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The Prime minister says it is highly

likely that Russia was behind

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the attack on a former Russian

spy in Salisbury.

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Theresa May says Sergei Skripal

and his daughter were poisoned

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by a military grade nerve agent

of a type developed by Russia.

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This attempted murder

using a weapons-grade nerve agent

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in a British town was not just

a crime against the Skripals.

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It was an indiscriminate

and reckless act against

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the United Kingdom.

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As investigations continue,

the Russian ambassador is summoned

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and told to explain by tomorrow how

the chemical weapon found

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its way to Salisbury.

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He brought laughter to millions -

tributes to Ken Dodd,

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the last of the great music hall

variety comedians,

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who has died aged 90.

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Jail for the teenager who carried

out a string of acid

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attacks on moped riders

to steal their scooters.

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Sky's football pundit

Jamie Carragher is suspended

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after he spits at a teenage girl

and her family.

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Microplastics, not visible

to the naked eye, but this river

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in Greater Manchester is found to be

the most polluted

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so far in the world.

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Coming up on Sportsday later

in the hour on BBC News -

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no British medals on the third day

of the Winter Paralympics.

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And big problems for

the snowboarders in Pyeongchang.

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Good evening and welcome

to the BBC News at Six.

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The former Russian spy

Sergei Skripal and his daughter

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were poisoned by a military-grade

nerve agent of a type

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developed by Russia.

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In the last hour, the Prime Minister

has told MPs that it is highly

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likely that Russia was

behind the attack.

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Now the Russian ambassador has been

summoned and told to explain

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by tomorrow night how a nerve agent

made its way to Salisbury.

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Theresa May said if there's

no credible response,

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the government will conclude

that the attack was an unlawful use

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of force by the Russian state

against the United Kingdom.

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With the latest,

here's our diplomatic

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correspondent James Landale.

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Today, police continued to examine

the Salisbury home of Sergei

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Skripal, more than a week after the

former Russian intelligence officer

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and his daughter were attacked with

a nerve agent, a week during which

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it has remained unclear who carried

out the crime and wide. So, this

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morning ministers gathered for a

meeting of the National Security

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Council, looking for answers. An

update on the investigation from the

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police and intelligence services

that would allow them and the Prime

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Minister to decide what steps to

take next. For some days ministers

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have been pushing Theresa May for

tougher response. This afternoon she

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was clear who she thought was

responsible, and what they should

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do.

It is now clear that Mr Skripal

and his daughter were poisoned with

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a military grade nerve agent of a

type developed by Russia. It is part

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of a group of nerve agents known as

Novichok. Based on the analysis of

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world leading experts at Porton

down, our knowledge that Russia has

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previously produced this agent and

would still be capable of doing so,

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the government has concluded that it

is highly likely that Russia was

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responsible for the act against

Sergei and Yulia Skripal.

She said

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the Foreign Secretary had summoned

the Russian ambassador and told him

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he had until the end of tomorrow to

explain whether this was a direct

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act by the Russian state or by

others who now control the nerve

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agent.

Mr Speaker, this attempted

murder using a weapons grade nerve

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agent in a British town was not just

a crime against the Skripals, it was

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an industry minute and reckless act

against the United Kingdom, putting

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the lives of innocent civilians at

risk. And we will not tolerate such

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a brazen attempt to murder in

innocent civilians on our soil.

The

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Labour leader called for tougher

sanctions on oligarchs living in

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London.

We need to continue seeking

a robust dialogue with Russia on all

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the issues currently dividing our

country is, both domestic and

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international. Rather than simply

cutting off contact and letting the

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tensions and divisions get worse.

Earlier today, before the statement,

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President Putin was visiting an

agricultural centre in southern

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Russia and dismissed a question from

the BBC's Steve Rosenberg. President

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Putin, BBC News - is Russia behind

the poisoning of Sergei Skripal?

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TRANSLATION: We are dealing with

agriculture here, as you see, to

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create conditions for people's

lives, and you talk to me about some

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tragedies. First get to the bottom

of it there and then we will discuss

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this.

But now that Russia has been

blamed officially for what happened

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in Salisbury, it has 24 hours to

decide how to respond. Our security

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correspondent wouldn't there is

here. The Prime Minister was

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specific about the substance - what

exactly was it?

That's right. She

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said it was Novichok, which is a

form of nerve agent, it is a class

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of -- class of nerve agents,

developed during the summit union

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times to get around detection and

prevention systems used by the west,

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and even the chemical warfare suits

they used to give two soldiers. That

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was revealed, the existence of these

Novichok agents by defectors and

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scientists at Porton down will have

been working on a band they will

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have been able to match the samples

that they got from the Skripals in

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Salisbury with the signatures that

they have developed office Novichok

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style of agents. The significance of

this is that this is a specifically

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Russian developed form of nerve

agent. It is not like sarin or other

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types which a number of countries

use. And it is for that reason that

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the Prime Minister was able to save

there are only two possibilities,

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either the Russian state itself used

it or somehow it had lost control of

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its own nerve agent.

In Salisbury,

hundreds of police officers have

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been working around the clock, along

with experts from the Armed Forces,

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to try to establish exactly what

happened on that Sunday afternoon

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eight days ago. Our home affairs

correspondent Daniel Sandford

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reports from Salisbury on the latest

in the investigation. The surreal

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scenes of chemical warfare experts

in gas masks and protective suits

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spread out from Salisbury into the

surrounding countryside today. Here,

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they were removing a van belonging

to a company that runs told Fox.

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Vehicles being recovered during the

operation are being taken to the

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nearby chemical weapons laboratory

at Porton Down. So widespread is the

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possible contamination of this nerve

agent that these specialist troops

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are now working in a village more

than five miles from the centre of

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Salisbury. In the city itself,

counter-terrorism officers, one in a

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balaclava, sealed off the top deck

of the Sainsbury's multistorey car

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park. The Prime Minister said the

people of Salisbury had responded

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with fortitude and calmness, but

there are still concerns that it

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took the Chief Medical Officer seven

days to give people who were in the

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contaminated restaurant and pub

advice to wash their clothes.

The

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disappointment in this case is that

it has taken them so long to release

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some information that might be of

interest and might affect the

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individual people of Salisbury.

It

is extraordinary that this medieval

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cathedral city has seen the

deployment of warn of a group of

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Russian military grade nerve agents

called Novichok.

These are super

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nerve agents which were developed

many years ago by the Russians.

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Because the red lines on the use of

chemical weapons have disappeared

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and the 100 year taboo has

disappeared, because we have done

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nothing about the huge amount of its

use in Syria, if it is Mr Putin, he

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might be feeling that he can use

chemical weapons and nobody is going

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to do anything about it.

Salisbury

has had the air of a science-fiction

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film these last nine days, the site

of what the Prime Minister called

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today a reckless and despicable act.

Much of what we have been seeing

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over the last few days has been

decontamination work, and clearly a

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lot of scientific work has been done

in identifying that military grade

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nerve agent. But detectives are

saying very little about what

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progress they are making in

identifying the attackers themselves

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just a circus show in the British

Parliament, another campaign based

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on propagation, that was the first

response from Russia tonight. We

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will hear from our political editor,

Laura Kuenssberg, in a moment. But

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first we can go to Steve Rosenberg,

who is in Krasnodar near the Black

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Sea. They're talking about the

British invented fairy tales?

The

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response tonight from the Russian

foreign ministry described Theresa

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May's statement in the Commons as a

circus show, dismissing the

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allegations against Moscow as this

information campaign, talking about

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fairy tales. And that is no surprise

because in recent days we have had

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several Russian officials dismiss

claims that Moscow is linked to this

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attack as auntie Russian hysteria. I

think the biggest problem that

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Britain faces right now is the way

it is perceived by the Kremlin, and

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it is perceived as a weak country.

Moscow hears British politicians

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huffing and puffing but believe

they're capable of blowing the house

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down, of taking strong measures

against Moscow. So, I think the key

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question now, if London concludes

that this was a state-sponsored act

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of force against Britain, what

measures can Britain perhaps

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together with her allies, going to

take against Russia?

And Laura

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Kuenssberg, our political editor, in

Westminster, it was a dramatic

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moment in parliament, and strong

language used by the Prime Minister?

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Yes, no fudging, no hanging back,

from the Prime Minister, who is

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essentially delivered an ultimatum

to Russia to explain itself, on

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whether or not it took direct action

on British soil or whether it made a

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mistake and allowed this nerve

agents to fall into the hands of

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people who should not have been

anywhere near it. The question as

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Steve suggests will be, what will be

the government's response if there

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is no credible explanation from

Russia, if the Russian ambassador in

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London does not buy when state give

some believable account of exactly

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what happened? Theresa May was

absolutely firm and serious in her

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words this afternoon, but the crunch

may come later this week on

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Wednesday, whether she will be firm

and serious in the actions she could

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take.

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Thank you both.

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Sir Ken Dodd, one of the most

popular entertainers of his time,

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has died at the age of 90.

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He was a man who brought happiness

and tears of laughter to thousands

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of people with his legendary live

performances during a career

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which spanned more than 60 years.

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Sir Ken died yesterday in Liverpool

in the house where he was born,

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with his partner of 40 years

by his side.

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They got married last Friday.

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David Sillito looks back

at his colourful life.

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The tickling sticks, the wild hair

and surreal flights of fancy were

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only a part of it. Ken Dodd was a

torrent of jokes. His shows would

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often end in the early hours of the

morning.

Geronimo! Thank you very

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much! What a beautiful day for going

up and saying, you will never sell a

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sausage that size!

Offstage, he was

very private, but one of his close

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circle of friends was his joke

writer, John Martin.

I always say

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writing good joke Sir Ken Dodd was

almost like being asked to mix the

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paints for van Gogh, it was that big

an honour.

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an honour.

How are you diddling?!

Tears in 1960s five was one of the

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biggest selling singles of the

1960s. His run at the London

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Palladium broke records. John

Bishop, Brian Conley, Les Dennis,

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David Walliams, comedians have been

lining up today to pay tribute.

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Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome

Ken Dodd!

When he walked on, the

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place used to go up and he hadn't

even said anything! Now, that

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doesn't happen very often! How

tickled we were! How tickled we are!

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He would fire the gags out at you!

In Liverpool we call it "hur".

He

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stayed loyal to Liverpool, living

all his life in the same house,

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where three days ago he finally

married Anne, his partner of 40

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years.

I've been overwhelmed by the

love and affection which I've

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already received from dear friends

and the public. And I thank you all

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for being here.

There was the issue

of his tax affairs, but he was

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acquitted and it just became more

material for his act.

The job I

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fancy is Chancellor of the Exchequer

- at least I would be reunited with

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my money!

He was one of the last

links to music hall. Ken Dodd - it

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really is the end of an era.

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Sir Ken Dodd, who has

died at the age of 90.

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In

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In

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Our top story this evening:

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Theresa May says Sergei Skripal

and his daughter were poisoned

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by a military grade nerve agent

of a type developed by Russia.

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it is highly likely that Russia was

behind the attack.

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it is highly likely that Russia

was behind the attack.

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And still to come: How other

countries tackle obesity and why

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Norwegians are sweet

on Swedish sweets.

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Coming up on Sportsday on BBC News:

The Manchester United Captain

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Michael carrick says his body has

told him to stop.

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He's won every club trophy

but at 36 he'll retire

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at the end of the season.

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Plastic and the problems it causes

in oceans and rivers around

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the world are already well known.

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But what's not so clear is how much

damage microplastics are doing,

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the tiny particles of plastic less

than 5 millimetres in size.

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They can be found in all kinds

of things from industrial

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pollution to cosmetics.

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And now researchers have discovered

that a river in Greater Manchester

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has the highest levels

of microplastic pollution so far

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recorded anywhere in the world.

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Our science correspondent

Victoria Gill reports.

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They are the veins of our country,

running through towns, cities,

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suburbs and the countryside,

but there is a pollutant buried

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in all these riverbeds.

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All along this river bank you can

see evidence of plastic litter,

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plastic bags, plastic

bottles, food containers.

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But it is when things like this

break down into much smaller

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fragments that they are just one

source of the micro plastics that

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end up in the riverbed.

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Waste water treatment plants

and industry are other

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major contributors.

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But to investigate the scale of this

problem scientists need to take

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a piece of the river back

to the lab.

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This has now isolated this

area of the channel bed.

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When I disturb the gravels in here,

all the mud and silt and clay

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and micro plastic particles

will come into suspension

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into the water.

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The team analysed silt at 40

different locations,

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from remote rural streams

to city centre waterways.

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They found micro plastic everywhere.

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Where lots of people live we found

extraordinarily high levels of micro

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plastic contamination.

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Just a few kilometres upstream

from here we found micro plastic

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concentrations that are the highest

so far recorded anywhere

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in the world, over 500,000 micro

plastic particles per metre

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square of riverbed.

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Enormously high levels

of contamination.

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And that is just a few miles

upstream from where we are standing

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in Greater Manchester?

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Yes.

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This is a jar of sediment

from the bed of this river,

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a typical suburban stretch

of the River Mersey.

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And in this 250 grams jar

there will be 5000 individual

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pieces of micro plastic.

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Aquatic insects, birds

and fish can ingest these

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microscopic pieces of plastic.

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And this is where the

problem becomes visible.

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This is all plastic?

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Yes, indeed.

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How many fragments

would you have in this?

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So in this sample just

from a few grams about 100

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micro plastic pieces.

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Finding the source of this problem

will be scientists' next step

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to stop our riverbeds becoming

an invisible dumping ground

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for billions of pieces of plastic.

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Victoria Gill, BBC News.

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The leader of the House of Commons

has recommended a short,

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independently-led inquiry

into claims of bullying

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of parliamentary staff.

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It follow allegations against

the Commons Speaker John Bercow

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and two MPs after an investigation

by the BBC's Newsnight programme.

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All three strongly

deny the allegations.

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A 17-year-old has been sentenced

to ten-and-a-half years in jail

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for carrying out a series of acid

attacks on moped riders

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in London last July.

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Derryck John, from Croydon,

sprayed six people with acid

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in the space of an hour and a half.

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He stole two mopeds and attempted

to take another four.

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The judge described his

crimes as "despicable".

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Tom Burridge reports.

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He'd thrown acid into

the face of six men.

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But here's Derryck John calmly

paying the petrol that night.

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With his visor up, he was linked

to the stolen moped but the person

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seen here driving him around

still hasn't been identified.

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Later, when Derryck John drove

a stolen bike himself, this -

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an accident which linked him

to a string of violent acid attacks.

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This victim says his face felt

like it was on fire.

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Attacked by Derryck John

while delivering takeways,

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Jabed Hussain is still suffering

today.

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I have to keep my eyes everywhere.

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I don't trust in the street.

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If anyone shouts next

to me, I get scared.

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If I want to go out, I always

lock my car doors and windows.

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I used to be busy myself,

I'm a working class guy.

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After the incident,

I am totally different.

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I can't believe myself that

I am stuck and alone.

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Today, the 17-year-old was sentenced

to ten and a half years in jail.

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The judge said an adult would have

gone to prison for much longer.

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We are very pleased with

the sentencing Mr John has received,

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I think it does send a strong

message that even as a youth

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offender, a ten-year plus sentence

still sends a strong message

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that this will not be tolerated.

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The same judge sentenced

Arthur Collins, seen here throwing

0:20:030:20:06

acid across a crowded dance floor,

to 20 years in prison.

0:20:060:20:10

Criminals are increasingly

using acid as a weapon.

0:20:100:20:14

It is hoped sending this young man's

prison for several years will deter

0:20:140:20:19

It is hoped sending this

young man to prison

0:20:190:20:21

for several years will deter

0:20:210:20:22

others from the same.

0:20:220:20:29

The trial of a teenager accused of

planting a bomb on a London

0:20:290:20:34

underground train has heard that he

blamed Britain for causing the death

0:20:340:20:38

of his dad in Iraq. Giving evidence

to date a college lecturer said she

0:20:380:20:43

had heard the students saying it was

his duty to hate Britain.

0:20:430:20:48

had heard the students saying

it was his duty to hate Britain.

0:20:480:20:50

The BBC is appealing

to the United Nations to protect

0:20:500:20:53

the rights of its Persian Service

journalists and their

0:20:530:20:55

families in Iran.

0:20:550:20:56

The broadcaster says its staff

are being "persecuted",

0:20:560:20:58

subjected to arbitrary arrest,

travel bans and the

0:20:580:21:00

seizure of assets.

0:21:000:21:01

Iran says the BBC is not independent

because its services

0:21:010:21:03

in the country have links

to British security services.

0:21:030:21:09

Sky has suspended the football

pundit Jamie Carragher after footage

0:21:090:21:12

emerged of him spitting

through a car window

0:21:120:21:16

towards a teenage girl.

0:21:160:21:17

The former England and Liverpool

footballer described it as a "moment

0:21:170:21:20

of madness" after he was goaded.

0:21:200:21:21

He said he would apologise

again to the family.

0:21:210:21:23

Andy Swiss's report contains

footage of the incident.

0:21:230:21:26

Jamie Carragher, look.

0:21:260:21:29

He is one of football's

most famous pundits,

0:21:290:21:31

but after being spotted by a fan

on Sunday, Jamie Carragher winds

0:21:310:21:34

down his window and this happens.

0:21:340:21:38

Unlucky, Jamie, lad.

0:21:380:21:39

2-1, lad.

0:21:390:21:42

He spat on me.

0:21:420:21:45

"He spat on me," -

the voice of the driver's

0:21:450:21:48

14-year-old daughter.

0:21:480:21:50

Jamie Carragher spat

on my daughter, nice.

0:21:500:21:52

Carragher, who had just watched his

former club Liverpool lose,

0:21:520:21:55

said he'd been goaded

and lost his rag.

0:21:550:21:57

Have you been sacked?

0:21:570:22:01

But this morning, he arrived

in London to be told he'd been

0:22:010:22:03

suspended from his job

with Sky Sports.

0:22:030:22:06

Carragher, who has a 14-year-old

daughter himself, admitted his

0:22:060:22:08

behaviour was unacceptable.

0:22:080:22:11

It looks awful and I accept that.

0:22:110:22:16

It's not something I've done before,

it's not something I will do again.

0:22:160:22:20

I'm sure of that.

0:22:200:22:22

I've had a moment of madness,

I made a big, huge mistake,

0:22:220:22:25

a stain on my character.

0:22:250:22:28

I have to accept that.

0:22:280:22:32

I have let my family down

but I think the family I've let down

0:22:320:22:35

more than anyone is the people

in the car.

0:22:350:22:37

Well, what Jamie Carragher did

on his way home from the match

0:22:370:22:40

at Old Trafford has been strongly

condemned by his employers.

0:22:400:22:43

In a statement, Sky said his

behaviour fell well below

0:22:430:22:46

the standards they expect.

0:22:460:22:49

The question now is

whether his apology will be

0:22:490:22:51

enough to save his job.

0:22:510:22:54

Carragher was supposed to be

on Sky's coverage tonight

0:22:540:22:57

but won't now take his customary

place in the studio.

0:22:570:23:01

His transition to tough-talking

pundit from tough-tackling

0:23:010:23:03

player had seemed seamless

but after retiring on the pitch,

0:23:030:23:07

his new career could yet

face an early farewell.

0:23:070:23:15

Next month a tax on sugary drinks

will be introduced for the first

0:23:150:23:18

time in the UK in a bid

to tackle obesity.

0:23:180:23:21

You'll be paying between 18 and 24

pence extra per litre for many

0:23:210:23:24

drinks depending on how much extra

sugar has been added.

0:23:240:23:27

Our health editor Hugh Pym has been

to Norway where a sugar tax has

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been in place for years.

0:23:310:23:32

And recently the tax

was almost doubled with some

0:23:320:23:34

unintended consequences.

0:23:340:23:42

There are sweet and lots of them in

this shop favoured by some

0:23:420:23:46

Norwegians, but it is not in their

own country, it is just over the

0:23:460:23:51

border in Sweden. The store owner is

offering all of this at half the

0:23:510:23:55

price as Norwegians pay at home. In

January the sugar tax levied in

0:23:550:24:00

Norway went up more than 60%. Some

have driven long distances to cross

0:24:000:24:04

the border for their shopping.

I am

coming once a month to buy food, so

0:24:040:24:10

it is worth it.

It is not only

because of the price, but I like to

0:24:100:24:16

have a treat and we buy a lot when

we come here.

The company says trade

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has picked up since the Norwegian

tax rise, equivalent to about 10p on

0:24:220:24:27

a chocolate bar. It is hard to

imagine anything else quite like it.

0:24:270:24:31

The Swedish owner says this is one

of the biggest sweet shops in the

0:24:310:24:35

world. It has 20 of them all a short

distance from the border. 95% of

0:24:350:24:41

customers come over from Norway.

Norwegians are used to the sugar tax

0:24:410:24:46

which was introduced some time ago.

Locals in Oslo are philosophical

0:24:460:24:53

about it, even after the tax

increase. People are not happy with

0:24:530:24:56

the tax increasing, but I think it

is good.

There are a lot of other

0:24:560:25:01

taxes that I would react on, but

this one is OK.

The government says

0:25:010:25:06

the tax has helped control child

obesity rates which are below

0:25:060:25:10

Sweden's.

We managed now to

stabilise the obesity of the

0:25:100:25:15

children and young people and I am

happy about that. It means what we

0:25:150:25:19

have done up to now has been

functioning in the right way.

The UK

0:25:190:25:25

is now going down the same track

with attacks on sugary soft drinks.

0:25:250:25:29

The aim is to move shoppers towards

lower sugar options. Groups like

0:25:290:25:35

this have already done that. This

cookery class with healthy recipes

0:25:350:25:40

for parents and children is run by a

charity made in Hackney, putting

0:25:400:25:45

some juices with fruit but no added

sugar are on the menu.

The peas are

0:25:450:25:50

in there. When you are on a tree you

will not have a fizzy drink, but I

0:25:500:25:58

want to stop, so I am here learning

about this.

The Norwegian example

0:25:580:26:03

shows people can learn to live with

the sugar tax, even though when it

0:26:030:26:07

comes to their behaviour the message

is expect the unexpected.

0:26:070:26:11

is expect the unexpected.

0:26:110:26:14

Megan Markle has attended her first

official event with the Queen

0:26:140:26:16

at a service to mark Commonwealth

Day.

0:26:160:26:18

Ms Markle, who is due to marry

Prince Harry in May,

0:26:180:26:21

was joined by other senior royals

at Westminster Abbey.

0:26:210:26:23

The event is used to celebrate

the 53 Commonwealth countries.

0:26:230:26:27

The Duke of Edinburgh,

who retired from public service last

0:26:270:26:30

year, did not attend.

0:26:300:26:33

Time for a look at the weather.

0:26:330:26:35

Here's Ben Rich.

0:26:350:26:38

In the coming weekend some of us

could have some snow in the forecast

0:26:410:26:45

again believe it or not. But rain

has been causing problems and part

0:26:450:26:51

of the Midland has had some

flooding. This picture comes from

0:26:510:26:54

Leicestershire. That rain is in no

real mood to clear away either. Only

0:26:540:27:01

very slowly easing eastwards

overnight, keeping a lot of clout in

0:27:010:27:06

many central and eastern areas. Out

West some clear spells developing.

0:27:060:27:12

Parts of northern and are may have a

touch of frost, but most places stay

0:27:120:27:17

above freezing. Tomorrow is not a

bad looking day, certainly a drier

0:27:170:27:21

day. Quite a lot of cloud for

central and eastern parts of

0:27:210:27:26

England, but the further west you

are, Northern Ireland, western

0:27:260:27:30

Scotland, Wales and the South West,

more in the way of sunshine.

0:27:300:27:37

Temperatures between 9-11. But a

change for the middle of the week

0:27:370:27:40

and this area of low pressure trying

to squash its way into the Atlantic.

0:27:400:27:45

The isobars show we have some strong

winds in the forecast. Some could be

0:27:450:27:50

a touch gale force on Wednesday. But

some mild air wafting up from the

0:27:500:27:56

south. Some uncertainty about just

how far east the rain will get. It

0:27:560:28:01

looks like only western areas will

see the heavy rain. Strong and

0:28:010:28:06

blustery winds touching gale force

in exposed spots. With that mild air

0:28:060:28:11

pollution in the sunshine could lift

the temperatures up to 14 or 15.

0:28:110:28:17

Into Thursday and Friday things

change and becomes a little bit

0:28:170:28:21

colder, particularly in the North

with outbreaks of rain. Over the

0:28:210:28:26

weekend we picked up an easterly

wind and it will feel cold and

0:28:260:28:30

pretty windy and there is a risk of

snow showers.

0:28:300:28:37

snow showers. Theresa May says it is

highly likely Russia was behind the

0:28:370:28:42

attack on former Russian spy Sergei

Skripal using weapons grade nerve

0:28:420:28:46

agent. Russia accuses her inventing

fairy tales.

0:28:460:28:48

Russia accuses her

inventing fairy tales.

0:28:480:28:55