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Police say the former Russian spy

who collapsed in Salisbury

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was poisoned by a nerve agent -

a police officer who was first

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on the scene is also seriously ill.

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Sergei Skripal -

seen here last week -

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and his daughter were specifically

targeted say detectives.

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He and his daughter remain

critically ill in hospital.

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This is been treated as a a major

incident involving attempted murder

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by administration of a nerve agent.

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by administration of a nerve agent.

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As police widened the cordon

in Salisbury - detectives urged

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anyone in the area on Sunday to come

forward to help with their inquiry.

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The revelations threaten to damage

further Britain's strained

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relations with Moscow.

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Also on the programme tonight.

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An 18-year-old Iraqi asylum seeker

goes on trial accused

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of planting a bomb on the tube

at London's Parsons Green.

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Two lorry drivers are facing jail

tonight after 8 people died

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in a motorway pile up on the M1

last summer.

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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince arrives

in Downing Street for talks

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with Theresa May as she expresses

deep concerns about

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the crisis in Yemen.

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And Scott Meenagh gets ready

for the Winter Paralympics on Friday

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with Britain hoping for a record

medal haul.

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Coming up on Sportsday on BBC News

can Starman Harry Kane help Spurs

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make it into the Champions League

last eight, as they host Juventus at

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Wembley?

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Good evening and welcome

to the BBC News at Six.

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The Home Secretary Amber Rudd has

revealed today that more is known

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about the substance used

in the suspected poisoning of a

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former Russian Spy and his daughter.

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Sergei and Yulia Skripal were found

unconscious in Salisbury on Sunday

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afternoon and remain critically ill.

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Detectives say they believe they

were targeted as they are treating

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the incident at attempted murder.

The police officer who was first on

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the scene on Sunday afternoon is in

a serious condition in hospital. The

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Government's chiefed medical officer

say it posed a low risk to the

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general public and the hazard has

been contained. Let us speak to

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Daniel Sandford at Scotland Yard.

The police revealed that few moments

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ago, tell us what they said.

That is

right. Just about half an hour ago,

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Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley,

the most senior counter-terrorism

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policing officer in Britain came

down to give the latest on this

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investigation and it moved this

investigation into a new gear,

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really, because until now, there had

been a suspicion about how it was

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that these people had become so ill,

so quickly, how it was that Sergei

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Skripal and his daughter Yulia had

developed such serious symptoms and

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he of course being a former Russian

military intelligence officer

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accused by the Russians of selling

secrets to Britain. Well, Mark roly

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told us they have now identified the

cause of those very very serious

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illnesses the two people are

suffering, and it was a nerve

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agents, a nerve agent that

Government scientists have

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identified, which they are not

telling us are specifically what it

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was, for investigative reasons but

it was a nerve agent that made them

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ill and this is an attempted murder

investigation. As well as that, we

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have this police officer that

treated them very early on at the

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scene on the day also very seriously

ill in hospital.

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Theres have widened the cordon?

This

area is a popular green space,

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surrounded by water, and its popular

on Sundays, people come here

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shopping. Now the people of

Salisbury have had to put up with

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this major investigation and

tonight, the news that a nerve

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agents, a chemical designed to

target the nervous system has been

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used among them. As we all now know,

it has sparked a huge investigation.

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Sergei Skripal was a man with a

shadowy past. Relatives said he

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feared it would catch up with him

but he was using his own name,

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living a normal life, popping into a

corner shop last month for milk and

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bacon. Tonight, he and his daughter

are gravely ill and now, the police

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have revealed why. In summary, this

is being treated as a major incident

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involved attempting murder by the

administration of the a nerve agent.

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As you know, these two people remain

critically ill in hospital. Sadly,

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in addition, a police officer who

was one of the first to attend the

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scene and respond to the incident is

now also in a serious condition in

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hospital.

Counter-terrorism officers are being

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advised by public health agency,

they say there is no obvious

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outstanding risk.ment and, they are

trying to work out what the gyps

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were doing in Salisbury after

arriving on Sunday. Police are

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investigating reports that Sergei

Skripal had lunch with a woman at

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this Italian restaurant. They were

behaving strangely, she had dark

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hair, resembled his daughter Yulia

in this picture. But police have

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already seized this CCTV footage

from just before 4pm. A man and a

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blonde haired woman heading to the

area where the family were taken ill

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on a park bench. An eyewitness who

saw that has told us.

The girl was

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pretty, blonde hair, I couldn't see

her face very well because she was

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leaping on him.

Blonde hair, dark

hair, detectives will need to sort

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through a mass of eyewitness reports

and CCTV, to establish the truth.

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The Government was briefed on the

inquiry today.

We need to keep a

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cool head and make sure that we

collect all the evidence we can, and

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we need to make sure that we respond

not to rumour but to all the

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evidence that they collect. And

then, we will need to decide what

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action to take.

But life in central Salisbury is now

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dominated by the response to the

suspected poisoning.

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At lunchtime this, after a woman

appeared to have been taken ill at

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the offices next to the restaurant.

Police would not discuss why there

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was such a huge emergency response.

But with two lives in jeopardy at

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the local hospital, it is clear why

the risk has to be taken seriously.

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This is a significant moment. Nerve

agents are danger to manufacture,

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they are complex to manufacture.

This is not something that for

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instance a criminal would use, oner

even an organised crime gang would

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ewe. Nerve agents are tiply produced

by countries and states in a

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relatively small number, you can see

why this narrows the focus of the

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inquiry. Government officials are

still being cautious to not say that

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it is definitely Russia. You can see

why they don't want to get ahead of

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the fact, that he know which nerve

agent it was, that might help them

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narrow it down further but they

don't want to get ahead of what the

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facts are showing them, because when

it does come to saying who they

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think is behind it, they want to be

sure they have a significant body of

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evidence and proof, because

especially now with the police

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officer also having been affected by

this, the pressure will be on to

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take significant action, but

certainly, this increases the

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likelihood, it was a state and

Russia continues to be the most

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likely culprit. Thank you.

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An 18-year-old asylum seeker

from Iraq has gone on trial

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accused of planting a bomb

on a London Underground train

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at Parson's Green in southwest

London last September.

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The jury has been told

that the device was designed

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to cause 'maximum harm and carnage'.

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30 people were injured were the bomb

partially exploded..

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Ahmed Hassan denies attempted murder

and causing an explosion

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likely to endanger life.

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Our home affairs correspondent

June Kelly is at the Old Bailey.

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Especially now with the police

officer also having been affected by

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this, the pressure will be on to

take significant action, but

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certainly, this increases the

likelihood, it was a state and

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Russia continues to be the most

likely culprit. Thank you.

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Ahmed Hassan arrived three years

ago, on a lorry, and hen he came in,

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he told officials here, that in his

native Iraq he had been forced to

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train with Isis fighters but he was

opposed to Isis. Isis: He was living

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with foster parents here at the time

of his arrest.

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of his arrest.

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SIRENS.

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An autumn morning last year.

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And today the Old Bailey heard how

an improvised explosive

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device partially detonated

on an underground train just as it

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pulled into Parsons Green station.

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The partial explosion created

a large fireball in a carriage

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carrying around 93 passengers.

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Some were caught by the flames

and sustained significant burns.

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The teenager on trial for the attack

was brought to court to face charges

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of attempted murder and causing

an explosion likely

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to endanger life.

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18-year-old Ahmed Hassan,

an asylum seeker from Iraq,

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is pleading not guilty.

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When he arrived in the UK he told

immigration officials

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that he had been forcibly taken

by the Islamic State group

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and trained to kill by them.

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He said he had got away

from IS and was in fear of them.

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Today the court heard that

Hassan left his device

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in a bucket on the train.

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It was said to be loaded

with shrapnel to cause

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maximum harm and damage.

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Fighters

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And he had used the

volatile explosive TATP.

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The prosecutor Alison Morgan

said of the passengers,

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many ran in fear and panic.

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They were fortunate.

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Have the device fully detonated,

it is inevitable that serious injury

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and significant damage would have

been caused within the carriage.

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Those in close oximetry to the

device may well have been killed.

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Ahmed Hassan had fitted

the device with a timer.

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He got off at the station before.

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He was arrested 24 hours later.

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June Kelly, BBC News,

at the Old Bailey.

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The president of the European

Council, Donald Tusk, has told

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Theresa May that there can be no

pick and mix approach to Brexit.

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With just over a year to

go until the UK leaves the EU,

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Mr Tusk said Mrs May wanted

to "demonstrate at any price that

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Brexit could be a success",

but that was not the EU's objective.

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Meanwhile, the Chancellor Phillip

Hammond said any deal that didn't

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include Britain's service sector -

which includes banks -

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would not be a fair deal.

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Our political editor

Laura Kuenssberg reports.

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A different Mansion House. This

time, in a Luxembourg garden.

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But this strife ahead, even this the

most tranquil surroundings. The

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European Union, revealed its

response to Theresa May's plans for

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Brexit.

It will make it more complicated and

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costly than today, for all of us.

This is the essence of Brexit.

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A pick and mix approach for a

non-member state is out of the

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question.

We are not going to sacrifice these

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principles. It is simply not in our

interest.

Unfortunately and we have

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to know, there will be be no

winnerses after the Brexit. Both

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sides will be losing.

The EU has

been united with that gloomy message

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but it was only on Friday the Prime

Minister said she wanted an

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ambitious trade partnership where

the bloc but accepted compromises

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would be made. So how do the two

sides compare? The EU guidelines of

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a possible deal say there will be

negative economic consequences. And

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while the Prime Minister said all

agreements mean picking and

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choosing, the EU insists the UK

can't cherry pick the bits of the EU

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it likes. But the unions' accepted

the goal of a trade deal where there

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are no tariff, but controversially,

only if the EU keeps access to fish

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British waters. Crucially there is

space to budge. The document says if

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the UK positions were to evolves,

the union will be prepared to

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reconsider its off and there is the

chance of brokering is a limited

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deal over services, including the

giant money machine of the City of

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London. Where the Chancellor

shrugged off the Brussels position.

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They are very skilled and

disciplined in the way they carry

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out negotiation. It doesn't surprise

me remotely that what they have set

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out this morning is a very tough

position.

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But Labour claims the Government's

approach is all over the place.

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We can change the tone of xhur

respect we can get the deal that

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will protect the economy and jobs.

There are big gaps between what the

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Government wants and what the EU is

willing to give. And it is clear, it

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is easier for Brussels not

Westminster to call the shots, but

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in this long tortured process, today

is not a moment of political panic,

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it is clear from both sides and from

these guidelines, there is a real

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conversation to be had.

Laura Kuenssberg. BBC News,

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Westminster.

Our economic editor is here, so the

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UK's financial service proving to be

a sticking point, is there any sign

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of a way out of it?

I think Sophie

as with all negotiation, the two

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sides tend to start a long way apart

and then they tend to come towards

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some form of agreement, we must not

forget both sides say they wanted a

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deal. I think there was a small

window opened by Donald Tusk, I say

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no more than that. He said the EU

was willing to look at trade in

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services and that could include

financial service, so important to

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the UK economy, we employ two

million people in financial services

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across the UK, but also Philip

Hammond made the point very

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important to the European Union,

their businesses, their Government

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use the deep capital pools in London

to fund their operation, Philip

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Hammond said it is no time for a

brick wall between Britain and the

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EU on financial services, but he did

admit and Donald Tusk would agree

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with him here there will be cost,

Britain's relationship with the

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European Union will not be as good

on financial services as it is now.

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The time is nearly 6:15pm.

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Our top story this evening:

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Police confirm the former Russian

spy and his daughter

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were poisoned by a nerve agent.

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A police officer who was first

on the scene is also seriously ill.

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On Friday, Britain's winter

Paralympians set their sights

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on a record-breaking games

on the slopes of South Korea.

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Coming up on Sportsday on BBC News:

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The Wales head coach Warren Gatland

has made ten changes

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to his side for this weekend's

Six Nations meeting with Italy.

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Taulupe Faletau returns at No.8

to captain the side.

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The head of world cycling's

governing body, the UCI,

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is calling for an investigation

into Team Sky following a damning

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report by Mps this week.

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David Lappartient has told the BBC

that the findings of the inquiry

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into doping in sport

were "unacceptable"

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and "could affect the global

credibility" cycling.

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The report accused Team Sky and Sir

Bradley Wiggins of having "crossed

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an ethical line" by using drugs

allowed under anti-doping rules

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to enhance performance, instead

of just for medical purposes.

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From Switzerland, here's our

Sports Editor Dan Roan.

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They may be the dominant

force in cycling but

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the pressure is on Team Sky.

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Today, they tried to focus

on their latest race in Italy,

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but it's the way they've won

in the past that's under scrutiny.

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Team Sky have admitted mistakes

following this week's damning report

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by a Parliamentary committee,

but today the most powerful figure

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in the sport told me

that wasn't good enough.

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Mistake is something you've done

with the intention to be wrong.

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The report - it's

a little bit different.

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It seems it was a bit organised,

so maybe not a mistake but a fault,

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which is different, because that

could affect the credibility

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globally of our sport,

and that's why I'm

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concerned about this.

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MPs alleged Sir Bradley Wiggins used

asthma drugs to boost performance

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and not just the medical need

when he rode for Team Sky.

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A claim that both they and he'd

deny, but Lappartient

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seems unconvinced.

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Do you feel an ethical line

was crossed, as the MPs suggest?

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It's what in the report

and what I read.

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When you can see that

substances were used,

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not for health problems

but to increase your performances,

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then yes, that's something

unacceptable for me

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and the philosophy we have.

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So if it's not breaking the rules,

can it be cheating?

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If you are using, you know,

substances to increase your

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performances, I think this

is exactly what is cheating.

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Despite the controversy,

Sir Dave Brailsford remains

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in charge of Team Sky,

but Lappartient told me he now wants

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the world Federation's anti-doping

division to launch

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their own inquiry.

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I want them to investigate

and to see if there is some

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violation of anti-doping rules.

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Britain's top rider Chris Froome

continues to compete,

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despite an adverse drugs test last

year, and the Team Sky star

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could defend his title

in the summer's Tour de France

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with the case still unresolved.

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What would the effect of that be?

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That would be a disaster

for the image of cycling.

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Even if...

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On a legal point of view

he has a right to ride,

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but for the image of our sport,

that could be a disaster.

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The UCI President now wants

Chris Froome to withdraw from racing

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either until he clears his name

or is banned.

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The road to reputational recovery

could be a long one.

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Dan Roan, BBC News.

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Two lorry drivers are facing jail

tonight after eight people

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were killed when their minibus

was crushed in a pile-up on the M1

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in August last year.

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They'd been on their

way to Disneyland.

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One of the lorry drivers,

who was twice the drink-drive

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limit, was found guilty

of dangerous driving.

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This afternoon the other,

David Wagstaff, was cleared of that

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charge but did admit eight charges

of careless driving.

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Helena Lee is at

Reading Crown Court.

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It emerged after the trial today

that one of the lorry drivers,

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Ryszard Masierak, had had his

professional driving licence revoked

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before the crash, so he shouldn't

have been driving the lorry at. The

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judge in this case praised the

families who lost loved ones in the

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collision for their constant dignity

in what he said has been a

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devastating case.

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The sheer force of the impact

of the crash is clear to see.

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A crash that was entirely

avoidable, the trial heard,

0:19:430:19:45

with the most catastrophic

and tragic of consequences.

0:19:450:19:49

Ryszard Masierak stopped his

lorry in the slow lane

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of the M1 for 12 minutes.

0:19:510:19:55

The jury was shown this dash-cam

footage from another lorry driver

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on the road before the collision.

0:20:010:20:02

He passed Masierak's

lorry, here on the left,

0:20:020:20:06

stationary in the slow lane.

0:20:060:20:07

The court heard Masierak was twice

over the legal limit and he'd

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been driving erratically

in the hours before.

0:20:100:20:15

Soon after, Cyriac Joseph,

the minibus driver, tried to go

0:20:150:20:18

round Masierak's lorry.

0:20:180:20:22

He missed his chance, stopped behind

it and put his hazards on.

0:20:220:20:25

Moments later, David

Wagstaff's lorry ploughed

0:20:250:20:27

into the back of the minibus.

0:20:270:20:32

During the trial, the court heard

how Wagstaff had been

0:20:320:20:34

on a hands-free call for nearly

an hour at the time of the crash,

0:20:340:20:37

and his lorry on cruise control.

0:20:370:20:41

Cyriac Joseph and seven

of his passengers died in the crash.

0:20:410:20:44

He'd been taking them to London,

where they were going

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on to Disneyland in Paris.

0:20:470:20:48

Four others in the minibus

were seriously injured.

0:20:480:20:52

Six months on from the crash,

and Mr Joseph's family

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feel his loss deeply.

0:20:540:20:57

I miss him a lot.

0:20:570:20:59

I mean, my life has

completely changed,

0:20:590:21:01

like completely changed so much.

0:21:010:21:03

Yeah, it's hard, and I'm trying

to get through it, like we all are.

0:21:030:21:11

Today, outside court,

tributes were paid to those

0:21:110:21:13

who helped at the scene.

0:21:130:21:16

All of the emergency services,

together with staff

0:21:160:21:18

and Highways England and members

of the public, worked

0:21:180:21:22

extremely hard to bring

comfort to those involved

0:21:220:21:27

in exceptionally

difficult circumstances.

0:21:270:21:28

Everyone who attended

will not forget the scene

0:21:280:21:30

they faced that day.

0:21:300:21:31

For the families, the end of this

trial may bring some closure,

0:21:310:21:34

after one of the worst motorway

crashes in recent years.

0:21:340:21:37

Helena Lee, BBC News,

Reading Crown Court.

0:21:370:21:44

The leader and deputy leader

of the far-right group,

0:21:470:21:49

Britain First, have been found

guilty of religiously

0:21:490:21:51

aggravated harassment.

0:21:510:21:55

Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen

were arrested after targeting

0:21:550:21:59

Muslims they believed were part

of a gang-rape trial

0:21:590:22:01

taking place last May.

0:22:010:22:02

The court heard that the pair posted

offensive leaflets through the doors

0:22:020:22:07

of Muslims living in Kent and filmed

themselves confronting

0:22:070:22:09

people in public.

0:22:090:22:12

Almost 1000 are to go

at the high street

0:22:120:22:15

fashion chain New Look.

0:22:150:22:17

The retailer says it's planning

to close 60 stores and reduce rent

0:22:170:22:20

on 400 shops as part

of rescue plans.

0:22:200:22:22

The company says the cuts

are tough but necessary

0:22:220:22:24

to restore profitability.

0:22:240:22:29

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince,

Mohammed bin Salman, has held talks

0:22:290:22:34

with the Prime Minister at the start

of a three-day visit to the UK.

0:22:340:22:38

It comes amid protests about Saudi's

role in the war in Yemen.

0:22:380:22:40

Our Security Correspondent Frank

Gardner is at Downing Street.

0:22:400:22:46

Something of a balancing act, this

visit, for the Prime Minister?

Yes,

0:22:460:22:51

it is. Just beyond the gates of

Downing Street there is a very small

0:22:510:22:56

but very noisy protest going on. It

is just coming to an end now, it has

0:22:560:23:00

been heavily policed and they have

been chanting "Stop bombing Yedlin."

0:23:000:23:07

I don't think it will have rattled

the man who came out a few minutes

0:23:070:23:10

ago from number ten Downing St. He

and a large delegation of Saudi

0:23:100:23:14

ministers have been ensconced inside

Downing Street, discussing how to

0:23:140:23:18

deepen the relationship, the links

between Britain and Saudi Arabia.

0:23:180:23:21

These links go back 100 years. It is

very heavily weighted towards

0:23:210:23:27

defence. That is controversial,

because British weapons are involved

0:23:270:23:31

in the war in Yemen and Britain is

pushing to stop that and that has

0:23:310:23:38

been coming up in the talks over and

above the trade Guilds both

0:23:380:23:42

countries want to conclude.

Frank

Gardner, thank you.

0:23:420:23:46

The Winter Paralympics get underway

in South Korea on Friday

0:23:460:23:49

and Paralympics GB are fielding 17

athletes - their biggest

0:23:490:23:51

team since 2006.

0:23:510:23:52

They won six medals

at the last Winter Games

0:23:520:23:55

in Sochi four years ago.

0:23:550:23:56

Now they're looking

to beat that record.

0:23:560:23:57

Kate Grey reports from Pyeongchang.

0:23:570:24:01

17 athletes competing over

nine days of action.

0:24:010:24:05

Never has Paralympics GB been

represented in so many

0:24:050:24:08

sports at a Winter Games.

0:24:080:24:10

Among them, the trusted

hands of Aileen Neilson,

0:24:100:24:13

leading the curling team.

0:24:130:24:15

We know each other inside out.

0:24:150:24:17

We've worked together for a few

years now and travelled all over

0:24:170:24:19

the world, so we certainly know each

other and can hopefully get

0:24:190:24:22

the best out of each other.

0:24:220:24:24

Bronze medallist last time

round, they'll be hoping

0:24:240:24:27

for more in South Korea.

0:24:270:24:29

But this is a team that mixes

experience with youthful exuberance.

0:24:290:24:32

In the Alpine Skiing,

19-year-old Menna Fitzpatrick,

0:24:320:24:36

who only has 5% vision,

is guided by Jen Kehoe.

0:24:360:24:39

Recently crowned World Cup

champions, they've built

0:24:390:24:45

a solid partnership.

0:24:450:24:46

The longer you work with somebody,

the more you know them and the more

0:24:460:24:50

you can second-guess

and interpret before...

0:24:500:24:52

And finish each other's sentences.

0:24:520:24:53

Finish each other's sentences,

what you're going to say!

0:24:530:24:55

And react quickly when something

does go wrong or you need

0:24:550:24:58

to change the plan.

0:24:580:24:59

Joining them on the slopes will be

Britain's first-ever

0:24:590:25:02

Paralympics snowboarders,

but far from being there just

0:25:020:25:04

for the ride, they too

are in with a chance of medals.

0:25:040:25:12

Got silver at the World Champs,

I've had a few medals

0:25:120:25:14

in the World Cups, you know.

0:25:140:25:16

Been invited to some pretty big,

high profile events,

0:25:160:25:19

as well, like the X-Games.

0:25:190:25:20

It's been incredible.

0:25:200:25:21

Just starting this journey

from having never snowboarded

0:25:210:25:23

to five years later I'm now

in the team go into the Paralympics.

0:25:230:25:26

It's been amazing.

0:25:260:25:29

And for the first time in 20 years,

they'll be a British Nordic skier.

0:25:290:25:33

Scott Meenagh will go in the cross

country and biathlon.

0:25:330:25:37

Having narrowly missed out

on competing as a rower in Rio,

0:25:370:25:40

he's finally earned the chance

to test himself on

0:25:400:25:42

the Paralympic stage.

0:25:420:25:45

You can't just assume you're

going to go in and beat

0:25:450:25:47

the best in the world,

because there're incredible,

0:25:470:25:49

and we are new to this sport,

so we are still learning valuable

0:25:490:25:52

lessons.

0:25:520:25:53

We're learning from those guys,

but we're starting to, as I say,

0:25:530:25:56

we starting to tap on the shoulders

of the big boys, paint targets

0:25:560:25:59

on people's backs and,

yeah, watch this space!

0:25:590:26:01

Here in South Korea,

Paralympics GB will be hoping

0:26:010:26:03

to match the success

of their Olympic

0:26:030:26:05

counterparts, achieving

a record-breaking medal haul.

0:26:050:26:07

Kate Grey, BBC News, Pyeongchang.

0:26:070:26:14

Time for a look at the weather...

0:26:150:26:16

Here's Stav Danaos.

0:26:160:26:18

Here's Stav Danaos.

0:26:180:26:21

Hello and thank you. What a lovely

day it turned out to be for many

0:26:210:26:25

places, some places escaping showers

altogether so quite a lot of

0:26:250:26:29

sunshine and feeling springlike.

This evening temperatures will fall

0:26:290:26:32

away under clear skies, many will

still see some showers, some heavy

0:26:320:26:37

in western Scotland, and some snow

over the high ground first thing

0:26:370:26:40

this evening and tonight. To the

south, this speech of running into

0:26:400:26:44

Wales and south-west England will

spread northwards on Edwards. It

0:26:440:26:47

will bring a lot of rain but there

could be some snow, sickly over high

0:26:470:26:52

ground. Ice could be a problem in

parts of Scotland, so watch out for

0:26:520:26:57

that. The other hazard will be

further south in Wales, parts of the

0:26:570:27:02

Midlands into northern England, this

area of rain, sleet and snow. Over

0:27:020:27:07

the hills, 1-4 centimetres of

settling snow. Maybe to lower

0:27:070:27:12

levels, a little wet snow as well.

But not as severe as what we had

0:27:120:27:15

last week, just something to bear in

mind as it could cause some

0:27:150:27:18

disruption in the morning commute.

Further south and east, largely

0:27:180:27:22

rain. The whole thing will be slowly

moving eastwards, into the North

0:27:220:27:27

Sea. By the late morning, it has

cleared away and skies brightening

0:27:270:27:29

up nicely. Lots of sunshine in the

afternoon. Showers in some Western

0:27:290:27:35

areas, wintry over higher ground,

typically in Scotland. 7-10d, a

0:27:350:27:41

degree or so lower than this

afternoon. A little bit fresher. On

0:27:410:27:46

Friday, an area of low pressure in

Scotland bringing some rain, sleet

0:27:460:27:49

and hill snow. To the far south, an

area of low pressure will be

0:27:490:27:56

arriving to bring outbreaks of rain

and strengthening winds. Elsewhere,

0:27:560:27:57

a lovely day, lots of sunshine.

Temperatures fairly mild in the

0:27:570:28:02

south, looks like it is set to turn

milder as we had through the weekend

0:28:020:28:05

for some of us.

0:28:050:28:06

milder as we had through the weekend

for some of us.

0:28:060:28:08

Thank you.

0:28:080:28:09

A reminder of our main story...

0:28:090:28:11

Police confirm the former Russian

spy and his daughter

0:28:110:28:14

were poisoned by a nerve agent.

0:28:140:28:17

A police officer who was first

on the scene is also seriously ill.

0:28:170:28:22

Police have widened the cordon in

Salisbury and are urging anyone who

0:28:220:28:25

was in the area on Sunday afternoon

to come forward to help with the

0:28:250:28:28

investigation.

0:28:280:28:37

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