
Foreign Secretary, will
the whole Cabinet agree?
Time for the Cabinet
to stick together.
Too cold not to.
Not just the weather,
the chill between Britain
and Brussels over Brexit.
Boris Johnson and fellow Brexiteers
counting on Theresa May at today's
Cabinet to map out firm lines
in her big speech tomorrow.
Is this government on a sure
footing on Brexit?
Former Remainers, too,
joining the united front.
Is the government
skating on thin ice?
A fragile truce against a chorus
of critics, British and European.
Are you confident the Brexit
plan is going to fly?
absolutely confident we'll
make a success of it.
All the doubters, though,
ex-Prime Ministers, Donald Tusk,
what do you make of them?
Fantastic investment from Toyota
real money invested,
creating real jobs.
And that speaks louder
than any prediction.
In Downing Street, they're preparing
for a hazardous journey.
Inside, Mrs May was rehearsing her
Brexit speech, hopes
of all trade routes clear.
of all trade routes free and clear.
Rules made in Britain,
squaring with Europe's,
only when they suit the UK.
And when the Cabinet broke up,
ministers were behind
what they'd heard.
Is the plan realistic, in a word?
Very much so.
You have no doubts?
Not a single doubt, yourself?
Not at all.
Wait until you hear
the speech, tomorrow.
The EU Council President,
chairman among leaders,
came in for his speech preview, too.
Expecting to dislike a lot of it,
despite the diplomatic chumminess.
And in their meeting
fully expected to say so.
I'm not happy with...
"Not happy with her
red lines", he said.
She wanted trade with no barriers
and, as he'd argued earlier,
he wanted Britain playing
by EU rules.
There can be no frictionless trade
outside of the customs union
and the single market.
Fiction is an inevitable
side-effect of Brexit.
In Brussels, there was no backing
down from the demand Britain
has rejected outright,
to avoid a hard Irish border,
Northern Ireland must
stay in a customs union,
if all else fails.
Be calm and be pragmatic.
No chance of Mrs May accepting that.
It's been hard enough
just clearing the path
to the start of Brexit talks,
which looks like becoming
very hard going.
Hard going uniting the cabinet, may
be hard to avoid the collapse of
Brexit talks over the Irish border
and if they go ahead, hard to
overcome EU objections to Britain
leaving and trading on its own
terms. Tomorrow, Theresa May will
set out her plans in detail but
there are many obstacles to overcome
and it won't get much easier any
A woman who killed her husband has
won permission to challenge
her murder conviction.
Sally Challen, who was sentenced
to 22 years, admitted killing
Richard Challen at their home
in Surrey in 2010,
but denied murder.
Her lawyers say she was the victim
of "coercive control".
Charlotte Gallagher reports.
Victory for Sally
Her son, David, hugs her lawyer
outside the Court of Appeal.
Sally Challen killed her husband,
Richard, in 2010, by repeatedly
hitting him over the head
with a hammer.
She was found guilty
of murder and sentenced
to a minimum of 22 years.
Her lawyers will now attempt
to challenge that murder conviction.
Sally Challen's legal team
say she was the victim
of coercive control,
a type of psychological abuse
that wasn't recognised
by law when Sally Challen
was first convicted.
It's now a criminal offence.
Her legal team say her husband
and controlled her for many years,
and that was what led
to the killing.
This was going to be her last
chance at challenging
a conviction and a very,
very long sentence for what was
very, very tragic events that
happened in extreme circumstances.
Her son was relieved
with the decision.
most of all thankful.
Thankful we're getting this chance,
thankful that the justice system
acknowledges an issue might have
been overlooked or not
Campaigners admit there
is still a long way to go,
but hope the case could help other
men and women who may have
subjected to mental abuse.
Charlotte Gallagher, BBC News.
The England rugby coach,
Eddie Jones, has said he'll no
longer travel on public transport,
after being verbally abused
by Scotland fans after England's
defeat to Scotland over the weekend.
BBC footage shows Mr Jones initially
posed for photograph
with a group of men,
after getting off the train
at Manchester, before
he was subjected to taunts
and abuse, as he tried
to get into a taxi.
The stars will be out in force in LA
on Sunday for the Oscars.
And joining them will be a
6-year-old girl from Swindon
who is profoundly deaf.
Maisie Sly stars in
the Oscar nominated British
drama The Silent Child.
It was written and directed
by two former actors
from Hollyoaks, as our
Colin Paterson reports.
"Hello, I'm Maisie.
I'm in Hollywood for the Oscars."
It's a story so happy it could be
the plot of a Hollywood film.
Maisie Sly had never even acted
before her parents were told
about film-makers looking
for a profoundly deaf girl to star
in their film, The Silent Child.
And now, here are the nominees
for Best Live Action Short Film.
This is the moment in January
when the team gathered to find out
if they had been nominated
for an Oscar.
..My Nephew Emmett.
The Silent Child.
And so, this week,
they reunited at Heathrow...
Hello, welcome on board.
And headed to Los Angeles.
Most people prepare for the Oscars
by meeting stylists and planning
Maisie's schedule has
been rather different.
"My favourite thing this week
was Kidspace and the zoo."
"Yep, that's my favourite
thing this week."
Welcome to Hollywood!
Although she is having to get used
to people recognising her.
I saw her on television,
just last week.
They say she's nominated.
Do you think she'll be able
to get a job one day?
Rachel Shenton wrote and starred
in The Silent Child.
She learned sign language after her
own father lost his hearing.
The nomination means
that ultimately, now,
we are in over 600 cinemas
in the US, which is huge
for us as a short film.
And it's really important
for the subject, which is obviously
deafness, and shining a much-needed
light on access to education
for deaf children.
There's Meryl Streep.
Her former Hollyoaks co-star
Chris Overton directed the film and,
at a lunch for all the nominees,
they got to meet one of his heroes.
Steven Spielberg was in
between me and Rachel.
And the person taking the photo
said, oh, can we move,
because the light's not good.
So we were ordering
Oh, an Oscar!
Now all that remains is to find
out if there will be
a Hollywood happy ending.
On Sunday night, Maisie could get
her hands on a real one of these.
Colin Paterson, BBC
News, Los Angeles.
Good luck to her.
Let's return to our main story,
and that red weather alert
in South Wales and the south west.
Jon Kay's in Tiverton.
A difficult few hours ahead?
It is. It is difficult for,
particularly, those bigger
communities that aren't so used to
this kind of weather. There are
people who live on the Moors who get
hit by snow pretty much every year
but this red warnings that was
declared this morning by the Met
office takes in some big cities like
Exeter. It goes towards Taunton,
Cardiff, the edge of Bristol. There
are big urban areas and urban
communities who might not be used to
the amount of snow and freezing rain
that could fall over the next few
hours. This isn't going to push
through particularly quickly, this
will go through the night, the early
hours of tomorrow and then another
wave tomorrow and tomorrow night.
That's why the authorities also
worried. That freezing rain and
mentioned is when rain falls, it
warms up and falls as rain and then
freezes as it hits the ground and
that could be absolutely treacherous
for Rush hour tomorrow morning. Once
again, lots of warnings and expect
more warnings in the hours and days
Time for a look at the weather.
Here's Louise Lear.
This is far from over?
weather through the night and into
tomorrow as well.
You have been hearing red weather
This has been the story with the
snow. This feed of showers across
eastern Scotland but
snow. This feed of showers across
eastern Scotland but in the last few
hours, the snow has gathered in
intensity across the south-west. You
can see quite clearly. In the last
few minutes, the Met office has
extended the amber warning. This red
warning is the real issue. This one
means take action. The weather is so
that there is a potential for the
loss of life. Blizzard like
conditions across the south-west.
And into south Wales overnight. That
extends its way, perhaps brushing
the southern part of Northern
Ireland and through the night, we
can't forget those showers across
eastern Scotland which have been
such a nuisance. They will continue,
perhaps not as widespread that they
will still be there. A veil of cloud
through the night, perhaps
temperature is not falling quite as
low as night just past but still no
news of minus four. Bitterly cold
start, and a grey and grim start for
many of us with a lot of cloud. That
biting easterly wind will make it
feel much colder. A brief lull
tomorrow morning, some showers in
the east but it will continue into
the afternoon, more snow in the
south and the Channel, the south
Midlands, Wales and south-west
England. Keep abreast of the
forecast, the position of that snow
may well change. Factor in the
strength of the winds, perishing me
cold. The wind direction will change
slightly and pushed the beast from
the east into the far north-east.
The weekend, something less cold but
still the risk of some snow showers.
The weekend, something less cold but
still the risk of some snow showers.