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Standing together -
America, Germany and France join
Britain in blaming Russia
for the Salisbury
nerve agent attack.
The Prime Minister visited the crime
scene today and welcomed
the international support
in the wake of the poisoning
of the former Russian spy.
This happened in the UK,
but it could have happened anywhere.
And we take a united
stance against it.
Now streets are cordoned off around
the home of the police officer,
still seriously ill
after the attack, as the Defence
Secretary voices his anger.
If you are a nation and another
nation has launched a nerve agent
attack on your people and you have
every right to tell Russia
to shut up and go away.
Moscow continues to deny
being involved and says
it will expel British
diplomats in retaliation.
Also on the programme tonight.
Thousands flee the Syrian enclave
of eastern Ghouta as government
forces intensify their attacks
on the rebel held area.
A police investigation reveals that
a fire door at Grenfell Tower only
held back the flames for 15 minutes
- half the time it should have.
The world health organisation orders
a review into the potential risks
of microplastics after hundreds
are found in leading
brands of bottled water.
And coming up on
Sportsday on BBC News:
Penhill wins a thrilling Stayers'
Hurdle - giving trainer
Willie Mullins his 60th winner
at the Cheltenham Festival.
Good evening and welcome
to the BBC News at Six.
President Trump has joined France,
Germany and the United Kingdom in
issuing a joint statement, laying
the blame for the Salisbury nerve
agent attack firmly on Russia.
They said the first offensive use
of a nerve agent in Europe
since World War II was an assault
on British sovereignty
and there was no plausible
alternative explanation other
than that Russia was responsible.
Today Theresa May went to Salisbury
and spoke to the police officer
who's still seriously ill
in hospital after trying to help
Sergei and Yulia Skripal.
Russia continues to
deny any involvement.
James Landale reports.
This was Theresa May's first visit
to Salisbury since the nerve agent
attack. A chance to be briefed by
the police and public health
experts, but a chance to meet and
reassure members of the public,
whose lives have been so disrupted.
The spirit of those that live here
has been fantastic.
She visited the
scene of the attack on the former
Russian intelligence officer and his
daughter 11 days ago. The restaurant
where they ate and a park bench,
under a tense, where they were
found. The Prime Minister thanked
some of the police officers who
first responded to the call.
you, what you did is what the police
do day in and day out. You go to a
routine call, you don't know what
Then at the local hospital
she met and thank Detective Sergeant
Nick Bailey, who is still recovering
from exposure to the nerve agent.
Russia, she said was guilty of a
brazen and despicable attack. She
expelled 23 of its diplomats, but is
ready to do more.
There are other
things we're looking at. What is
important in the international arena
and we have taken this into Nato,
the United Nations and we will be
taking it to enter the European
Union, allies are standing alongside
That came in a joint statement
from the leaders of Britain, France,
Germany and the US, blaming Russia
for what they called an assault on
I spoke with the Prime Minister and
we are in deep discussions, very sad
situation and it looks like the
Russians are behind it. Something
that should never, ever happen and
we are taking it very seriously, as
I think are many others.
statement is significant because it
shows the Foreign Office and Downing
Street are convincing Britain's
allies that the Salisbury attack is
different, it represents an
escalation of Russia's hostile
behaviour. And as such, those allies
are ready to crank up the pressure
on Moscow. Bad diplomacy continued
today in Brussels where British
security officials briefed Nato
allies. The head of the alliance
said Russia had clearly breached
important to express strong,
political support to the United
Kingdom, sending a clear message
that the United Kingdom is not
alone. We stand together with them.
In Moscow, President Putin discussed
the Salisbury case with his
ministers, who denied Russia and the
soviet union had ever run a Novichok
nerve agent programme and promised
to respond soon to the expulsion of
its diplomats. The Porton Down
military research laboratory, which
identified the nerve agent is to get
an extra £48 million in funding.
Ministers confirmed it would provide
a sample to the chemical watchdog.
Ministers, whose diplomacy is not
extending to Russia.
If you are a
nation and another nation has
launched a nerve agent attack on
your people, you have every right to
tell Russia to shut up and go away.
Meanwhile, this afternoon near
Salisbury, the investigation
continued with the Army recovering a
car from the village near the home
of Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey.
In a moment we'll get the latest
from Washington and Moscow but first
let's speak to Daniel Sandford
who's in Salisbury.
More cordons as we saw, the
investigation goes on?
Yes, what is
unusual about this investigation is
because of the use of the nerve
agent in this English cathedral
city, there are an unprecedented
number of safety concerns. The main
thing we have been seeing is the
recovery of those two vehicles from
the village where Detective Sergeant
Nick Bailey lived. You wouldn't
normally have to do that in a
recovering the vehicles of first
responders, but they have to do that
to decontaminate them. Troops have
had to put on protective clothes and
gas masks, load the vehicles onto
the low loaders and carefully
removed the protective clothing
again to avoid being contaminated.
That is because of this
identification of this military
grade nerve agent from the Novichok
class, which was made in the Soviet
Union. That was identified last week
by the scientists from Porton Down.
It took them several days to get to
that point. Now a sample will be
made available for independent
verification. It is part of the
internationally agreed process of
the UK, proving its charge against
Russia, that Russia has used a
chemical weapon, and nerve agent in
Europe for the first time since the
Second World War. The UK will be
hoping it will persuade enough
countries the Kremlin is simply
lying and no amount of Russia
muddying the waters with conspiracy
theories and propaganda will
undermine its case.
Steve Rosenberg is in Moscow.
Russia says it will retaliate after
its diplomats were expelled but we
still don't know when or how?
Absolutely, there will be
retaliation, but we do know Vladimir
Putin discussed the matter today
here in the Kremlin with his top
security officials. A meeting of the
powerful Russian Security Council
and they denounced Britain's stance
as destructive and provocative but
there was no announcement about
their planned response. As we await
that response, you can feel the
anti-British sentiment bubbling up
in the state-controlled media here.
I was watching Russian TV and
rolling news channel and there was a
report which listed all the bad
things that Russia alleges Britain
has done to Russia over the last 200
years. Whenever there is a
diplomatic row between Moscow and
London, there is one famous Russian
expression you always hear in the
state media here, the English man
spoils everything. We have been
hearing that a lot in the last
couple of days.
And Jon at the White House.
President Trump has joined UK in
blaming Russia, a significant
Yes, since he came to office
there has been a stubborn refusal to
blame Russia for anything and
ignored the advice of his own
intelligence services. But now he
stands square behind Theresa May and
the accusation she has made about
the Russians. The statement issued
last night saying just that. Donald
Trump did something, he joint signed
the letter with the leaders of
France, Germany and Britain.
Furthermore, he had a brief news
conference with the Irish Prime
Minister, who is here in Washington
at the moment and said, it looks
like it was the Russians who were
behind it, something which should
never have happened and we are
taking it very seriously. One other
thing, the Americans have imposed
sanctions against 19 Russians over a
separate investigation. It looks as
though the calculation appears to be
this... If everyone is acting
together against Russia, much more
difficult for Vladimir Putin to pick
Theresa May off individually.
you all very much.
Thousands of people are fleeing
Syria's rebel held enclave
of Eastern Ghouta, as government
forces step up their offensive.
Doctors there have sent out
desperate messages saying
they are overwhelmed
by the number of casualties.
President Assad's forces
have now retaken large
parts of Eastern Ghouta,
the last rebel stronghold
near the capital Damascus.
Our Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen
report contains some
Thousands of people are fleeing
parts of eastern pewter, going into
an uncertain future that looks
better now than the deadly present.
These are the people who have spent
weeks hiding in basements from the
shelling. Eastern Ghouta is a big
area and this isn't happening
everywhere. Many tens of thousands
are still besieged. This was filmed
by Omar, a cameraman who gives his
material to the BBC. The attack
happened outside his building. A
small boy was caught up in it. He is
deaf, so he hadn't heard warnings to
take cover. Omar, the cameraman
worried the boy would be to death
and told us the eight minutes it
took for the ambulance to arrive
were the worst he had enjoyed since
the battle for Eastern Ghouta had
began. Omar carried him to the
ambulance where he was squeezed in
next to the bodies of the dead. Omar
has seen a lot of death. He said the
boy was a soul he wanted to say. We
have been following this doctor, a
paediatrician and an underground
hospital who spends every day with
the wounded and the dying. In that
place, they are all fighting fear,
where regime soldiers are advancing
into the eastern Ghouta. The doctor
sent a message.
sent a message. TRANSLATION:
the worst it has been for many days,
the shelling is brutal, bombs,
rockets, all kinds of weapons. This
may be my last message. The injured
are everywhere, the operating
theatres are full of wounded people.
We don't have enough doctors to help
them and our own homes are being
A small amount of aid is being
brought into Eastern Ghouta. All the
talk of a humanitarian ceasefire is
being ignored. This war started
seven years ago. It's horror goes
on. Jeremy Bowen, BBC News.
A man's been sentenced to at least
30 years in jail for stabbing
to death the daughter
of his ex-partner at an Aldi
supermarket in Skipton in West
30-year-old Jodie Wilsher,
a mother of one, was working
at the supermarket four days before
Christmas when she was stabbed
several times by Neville Hord.
admitted killing her.
He was told he may
never be released.
The Crown Prosecution Service has
ruled out a further review
of the death of Poppi Worthington,
the 13 month-old girl who died
in December 2012.
A coroner concluded in January
she had been sexually
assaulted by her father
Paul Worthington, hours before
she died of asphyxia.
He denies any wrongdoing.
The Anglo-Dutch consumer
company Unilever, the third
biggest firm in the UK,
has denied Brexit is a factor
in its decision to base
its new headquarters in Rotterdam,
rather than London.
Unilever, which makes
staples such as Marmite
and Hellmann's mayonnaise,
insists it's fully committed
to its British operations.
A police investigation
into the deaths of 71 people
who died in the Grenfell Tower blaze
has revealed that a fire door
installed in the tower block
was only able to hold back
the flames for around 15 minutes -
just half the time it was
supposed to work for.
Survivors of the fire have called
the revelations "shocking".
Tom Symonds reports.
Could what happened
here be the result of
That is what the police
Highly technical work,
including the test of a door
from a Grenfell flat.
One that was undamaged in the fire.
In this standard test,
heat is applied to one side
and the door must hold
for 30 minutes.
Here, there's some smoke, but this
door easily passes the test.
The sample from Grenfell
lasted 15 minutes.
The police informed the government,
which has consulted its own experts.
There is no change
to fire safety advice
that the public should follow.
I, nevertheless, fully appreciate
that this news will be
troubling for many people,
not least all those affected
by the Grenfell tragedy.
That is why, based on expert advice,
we have begun the process
of conducting further tests
and we will continue to consult
with the expert panel
to identify the implications
of these further tests.
This picture is from
before the fire.
Flats appear to have
had a variety of doors,
but they were fairly new.
The doors were replaced in 2012,
not as part as the major
refurbishment of Grenfell Tower.
After that work there
was a safety inspection.
The investigators will want to know
were the doors properly assessed?
For the survivors, understanding why
it happened is vital.
It's very important for Grenfell
survivors and the bereaved families
to feel that we can honour
the memory of those who have died.
One way we can bring justice
is to make sure that regulations
and progressive policies ensure that
people feel safe in their homes once
again and that means
tightening the regulations.
But those questions will come later.
For now, this is still the scene
of a criminal investigation.
Tom Symonds, BBC News,
at Grenfell Tower.
The time is just after quarter past
Our top story this evening...
America, Germany and France join
Britain in blaming Russia
for the Salisbury nerve agent attack
as the Prime Minister
visits the crime scene.
And still to come...
How to spot fake news -
the task set to thousands of pupils
across the country for
BBC School Report.
Coming up on Sportsday
on BBC News...
Gareth Southgate names four uncapped
players in his 27-man squad
for England's pre-world
cup friendlies against
the Netherlands and Italy.
Microplastics - they're tiny pieces
of plastic small enough to be
ingested by the human body.
Now the World Health Organisation
is launching a review
into the potential risks
of microplastics after
researchers found hundreds,
even thousands of the tiny particles
in many major brands
of bottled water.
At the moment there is no evidence
that microplastics can harm human
health as our Science Editor,
David Shukman reports.
In the latest research
into plastic, more than 200
bottles of water were put
through a screening process.
Most turned out to have particles
of plastic floating around inside.
There is no evidence this is harmful
but we asked people around the world
what they think of this discovery.
This phenomenon is really
a cause for concern.
And with the usage going up,
I think it's going to hit a large
And with the usage going up,
I think it's going to affect a large
segment of the population.
They tell you to not eat this
or drink this, that or the other.
I prefer bottled water than tap
water so I would have
to just have to carry on.
I'd rather just boil my own water.
That is more important,
than actually buying water
at an expensive price
which is actually a health risk.
It's kind of like you're damned
if you do, damned if you don't.
If you drink the bottled
water, if you drink
the fawcet water it's scary.
Tests on this scale have
never been tried before.
A special dye which sticks
to particles of plastic was added
to more than 200 bottles.
In the right lighting conditions,
it makes the plastic glow.
And when the dyed water
was poured through a filter,
each particle was trapped so it
could then be counted and analysed.
So what are the results from this
laboratory testing showing us?
On average, each litre contains ten
larger pieces of plastic.
That's bigger than the
width of a human hair.
And with smaller particles,
which were probably plastic, you get
an average of 314 per litre.
So, does this matter?
There's no evidence that ingesting
plastic causes any harm
but scientists say they can't
rule it out.
Plastic could release
chemicals inside the body.
Tiny particles could cross
from the gut into the bloodstream
and potentially they might
accumulate in organs like the liver.
The risks may turn out to be minor
but the World Health
Organisation wants to be sure.
We need to understand
what's in the plastic,
what the plastic might
actually carry on it -
whether that's microbes or chemicals
- and when it happens in the body.
So all those things need to be
explored with research.
There's a lot that scientists don't
know but they say it's plausible
could have an effect.
These are non-degradable persistent
particles that can enter the body
and cause an inflammatory response,
and there's potential for more
complex situations to arise
because of the plastic
itself and its chemicals.
The companies involved
told us they stand by
the safety of their products.
They've questioned how the study
was conducted, and they point out
there are no regulations
on microplastics or any agreed way
of testing for them.
This is a totally
new area of science.
The research is in its earliest days
but there is a growing
demand for answers.
David Shukman, BBC News.
An 18-year-old student from Egypt
has died in Nottingham three weeks
after she was attacked
by a group of women.
Mariam Moustapha fell
into a coma after allegedly
being sent home from hospital,
following the incident
in the city centre.
Detectives says there's no
information to suggest
it was motivated by hate.
Sima Kotecha is in Nottingham.
Mariam Moustapha was an engineering
student in Nottingham, she went to
the local college, but on February
the 20th as she went to meet her
mother and sister she was attacked
by a group. Police say she was
punched several times. Today in
response to rumours circulating on
social media, officers have released
a statement saying there is little
or no information suggesting this
was a hate crime, but at this stage
in the investigation they are
keeping an open mind. A 17-year-old
girl was arrested on suspicion of
assault, she's now been released on
A financial crisis at
Northamptonshire County Council has
become so serious that it should be
to a Government report.
It says that living within budget
constraints is not part
of the council's culture
now needs a new start.
The leader of the
council has resigned.
Our Social Affairs Correspondent
Alison Holt looks at
what it will all mean.
Libraries closing, bus routes cut,
potholes not filled and prevention
services struggling. This is the
financial cost of Northamptonshire
County Council's failures. The
report concludes it lost control of
its budget. And this is the human
cost, John Smith relies on council
care. He feels cuts are leaving him
and others isolated and worried.
community organisations that provide
support are juiced, they are minimal
now, they're only doing the basic so
you cannot get less than what we
have got at the moment, so if it
goes even further I don't know what
commissioned report says the
council's problems are lack of
management and it should be
abolished. The report says the 2013
plan to change the way the council
delivers its services is at the root
of Northamptonshire's problems. It
concludes there wasn't enough
scrutiny from councillors and
regular budget spends were not
addressed. The Conservative council
leader who resign today blames the
increasing demand for social care
for the problems they and other
I am aware
significant changes need to be made.
I do not believe these changes will
amount to the additional £15 million
per year that was genuinely needed
in our budget to meet our statutory
Charities facing cuts
now describe the current situation
is a nightmare, so believe something
had to happen.
Maybe this is a
couple of years of uncertainty but
with the hope of a much brighter,
It is now for the
Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid,
to decide on the authority's future.
Thousands of pupils around
the country have been taking part
in the BBC's School Report day,
finding stories in their local
area and producing their
own news bulletins.
The focus of this year's project
is fake news and how to spot it,
as our Wales correspondent
Sian Lloyd has been finding out.
These pupils have been learning how
to unpick fact from fiction.
In the online world they have been
born into, it's a skill that is more
important than it's ever been.
As part of BBC School Report,
resources will now be available
to help young people across the UK,
but these pupils at Maesteg School
are ahead of the game.
They have researched their own
project into fake news.
Fake news is when someone shares
a fake news story online,
and then other people have seen it
and shared it with their friends,
and their friends have shared
it with their friends.
Sometimes it can get out of hand
and rumours can start.
We need to know how to tell
it is fake news, to actually
establish if it's fake news.
So how do you do that?
You can check the URL,
you can ask an expert -
someone with higher
knowledge than you.
Do you think that young people
are particularly susceptible
to believing fake news?
Yes, I think so because I think
social media and mobile devices have
become very popular now
and they just believe
anything they see.
After learning about it at school,
I personally like to look into news
stories to see whether they're true
or not and have a look
on different news websites.
The next headline is a boy
who is nine got locked in a safe
during a game of hide
and seek in Berlin.
Do you think this story
is true or false?
I think this headline is false
because it is difficult
to get locked in a safe.
It sounded unbelievable to him,
but that headline was true.
A lesson to the class in how
tricky it can be to sift
what is true from what's false.
These young journalists have
created their own presentation
about fake news and are sharing
what they've learned.
The BBC is encouraging young people
to learn how to check the facts
and know where to look
for reliable information.
While these students can
identify a false story,
BBC School Report wants to ensure
other young people
are also well-equipped.
Sian Lloyd, BBC News, Maesteg.
And you can find out more
on the BBC's website
Time for a look at the weather.
Here's Helen Willets.
Just one we all thought spring had
Just one we all thought spring had
sprung, it is rather blue behind
Take out the winter coats again!
There is an increasing risk of snow,
and the hazards that go with it,
such as ice. Rain has been causing
issues, we've had a couple of inches
of rain in Northern Ireland for a
start. It stays down, with mist and
fog in some places but on the whole
it is relatively mild compared with
what is on the way. We should see
those showers turning to snow across
the Scottish mountains progressively
during tomorrow. It is a tale of two
seasons tomorrow with wintriness
across parts of Scotland,
increasingly so later in the day at
lower levels, and the concern for
flooding because this rain has been
ongoing for much of today and will
be tonight and tomorrow. More rain
to Northern Ireland but further
south and west, 14 with light winds
but it doesn't last. You can see it
turns progressively to snow and a
much colder night tomorrow with
widespread frost in central and
eastern areas and a bit of frost is
well with that wind, which will
continue dragging in showers which
will fall as snow everywhere because
it is so cold. It will be a shock to
the system, add on the wind chill
and you don't need me to tell you it
will feel bitter. It is showers we
think on Saturday. Come Sunday,
another fly in the ointment which
could bring more widespread snow
across the southern half of the
country. It is another icy cold day,
and we see a spell of more
persistent snow in the south which
can cause a
persistent snow in the south which
can cause a lot of possible
disruption, stay tuned.
A reminder of our main story...
President Trump joins Germany,
France and Britain in blaming Russia
for the Salisbury nerve attack as
the Prime Minister visits the crime