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Tonight at 6...

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The attempted murder of a former

Russian spy was brazen

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says the Government,

as investigations continue

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into who was behind it.

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38-year-old Detective Sergeant

Nick Bailey is named

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as the police officer -

taken seriously ill after rushing

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to help Sergei Skripal

and his daughter.

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He is well. He has sat up. He is not

the neck I know that he is receiving

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a high level of treatment.

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The bench where they were found

in Salisbury remains cordoned off

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as specialist teams try to establish

when they were exposed

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to the nerve gas.

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A doctor who found them tells

the BBC of the shocking state

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they were in and says Yulia Skripal

had stopped breathing.

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We'll have the latest

on the investigation.

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Also on the programme...

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The Old Bailey hears from passengers

who were on board this tube

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When it partially exploded at

Parsons Green.

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A shortage of beds means tens

of thousands of operations

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were cancelled in England

in December and January.

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And the superagers.

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How these long distance cyclists -

some of them in their 80s -

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have the immune system

of a 20-year-old.

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I do it for all reasons.

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For health, because I enjoy it,

because it's sociable.

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It's just a wonderful life.

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And coming up on Sportsday

on BBC News:

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Snowboarder Owen Pick will be

Great Britain's flag bearer

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at tomorrow's Winter Paralympics

opening ceremony in South Korea.

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Pick lost his leg while

serving in Afghanistan.

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Good evening and welcome

to the BBC News at Six.

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The police officer who rushed

to the aid of a former Russian

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spy and his daughter,

after they'd been poisoned by nerve

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gas, is still in a serious

condition in hospital.

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But Wiltshire Police say

Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey,

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who's 38, is now able to sit

up and talk.

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Investigations are continuing

in Salisbury into how and why

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Sergei Skripal and his 33 year

old daughter were exposed to nerve

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gas on Sunday afternoon.

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A doctor who was first on the scene

has told the BBC that Yulia Skripal

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had stopped breathing

and was in a terrible state.

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Our home affairs correspondent,

Tom Symonds, reports.

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Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey is 38

years old, a decorated officer

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with plenty of experience

on the front line of policing.

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He's still in a serious condition

but the good news today

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is he is awake and talking.

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Here's a great character. He is a

huge presence in Wiltshire Police,

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well loved and massively dedicated

officer. He is clearly receiving

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high, specialist treatment. He is

well, sat up. He not been Nick I

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know that he is receiving a high

level of treatment.

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The inquiry's not letting up.

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Police began what appeared

to be a major search

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and possible decontamination

of Sergei Skripal's house today.

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For a while, they even taped off

the graves of his wife and son.

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We are committed to doing

all we can to bring

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the perpetrators to justice,

whoever they are and

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wherever they may be.

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The investigation is moving

at pace and this government

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will act without hesitation

as the facts become clearer.

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The BBC's been told the nerve agent

used was not sarin or VX,

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which have been used as weapons

in the past, but rarer.

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Decontamination teams were heavily

protected on Sunday.

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Look at this picture

from earlier that day.

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No respirators or suits.

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These officers could not have known

they were about to deal with the use

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of a chemical weapon in their city.

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I guess it really brings home to us

and the public again

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that we run towards danger

while others walk away.

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Sometimes we run to

something we don't know.

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The risk they face became

obvious today when a bench,

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on which the Skripals were sitting,

was exposed by gusts of wind.

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Just look at the operation needed

to go in and peg it down again,

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four days on from the incident.

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And it wasn't just police

officers who risked being

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exposed that afternoon.

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I've spoken to a doctor

who was there.

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She's asked us not to name her

but she says she came

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across Yulia Skripal slumped over

the bench, unconscious,

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not breathing, vomiting

and having a fit.

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She stepped in.

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She got Yulia onto the floor,

she got her breathing

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and handed her patient

over to paramedics.

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She's concerned about what she's

come into contact with,

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but she feels fine.

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Sergei and Yulia Skripal,

attacked as she came to Britain

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from Russia to visit him,

are not getting better.

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They remain in a critical

condition, as the race

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to find their assailant -

or assailants - continues.

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Tom Symonds, BBC News, Salisbury.

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Suggestions that Moscow may be

involved in the attack have

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sparked anger in Russia.

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The state media has complained

of an anti-Russian campaign

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by the West, and amongst the Russian

people there's little

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sympathy for the former Russian spy,

Sergei Skripal, as our Moscow

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correspondent, Steve

Rosenberg, reports.

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Moscow feels a world away

from the drama of Salisbury.

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Relaxed Russians are out

enjoying a public holiday,

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determined not to allow a spy

scandal to spoil their day.

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People here are short

on sympathy for Sergei Skripal.

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TRANSLATION:

The fewer secrets

you sell, the longer you'll live.

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TRANSLATION:

Don't

betray your motherland.

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Then you'll have no problems.

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TRANSLATION:

When he was in prison

in Russia, he was healthy.

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He goes to Britain

and gets poisoned.

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He should have stayed here.

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It's a similar message

from Russian TV.

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The Kremlin controlled media have

been mocking Boris Johnson

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and making fun of Britain.

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If you're a professional traitor,

he says, my advice,

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don't move to England.

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Something's not right there,

the climate, perhaps.

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But too many bad things go on there,

people are hanged, poisoned,

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helicopter crashes or they fall

out of windows.

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Under Vladimir Putin,

the Kremlin has sent a very clear

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message to the Russian people

that their country is a besieged

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fortress, threatened by enemies

abroad and traitors at home.

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That's why there is little sympathy

here for Sergei Skripal.

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And if Moscow did target

Sergei Skripal...

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Most Russian people, not me,

of course, most Russian people

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would take pride in it

because there is a very

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black and white world,

it's us against them.

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Putin has brought us

back in a big way.

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Today, the president

delivered a special address.

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No mention of spies.

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He congratulated Russian women

on International Women's Day.

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Moscow knows it's under suspicion

that the Kremlin is acting

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as if it's business as usual.

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Steve Rosenberg, BBC News, Moscow.

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We can join our Security

Correspondent, Gordon Corera,

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from outside MI6 headquarters.

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Now, are we any closer to finding

out how and why the Skripals were

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poisoned?

The identity of the nerve

agent described as very rare is

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crucial. It may point to which

country, which laboratory, is

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involved in the manufacturer.

Government institutions are being

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careful about pointing the finger at

Russia until the facts are clearer.

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In terms of why, there has been

speculation that perhaps after he

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came here, Sergei Skripal was still

actively involved in intelligence

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work I had picked up no signs of

that from people I have been

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speaking to. There was speculation

he might have been involved in the

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famous dossier on Donald Trump drawn

up by a former MI6 officer, Chris

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Steele. Sources close to his

companies said they had no link

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whatsoever with Sergei Skripal. That

still leaves the most plausible

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motive as revenge, revenge for his

working for British intelligence,

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MI6, behind me for that there will

have been a lot of meetings that MI6

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in the last few days, a lot of

concern about the potential

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perception that it cannot protect

the lives of its agents, even when

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they are in the UK.

Thank you.

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Tens of thousands of patients

in England had their

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non-urgent operations -

like hip and knee replacements -

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postponed in December and January

because of a shortage

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of hospital beds.

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New figures also show that A and E

performance last month

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fell to its lowest level

since records began.

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Our health editor, Hugh Pym reports.

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New Year brought extraordinary

pressure, illustrated in the new BBC

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hospital series filmed

at Nottingham University

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Hospitals Trust.

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Today we have run out of space.

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We are being asked to cancel any

nonessential activities.

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So not cancer, not clinically

urgent, but pretty

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much anything else.

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I can't see the sense

in cancelling...

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Word has come through from NHS

leaders that all nonurgent surgery

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should be cancelled for the month

to free up beds for emergencies.

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I'm very sorry, but I don't know

if you've heard the recent news,

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we have a bed crisis

in the hospital.

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We're going to have to cancel

operations at this moment.

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I'm afraid it's bad news.

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We are going to have

to cancel tomorrow.

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I'm really sorry.

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Sometimes that meant operating

theatres remaining empty.

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We don't know when we can start

operating again at the moment.

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We've never had it

as bad as this before.

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We're just left,

largely, at a loose end.

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We're being paid to work,

but just trying to find

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something constructive to do.

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There was improvement in February.

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But patients elsewhere, like Scott,

are still facing delays.

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He was told the day before his back

operation it had been put off,

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and he doesn't know

when it will happen.

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Very, very frustrated.

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I'm annoyed and I'm hurt,

because now I've got to go

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through this all over again.

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This isn't something that you think,

oh, well, I'm going to go

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and have a filling done.

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This is a very invasive operation.

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Figures out today revealed the scale

of the consolations.

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-- cancellations.

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In December there were many 27,000

fewer routine operations carried out

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in England and the same month

a year earlier.

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In January, there was

a drop of nearly 14,500.

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And for the most recent

two-week period, bed

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occupancy in hospitals,

at more than 95%, was

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the highest this winter.

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They are going to be suffering pain,

discomfort, difficulties

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with mobility and most

of the elective conditions

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which we are waiting

to operate on can deteriorate

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and develop convocations.

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-- complications.

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NHS England said February

was the most pressurised month

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in the history of the service,

with high levels of flu -

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the background to another

deterioration in A&E performance.

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Hugh Pym, BBC News.

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And you can see more from that

documentary - Hospital -

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on BBC 2 at 9 o'clock

on Monday 26th March.

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The latest aid convoy due to take

desperately needed supplies

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into the Syrian rebel-held enclave

of eastern Ghouta

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has been postponed.

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The International Red Cross told

the BBC it was simply "too

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dangerous" to deliver the aid.

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The Syrian Army claims it

has virtually sliced

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the rebel-held suburb in two.

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Two 17-year-old boys have died,

and seven people have been injured,

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in an accident involving three cars

near Thirsk in North Yorkshire.

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Police say the vehicles

collided on the A61 shortly

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before 9:30pm last night.

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Five adults and two children

were taken to hospital.

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A jury at the Old Bailey has seen

the moment a bomb partially exploded

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on a tube in South West London.

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Some of the passengers on board have

been describing how their hair

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and clothes caught fire when it went

off in a packed carriage

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last September.

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30 people were injured in the

incident at Parsons Green station.

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18-year-old Ahmed Hassan

denies attempted murder.

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From the Old Bailey,

here's June Kelly.

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This was a day of dramatic

and distressing evidence

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as the court heard from those

who were on the train under attack.

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A bomb had been left in a bag.

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It failed to fully go off but it

created a ball of flame

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which terrified scores of early

morning commuters as it

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rolled down the carriage.

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One, Amy Coalville,

described to the court how

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her hair caught fire.

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She said she'd heard a loud bang

and seen a wall of glass.

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A flame came over

her right hand side.

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Earlier the evidence focused

on the movements that

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morning of Ahmed Hassan,

the teenager on trial

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for the attack.

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Here he is setting off on his

journey with his bomb in a Lidl bag,

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the court's been told.

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One passenger, Victoria Holloway,

told the jury there was a whooshing

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sound as if someone had

lit a Bunsen burner.

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She said the flames

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were touching her legs

and wrapping around her skin.

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In his evidence, an Army explosives

expert, Craig Palmer,

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who was further down the train,

went to the scene of the blast.

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He said...

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Two of the passengers were in tears

as they gave their evidence.

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They testified from behind

a screen and could be

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seen by only the judge,

jury and lawyers.

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One of them, known only as Miss S,

described how on that

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morning her coat was burning

and her tights were melting.

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She has been left scarred after

burns to her hands, legs and face.

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June Kelly, BBC News,

at the Old Bailey.

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Our top story this evening:

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The Government say the attempted

murder of a former Russian spy

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was brazen and reckless

as investigations continue

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into who was behind it.

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And still to come:

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Are you ever too old

to start exercising?

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How this cyclist has

amazed researchers.

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It's exercise were a pill, everybody

would be taking an exercise pill.

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Coming up on Sportsday on BBC News:

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Owen Farrell will captain

England for the first time

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in Saturday's Six Nations

match against France,

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with regular skipper Dylan Hartley

ruled out through injury.

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Cuts to bin collections,

local libraries closing down,

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big cuts to the amount of money

spent fixing our roads -

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those are just some of

the consequences of the continuing

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squeeze on council

funding in England.

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The National Audit Office says

funding for local authorities

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from central government has fallen

by nearly 50% since 2011.

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And they say the increasing

demands of social care -

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for the elderly, children

and disabled people -

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means that many councils face

running out of cash.

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Alison Holt reports.

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Do you want to do something

different?

An afternoon art class is

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a chance for people with learning

disabilities and other conditions to

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develop their skills and socialise.

For most here, the support is paid

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for by the County Council. But

today's report says with local

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authorities facing such major cuts

from central Government, they're

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struggling to cope.

You like its

legs?

Sue, who has multiple

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sclerosis, describes this centre as

a lifeline.

I come here only twice a

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week. I would come more if there was

the funding for it.

Councils like

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Surrey have a statutory duty to

support people who are older and

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disabled as well as providing

children's services and across the

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board demand is increasing. Today's

report calculates that on average

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councils in England pay 54% of their

budgets on social care for children

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and adults. Many other services have

been cut. Since 2010, more than 33%

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fewer homes get weekly bin

collections and 10% of libraries

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have closed. The report warns with

council also using savings to

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balance the books, one in ten will

have exhausted their reserves within

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three years. In Surrey, one of the

wealthiest parts of the country,

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they're dipping into their savings

again.

It has been really difficult

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to make sure we could come in this

year with a budget that had the

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minimum tax level increases. We have

had to use £24 of our reserves and

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15 million of our capital receipts.

The report says there needs to be a

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long-term central government plan

for the bins, roads and other

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services that people need.

What we

want local Government do and make

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funding available. Alongside that,

social care needs a funding solution

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as well.

The Government says a new

funding settlement has been approved

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for council and that will mean a

real terms increase in the money

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they get.

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Two 18-years-old have been arrested

after a video was posted on social

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media appearing to show a group

of people chanting racist

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abuse outside the room

of a black female student.

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It happened in an accommodation

block at Nottingham Trent University

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earlier this week.

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From Nottingham,

Elaine Dunkley reports.

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# We hate the blacks

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# We hate

the blacks

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# We hate the blacks

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# We hate

the blacks

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# We are the blacks haters!

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Recorded on a mobile phone

by student Rufaro Chisango.

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We hate blacks!

We hate blacks!

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What appears to be racist chanting

outside her door in halls

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of residence at Nottingham Trent

University.

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I heard shouting from outside my

door. I was shocked. I was really

0:18:190:18:25

shocked. I felt isolated and

uncomfortable.

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The incident took place

on Monday evening.

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Her friends say it has

left her traumatised

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and tarnished their experience

of university life.

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I know these things do happen,

but to think it was so close

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to home, being in my university,

I was appalled.

0:18:410:18:45

We know that people might not

like who we are, might not

0:18:450:18:50

like where we come from,

our race, our religion, our creed.

0:18:500:18:53

But it's something that we just

kind of power through.

0:18:530:18:55

Just knowing that maybe

they like us, that we do our best

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to just be ourselves.

0:18:580:19:02

Rufaro Chisango has now been offered

a new accommodation and two

0:19:020:19:05

18-year-old men have been arrested

in connection with racially

0:19:050:19:07

aggravated offences.

0:19:070:19:08

The university says it accepts

that it did not act quickly enough.

0:19:080:19:13

There was a delay, a significant

delay, we acknowledge that.

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It's vile behaviour,

absolutely abhorrent.

0:19:160:19:21

We are really, shocked.

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This is not the NTU positive culture

for students and staff

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that we all recognise.

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The footage was posted

on Twitter and has gone viral.

0:19:260:19:29

Nottingham Trent University says

it has learned lessons

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from the incident, but this has

prompted wider questions about how

0:19:310:19:33

allegations of racism are dealt

with on campuses across the UK.

0:19:330:19:40

Nottingham Trent University is

reassuring students this was an

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isolated incident. But the national

students union say they receive

0:19:480:19:55

phone calls from students who have

been racially abused and this will

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only end when there is zero

tolerance on university campuses.

0:20:010:20:08

The Irish Cabinet has approved plans

to hold a referendum in May

0:20:080:20:11

on whether the country's abortion

laws should be changed.

0:20:110:20:13

Currently, terminations are only

allowed when the life of the mother

0:20:130:20:16

is at risk and the maximum penalty

for accessing an illegal abortion

0:20:160:20:19

is 14 years in prison.

0:20:190:20:20

Chris Page reports from Dublin.

0:20:200:20:23

This is a nation which was

once seen as the most

0:20:230:20:26

socially conservative

in

0:20:260:20:30

western Europe, but it feels

like change has been swift.

0:20:300:20:33

In the next few months,

Ireland will make a

0:20:330:20:35

defining decision.

0:20:350:20:39

Tens of thousands of Irish

women have travelled to

0:20:390:20:41

other countries to have abortions.

0:20:410:20:46

Gaye Edward's baby,

who she and her husband

0:20:460:20:49

named Joshua, had a fatal

condition called anencephaly.

0:20:490:20:51

She says having to go

away to end her

0:20:510:20:53

pregnancy magnified her grief.

0:20:530:20:57

While I knew that I had

come to the right

0:20:570:20:59

decision for me,

0:20:590:21:00

it made me feel that society

viewed my decision as

0:21:000:21:03

being somehow wrong.

0:21:030:21:06

When you really need to be

taken care of you feel

0:21:060:21:09

like you're just...

0:21:090:21:11

Pushed aside and into a corner.

0:21:110:21:15

Stories like Gaye's have

helped to bring about

0:21:150:21:17

the referendum.

0:21:170:21:20

Voters will decide whether

to remove the Eighth

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Amendment of the Irish Constitution,

which gives an unborn child and a

0:21:220:21:25

pregnant woman an equal

right-to-life.

0:21:250:21:29

These canvassers are campaigning

to repeal the Eighth.

0:21:290:21:34

Abortions are happening in Ireland,

they're happening dangerously and

0:21:340:21:36

they're happening illegally.

0:21:360:21:38

We are on the shoulders

of generations of

0:21:380:21:40

women who have been organising

and working for this shift forward.

0:21:400:21:45

If the change to the

Constitution is approved

0:21:450:21:47

in the referendum,

the

0:21:470:21:48

Parliament in Dublin will determine

how available terminations will be.

0:21:480:21:53

Ministers want to allow

abortions up to 12 weeks

0:21:530:21:56

into a pregnancy and

in

0:21:560:21:57

some limited

circumstances afterwards.

0:21:570:22:00

But the Government does

haven't a majority.

0:22:000:22:03

The two main parties

are divided on the issue.

0:22:030:22:07

The Catholic Church's strongly

defending the Eighth Amendment.

0:22:070:22:09

Its power has iminished,

but it certainly hasn't disappeared.

0:22:090:22:15

Life begins at conception and ends

and death and we have to protect

0:22:150:22:18

all life.

0:22:180:22:19

If it's repealed, all the rights

are gone from the baby.

0:22:190:22:24

Women who support

the current law are

0:22:240:22:26

speaking about their

experiences too.

0:22:260:22:30

Vicky's daughter, Liandan,

was still-born at 32 weeks.

0:22:300:22:35

She recalls what happened

when a doctor told her he

0:22:350:22:37

didn't expect her baby to live.

0:22:370:22:40

He said that my only

option was to pop

0:22:400:22:42

to England -

insinuating an abortion.

0:22:420:22:45

That was never going

to be an option.

0:22:450:22:48

We spent the summer

just being with her.

0:22:480:22:51

The Eighth Amendment showed to me

that not only did we

0:22:510:22:54

value her, but our country

valued her like that.

0:22:540:23:00

For people on both sides,

the referendum's about what

0:23:000:23:02

sort of society

they want to live in.

0:23:020:23:04

It is a personal,

passionate emotive debate.

0:23:040:23:05

Chris Page, BBC News, Dublin.

0:23:050:23:11

Running a marathon or long

distance cycling -

0:23:110:23:13

how often do you hear older people

saying such sports

0:23:130:23:15

are just for the young?

0:23:150:23:18

Well, it seems that's not the case.

0:23:180:23:20

Researchers have been

following a big group

0:23:200:23:22

of older cyclists -

some in their 80s -

0:23:220:23:24

who've all remained highly active.

0:23:240:23:28

And the results are very surprising

as our medical correspondent

0:23:280:23:31

Fergus Walsh has been finding out.

0:23:310:23:32

I've arranged a 60-mile ride

through the Surrey hills.

0:23:320:23:37

This is what healthy

ageing looks like.

0:23:370:23:40

These cyclists - aged 64

to 82 - think nothing

0:23:400:23:42

of spending five hours

or more in the saddle.

0:23:420:23:47

Room for one more?

0:23:470:23:49

Yeah, welcome.

0:23:490:23:56

I do it all for reasons -

for health, because

0:23:560:23:58

I enjoy it, because

0:23:580:23:59

it's sociable.

0:23:590:24:00

It's just a wonderful life.

0:24:000:24:01

They have all been examined as part

of a trial which is challenging

0:24:010:24:05

perceptions of ageing.

0:24:050:24:06

One of the first results

I got from the medical

0:24:060:24:08

study, I was told my

body fat was comparable

0:24:080:24:10

to that of a 19-year-old.

0:24:100:24:16

Leading the peleton

is Professor Norman Lazarus - at 82,

0:24:160:24:18

a prime example of healthy ageing.

0:24:180:24:22

If exercise was a pill, everybody

in the world would be taking an

0:24:220:24:25

exercise pill.

0:24:250:24:27

Really good, Norman.

0:24:270:24:29

He not only took part

in the study, but

0:24:290:24:31

helped lead the research.

0:24:310:24:33

This test shows his

excellent lung function.

0:24:330:24:37

Last little bit now, keep pushing.

0:24:370:24:40

An MRI scan gives another indication

of how well Norman is ageing.

0:24:400:24:43

These are his thighs.

0:24:430:24:48

Now compare Norman's muscly leg

on the the right with

0:24:480:24:52

that of a sedentary

50-year-old on left -

0:24:520:24:54

which is mostly fat.

0:24:540:25:00

Ready, push!

0:25:000:25:01

If more of us could do

the recommended 150 minutes

0:25:010:25:03

of moderate physical activity each

week, it

0:25:030:25:05

would pay huge dividends.

0:25:050:25:10

Across a whole gamut

of different levels,

0:25:100:25:11

what exercise is doing in older

individuals is giving them higher

0:25:110:25:14

levels of function and

better quality of life.

0:25:140:25:21

The most remarkable findings

came when scientists in

0:25:210:25:23

Birmingham examined blood

samples from a cyclist.

0:25:230:25:28

They found their immune

system, which normally

0:25:280:25:30

declines with age, was still

as strong as a young person's.

0:25:300:25:35

The immune system is really

key in the body, it

0:25:350:25:37

has several roles -

it protects us from infections,

0:25:370:25:40

but it also helps us

to

0:25:400:25:41

find things like cancer.

0:25:410:25:43

So the fact these

cyclists have the immune

0:25:430:25:45

system of a 20-year-old and not a 70

or 80-year-old, means they're

0:25:450:25:47

protected from infections

and from cancer potentially.

0:25:470:25:54

The advantages then

of exercise in later life

0:25:540:25:56

are profound.

0:25:560:26:00

So if cycling's not your thing,

try another sport, or what about

0:26:000:26:03

dancing, gardening,

even brisk walking.

0:26:030:26:08

Most of the health benefits of these

sup-agers are easily

0:26:080:26:11

achievable if we just did a bit

more physical activity.

0:26:110:26:13

Fergus Walsh, BBC News, Surrey.

0:26:130:26:21

Time for a look at the weather.

0:26:210:26:23

Here's Stav Danaos.

0:26:230:26:25

Thanks are warming up. Perfect

weather for cycling?

0:26:250:26:28

Thanks are warming up. Perfect

weather for cycling? Yes, in fact it

0:26:280:26:31

has been a nice day in many parts

after the snow we had this morning

0:26:310:26:36

in northern areas. As we head into

this evening it is set to turn

0:26:360:26:41

chilly and there could be some

frost, fog and ice where you have

0:26:410:26:46

had the morning snow and rain and

any showers which continue across

0:26:460:26:50

Scotland for example. In the far

south-west of England, the cloud's

0:26:500:26:54

building there. So it won't be as

cold, four or five degrees in

0:26:540:26:57

Plymouth. Elsewhere, sub zero

values. This area of low pressure

0:26:570:27:07

will introduce wind and rain, but

also very mild air. Particularly to

0:27:070:27:12

England and Wales. To the north we

will continue to see some showers,

0:27:120:27:17

they will fall as snow over the

Scottish mountains. But a glorious

0:27:170:27:25

day with sunshine, before cloud

pushes into England and Wales.

0:27:250:27:29

Temperatures around 10 degrees.

Still cool in the north. As which

0:27:290:27:33

head into the weekend, things are

set to turn milder, particularly

0:27:330:27:38

Saturday afternoon, given some

sunshine. Some rain spilling

0:27:380:27:44

northwards and we could see some

snow on its leading edge. This is

0:27:440:27:48

the picture for Saturday, a messy

one, with that front moving north.

0:27:480:27:52

Some snow on the higher grouped of

Scotland. But -- ground of Scotland.

0:27:520:27:57

Behind it skies brightening and when

the sunshine comes out it will be

0:27:570:28:01

very mild. We could see a top

temperature of 16 degrees. So much

0:28:010:28:06

milder. Into Sunday, another mild

day. Maybe not as mild as Saturday

0:28:060:28:13

and it will be sunny too. Our main

0:28:130:28:18

and it will be sunny too. Our main

story.

0:28:180:28:18

day. Maybe not as mild as Saturday

and it will be sunny too. Our main

0:28:180:28:21

story. Detective sergeant Nick

Bailey is named as the police

0:28:210:28:25

officer taken ill after heaping the

former Russian spy

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