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Storm Emma meets the beast
from the east and wreaks
chaos across the UK.
At least 3,500 drivers were stranded
on the M62 across the Pennines,
some managed to get to shelter.
We landed in Manchester Airport
about two o'clock yesterday,
and we have been trying to get home
since then, just going
round in circles around the M62.
Cars were at a standstill
in the south-west of England too,
with drivers stranded overnight.
Passengers were forced
to sleep on a train stuck
in the New Forest.
Other routes are closed tonight.
Around the UK the military has
been drafted in to help,
in Scotland, getting
hospital staff to work.
Our other main story
on the programme tonight:
Theresa May sounds a note
of pragmatism as she outlines
her plans for Brexit.
Finally we both need to face the
fact that this is a negotiation and
neither of us can have exactly what
we want. But I am confident that we
can reach agreement.
And coming up in Sportsday on BBC
News, can Katarina Johnson-Thompson
bring home a gold medal
from the World Indoor
She is well placed going
into her final events.
Good evening and welcome
to the BBC News at Six.
Storm Emma has collided
with the beast from the east,
resulting in disruption
across much of Britain.
Heavy snow is causing crashes,
closing schools, stranding
rail and air passengers
as well as motorists.
The M62 across the
Pennines is still shut.
At one point at least 3500 cars
were stuck on it in the snow.
Hundreds of drivers were forced
to shelter in community centres.
The military has been called
in around the UK to help.
But the most severe red
weather warnings, meaning
there's a threat to life,
have now been lifted.
Yellow warnings remain
in place for much of the UK,
with snow and ice causing serious
problems in Scotland
and the south-west of England.
There's been major disruption
to transport, with over
1,200 flights cancelled.
Rail companies are running reduced
services, with many ending
services early this evening.
South Eastern Trains has told
passengers not to travel at all.
Heavy snow closed several key routes
on the road network overnight
at both ends of the UK.
Danny Savage is live
in Country Durham.
What is it like there?
Fiona, it is
absolutely freezing and conditions
have been causing havoc again across
the UK. The worst problems have been
on the roads. The automobile
Association estimates there have
been more than 13,000 accidents in
the last few days in the snow and
icy conditions. You are about to see
several of them.
For the last 24 hours,
the M62 between West Yorkshire
and Manchester has been
a disaster zone.
litter the carriageway.
One driver filmed this early today.
Dozens of vehicles written off.
More than 3500 motorists were
stranded on this road overnight.
Most had been moved by this morning
but hundreds were taken
to emergency shelters.
We landed in Manchester Airport
about two o'clock yesterday
and we've been trying to get
home since then.
I've been stuck 12 hours,
since last night, ten o'clock.
From Yorkshire to the Scottish
border, nearly every route linking
east and west was closed.
Somewhere under here
is the A66 in Cumbria.
Even the gritters are not
venturing out this far.
This should normally be a busy dual
carriageway over the Pennines,
but it's been shut for days.
It probably won't open for days yet.
And it's all because of these gale
force winds just blowing the snow
constantly across the carriageway.
Police are patrolling the roads
to discourage people
from ignoring the closures.
These conditions are some of
the worst I've seen for many years.
The A66 is always a problem area
but today this is particularly bad.
Trying to get this open
is impossible at the moment.
In Hampshire, the 17.05 Waterloo
to Weymouth train last night
into a sleeper service.
Passengers were stuck
on board for 13 hours
as the train lost power.
The heating then failed
in the freezing conditions.
They managed to restore
power so we had lights,
but we had no heating,
and things like the buffet car had
run out of food and drink
earlier in the evening.
So it was a pretty cold night.
In Shropshire, huge snowdrifts
blocked country roads,
as an army of farmers set out
across Britain to try
and clear them.
Neighbouring Worcestershire also saw
several inches of snow.
Across the border into Wales,
three people were rescued
after getting buried by drifts
in their car near Cowbridge.
They had to sound their horn
to guide searchers in.
And in Ebbw Vale, firefighters
were called in to dig
their way into this house.
Back in the high Pennines, keeping
livestock fed was a priority.
Keeping them watered,
though, is a problem.
The water's frozen,
that's the main thing,
in the house and out of the house.
So just watering animals is a big
chore at the minute.
Trying to feed up and get
to the sheep that are three miles
away, just trying to get
there is fun and games
at the minute, really.
Delivering supplies by any means
possible will be normality in much
of Britain this weekend.
There's no obvious
sign of a thaw yet.
Danny Savage, BBC News.
The experience of motorists stuck
on the M62 over the Pennines
was one repeated around the country.
Several major routes have problems
caused by the heavy snowfall.
Worst hit was the south-west
of England where the main A303,
which runs from the M3
through the heart of
the West Country, ground to a halt.
Among the stranded motorists
was our correspondent Robert Hall,
who sent this report.
On one of the most important routes
to the West Country,
Storm Emma's collision
with the Siberian blast was closing
the A303 section by section.
Our journey had come to an abrupt
halt in the village of Chicklade,
where hundreds of cars and lorries
had been defeated by
a series of steep hills.
Travelling tonight from east to west
is absolutely horrendous.
If I put the window down,
then hopefully you can see
that it is driving snow.
I don't know.
We've probably got six,
seven inches here.
With trapped vehicles blocking half
the roadway snowploughs struggled
to clear the drifts.
And still the snow fell,
driving into the faces
of those awaiting rescue.
Trying to get to an old peoples home
to try to get the heating on.
And I've been stuck out here
since three o'clock this afternoon.
Ahead the welcoming light
of the village garage,
and a night manager doing
all she could to lend a hand.
We don't usually get snow down
here, not like this.
Do you think you're
going to get out of here?
Yeah, of course we will.
There's worse trouble
at sea, granny would say.
After six hours the traffic crawled
onwards, but the next jam
was barely two miles away.
We weren't told what had caused it,
and as the night sky brightened
patience was wearing thin.
I want to ask you what you think
about the response of the emergency
services overnight here.
It's obviously not good enough.
We've got no idea what's
actually going on.
Wiltshire Police, who declared
a major incident this afternoon,
said their officers had been
at full stretch.
By then, 16 hours after we had
joined the queues, most
of the A303 had been reopened.
Tonight, as snow settles again,
drivers may well be thinking
a journey that could end
in an unwelcome adventure.
Robert Hall, BBC News, Wiltshire.
The extreme weather has affected
emergency teams too,
with South Western Ambulance service
telling people not to call
unless there is a threat to life.
Across the UK, many doctors,
nurses and support staff have walked
through snow and ice in an attempt
to ease the pressure on services.
From the Royal Devon and Exeter
Hospital, Jon Kay reports.
This is the road to Exeter's main
hospital, serving nearly
half a million people.
How are you getting on?
In A&E eight-year-old Anna has
come off her sledge.
Have you got a headache now?
Are you hungry at all?
And she might need a scan.
Her doctor is one of many who have
struggled into work.
She should be fine.
OK, great, thank you.
How did you get in?
I cycled on a mountain bike,
that's about five miles,
there was a lot of pushing,
just trying to get a bit
of traction in that snow.
Junior Doctor Chris is helping
Debbie who has slipped on the ice.
Wait until you hear
about his journey to work.
I walked about ten miles
from Exmouth into hospital.
And then you're going to have
to walk ten miles back?
Just like last night.
Did it cross your mind to call
in and say I can't make it today,
I'm going to have a snow day?
40 staff slept in the hospital
overnight after a critical
incident was declared here.
Phil also stayed over.
He couldn't move his iced up car
after visiting his wife
on the surgical ward.
More than 100 relatives
were given a place to sleep.
It's been absolutely fantastic.
I can't thank the people enough.
Could not have wished
for a better stay.
You make it sound like a hotel!
Well, it is.
No traffic jams in this city today,
but emergency crews have struggled
to reach casualties.
South Western Ambulance
say only call 999 if it
were life threatening.
Among the walking wounded,
plenty of breaks, sprains, and cuts,
most of them weather-related.
Pete fell in the snow.
It could have been much worse.
There are other people
in here who had a lot more
incidents than I have.
After a tough winter,
and an exhausting 48 hours,
there are more weather
challenges to come.
You are local, aren't you?
The hospital's chief nurse now has
to fight extra staff
for the next few days.
-- has to find extra staff.
We are calling out now
for registered nurses in particular.
If they are able to get
here, could they come?
Particularly this weekend so we can
get through the weekend.
Back in casualty,
Anna's making progress
after her sledging accident.
Her dad is a local farmer
and tonight he will be clearing
roads with his tractor,
so the hospital can keep running.
John Kay, BBC News, Exeter.
In Scotland, the worst
of the weather may be over.
But days of appalling
conditions is having an impact
on local communities.
Our Scotland correspondent Lorna
Gordon reports from Auchterarder.
The rolling hills of Renfrewshire,
picture postcard pretty but the
conditions making it increasingly
challenging for the people who live
and work here. The best way to reach
this farm, by foot. The herd here
are hundreds strong. They are doing
their best to get milk out but they
have had just one tanker in and they
do not expect another.
snowdrift coming down the road
yourself. It is above my shoulders.
A lorry cannot get in.
We can't get
the milk vans out, the milk tankers
in, we cannot get feed stuff in. You
don't know where to turn. Because
the tanker had such an issue getting
in this morning he will not come in
These cows produce 2000
litres of milk every day. This farm
is not alone in facing challenge is
getting its milk to the shops. It is
thought a significant number of
farmers here in Scotland are now
having to dispose of their milk. In
local shops, some essentials are in
I came with my studs
on all the way down the road to get
milk, and there was no milk. No milk
We've come back and there
is none anywhere. Apparently there
is not much left anywhere, so we did
the right thing.
The snow on roads
has caused problems in many places
but the hope is that once it melts,
stock can reach the shops once more.
This farm has gone to enormous
efforts, delivering extra milk by
hand, to keep their business afloat
and there and also live. Lorna
Gordon, BBC News.
The latest on the travel
disruption in a moment.
Our transport correspondent
Victoria Fritz is in Waterloo.
But first let's cross to our Wales
correspondent Sian Lloyd
in the Vale of Glamorgan.
Is that a car next to you?
indeed. There have been huge
problems with snowdrifts here in the
Vale of Glamorgan. If I scrape that
off, that is a car. Earlier today,
three people had to be dug out of a
similar vehicle. They had been
stranded for 12 hours and an SOS was
put out locally. We have towed out a
vehicle recently. This road is
completely blocked, and it is one
that people in the county use
particularly a lot. There was 51
centimetres of snow in this county
last night, the highest recorded
anywhere in the UK. We are not
expecting so much tonight, but there
is a warning for ice here. The roads
across Wales are absolutely
treacherous and many have been
closed. A lot of travel companies
have cancelled their operations. And
there is more sleep and snow to come
later, so more disruption ahead.
Victoria, you are inside Waterloo
station. What is the latest?
still very cold in the station as
well. When it comes to the trains,
26 out of 27 train companies are
operating severely disrupted lines,
including those that go in and out
of London Waterloo, Europe's busiest
station. Lots of train companies
have been saying to people, do not
travel unless it is absolutely
essential. South-eastern Trains,
which operates out of Waterloo East
is saying do not travel. Ice on the
conductor rails means it cannot
connect to the power for the trains.
For south-western services, leaving
behind me, they are trying to wind
up services by 8pm. The station will
close after the last service, which
is 2145. When it comes to flights,
this is the worst day for flight
cancellations all week. Over 1200
flights cancelled across the UK and
Ireland. Heathrow, the majority of
them. We know that Birmingham has
temporarily suspended flights and
the runway at London's city is
currently closed, although lots of
UK airports remain open. That is a
severely disrupted service right
across the airport and train
And there'll be all
the latest on the impact
of the weather where you live
on BBC One straight
after this programme.
Our other main story tonight.
Theresa May has outlined her vision
of Britain's future relationship
with the European Union.
She repeated the UK would not be
part of the EU's single
market or customs union -
and said both sides would have
to accept 'hard facts' and that no
one will get everything
Our Political Editor Laura
Kuenssberg was watching the speech.
Roll up, roll up. A hot ticket for a
certain kind of audience. Ministers
and diplomats are rising for a
Can unite the party?
would affect us all. And it matters
to her survival, too. With
controversy never far away. The
first message, no more promises
after Brexit, we can have it all, to
trade just as we do now or be
completely free from the European
I want to be straight with
people, because the reality is that
we all need to face up to some hard
facts. We are leaving the single
market. But it's going to be
different. Accessed each other's
markets will be less than it is now,
so we need to strike a new balance,
but we will not accept the rights of
Canada and the obligations of
Norway. -- access to each others'.
Even after we have left the
jurisdiction of the European Court
of Justice, EU law and the decisions
of the ECJ will continue to affect
Out of the single market and the
customs union, she confirmed, yet no
new answer to one of the hardest
We have been clear all along
that we don't want to go back to a
hard border in Ireland. We've ruled
out any physical infrastructure of a
border or any related checks and
controls. But it's not good enough
to say we won't introduce a hard
order if the EU forces Ireland to do
it, that is down to them. -- hard
border. We chose to leave and we
have a responsibility to find a
solution. We cannot do it alone. It
is for all of us to work together.
More details on how she wants much
of the economy to stay closer to the
EU, but the Prime Minister wants the
right to pick and choose when and
The commission has suggested
that the only option available to
the UK is an off-the-shelf model. We
both need to face the fact that this
is a negotiation and neither of us
can have exactly what we want. Fact
is, every free trade agreement has
varying market access depending on
the respective interest of the
countries involved. If this is
cherry picking, then every trade
arrangement is cherry picking.
in answer to claims her plans are
too vague and unreal.
My message to
our friends in Europe is clear. We
know what we want. We understand
your principles. We have a shared
interest in getting this right. So
let's get on with it. Thank you.
Do you accept now that we cannot
have it all as we leave? Secondly,
you have outlined today you want to
pick and mix even though the EU is
repeatedly rejecting that approach.
What is it do you think you can say
to your EU leaders that will
actually change their minds?
confident as we sit down together we
will be able to show that mutual
interest, that mutual benefit, from
the proposals I have put forward.
After weeks of internal Tory
wrangling the Prime Minister has
made gathered Tory grandees
This is about finding a
way through that will work for
Why have you spent so
long saying we could have
everything? You said we could have
the same benefits?
I said that is
the aspiration. What were aiming at
here, and what the PM said clearly,
is that we want to have a tariff
free arrangement. We want to have
mutual recognition. All those
things, not just in our interest,
they are in Europe's interest and
that is why we will get them.
happens the European Union says no?
I think the invitation that was made
to the speech of the PM was to apply
a cool hand to some very important,
mutual problems, but also
An outbreak of Tory
unity? The Foreign Secretary was
grounded by snow but gave a thumbs
up and Brexiteers and Remainers
followed suit, for now. Others, like
the Bank of England governor, less
keen to give their verdict. The
yet more confusion on the road to
complications. What we need is a set
of objections which means we can --
objectives which means we can
protect jobs in this country.
want more detail and realism. That
could make a difference to the next
steps of this lengthy tangle. But
there are plenty of audiences making
demands of Theresa May, you will
still demand yet more. -- who will.
We'll speak to Laura in a moment -
first our Europe Editor Katya Adler
is in Brussels.
How did the speech go down there?
The reaction in Brussels has been
muted and wary. The chief Brexit
negotiator, Michel Barnier, went on
Twitter to thank the PM on her
clarity and to say that confirmation
that the UK would be leaving the
single market and the customs union
and it was heading for a free trade
agreement with the EU. Privately EU
diplomats appraise the Prime
Minister's more realistic tone, they
said, admitting both sides cannot
have exactly what they want but they
said they could not find much new in
her speech and they lamented the
absence of a workable solution, they
said, to the Irish problem. Manfred
Webber, very close to Angela Merkel
and the leader here at the European
Parliament, said the UK was still
burying its head in the sand.
Tonight we have working groups from
all of the 27 EU member states who
are poring over the detail of the
Prime Minister's speech. One
diplomat said he hoped he would find
coded messages to the EU in Theresa
May's speech that would then become
much clearer once they sit down
again at the negotiating table. He
said something similar happened with
the last Brexit speech back in
Laura - was there enough detail
in the speech and was it enough
to keep the different factions
within the Tory party happy?
For today, yes. Probably for this
week, yes. The medium and long-term,
nothing is guaranteed the
Conservatives staying on the same
page over Europe. Warning the party
on public that compromises lie ahead
isn't the same as them swallowing
those compromises when it actually
comes to them being agreed. Most
importantly today, for number ten,
was the message to the EU that while
Theresa May has no intention of
being a pushover she does now
recognise very publicly that the UK
cannot get everything its own way.
That there will have to be
compromises. There will have to be
sacrifices. In terms of what the
British Government towards the
message to be, that was absolutely
crucial. They believe that is what
the European Union has really been
after in the last few months. They
hope that by the end of this month
there will be a test that proves
positive at the crucial European
summit. They hoped at that point all
parties will be able to agree the
transition, the implementation
phase, but, you know, in terms of
keeping the EU and her party onside
at home it is an almost impossible
task for Theresa May. Today's speech
has been warmly welcomed, sort of,
by those in her party, but it
doesn't mean the longer term
contradictions or arguments have
Thank you. A 21-year-old
man who tried to kill a woman
because she was wearing a hijab has
been found guilty of attempted
murder. He later told his half
brother that he had done it for
Britain. He was also convicted of
using his car to seriously injured a
12-year-old Muslim schoolgirl and
will be sentenced later this month.
Two Moorman had been arrested in
connection to the exclusion in
Leicester which five people dead on
Sunday. Both are from East Anglia.
There are now five in custody. The
police have appealed for witnesses
to come forward to explain how the
Let's return to our main story -
and the snow that's brought chaos
to much of the UK this week.
Amid the misery for many -
stuck in cars, on trains,
struggling into work -
there've also been stories of great
heroism and of those who've gone out
of their way to come
to the aid of others.
Sarah Campbell reports.
An out-of-control car ends up on the
wrong side of this Edinburgh Road.
An out-of-control car ends up on the
wrong side of this Edinburgh Road. A
collision seems inevitable. But it
did not happen is thanks to the
quick reactions of the bus driver.
To me it looks worse on the video
then I felt at the time. I did get a
fright but I managed to avoid it,
luckily, and then I just got on with
my job after that and I totally
forgot all about it until I got home
and my husband asked me if I had
seen this video. He did not know it
was me who was driving.
Fife, despite the village being all
but cut off midwives made to the
month to help with the delivery and
local farmers cleared the roads to
get both mum and baby safe to the
hospital. Across the UK people have
refused to let the weather get in
their way. This is a paramedic, part
of a cycle response team for the
London Ambulance Service. And
stranded drivers on the K one were
treated to cream cakes and muffins
handed out by a fellow motorist who
happened to be a delivery driver for
a bakery. -- on the A1. This
businessman bought 12 hotel rooms
and offered them to the homeless.
just thought for the sake of 20 quid
we would get a few people off the
Lewis, a patient at Great
Ormond Street Hospital tweeted his
heartfelt thanks to the stars who
made him his very own snowman. -- do
the staff. And stuck in Skegness
without an event to go to, the BBC's
concert Orchestra offered their
services as a wedding gift to fellow
hotel guests on their big day.
they started it took your breath
freezing temperatures, the warmth of
human kindness has resonated. Sarah
Campbell, BBC News. Some great
stories. The man of the hour is
here. Tell us all about the weather.
What is to come?
here. Tell us all about the weather.
What is to come?
More of the same. Our weather
watchers are still out there,
capturing the scenes right across
the length and breadth of the
British Isles. We are not out of the
woods yet. Everything has been
focused on the progress north of
this band of continuous snow,
gradually working its way as we
speak across the southern half of
the British Isles. Further north,
not much change, plenty wintry
showers on that biting easterly
wind. Whilst this band of what is
around, one to five centimetres
quite widely on the ground, but over
to the west it could be up to 15
centimetres on top of what is
already lying around, and being
blown around by a noticeable wind.
This band of weather will get up
into the North Midlands,
Lincolnshire, and perhaps across the
Humber. We have the first signs of
somewhat mild hair trying to get
into the southern counties of
England and Wales. -- mild air. The
South has milder conditions coming,
and still the risk of some snow.
Watch out in the south. Having had a
cold night we bring in some rain,
perhaps to some areas, so that could
lead to a widespread problem with
ice, poor visibility, fog. Further
north, not much change on Saturday,
still that biting south-easterly
wind, and the prospect of more snow
showers. The weather front gradually
moves into the northern part of
Britain through Sunday. And across
the South, by this stage, the
problem of some ice in the early
part of the day as temperatures just
begin to pick up. There will be
problems with fog, as well. In the
north, you were pretty much stuck
with what you have, and for the rest
of the weekend.