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Britain's most decorated Olympian,
Sir Bradley Wiggins,
tells the BBC he's not a cheat
after MPs accuse him
of crossing an ethical line.
Sir Bradley strongly rejects
a report by MPs which accuses him
of using asthma drugs to enhance
performance and says life has
become a living hell.
This whole thing has just been,
you know, a complete mess
of innuendo and rumour and nothing
has been substantiated
and it is just...
I am having to deal
with the fallout of that now.
It's the first interview Sir Bradley
has given since these allegations -
we'll have more in a moment.
Also on the programme tonight.
deployed in Salisbury
after a former Russian spy -
exposed to an unknown substance -
is left critically ill.
The Prime Minister promises
to rewrite the rules on planning
as she urges developers
to up their game and build
more homes in England.
First the big freeze -
now the big thaw.
Lorry loads of bottled water
as burst pipes leave thousands
without running water.
But for others - helicopters
are the only way to get supplies in.
Some villages in Cumbria have been
cut off by snow for five days.
And Gary Oldman wins his first Oscar
for best actor in Darkest Hour
and thanks his 99-year-old mother.
I say, to my mother,
thank you for your love and support.
Put the kettle on.
I'm bringing Oscar home.
And coming up on Sportsday on BBC
News, Manchester City manager,
Pep Guardiola, accepts his FA charge
for wearing a yellow ribbon
in support of imprisoned
politicians in Catalonia.
Good evening and welcome
to the news at six.
Britain's most decorated Olympican,
Sir Bradley Wiggins has told the BBC
that he did not cheat
and that his life has been made
a living hell after he was accused
of using medical treatments
to enhance his performance.
In a damning report into doping
in sport, MPs say the champion
cyclist and his former employer
Team Sky crossed an ethical line -
though they did not break any rules
- by using powerful asthma drugs.
We'll hear from Sir Bradley
himself in a moment -
in his only interview
since the report was published -
but first here's Richard Conway.
He is a sporting icon, a Tour de
France winner and Britain's most
decorated Olympian but a damning
report has accused Sir Bradley
Wiggins of unethical behaviour over
his use of drugs that MPs say were
taken to boost performance and not
just for medical need.
As we make
clear, this is not a breach of the
rolls, it is a question about an
ethical line. Looking up the
evidence other people have taken,
the use of this medication which is
a matter of public record that he
took this medication,
can be used to enhance performance
and they believe that is why it is
MPs say that Bradley
Wiggins and Team Sky used an
anti-inflammatory steroid that can
have legitimate medical use but it
can also help cyclists shed weight
while retaining pedal power. The
report also brings into question the
credibility of the team's founder,
who launched Team Sky with an
ambition to be seen as whiter than
white, but is now embroiled in the
sport's grey areas.
The buck stops
with Dave Brailsford. It is pretty
damning. I do not see how they can
remain in this position with all
that is going on.
and Team Sky denied using drugs for
competitive advantage, as does
Bradley Wiggins who said today, I
find it so sad that accusations can
be made, where people can be accused
of things they have never done,
which are then regarded as facts.
The details in this report came
about after MPs heard evidence at
Westminster, but the shock waves
have spread far and wide into the
world of cycling and so too, into
athletics. There was criticism for
UK athletics over bad record-keeping
regarding an injection of a
substance given to Mo Farah, but MPs
went further with Lord Coe, the
President of the athletics governing
body saying he provided misleading
answers over when he first knew
about corruption and doping
allegations regarding Russian
I was certainly not aware
of the specific allegations that
have been made around the corruption
of anti-doping processors.
has denied there was any discrepancy
between his evidence and what e-mail
saying he knew, or while the
committee has pointed to sweeping
reforms of the governance of the
sport. Elite sport has always been
judged by the finest of margins. It
seems its ethical margins are even
smaller. Richard Conway, BBC News.
This afternoon Sir Bradley spoke
to the BBC in his first interview
since the report was published.
He told our sports editor Dan Roan
that the allegations have
made his life a living hell.
The report by the Select Committee
says that you crossed the ethical
line, is that fair?
Did you? Know,
we did not. Not at any time during
my career could be crossed the
ethical line. As I said before, I
had a medical condition, that I went
to a doctor. This has been treated
since back in 2003 when I was
diagnosed with it, through the
doctors at British cycling at that
time. This was the treatment that I
had been prescribed for that
particular occasion, which was seven
years ago now. Under specialist
supervision as well. And in place of
the roles of that time, you were
allowed to apply for use of this
medication. This was not a
medication that was abused in order
to gain an advantage.
That is not
what your former coach said. He said
that your use of that drug was,
That hurts me,
actually. Shane knows around that
time, exactly what and why I was
taking her medication.
other time did you use the drug
other than the times we know about?
The report says, they suggest you
may have taken it nine times in four
There is, I do not know where
that has come from. I really would
like to know. This is an anonymous
source, an anonymous person.
not mean it is wrong. Your say Mrs a
I refute that 100%. Yes. This
is malicious. This is a direct...
This is someone trying to smear me.
Sitting here now, you can
categorically say that you did not
100%. Never throughout my
career. No. I worked and have the
passion I had for this board for 15
or 20 years. Jerseys, I am doing a
book, I have been writing a book,
about my love of the sport. To do
that to the sport... I mean, it is
just absurd. These allegations, it
is the worst thing to be accused of,
I said that before. It is also the
hardest thing to prove you have not
done. We are not dealing in the
legal system. I would have more
rights if I had murdered someone in
this process. I have been gagged for
last 18 months because there was a
legal investigation going on and I
could not say anything. We were
still waiting on this report. These
allegations had never been put to me
until now. I have only found out
today what I am being accused.
whole jiffy bag thing was a
What was in it? God knows!
Your guess is as good as mine. That
package, as we have been told in the
houses of Parliament, contain the
drug. I had drugs that might -- I
have the drug that night. If they
were short of it and they needed
more, I was on at the whole week. I
am tried to do other things with my
life and the effect it has had, the
widespread effect it has had on the
family, it is horrific and I do not
know how I will pick up the pieces
with the kids and stuff and I am
left to do that as well as try and
salvage my reputation from this. I
would not wish it upon anyone.
Bradley Wiggins there.
An aid convoy has delivered
supplies to people in
Syria's eastern Ghouta -
for the first time since a major
bombardment by pro-government forces
began two weeks ago.
The United Nations says it hopes
the 46 lorries will provide food
to around 27,000 people.
Shelling and artillery fire have
continued in the region,
despite a UN backed ceasefire.
Our Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen
was there as the convoy set off
into eastern Ghouta -
heading for the town of Douma -
and sent this report.
46 lorries moved through some
of the most dangerous territory
around Damascus to get
into eastern Ghouta.
The Syrians refused to let them take
in some surgical and trauma kits,
but they carried food and medical
supplies for 27,500 people.
It was a start.
We need to be sending convoys
at least three times a week
to a besieged area such as eastern
Ghouta, where there are serious
shortages of medical equipment,
medical supplies, food and
nutrition for nearly 400,000 people
trapped on the inside.
The lorries moved through the final
Syrian army checkpoint
at the edge of eastern Ghouta.
The fact this convoy has moved
shows Assad's confidence.
Syrian armed forces are pressing
into eastern Ghouta
that way, of course,
with their Russian allies.
And if they win, and at the moment
that's the way it appears to be,
President Assad will have scored
a significant victory,
because, for the first time
since the war started,
he will have secured his capital.
The enclave has been controlled
by Islamist militias since 2012.
Some militias are negotiating,
and there is talk of a deal,
but not yet.
The UN's call for a ceasefire
has been ignored.
Syria's president says the west is
lying about the humanitarian crisis.
The UN Secretary-General calls
eastern Ghouta "hell on earth".
Casualties go to a network
of underground clinics.
A doctor working in one of them
didn't think the convoy
would change anything.
What can a small convoy help us?
What can it benefit us?
It's including some food
and some limited materials.
It doesn't have enough for a few
people for a few days.
It's a densely populated area
where there's no escape
from the grown-ups' war.
Jeremy Bowen, BBC News, Damascus.
The BBC understands...
A former Russian spy
is in a critical condition
in hospital in Wiltshire,
along with a woman in her 30s,
after they were both taken ill
at a shopping centre in Salisbury.
Police say they'd both been exposed
to an unknown substance.
A major incident was declared
and decontamination teams
were called in to the local
hospital, and part of the city.
Our Home Affairs correspondent
Tom Symonds reports from Salisbury.
Last night, what happened here in
the centre of Salisbury resulted in
teams wearing full protective suits,
decontaminating the streets, where
several areas remain cordoned off.
Police, Fire Services and public
health authorities have declared a
major incident. The first signs that
something was wrong came yesterday
afternoon when a man and a woman
appeared severely unwell in the
Maltings area of central Salisbury.
The emergency services were called
and the pair were taken to halt...
To hospital. It was a couples, an
older guy and a younger girl. She
was leaning on him, it looked like
she had passed out of maybe. He was
doing some strange hand movements,
looking up to the sky.
The man and
woman are being treated at Salisbury
District Hospital where they are in
a critical condition. She is thought
to be in her 30s. The BBC has been
told that he is Sergei Skirpal.
Russian. 66 years old. In 2006 he
was convicted of high treason in
Russia. The allegation was that he
was a British buy. In 2010, he was
pardoned by the Russian authorities
and came to this country in return
for the release of ten spies in the
US -- a British spy. The hospital
has had to reduce operations while
dealing with what appears to be a
suspected poisoning. Police arrived
at Sergei Skirpal's house in
Salisbury yesterday afternoon.
Wiltshire Police said they were
investigating whether a crime had
been committed. I think it is fair
to say that there are more
unanswered questions than there are
facts this evening. It is a very
strange situation, a man in his 60s
and a woman in her 30s found
unconscious, on a bench in the
centre of Salisbury in a very busy
shopping area, with no visible signs
of injury. The police have said very
little about this, they have said
that they do not recognise the
reports that have been put out
tonight around various media outlets
that this was to do with the drug
fentanyl, but they also say they
continue to investigate, really,
initially, to determine whether a
crime has been committed. As far as
we know at this stage, the
counter-terrorism officers that
police are not involved. Thank you.
Our top story this evening.
Britain's most decorated Olympian,
Sir Bradley Wiggins,
has told the BBC he's not a cheat
after Mps accuse him
of crossing an ethical line.
And I am in Hollywood, looking back
on what was a pretty good night for
British Rome at the Oscars. Coming
up on Sportsday on BBC News, we're
here from England rugby union head
coach Eddie Jones for the first time
since that train journey to forget
when he claims he was physically and
Last week, it was the big
freeze, with most of
the UK blanketed in snow.
This week, for most,
people it's the big thaw.
But the rapid rise in temperatures
has left thousands of people
in England and Wales
without running water,
because of burst pipes.
Some, though, are still snowed in -
like villages in Cumbria,
which could only be reached
today by helicopter.
We'll hear from our correspondent
Danny Savage, who's
in Cumbria, shortly -
but first here's Emma Simpson
on the water shortage.
Grab it while you can. Emergency
water supplies have just arrived on
the streets of south London. They
are going fast in this part of North
Wales, too, and they've got the
bottles lined up near Exeter. It is
the fallout from the big freeze, as
temperatures, and tempers, rise.
7:30am they said that the water was
fixed. Nothing was fixed.
this is absolutely appalling, it is
shocking that there are such poor
communication, well, zero
Leaks, lots of them.
Frozen pipes bursting in
unprecedented numbers in many parts
of the UK over the last few days.
Darren from Carmarthenshire hasn't
had water since Thursday.
been getting rainwater from outside
and from my neighbour, so it is not
impossible but I would say the worst
thing is not being able to keep the
washing up in the kitchen clean, and
also keep myself clean, having a
shower everyday. Just a very basic
wash in a basin, you know, with cold
This mum's managed to buy in
supplies, for now. She's at home,
because her daughter's school closed
through lack of water too.
definitely don't expect it to happen
in London, you assume it will be
fine and there will be no issues but
clearly there are.
What has been the
most tricky thing so far?
toilet, not being able to flush the
toilet, and washing your hands,
because I have a two-year-old, so
nappy changes and things like that.
Some of the leaks may be small but
for water companies they are really
Since the fall over the
weekend, though we were expecting a
rise in leaks and bursts, the
reaction has been unprecedented and
we have seen a huge increase, about
500 million litres of extra Walker
has been pumped into the system.
Feeling the pressure in the
Midlands. Jaguar Land Rover has
stopped production at this plant,
and so too has Cadbury, to help
seven Trent water keep their taps
running for households and
vulnerable customers. Emma Simpson,
BBC News for
stop here in Cumbria, the worst of
the stone stoploss note but the
problem keeps going on and on. This
is a minor road up in the hills
behind Kirby Stephen. There are lots
of houses still cut off. It is not
just a minor roads, it is the a
roads as well, so today here in this
county they took some pretty extreme
measures to get to some of cut off
Getting to the cut-off communities
of the Pennines can only be done
on foot or quad bike.
The Farmy Army are
still doing their bit.
At the end of this high lane
is a handful of properties
At the end of this high lane
is a handful of properties,
which have been cut off days.
The snow was up to that of the door
here with the window.
We had snow all over the front
windows, just stuck.
It's like living in an igloo.
Jill and her husband have been
struggling in deep snow.
Their home was engulfed,
and when we got to them,
they were running low on supplies.
So this RAF Chinook over the home
was a welcome sight.
It has been doing the rounds
in Cumbria today, going
from isolated hamlets to cut off
farms offering help.
They'd run out of heating oil here,
so the logs delivered
by the Marines were very welcome.
What is people's reaction
when you drop in?
I think they are quite
surprised but I think
they are pleased to see us.
We are here to assure them
that help is on its way.
Obviously we are working
with the police and the Mountain
Rescue, and they are
doing their bit as well.
A few minutes later, they were away
to their next cut-off location.
Inside, Mick was already
putting the logs to use,
but he still can't get out.
I'm waiting for an operation,
and could be called at any day,
and the road is still blocked.
Elsewhere, the sudden
temperature drop killed
millions of sea creatures.
In East Yorkshire, they have been
rescuing lobsters and reviving them
in saltwater at Fish markets.
I think the industry will be fine,
but from a natural perspective
it is quite shocking what mother
nature can do.
The stormy weather also wrecked
roads in South Devon.
Back in the hills of northern
England, it is more of a community
effort to keep going.
It is the local farmers
and contractors who have got stuck
in and got the roads clear
for everybody to manage
to get stuff back in.
People beyond the drifts hope to be
reached by road rather than air over
the next couple of days.
Danny Savage, BBC News, Cumbria.
The Prime Minister is urging
developers to up their game
and build more homes in England.
Theresa May said for young people
owning a property is now largely
unaffordable without "the bank
of mum and dad".
She said changes to planning rules -
which would penalise developers
who delay building on their land -
should help to deal
with the shortage of properties.
But Labour described
the measures as 'feeble.'
Here's our Home Editor Mark Easton.
The Prime Minister donned the Hi-Vis
determined to show she's
tackling what she describes
as a housing crisis,
but Theresa May's not the first
senior Tory to get her shoes
muddy on a building site.
Remember him, and him, and him?
Today, the PM had the big builders
and developers in her sights,
blaming some of them
for putting profit before
their patriotic duty
restore the dream of home ownership.
The bonuses paid to the heads
of some of our biggest developers
are based not on the number of homes
they build, but on
their profit margins.
their profits or share price.
expect developers to do their Judy
Among possible planning reforms
is the idea that developers
with a reputation for not building
homes fast now be denied planning
permission by councils.
Not only do house-builders make
returns to their shareholders,
we are also cross-subsidising almost
half of the affordable
housing in this
country every single
year, so we are doing
the job of government.
For Conservatives, home
ownership is central
to their vision for housing.
The Prime Minister today said
she met young voters at thee last
election angry to get on the ladder.
To even think about affording
something like that
because the price is so high anyway
so I don't know how I would get
the deposit together
in order to buy one,
even if it was available.
But Mrs May also wants to keep
the Conservative core vote on side.
Hello, do you know
about Fair Oaks...?
People like these residents
in trueblue Surrey,
who are supported by their MP,
Environment Secretary Michael Gove,
in their opposition
to a new garden village.
Planning reform worries
I think this will be a backward
step, and we are really worried
that these sort of developments,
which are really damaging
to the environment and the community
as a whole, will be pushed forward
against the people's wishes.
Some Conservatives want the Treasury
to relax borrowing rules so councils
and housing associations can build
many more genuinely
Others see the priority
as protecting England's
precious green landscape.
It is a surprise perhaps
the Prime Minister didn't think it
wise to wear a hard hat today.
Mark Easton, BBC News.
The British actor Gary Oldman
is celebrating after
winning his first Oscar.
He picked up the award
for his portrayl of Sir Winston
Churchill in Darkest Hour.
The British short film -
The Silent Child -
starring six-year-old Maisie Sly
from Swindon who's profoundly deaf -
also won an Oscar.
But the night belonged
to The Shape of Water,
which won four Oscars,
including best film.
Our Arts Editor Will
Gompertz was there.
Denied began with host Jimmy Kimmel
using his opening monologue to round
up some of the elephants in the
Black panther and wonder woman
come I remember a time when the
major studios didn't believe a
minority or a woman could open a
superhero movie. The reason I
remember that time is because it was
March of last year.
That joke set the agenda
for the evening.
In the year of the 90th
Academy Awards, it was Time's Up
for a monocultural,
male-dominated movie business.
It's a new day in Hollywood...
..said Jennifer Lawrence,
before announcing that the winner
of actress in a leading role was...
Frances McDormand - Three Billboards
Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
So I'm hyperventilating
a little bit.
If I fall over, pick me up,
'cos I've got some things to say.
If I may be so honoured to have
all the female nominees in every
category stand with me
in this room tonight.
Meryl, if you do it,
everybody else will.
Look around, everybody.
Look around, ladies and gentlemen,
because we all have stories to tell
and projects we need to finance.
The call for equality and tolerance
was made time and again,
and was perhaps best captured
by Guillermo del Toro,
whose film The Shape Of Water,
a story of misfits and outcasts,
won Best Picture,
and he, Best Director.
I am an immigrant
like many, many of you.
The greatest thing our art does
and our industry does is to erase
the lines in the sand.
We should continue doing that,
when the world tells us
to make them deeper.
Roger A Deakins, Blade Runner...
There were long-awaited wins
for two British veterans.
After 13 failed attempts,
the cinematographer Roger Deakins
finally converted a nomination
into a golden statue for his work
on Blade Runner 2049.
And for his portrayal
of Winston Churchill
in The Darkest Hour,
Gary Oldman won his first Oscar.
I say to my mother, thank
you for your love and support.
Put the kettle on.
I'm bringing Oscar home.
The Silent Child, a British film
about a deaf four-year-old
played by Maisie Sly,
won the short film category.
I made a promise to our six-year-old
lead actress that I'd sign this
speech, but my hands are shaking
a little bit, so I apologise.
Deafness is a silent disability.
You can't see it and it's
so I want to say the biggest
of thank-yous to the
Academy for allowing us
to put this in front
of a mainstream audience.
Such a great story, isn't it, well
done. Some of the reaction in
Hollywood is that the Oscars were a
bit boring, there were no surprises,
but that really underplays what was
last night, which I think is a
seismic change, underlined by what
Jennifer Lawrence said, it is a new
day in Hollywood. I think it will be
much more multicultural, it will be
across agendas. We had our first
transgender presenter last night. I
think we are looking at a major
moment in history of the Oscars on
this 90th Academy Awards.
Time for a look at the weather...
Here's Matt Taylor.
A little bit quiet on the weather
front this week?
A little bit quiet on the weather
front this week? Thankfully, yes,
not quite out of the woods as far as
winter is concerned, Stolberg
assigned across Scotland, snow on
the ground, falling from the clouds
as well -- still signs of winter
across Scotland. For other parts of
the country it feels like we have
rolled out the red carpet for
spring. Nottingham, it has changed a
bit since that picture was taken.
Low pressure is with us.
Low pressure is with us. Further
south, outbreaks of rain rather than
snow. Wet evening across Wales,
Midlands and into northern England
eventually. Overnight, snow over the
higher grounds. South East Anglia
not seen too much rain but
continuing to seek snow across the
Southern Grampians, rain around the
coast, temperatures not 1 million
miles away from freezing. A cool
start to tomorrow morning, touch of
frost here and there, clear skies,
some fog as well. Rain in early
northern England, the rest of Wales,
only a few drops of showers. Staying
cloudy across Scotland, rain and
hills now pushing its way
northwards. We could see a further
six inches of snow in parts of the
Grampians and the Highlands by the
end of the day, but temperatures to
the south-east are 12 or 13 degrees
has topped misses take you into
Tuesday night, tomorrow night into
Wednesday, some break around, still
snowing across northern Scotland, it
spreads its way across Orkney and
Shetland. For England and Wales, a
few more showers compared with
tomorrow, but fairly well scattered.
Most places will be dry after a
great start, sunny spells around,
although temper just down a little
bit on how we started the week, but
another cool start Thursday morning,
early mist and fog clears. Chance of
someone pushing through the Channel
Islands, snow in the Highlands and
Hebrides, in between one or two
showers, many places will be dry.
That's all from the BBC News at Six
- so it's goodbye from me -