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The Prime minister says it is highly
likely that Russia was behind
the attack on a former Russian
spy in Salisbury.
Theresa May says Sergei Skripal
and his daughter were poisoned
by a military grade nerve agent
of a type developed by Russia.
This attempted murder
using a weapons-grade nerve agent
in a British town was not just
a crime against the Skripals.
It was an indiscriminate
and reckless act against
the United Kingdom.
As investigations continue,
the Russian ambassador is summoned
and told to explain by tomorrow how
the chemical weapon found
its way to Salisbury.
He brought laughter to millions -
tributes to Ken Dodd,
the last of the great music hall
who has died aged 90.
Jail for the teenager who carried
out a string of acid
attacks on moped riders
to steal their scooters.
Sky's football pundit
Jamie Carragher is suspended
after he spits at a teenage girl
and her family.
Microplastics, not visible
to the naked eye, but this river
in Greater Manchester is found to be
the most polluted
so far in the world.
Coming up on Sportsday later
in the hour on BBC News -
no British medals on the third day
of the Winter Paralympics.
And big problems for
the snowboarders in Pyeongchang.
Good evening and welcome
to the BBC News at Six.
The former Russian spy
Sergei Skripal and his daughter
were poisoned by a military-grade
nerve agent of a type
developed by Russia.
In the last hour, the Prime Minister
has told MPs that it is highly
likely that Russia was
behind the attack.
Now the Russian ambassador has been
summoned and told to explain
by tomorrow night how a nerve agent
made its way to Salisbury.
Theresa May said if there's
no credible response,
the government will conclude
that the attack was an unlawful use
of force by the Russian state
against the United Kingdom.
With the latest,
here's our diplomatic
correspondent James Landale.
Today, police continued to examine
the Salisbury home of Sergei
Skripal, more than a week after the
former Russian intelligence officer
and his daughter were attacked with
a nerve agent, a week during which
it has remained unclear who carried
out the crime and wide. So, this
morning ministers gathered for a
meeting of the National Security
Council, looking for answers. An
update on the investigation from the
police and intelligence services
that would allow them and the Prime
Minister to decide what steps to
take next. For some days ministers
have been pushing Theresa May for
tougher response. This afternoon she
was clear who she thought was
responsible, and what they should
It is now clear that Mr Skripal
and his daughter were poisoned with
a military grade nerve agent of a
type developed by Russia. It is part
of a group of nerve agents known as
Novichok. Based on the analysis of
world leading experts at Porton
down, our knowledge that Russia has
previously produced this agent and
would still be capable of doing so,
the government has concluded that it
is highly likely that Russia was
responsible for the act against
Sergei and Yulia Skripal.
the Foreign Secretary had summoned
the Russian ambassador and told him
he had until the end of tomorrow to
explain whether this was a direct
act by the Russian state or by
others who now control the nerve
Mr Speaker, this attempted
murder using a weapons grade nerve
agent in a British town was not just
a crime against the Skripals, it was
an industry minute and reckless act
against the United Kingdom, putting
the lives of innocent civilians at
risk. And we will not tolerate such
a brazen attempt to murder in
innocent civilians on our soil.
Labour leader called for tougher
sanctions on oligarchs living in
We need to continue seeking
a robust dialogue with Russia on all
the issues currently dividing our
country is, both domestic and
international. Rather than simply
cutting off contact and letting the
tensions and divisions get worse.
Earlier today, before the statement,
President Putin was visiting an
agricultural centre in southern
Russia and dismissed a question from
the BBC's Steve Rosenberg. President
Putin, BBC News - is Russia behind
the poisoning of Sergei Skripal?
TRANSLATION: We are dealing with
agriculture here, as you see, to
create conditions for people's
lives, and you talk to me about some
tragedies. First get to the bottom
of it there and then we will discuss
But now that Russia has been
blamed officially for what happened
in Salisbury, it has 24 hours to
decide how to respond. Our security
correspondent wouldn't there is
here. The Prime Minister was
specific about the substance - what
exactly was it?
That's right. She
said it was Novichok, which is a
form of nerve agent, it is a class
of -- class of nerve agents,
developed during the summit union
times to get around detection and
prevention systems used by the west,
and even the chemical warfare suits
they used to give two soldiers. That
was revealed, the existence of these
Novichok agents by defectors and
scientists at Porton down will have
been working on a band they will
have been able to match the samples
that they got from the Skripals in
Salisbury with the signatures that
they have developed office Novichok
style of agents. The significance of
this is that this is a specifically
Russian developed form of nerve
agent. It is not like sarin or other
types which a number of countries
use. And it is for that reason that
the Prime Minister was able to save
there are only two possibilities,
either the Russian state itself used
it or somehow it had lost control of
its own nerve agent.
hundreds of police officers have
been working around the clock, along
with experts from the Armed Forces,
to try to establish exactly what
happened on that Sunday afternoon
eight days ago. Our home affairs
correspondent Daniel Sandford
reports from Salisbury on the latest
in the investigation. The surreal
scenes of chemical warfare experts
in gas masks and protective suits
spread out from Salisbury into the
surrounding countryside today. Here,
they were removing a van belonging
to a company that runs told Fox.
Vehicles being recovered during the
operation are being taken to the
nearby chemical weapons laboratory
at Porton Down. So widespread is the
possible contamination of this nerve
agent that these specialist troops
are now working in a village more
than five miles from the centre of
Salisbury. In the city itself,
counter-terrorism officers, one in a
balaclava, sealed off the top deck
of the Sainsbury's multistorey car
park. The Prime Minister said the
people of Salisbury had responded
with fortitude and calmness, but
there are still concerns that it
took the Chief Medical Officer seven
days to give people who were in the
contaminated restaurant and pub
advice to wash their clothes.
disappointment in this case is that
it has taken them so long to release
some information that might be of
interest and might affect the
individual people of Salisbury.
is extraordinary that this medieval
cathedral city has seen the
deployment of warn of a group of
Russian military grade nerve agents
These are super
nerve agents which were developed
many years ago by the Russians.
Because the red lines on the use of
chemical weapons have disappeared
and the 100 year taboo has
disappeared, because we have done
nothing about the huge amount of its
use in Syria, if it is Mr Putin, he
might be feeling that he can use
chemical weapons and nobody is going
to do anything about it.
has had the air of a science-fiction
film these last nine days, the site
of what the Prime Minister called
today a reckless and despicable act.
Much of what we have been seeing
over the last few days has been
decontamination work, and clearly a
lot of scientific work has been done
in identifying that military grade
nerve agent. But detectives are
saying very little about what
progress they are making in
identifying the attackers themselves
just a circus show in the British
Parliament, another campaign based
on propagation, that was the first
response from Russia tonight. We
will hear from our political editor,
Laura Kuenssberg, in a moment. But
first we can go to Steve Rosenberg,
who is in Krasnodar near the Black
Sea. They're talking about the
British invented fairy tales?
response tonight from the Russian
foreign ministry described Theresa
May's statement in the Commons as a
circus show, dismissing the
allegations against Moscow as this
information campaign, talking about
fairy tales. And that is no surprise
because in recent days we have had
several Russian officials dismiss
claims that Moscow is linked to this
attack as auntie Russian hysteria. I
think the biggest problem that
Britain faces right now is the way
it is perceived by the Kremlin, and
it is perceived as a weak country.
Moscow hears British politicians
huffing and puffing but believe
they're capable of blowing the house
down, of taking strong measures
against Moscow. So, I think the key
question now, if London concludes
that this was a state-sponsored act
of force against Britain, what
measures can Britain perhaps
together with her allies, going to
take against Russia?
Kuenssberg, our political editor, in
Westminster, it was a dramatic
moment in parliament, and strong
language used by the Prime Minister?
Yes, no fudging, no hanging back,
from the Prime Minister, who is
essentially delivered an ultimatum
to Russia to explain itself, on
whether or not it took direct action
on British soil or whether it made a
mistake and allowed this nerve
agents to fall into the hands of
people who should not have been
anywhere near it. The question as
Steve suggests will be, what will be
the government's response if there
is no credible explanation from
Russia, if the Russian ambassador in
London does not buy when state give
some believable account of exactly
what happened? Theresa May was
absolutely firm and serious in her
words this afternoon, but the crunch
may come later this week on
Wednesday, whether she will be firm
and serious in the actions she could
Thank you both.
Sir Ken Dodd, one of the most
popular entertainers of his time,
has died at the age of 90.
He was a man who brought happiness
and tears of laughter to thousands
of people with his legendary live
performances during a career
which spanned more than 60 years.
Sir Ken died yesterday in Liverpool
in the house where he was born,
with his partner of 40 years
by his side.
They got married last Friday.
David Sillito looks back
at his colourful life.
The tickling sticks, the wild hair
and surreal flights of fancy were
only a part of it. Ken Dodd was a
torrent of jokes. His shows would
often end in the early hours of the
Geronimo! Thank you very
much! What a beautiful day for going
up and saying, you will never sell a
sausage that size!
Offstage, he was
very private, but one of his close
circle of friends was his joke
writer, John Martin.
I always say
writing good joke Sir Ken Dodd was
almost like being asked to mix the
paints for van Gogh, it was that big
How are you diddling?!
Tears in 1960s five was one of the
biggest selling singles of the
1960s. His run at the London
Palladium broke records. John
Bishop, Brian Conley, Les Dennis,
David Walliams, comedians have been
lining up today to pay tribute.
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome
When he walked on, the
place used to go up and he hadn't
even said anything! Now, that
doesn't happen very often! How
tickled we were! How tickled we are!
He would fire the gags out at you!
In Liverpool we call it "hur".
stayed loyal to Liverpool, living
all his life in the same house,
where three days ago he finally
married Anne, his partner of 40
I've been overwhelmed by the
love and affection which I've
already received from dear friends
and the public. And I thank you all
for being here.
There was the issue
of his tax affairs, but he was
acquitted and it just became more
material for his act.
The job I
fancy is Chancellor of the Exchequer
- at least I would be reunited with
He was one of the last
links to music hall. Ken Dodd - it
really is the end of an era.
Sir Ken Dodd, who has
died at the age of 90.
Our top story this evening:
Theresa May says Sergei Skripal
and his daughter were poisoned
by a military grade nerve agent
of a type developed by Russia.
it is highly likely that Russia was
behind the attack.
it is highly likely that Russia
was behind the attack.
And still to come: How other
countries tackle obesity and why
Norwegians are sweet
on Swedish sweets.
Coming up on Sportsday on BBC News:
The Manchester United Captain
Michael carrick says his body has
told him to stop.
He's won every club trophy
but at 36 he'll retire
at the end of the season.
Plastic and the problems it causes
in oceans and rivers around
the world are already well known.
But what's not so clear is how much
damage microplastics are doing,
the tiny particles of plastic less
than 5 millimetres in size.
They can be found in all kinds
of things from industrial
pollution to cosmetics.
And now researchers have discovered
that a river in Greater Manchester
has the highest levels
of microplastic pollution so far
recorded anywhere in the world.
Our science correspondent
Victoria Gill reports.
They are the veins of our country,
running through towns, cities,
suburbs and the countryside,
but there is a pollutant buried
in all these riverbeds.
All along this river bank you can
see evidence of plastic litter,
plastic bags, plastic
bottles, food containers.
But it is when things like this
break down into much smaller
fragments that they are just one
source of the micro plastics that
end up in the riverbed.
Waste water treatment plants
and industry are other
But to investigate the scale of this
problem scientists need to take
a piece of the river back
to the lab.
This has now isolated this
area of the channel bed.
When I disturb the gravels in here,
all the mud and silt and clay
and micro plastic particles
will come into suspension
into the water.
The team analysed silt at 40
from remote rural streams
to city centre waterways.
They found micro plastic everywhere.
Where lots of people live we found
extraordinarily high levels of micro
Just a few kilometres upstream
from here we found micro plastic
concentrations that are the highest
so far recorded anywhere
in the world, over 500,000 micro
plastic particles per metre
square of riverbed.
Enormously high levels
And that is just a few miles
upstream from where we are standing
in Greater Manchester?
This is a jar of sediment
from the bed of this river,
a typical suburban stretch
of the River Mersey.
And in this 250 grams jar
there will be 5000 individual
pieces of micro plastic.
Aquatic insects, birds
and fish can ingest these
microscopic pieces of plastic.
And this is where the
problem becomes visible.
This is all plastic?
How many fragments
would you have in this?
So in this sample just
from a few grams about 100
micro plastic pieces.
Finding the source of this problem
will be scientists' next step
to stop our riverbeds becoming
an invisible dumping ground
for billions of pieces of plastic.
Victoria Gill, BBC News.
The leader of the House of Commons
has recommended a short,
into claims of bullying
of parliamentary staff.
It follow allegations against
the Commons Speaker John Bercow
and two MPs after an investigation
by the BBC's Newsnight programme.
All three strongly
deny the allegations.
A 17-year-old has been sentenced
to ten-and-a-half years in jail
for carrying out a series of acid
attacks on moped riders
in London last July.
Derryck John, from Croydon,
sprayed six people with acid
in the space of an hour and a half.
He stole two mopeds and attempted
to take another four.
The judge described his
crimes as "despicable".
Tom Burridge reports.
He'd thrown acid into
the face of six men.
But here's Derryck John calmly
paying the petrol that night.
With his visor up, he was linked
to the stolen moped but the person
seen here driving him around
still hasn't been identified.
Later, when Derryck John drove
a stolen bike himself, this -
an accident which linked him
to a string of violent acid attacks.
This victim says his face felt
like it was on fire.
Attacked by Derryck John
while delivering takeways,
Jabed Hussain is still suffering
I have to keep my eyes everywhere.
I don't trust in the street.
If anyone shouts next
to me, I get scared.
If I want to go out, I always
lock my car doors and windows.
I used to be busy myself,
I'm a working class guy.
After the incident,
I am totally different.
I can't believe myself that
I am stuck and alone.
Today, the 17-year-old was sentenced
to ten and a half years in jail.
The judge said an adult would have
gone to prison for much longer.
We are very pleased with
the sentencing Mr John has received,
I think it does send a strong
message that even as a youth
offender, a ten-year plus sentence
still sends a strong message
that this will not be tolerated.
The same judge sentenced
Arthur Collins, seen here throwing
acid across a crowded dance floor,
to 20 years in prison.
Criminals are increasingly
using acid as a weapon.
It is hoped sending this young man's
prison for several years will deter
It is hoped sending this
young man to prison
for several years will deter
others from the same.
The trial of a teenager accused of
planting a bomb on a London
underground train has heard that he
blamed Britain for causing the death
of his dad in Iraq. Giving evidence
to date a college lecturer said she
had heard the students saying it was
his duty to hate Britain.
had heard the students saying
it was his duty to hate Britain.
The BBC is appealing
to the United Nations to protect
the rights of its Persian Service
journalists and their
families in Iran.
The broadcaster says its staff
are being "persecuted",
subjected to arbitrary arrest,
travel bans and the
seizure of assets.
Iran says the BBC is not independent
because its services
in the country have links
to British security services.
Sky has suspended the football
pundit Jamie Carragher after footage
emerged of him spitting
through a car window
towards a teenage girl.
The former England and Liverpool
footballer described it as a "moment
of madness" after he was goaded.
He said he would apologise
again to the family.
Andy Swiss's report contains
footage of the incident.
Jamie Carragher, look.
He is one of football's
most famous pundits,
but after being spotted by a fan
on Sunday, Jamie Carragher winds
down his window and this happens.
Unlucky, Jamie, lad.
He spat on me.
"He spat on me," -
the voice of the driver's
Jamie Carragher spat
on my daughter, nice.
Carragher, who had just watched his
former club Liverpool lose,
said he'd been goaded
and lost his rag.
Have you been sacked?
But this morning, he arrived
in London to be told he'd been
suspended from his job
with Sky Sports.
Carragher, who has a 14-year-old
daughter himself, admitted his
behaviour was unacceptable.
It looks awful and I accept that.
It's not something I've done before,
it's not something I will do again.
I'm sure of that.
I've had a moment of madness,
I made a big, huge mistake,
a stain on my character.
I have to accept that.
I have let my family down
but I think the family I've let down
more than anyone is the people
in the car.
Well, what Jamie Carragher did
on his way home from the match
at Old Trafford has been strongly
condemned by his employers.
In a statement, Sky said his
behaviour fell well below
the standards they expect.
The question now is
whether his apology will be
enough to save his job.
Carragher was supposed to be
on Sky's coverage tonight
but won't now take his customary
place in the studio.
His transition to tough-talking
pundit from tough-tackling
player had seemed seamless
but after retiring on the pitch,
his new career could yet
face an early farewell.
Next month a tax on sugary drinks
will be introduced for the first
time in the UK in a bid
to tackle obesity.
You'll be paying between 18 and 24
pence extra per litre for many
drinks depending on how much extra
sugar has been added.
Our health editor Hugh Pym has been
to Norway where a sugar tax has
been in place for years.
And recently the tax
was almost doubled with some
There are sweet and lots of them in
this shop favoured by some
Norwegians, but it is not in their
own country, it is just over the
border in Sweden. The store owner is
offering all of this at half the
price as Norwegians pay at home. In
January the sugar tax levied in
Norway went up more than 60%. Some
have driven long distances to cross
the border for their shopping.
coming once a month to buy food, so
it is worth it.
It is not only
because of the price, but I like to
have a treat and we buy a lot when
we come here.
The company says trade
has picked up since the Norwegian
tax rise, equivalent to about 10p on
a chocolate bar. It is hard to
imagine anything else quite like it.
The Swedish owner says this is one
of the biggest sweet shops in the
world. It has 20 of them all a short
distance from the border. 95% of
customers come over from Norway.
Norwegians are used to the sugar tax
which was introduced some time ago.
Locals in Oslo are philosophical
about it, even after the tax
increase. People are not happy with
the tax increasing, but I think it
There are a lot of other
taxes that I would react on, but
this one is OK.
The government says
the tax has helped control child
obesity rates which are below
We managed now to
stabilise the obesity of the
children and young people and I am
happy about that. It means what we
have done up to now has been
functioning in the right way.
is now going down the same track
with attacks on sugary soft drinks.
The aim is to move shoppers towards
lower sugar options. Groups like
this have already done that. This
cookery class with healthy recipes
for parents and children is run by a
charity made in Hackney, putting
some juices with fruit but no added
sugar are on the menu.
The peas are
in there. When you are on a tree you
will not have a fizzy drink, but I
want to stop, so I am here learning
The Norwegian example
shows people can learn to live with
the sugar tax, even though when it
comes to their behaviour the message
is expect the unexpected.
is expect the unexpected.
Megan Markle has attended her first
official event with the Queen
at a service to mark Commonwealth
Ms Markle, who is due to marry
Prince Harry in May,
was joined by other senior royals
at Westminster Abbey.
The event is used to celebrate
the 53 Commonwealth countries.
The Duke of Edinburgh,
who retired from public service last
year, did not attend.
Time for a look at the weather.
Here's Ben Rich.
In the coming weekend some of us
could have some snow in the forecast
again believe it or not. But rain
has been causing problems and part
of the Midland has had some
flooding. This picture comes from
Leicestershire. That rain is in no
real mood to clear away either. Only
very slowly easing eastwards
overnight, keeping a lot of clout in
many central and eastern areas. Out
West some clear spells developing.
Parts of northern and are may have a
touch of frost, but most places stay
above freezing. Tomorrow is not a
bad looking day, certainly a drier
day. Quite a lot of cloud for
central and eastern parts of
England, but the further west you
are, Northern Ireland, western
Scotland, Wales and the South West,
more in the way of sunshine.
Temperatures between 9-11. But a
change for the middle of the week
and this area of low pressure trying
to squash its way into the Atlantic.
The isobars show we have some strong
winds in the forecast. Some could be
a touch gale force on Wednesday. But
some mild air wafting up from the
south. Some uncertainty about just
how far east the rain will get. It
looks like only western areas will
see the heavy rain. Strong and
blustery winds touching gale force
in exposed spots. With that mild air
pollution in the sunshine could lift
the temperatures up to 14 or 15.
Into Thursday and Friday things
change and becomes a little bit
colder, particularly in the North
with outbreaks of rain. Over the
weekend we picked up an easterly
wind and it will feel cold and
pretty windy and there is a risk of
snow showers. Theresa May says it is
highly likely Russia was behind the
attack on former Russian spy Sergei
Skripal using weapons grade nerve
agent. Russia accuses her inventing
Russia accuses her
inventing fairy tales.