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Standing together -

America, Germany and France join

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Britain in blaming Russia

for the Salisbury

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nerve agent attack.

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The Prime Minister visited the crime

scene today and welcomed

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the international support

in the wake of the poisoning

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of the former Russian spy.

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This happened in the UK,

but it could have happened anywhere.

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And we take a united

stance against it.

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Now streets are cordoned off around

the home of the police officer,

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still seriously ill

after the attack, as the Defence

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Secretary voices his anger.

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If you are a nation and another

nation has launched a nerve agent

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attack on your people and you have

every right to tell Russia

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to shut up and go away.

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Moscow continues to deny

being involved and says

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it will expel British

diplomats in retaliation.

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Also on the programme tonight.

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Thousands flee the Syrian enclave

of eastern Ghouta as government

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forces intensify their attacks

on the rebel held area.

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A police investigation reveals that

a fire door at Grenfell Tower only

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held back the flames for 15 minutes

- half the time it should have.

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The world health organisation orders

a review into the potential risks

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of microplastics after hundreds

are found in leading

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brands of bottled water.

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And coming up on

Sportsday on BBC News:

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Penhill wins a thrilling Stayers'

Hurdle - giving trainer

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Willie Mullins his 60th winner

at the Cheltenham Festival.

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Good evening and welcome

to the BBC News at Six.

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President Trump has joined France,

Germany and the United Kingdom in

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issuing a joint statement, laying

the blame for the Salisbury nerve

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agent attack firmly on Russia.

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They said the first offensive use

of a nerve agent in Europe

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since World War II was an assault

on British sovereignty

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and there was no plausible

alternative explanation other

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than that Russia was responsible.

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Today Theresa May went to Salisbury

and spoke to the police officer

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who's still seriously ill

in hospital after trying to help

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Sergei and Yulia Skripal.

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Russia continues to

deny any involvement.

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James Landale reports.

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This was Theresa May's first visit

to Salisbury since the nerve agent

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attack. A chance to be briefed by

the police and public health

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experts, but a chance to meet and

reassure members of the public,

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whose lives have been so disrupted.

The spirit of those that live here

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has been fantastic.

She visited the

scene of the attack on the former

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Russian intelligence officer and his

daughter 11 days ago. The restaurant

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where they ate and a park bench,

under a tense, where they were

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found. The Prime Minister thanked

some of the police officers who

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first responded to the call.

Thank

you, what you did is what the police

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do day in and day out. You go to a

routine call, you don't know what

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you find.

Then at the local hospital

she met and thank Detective Sergeant

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Nick Bailey, who is still recovering

from exposure to the nerve agent.

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Russia, she said was guilty of a

brazen and despicable attack. She

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expelled 23 of its diplomats, but is

ready to do more.

There are other

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things we're looking at. What is

important in the international arena

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and we have taken this into Nato,

the United Nations and we will be

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taking it to enter the European

Union, allies are standing alongside

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us.

That came in a joint statement

from the leaders of Britain, France,

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Germany and the US, blaming Russia

for what they called an assault on

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UK sovereignty.

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I spoke with the Prime Minister and

we are in deep discussions, very sad

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situation and it looks like the

Russians are behind it. Something

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that should never, ever happen and

we are taking it very seriously, as

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I think are many others.

The joint

statement is significant because it

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shows the Foreign Office and Downing

Street are convincing Britain's

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allies that the Salisbury attack is

different, it represents an

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escalation of Russia's hostile

behaviour. And as such, those allies

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are ready to crank up the pressure

on Moscow. Bad diplomacy continued

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today in Brussels where British

security officials briefed Nato

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allies. The head of the alliance

said Russia had clearly breached

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international agreements.

It is

important to express strong,

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political support to the United

Kingdom, sending a clear message

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that the United Kingdom is not

alone. We stand together with them.

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In Moscow, President Putin discussed

the Salisbury case with his

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ministers, who denied Russia and the

soviet union had ever run a Novichok

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nerve agent programme and promised

to respond soon to the expulsion of

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its diplomats. The Porton Down

military research laboratory, which

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identified the nerve agent is to get

an extra £48 million in funding.

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Ministers confirmed it would provide

a sample to the chemical watchdog.

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Ministers, whose diplomacy is not

extending to Russia.

If you are a

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nation and another nation has

launched a nerve agent attack on

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your people, you have every right to

tell Russia to shut up and go away.

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Meanwhile, this afternoon near

Salisbury, the investigation

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continued with the Army recovering a

car from the village near the home

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of Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey.

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In a moment we'll get the latest

from Washington and Moscow but first

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let's speak to Daniel Sandford

who's in Salisbury.

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More cordons as we saw, the

investigation goes on?

Yes, what is

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unusual about this investigation is

because of the use of the nerve

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agent in this English cathedral

city, there are an unprecedented

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number of safety concerns. The main

thing we have been seeing is the

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recovery of those two vehicles from

the village where Detective Sergeant

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Nick Bailey lived. You wouldn't

normally have to do that in a

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counterterrorism investigation,

recovering the vehicles of first

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responders, but they have to do that

to decontaminate them. Troops have

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had to put on protective clothes and

gas masks, load the vehicles onto

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the low loaders and carefully

removed the protective clothing

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again to avoid being contaminated.

That is because of this

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identification of this military

grade nerve agent from the Novichok

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class, which was made in the Soviet

Union. That was identified last week

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by the scientists from Porton Down.

It took them several days to get to

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that point. Now a sample will be

made available for independent

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verification. It is part of the

internationally agreed process of

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the UK, proving its charge against

Russia, that Russia has used a

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chemical weapon, and nerve agent in

Europe for the first time since the

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Second World War. The UK will be

hoping it will persuade enough

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countries the Kremlin is simply

lying and no amount of Russia

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muddying the waters with conspiracy

theories and propaganda will

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undermine its case.

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Steve Rosenberg is in Moscow.

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Russia says it will retaliate after

its diplomats were expelled but we

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still don't know when or how?

Absolutely, there will be

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retaliation, but we do know Vladimir

Putin discussed the matter today

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here in the Kremlin with his top

security officials. A meeting of the

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powerful Russian Security Council

and they denounced Britain's stance

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as destructive and provocative but

there was no announcement about

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their planned response. As we await

that response, you can feel the

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anti-British sentiment bubbling up

in the state-controlled media here.

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I was watching Russian TV and

rolling news channel and there was a

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report which listed all the bad

things that Russia alleges Britain

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has done to Russia over the last 200

years. Whenever there is a

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diplomatic row between Moscow and

London, there is one famous Russian

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expression you always hear in the

state media here, the English man

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spoils everything. We have been

hearing that a lot in the last

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couple of days.

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And Jon at the White House.

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President Trump has joined UK in

blaming Russia, a significant

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moment?

Yes, since he came to office

there has been a stubborn refusal to

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blame Russia for anything and

ignored the advice of his own

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intelligence services. But now he

stands square behind Theresa May and

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the accusation she has made about

the Russians. The statement issued

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last night saying just that. Donald

Trump did something, he joint signed

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the letter with the leaders of

France, Germany and Britain.

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Furthermore, he had a brief news

conference with the Irish Prime

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Minister, who is here in Washington

at the moment and said, it looks

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like it was the Russians who were

behind it, something which should

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never have happened and we are

taking it very seriously. One other

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thing, the Americans have imposed

sanctions against 19 Russians over a

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separate investigation. It looks as

though the calculation appears to be

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this... If everyone is acting

together against Russia, much more

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difficult for Vladimir Putin to pick

Theresa May off individually.

Thank

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you all very much.

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Thousands of people are fleeing

Syria's rebel held enclave

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of Eastern Ghouta, as government

forces step up their offensive.

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Doctors there have sent out

desperate messages saying

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they are overwhelmed

by the number of casualties.

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President Assad's forces

have now retaken large

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parts of Eastern Ghouta,

the last rebel stronghold

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near the capital Damascus.

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Our Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen

report contains some

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distressing scenes.

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Thousands of people are fleeing

parts of eastern pewter, going into

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an uncertain future that looks

better now than the deadly present.

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These are the people who have spent

weeks hiding in basements from the

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shelling. Eastern Ghouta is a big

area and this isn't happening

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everywhere.

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everywhere. Many tens of thousands

are still besieged. This was filmed

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by Omar, a cameraman who gives his

material to the BBC. The attack

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happened outside his building. A

small boy was caught up in it. He is

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deaf, so he hadn't heard warnings to

take cover. Omar, the cameraman

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worried the boy would be to death

and told us the eight minutes it

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took for the ambulance to arrive

were the worst he had enjoyed since

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the battle for Eastern Ghouta had

began. Omar carried him to the

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ambulance where he was squeezed in

next to the bodies of the dead. Omar

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has seen a lot of death. He said the

boy was a soul he wanted to say. We

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have been following this doctor, a

paediatrician and an underground

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hospital who spends every day with

the wounded and the dying. In that

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place, they are all fighting fear,

where regime soldiers are advancing

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into the eastern Ghouta. The doctor

sent a message.

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sent a message. TRANSLATION:

It is

the worst it has been for many days,

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the shelling is brutal, bombs,

rockets, all kinds of weapons. This

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may be my last message. The injured

are everywhere, the operating

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theatres are full of wounded people.

We don't have enough doctors to help

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them and our own homes are being

shelved.

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A small amount of aid is being

brought into Eastern Ghouta. All the

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talk of a humanitarian ceasefire is

being ignored.

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being ignored. This war started

seven years ago. It's horror goes

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on. Jeremy Bowen, BBC News.

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A man's been sentenced to at least

30 years in jail for stabbing

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to death the daughter

of his ex-partner at an Aldi

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supermarket in Skipton in West

Yorkshire.

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30-year-old Jodie Wilsher,

a mother of one, was working

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at the supermarket four days before

Christmas when she was stabbed

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several times by Neville Hord.

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The 44-year-old

admitted killing her.

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He was told he may

never be released.

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The Crown Prosecution Service has

ruled out a further review

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of the death of Poppi Worthington,

the 13 month-old girl who died

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in Barrow-in-Furness

in December 2012.

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A coroner concluded in January

she had been sexually

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assaulted by her father

Paul Worthington, hours before

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she died of asphyxia.

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He denies any wrongdoing.

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The Anglo-Dutch consumer

company Unilever, the third

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biggest firm in the UK,

has denied Brexit is a factor

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in its decision to base

its new headquarters in Rotterdam,

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rather than London.

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Unilever, which makes

staples such as Marmite

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and Hellmann's mayonnaise,

insists it's fully committed

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to its British operations.

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A police investigation

into the deaths of 71 people

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who died in the Grenfell Tower blaze

has revealed that a fire door

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installed in the tower block

was only able to hold back

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the flames for around 15 minutes -

just half the time it was

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supposed to work for.

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Survivors of the fire have called

the revelations "shocking".

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Tom Symonds reports.

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Could what happened

here be the result of

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corporate manslaughter?

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That is what the police

are investigating.

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Highly technical work,

including the test of a door

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from a Grenfell flat.

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One that was undamaged in the fire.

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In this standard test,

heat is applied to one side

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and the door must hold

for 30 minutes.

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Here, there's some smoke, but this

door easily passes the test.

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The sample from Grenfell

lasted 15 minutes.

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The police informed the government,

which has consulted its own experts.

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The response...

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There is no change

to fire safety advice

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that the public should follow.

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I, nevertheless, fully appreciate

that this news will be

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troubling for many people,

not least all those affected

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by the Grenfell tragedy.

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That is why, based on expert advice,

we have begun the process

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of conducting further tests

and we will continue to consult

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with the expert panel

to identify the implications

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of these further tests.

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This picture is from

before the fire.

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Flats appear to have

had a variety of doors,

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but they were fairly new.

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The doors were replaced in 2012,

not as part as the major

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refurbishment of Grenfell Tower.

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After that work there

was a safety inspection.

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The investigators will want to know

were the doors properly assessed?

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For the survivors, understanding why

it happened is vital.

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It's very important for Grenfell

survivors and the bereaved families

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to feel that we can honour

the memory of those who have died.

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One way we can bring justice

is to make sure that regulations

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and progressive policies ensure that

people feel safe in their homes once

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again and that means

tightening the regulations.

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But those questions will come later.

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For now, this is still the scene

of a criminal investigation.

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Tom Symonds, BBC News,

at Grenfell Tower.

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The time is just after quarter past

six.

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Our top story this evening...

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America, Germany and France join

Britain in blaming Russia

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for the Salisbury nerve agent attack

as the Prime Minister

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visits the crime scene.

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And still to come...

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How to spot fake news -

the task set to thousands of pupils

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across the country for

BBC School Report.

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Coming up on Sportsday

on BBC News...

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Gareth Southgate names four uncapped

players in his 27-man squad

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for England's pre-world

cup friendlies against

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the Netherlands and Italy.

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Microplastics - they're tiny pieces

of plastic small enough to be

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ingested by the human body.

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Now the World Health Organisation

is launching a review

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into the potential risks

of microplastics after

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researchers found hundreds,

even thousands of the tiny particles

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in many major brands

of bottled water.

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At the moment there is no evidence

that microplastics can harm human

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health as our Science Editor,

David Shukman reports.

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In the latest research

into plastic, more than 200

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bottles of water were put

through a screening process.

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Most turned out to have particles

of plastic floating around inside.

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There is no evidence this is harmful

but we asked people around the world

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what they think of this discovery.

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This phenomenon is really

a cause for concern.

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And with the usage going up,

I think it's going to hit a large

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And with the usage going up,

I think it's going to affect a large

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segment of the population.

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They tell you to not eat this

or drink this, that or the other.

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I prefer bottled water than tap

water so I would have

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to just have to carry on.

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I'd rather just boil my own water.

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That is more important,

than actually buying water

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at an expensive price

which is actually a health risk.

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It's kind of like you're damned

if you do, damned if you don't.

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If you drink the bottled

water, if you drink

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the fawcet water it's scary.

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Tests on this scale have

never been tried before.

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A special dye which sticks

to particles of plastic was added

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to more than 200 bottles.

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In the right lighting conditions,

it makes the plastic glow.

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And when the dyed water

was poured through a filter,

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each particle was trapped so it

could then be counted and analysed.

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So what are the results from this

laboratory testing showing us?

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On average, each litre contains ten

larger pieces of plastic.

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That's bigger than the

width of a human hair.

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And with smaller particles,

which were probably plastic, you get

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an average of 314 per litre.

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So, does this matter?

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There's no evidence that ingesting

plastic causes any harm

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but scientists say they can't

rule it out.

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Plastic could release

chemicals inside the body.

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Tiny particles could cross

from the gut into the bloodstream

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and potentially they might

accumulate in organs like the liver.

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The risks may turn out to be minor

but the World Health

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Organisation wants to be sure.

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We need to understand

what's in the plastic,

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what the plastic might

actually carry on it -

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whether that's microbes or chemicals

- and when it happens in the body.

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So all those things need to be

explored with research.

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There's a lot that scientists don't

know but they say it's plausible

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that microplastics

could have an effect.

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These are non-degradable persistent

particles that can enter the body

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and cause an inflammatory response,

and there's potential for more

0:19:390:19:42

complex situations to arise

because of the plastic

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itself and its chemicals.

0:19:430:19:45

The companies involved

told us they stand by

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the safety of their products.

0:19:460:19:50

They've questioned how the study

was conducted, and they point out

0:19:500:19:55

there are no regulations

on microplastics or any agreed way

0:19:550:19:57

of testing for them.

0:19:570:19:58

This is a totally

new area of science.

0:19:580:20:04

The research is in its earliest days

but there is a growing

0:20:040:20:07

demand for answers.

0:20:070:20:08

David Shukman, BBC News.

0:20:080:20:10

An 18-year-old student from Egypt

has died in Nottingham three weeks

0:20:100:20:12

after she was attacked

by a group of women.

0:20:120:20:14

Mariam Moustapha fell

into a coma after allegedly

0:20:140:20:17

being sent home from hospital,

following the incident

0:20:170:20:18

in the city centre.

0:20:180:20:23

Detectives says there's no

information to suggest

0:20:230:20:24

it was motivated by hate.

0:20:240:20:26

Our correspondent,

Sima Kotecha is in Nottingham.

0:20:260:20:33

Mariam Moustapha was an engineering

student in Nottingham, she went to

0:20:380:20:42

the local college, but on February

the 20th as she went to meet her

0:20:420:20:47

mother and sister she was attacked

by a group. Police say she was

0:20:470:20:51

punched several times. Today in

response to rumours circulating on

0:20:510:20:57

social media, officers have released

a statement saying there is little

0:20:570:21:01

or no information suggesting this

was a hate crime, but at this stage

0:21:010:21:05

in the investigation they are

keeping an open mind. A 17-year-old

0:21:050:21:09

girl was arrested on suspicion of

assault, she's now been released on

0:21:090:21:19

bail.

Thank you.

0:21:190:21:21

A financial crisis at

Northamptonshire County Council has

0:21:210:21:23

become so serious that it should be

abolished, according

0:21:230:21:25

to a Government report.

0:21:250:21:26

It says that living within budget

constraints is not part

0:21:260:21:28

of the council's culture

and Northamptonshire

0:21:280:21:30

now needs a new start.

0:21:300:21:31

The leader of the

council has resigned.

0:21:310:21:33

Our Social Affairs Correspondent

Alison Holt looks at

0:21:330:21:35

what it will all mean.

0:21:350:21:40

Libraries closing, bus routes cut,

potholes not filled and prevention

0:21:400:21:45

services struggling. This is the

financial cost of Northamptonshire

0:21:450:21:50

County Council's failures. The

report concludes it lost control of

0:21:500:21:55

its budget. And this is the human

cost, John Smith relies on council

0:21:550:22:00

care. He feels cuts are leaving him

and others isolated and worried.

If

0:22:000:22:06

community organisations that provide

support are juiced, they are minimal

0:22:060:22:11

now, they're only doing the basic so

you cannot get less than what we

0:22:110:22:16

have got at the moment, so if it

goes even further I don't know what

0:22:160:22:21

will happen.

Today's government

commissioned report says the

0:22:210:22:26

council's problems are lack of

management and it should be

0:22:260:22:29

abolished. The report says the 2013

plan to change the way the council

0:22:290:22:34

delivers its services is at the root

of Northamptonshire's problems. It

0:22:340:22:39

concludes there wasn't enough

scrutiny from councillors and

0:22:390:22:43

regular budget spends were not

addressed. The Conservative council

0:22:430:22:47

leader who resign today blames the

increasing demand for social care

0:22:470:22:50

for the problems they and other

councils face.

I am aware

0:22:500:22:56

significant changes need to be made.

I do not believe these changes will

0:22:560:23:01

amount to the additional £15 million

per year that was genuinely needed

0:23:010:23:06

in our budget to meet our statutory

obligations.

0:23:060:23:16

obligations.

Charities facing cuts

now describe the current situation

0:23:160:23:19

is a nightmare, so believe something

had to happen.

Maybe this is a

0:23:190:23:25

couple of years of uncertainty but

with the hope of a much brighter,

0:23:250:23:28

better future.

It is now for the

Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid,

0:23:280:23:37

to decide on the authority's future.

0:23:370:23:42

Thousands of pupils around

the country have been taking part

0:23:420:23:44

in the BBC's School Report day,

finding stories in their local

0:23:440:23:47

area and producing their

own news bulletins.

0:23:470:23:48

The focus of this year's project

is fake news and how to spot it,

0:23:480:23:52

as our Wales correspondent

Sian Lloyd has been finding out.

0:23:520:24:00

These pupils have been learning how

to unpick fact from fiction.

0:24:000:24:05

In the online world they have been

born into, it's a skill that is more

0:24:050:24:08

important than it's ever been.

0:24:080:24:10

As part of BBC School Report,

resources will now be available

0:24:100:24:13

to help young people across the UK,

but these pupils at Maesteg School

0:24:130:24:16

are ahead of the game.

0:24:160:24:19

They have researched their own

project into fake news.

0:24:190:24:23

Fake news is when someone shares

a fake news story online,

0:24:230:24:26

and then other people have seen it

and shared it with their friends,

0:24:260:24:29

and their friends have shared

it with their friends.

0:24:290:24:31

Sometimes it can get out of hand

and rumours can start.

0:24:310:24:36

We need to know how to tell

it is fake news, to actually

0:24:360:24:39

establish if it's fake news.

0:24:390:24:42

So how do you do that?

0:24:420:24:44

You can check the URL,

you can ask an expert -

0:24:440:24:46

someone with higher

knowledge than you.

0:24:460:24:48

Do you think that young people

are particularly susceptible

0:24:480:24:50

to believing fake news?

0:24:500:24:56

Yes, I think so because I think

social media and mobile devices have

0:24:560:24:59

become very popular now

and they just believe

0:24:590:25:01

anything they see.

0:25:010:25:09

After learning about it at school,

I personally like to look into news

0:25:100:25:13

stories to see whether they're true

or not and have a look

0:25:130:25:16

on different news websites.

0:25:160:25:20

The next headline is a boy

who is nine got locked in a safe

0:25:200:25:23

during a game of hide

and seek in Berlin.

0:25:230:25:25

Do you think this story

is true or false?

0:25:250:25:27

I think this headline is false

because it is difficult

0:25:270:25:30

to get locked in a safe.

0:25:300:25:32

It sounded unbelievable to him,

but that headline was true.

0:25:320:25:35

A lesson to the class in how

tricky it can be to sift

0:25:350:25:38

what is true from what's false.

0:25:380:25:39

These young journalists have

created their own presentation

0:25:390:25:41

about fake news and are sharing

what they've learned.

0:25:410:25:46

The BBC is encouraging young people

to learn how to check the facts

0:25:460:25:49

and know where to look

for reliable information.

0:25:490:25:54

While these students can

identify a false story,

0:25:540:25:56

BBC School Report wants to ensure

other young people

0:25:560:25:58

are also well-equipped.

0:25:580:26:01

Sian Lloyd, BBC News, Maesteg.

0:26:010:26:05

And you can find out more

on the BBC's website

0:26:050:26:07

on bbc.co.uk/schoolreport.

0:26:070:26:14

Time for a look at the weather.

0:26:150:26:17

Here's Helen Willets.

0:26:170:26:22

Just one we all thought spring had

sprung, it

0:26:220:26:25

Just one we all thought spring had

sprung, it is rather blue behind

0:26:250:26:27

you.

Take out the winter coats again!

0:26:270:26:33

There is an increasing risk of snow,

and the hazards that go with it,

0:26:330:26:39

such as ice. Rain has been causing

issues, we've had a couple of inches

0:26:390:26:44

of rain in Northern Ireland for a

start. It stays down, with mist and

0:26:440:26:50

fog in some places but on the whole

it is relatively mild compared with

0:26:500:26:54

what is on the way. We should see

those showers turning to snow across

0:26:540:26:59

the Scottish mountains progressively

during tomorrow. It is a tale of two

0:26:590:27:06

seasons tomorrow with wintriness

across parts of Scotland,

0:27:060:27:09

increasingly so later in the day at

lower levels, and the concern for

0:27:090:27:13

flooding because this rain has been

ongoing for much of today and will

0:27:130:27:17

be tonight and tomorrow. More rain

to Northern Ireland but further

0:27:170:27:22

south and west, 14 with light winds

but it doesn't last. You can see it

0:27:220:27:30

turns progressively to snow and a

much colder night tomorrow with

0:27:300:27:33

widespread frost in central and

eastern areas and a bit of frost is

0:27:330:27:36

well with that wind, which will

continue dragging in showers which

0:27:360:27:41

will fall as snow everywhere because

it is so cold. It will be a shock to

0:27:410:27:49

the system, add on the wind chill

and you don't need me to tell you it

0:27:490:27:54

will feel bitter. It is showers we

think on Saturday. Come Sunday,

0:27:540:28:00

another fly in the ointment which

could bring more widespread snow

0:28:000:28:04

across the southern half of the

country. It is another icy cold day,

0:28:040:28:09

and we see a spell of more

persistent snow in the south which

0:28:090:28:14

can cause a

0:28:140:28:16

persistent snow in the south which

can cause a lot of possible

0:28:160:28:17

disruption, stay tuned.

A reminder of our main story...

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President Trump joins Germany,

France and Britain in blaming Russia

0:28:220:28:26

for the Salisbury nerve attack as

the Prime Minister visits the crime

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scene.

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