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Police launch a murder inquiry
into the death of another
Russian exile in London.
Nikolai Glushkov, a Russian
businessman, was found dead
in his home on Monday.
It appears he was strangled.
Police are guarding his house.
They say there is nothing
to link his death to the poisoning
of the Russian spy Sergei Skripal.
With Mr Skripal and his daughter
still critical in hospital,
the Foreign Secretary blames
Vladimir Putin for the attack.
Our quarrel is with Putin's Kremlin,
and with his decision.
And we think it overwhelmingly
likely that it was his decision.
The Kremlin calls Mr Johnson's
comments shocking and unforgivable.
We'll bring you the latest
on this developing story.
The Iraqi teenager found guilty
of the Parsons Green Tube bombing,
who was on the government's
programme at the time.
At least six people have been killed
in Miami after the collapse
of a bridge built in just six hours
less than a week ago.
And the women animators winning
awards and trying to encourage
other women to join them.
Coming up on Sportsday on BBC News,
Liverpool and Manchester City
will meet in the last eight
of the Champions League,
the first all-English
quarterfinal since 2011.
It is Liverpool
versus Manchester City.
Good evening and welcome
to the BBC News at Six.
A murder inquiry has been launched
into the death of a Russian
businessman in London on Monday.
A postmortem has concluded
Nikolai Glushkov died
from compression to the neck,
suggesting he was strangled.
Detectives say there's nothing
at this stage to link the murder
with the nerve agent attacks
in Salisbury of Sergei Skripal
and his daughter.
Boris Johnson says he believes it's
"overwhelmingly likely" that
President Putin was personally
responsible for ordering
the death of Mr Skripal.
The Kremlin has called his comments
shocking and unforgivable.
Our diplomatic correspondent
James Landale has more.
Boris Johnson brought the Polish
Foreign Minister to a Battle of
Britain Museum today, a memorial to
a war fought in the air.
single plane that Britain had was up
in the sky.
The Foreign Secretary
used the opportunity to push forward
Britain's current battle with
Russia, fought this time over the
airwaves, blaming Vladimir Putin
personally for the nerve agent
attack in Salisbury.
Our quarrel is
with Putin's Kremlin, and with his
decision. And we think it
overwhelmingly likely that it was
his decision to direct the use of a
nerve agent on the streets of the
UK, the streets of Europe, for the
first time since the Second World
War. That is why we are at odds with
The Kremlin spokesmen issued
an angry statement, saying that
mentioning President Putin's name in
connection with the attack was
shocking and unpardonable dramatic
misconduct. The Kremlin also
confirmed that some British
diplomats based at the embassy in
Moscow would be expelled, and that
an announcement could come at any
moment. It is retaliation for the
UK's decision to expel 23 Russian
intelligence officers who will leave
London next Tuesday. Again, Russia's
Foreign Minister denied any
involvement in the Salisbury attack.
I don't want to comment
on the current situation. Let it
stay on the conscience of those who
have started this shameless,
And as for the
language of the Defence Secretary?
He says Russia should
go away and shut up. Maybe he lacks
education. I don't know.
at the Foreign Office believe the
robustness of written's response and
the unity of the Western allies has
surprised Russia, and they say they
are ready for any retaliation coming
from Moscow. As one source said, we
have more stuff in the locker. But
amid the diplomatic war of words,
the Metropolitan Police announced
that a Russian businessman who had
been found dead at his South West
London home on Monday, had been
murdered. The 68 it rolled Nikolai
Glushkov was a former associate of
known opponents of President Putin.
Detectives said they were keeping an
open mind but there was nothing to
link his death to the nerve agent
attack. In Salisbury, two weeks on,
police were still in protective gear
in investigating the attempted
murder of the former Russian
intelligence officer Sergei Skripal
and his daughter, Yulia, still
making the streets safe.
Our security correspondent
Gordon Corera is with me now.
Nikolai Glushkov, an exiled Russian
businessman in London
with an intriguing past in Moscow.
What more can you tell us about him?
Nikolai Glushkov was found at his
home on Monday night, dead. The
initial thought was that he may have
taken his own life. But the police,
given his background, put the
Counterterrorism Command on the
investigation and there was a
special postmortem yesterday which
today brought back details of the
cause of death as compression of the
neck, suggesting another person may
have been involved. The context is
that Nikolai Glushkov was a
controversial businessman who had
been put on trial in Russia in his
absence for large-scale embezzlement
and fraud. In the UK, he was linked
to Boris Berezovsky, another
businessman who had come to the UK,
a critic of Vladimir Putin, and
himself died in 2013. Nikolai
Glushkov have thought that death was
suspicious. Those circumstances have
put Counterterrorism Command in
charge of the investigation, but
they are stressing that there is no
link that they have found to the
events in Salisbury, and no
suggestion of any kind of poisoning
in this context and this
investigation. But clearly they will
be taking it seriously because of
the wider context of concerns about
threats to Russians in the UK at the
Steve Rosenberg is in Moscow.
What's the latest reaction
there to the developments here?
Well, here, we are still waiting for
Russia's retaliation to UK
sanctions. The Kremlin spokesmen
this morning suggested that an
announcement could come at any
moment, but he said that hours ago,
and there is still nothing. It feels
as if Moscow is in no hurry to
reveal its response. What we have
been hearing today are Russian
officials criticising British
government ministers. The Kremlin
slammed Boris Johnson. The Russian
Foreign Minister said Gavin
Williamson, the Defence Secretary,
was a nice young man who lacked
education. Meanwhile, Moscow
continues to pump out all kinds of
conspiracy theories about the attack
in Salisbury, which appear designed
to spread confusion and to sow
doubt. On Russian TV today, one
Russian official claimed the nerve
agent used in Salisbury have been
produced not in Russia but in
Britain or America. We have heard
other Russian officials suggest that
this whole drama has been dreamt up
by the British government to
distract attention from the problems
Police say that 46 people have been
to Salisbury District Hospital
expressing concerns since
the attack, but none have been
admitted to hospital.
Investigators say they've identified
131 people who've potentially been
in contact with the nerve agent.
It's now 12 days since
the poisoning, and our correspondent
Duncan Kennedy is in Salisbury.
This will have had a sizeable
impact on the community
and local businesses.
Very much so, Fiona. Those numbers
showed just how many people have
been caught up in this incident over
the past two weeks. Yet again
tonight there is police activity all
over Salisbury. All of that activity
has led to a drop in the numbers
coming into Salisbury and is having
a negative affect on some of the
businesses here, although the city
says it is open and safe.
It has been an extraordinary two
weeks for the 50,000 people of
Salisbury, a city that attracts
4 million visitors to its medieval
riches, but a city now redefined
by its connection with espionage and
The unwanted attention
is harming local businesses,
like this fudge shop.
It is half a mile from the scene
of the nerve agent attack.
Even here, customers
We're at least two thirds
down in terms of taking.
The street are pretty much empty.
Charity shops are also suffering.
This one helps children
with life-threatening illnesses.
Sales are down 70%.
Just how bad is business?
These little children rely
on our little shops to actually make
a difference to them.
So I really need to try and get
all the customers back in.
Even the homeless are feeling
helpless because of
the drop in numbers.
How much fewer people
do think are coming?
50%, yes, definitely.
What does that mean
for what you earn?
I don't earn much at all.
Not much at all.
Last night, local
councillors agreed a
package of measures to help
the city, including
Most here say the police presence
doesn't bother them.
Seeing all this police activity
wouldn't stop you coming?
No, not at all.
I hope it doesn't put
people off using the
You don't have any worries
walking around the city?
No, none at all.
I'm fine with it.
This city may be at the centre
of an unprecedented investigation.
But the message it wants
to give is that it
is safe and open.
An Iraqi teenager, who sought asylum
in the UK as a child,
has been found guilty
of the London Tube bombing
at Parson's Green.
18-year-old Ahmed Hassan
left his bomb on a packed
Underground train during rush hour.
The device only partially detonated,
but injured 50 people.
It's emerged that Hassan
was on the government's
Prevent, while he was
plotting the attack.
The government says
there are lessons to be
learned from the case.
June Kelly reports.
Ahmed Hassan buying batteries
and screwdrivers in Asda -
everyday items but, for a violent
of his bomb-making kit.
He's asked for ID.
He may have looked young but Hassan
is said to be mature, highly
intelligent and calculating.
CCTV cameras captured
his journey as the
following morning he left home early
with his bomb in a bag and a
murderous plan in his head.
He was setting off to cause carnage
on the London Underground system.
He made for a train and then,
a few stops down the District Line,
he got off, empty-handed,
his bomb on a timer left behind.
Just after the train pulled
into Parsons Green station,
the bomb detonated, creating
a massive fireball which rolled
down the carriage.
Passengers were left burning
and screaming in pain.
A gassy flare ran up
above my head, singed my hair.
There was panic all
around me on the train.
People were diving off the train.
Fortunately the doors
were open so I managed to
get off the train.
My initial reaction
was that there was a fault
on the train rather than a device.
Hassan had strapped
shrapnel to the device -
nuts, bolts, screws and knives
to cause maximum death and injury.
It was said to be pure luck that his
bomb only partially exploded.
This computer-generated graphic
shows the scene in the
carriage after the attack.
He had used the explosive TATP,
known as Mother of Satan.
At Parsons Green a major emergency
operation got under way.
were taken off the train,
injured commuters carried out
of the station.
Meanwhile, the teenage bomber left
London and went on the run.
The year before he declared
it was his duty to hate Britain
because his father had been killed
by coalition forces in Iraq.
At the time of his attack
he was on the government's
Prevent, aimed at turning people
away from terrorism.
He was very cunning and devious and,
on the face of it, Hassan
was engaged on the programme
but coming back to his devious
nature, he kept it very secretive
in relation to what he was doing,
what he was planning,
and nobody around him actually
knew what his plot was.
24 hours on from the attack,
firearms officers were surrounding
Hassan's house in Sunbury in Surrey.
Inside were his petrified
elderly foster parents,
Penny and Ron Jones.
This was a couple who had received
MBEs from the Queen for fostering
hundreds of children.
Ahmed Hassan repaid them
for giving him a home by secretly
building a bomb in their kitchen.
And it came out in court that
the teenager staying in their spare
bedroom had told immigration
officials he had been kidnapped and
trained to kill by the
Islamic State group.
It is understood the Joneses
were not given his full story.
After the bombing,
Hassan headed for Dover.
He was arrested as he tried to flee
the country which had given
him a home and an education
but for which he felt only hatred.
He will be sentenced next week.
How was it that a programmme
designed to prevent him taking part
in terror activity failed to spot
that he was planning a terror
attack at that very time?
It is extraordinary. From his first
immigration interview alarm bells
were ringing over Hassan. He said he
had been trained to kill by Islamic
State fighters. He was caught
looking at IS propaganda on his
phone, and was understood to have
sent money to them, and he told his
tutor it was his duty to hate
Britain. He was then under the
control of Surrey County Council,
who were looking after his welfare,
and they decided he was a candidate
for the government de-radicalisation
programme, Prevent. But we are told
he did not have a specialist
mentors. So at the same time as he
was seemingly engaged on the
programme, he was building a bomb.
Surrey County Council have
apologised for shortcomings, saying
lessons have been learned and
improvements made. They have also
apologised to the foster couple.
They say they were told about his
background. We have been told they
were not given the full picture.
South Africa's former president
Jacob Zuma is to face prosecution
for 16 charges of corruption
relating to a multi-billion dollar
arms deal before he took office.
The charges, which Mr Zuma denies,
include counts of fraud,
racketeering and money laundering.
Mr Zuma was forced
to resign last month.
Syria's government is urging people
to leave the last rebel-held
areas of Eastern Ghouta,
as thousands flee for their lives.
Dozens have died in renewed
shelling, and the Syrian army says
it has retaken 70% of
the territory from the rebels.
Some 20,000 people have been
forced from their homes.
In Florida, at least six people have
been killed after a newly built
bridge collapsed onto a busy
road in Miami.
The bridge had been put up in six
hours just six days ago
using a method called "accelerated
construction" to avoid
Ten people have been taken
to hospital, and the emergency
services have been working
at the scene since last night.
Here's how the disaster unfolded.
The bridge at FIU just
collapsed out of nowhere.
There's cars stuck under there.
We tried to get people
out but we couldn't.
They were all stuck.
Two construction workers also
fell from the crane.
I mean, it was horrible,
it was a disaster.
What I saw was it slowly coming
down, and the dust and the cement
just shattering on top of the cars.
We exhausted last night
all of our search and rescue
capabilities in the hopes
of finding additional survivors.
We used auditory, we used visual,
we used our canines,
and we determined that there is no
longer any survivors.
That's why we transitioned
into this recovery mode.
The time is just after a quarter
Our top story this evening...
Police have launched a murder
inquiry into the death
of a Russian businessman,
in his London home.
And still to come...
The three-mile duel that
saw Native River win
the Gold Cup at Cheltenham.
Coming up in Six Nations Sports
Direct later we look at the final
weekend in this year's tournament
with Ireland the champions but can
they do the grand slam -- sports
It's an industry that's estimated
to generate more than £300 million
a year and it's growing fast.
And last night, the best
in the animation industry were
celebrated at their annual awards.
A record number of women
were nominated this year.
One of the winners, Paloma Baeza,
believes more needs to be done
to encourage young women
to be animators.
Chi Chi Izundu went to meet her.
It's an enemies to friends story.
So nice to finally
have some company.
A polar bear and a grizzly bear
forced into survival together
because of their changing
We could team up!
Four paws better than two, right?
But this year's winner
for the favourite film
at the British Animation Awards says
it's important more women
in the industry are given
opportunity to create.
Young women coming up,
even little girls coming up feel
that this is something
that is achievable.
So it is important,
it is important because it puts it
there as a possibility as opposed
to feeling swamped in a world
where it feels unattainable.
According to 2017 figures,
the animation industry
employs around 7750 people.
Out of that number, just
over 2300 are women.
But look at the percentage
of creators in comparison to back
office roles for women -
only 21% are animators.
The rest work in distribution,
sales and marketing.
Demand for animation is increasing
with the growing popularity
of streaming and immersive
experiences like augmented reality
and virtual reality.
And Paloma says that should create
more chances for female-led stories.
What we all want in the industry
is for equality so it's not
a situation where a woman
is being hired
because she's a woman.
Really, parity and equality
comes from opportunity
and equal opportunity and it
being an even playing field.
The last of the dried supplies.
Chi Chi Izundu, BBC News.
The clothing chain Topman
has apologised for any
offence that was caused,
after criticism that
a T-shirt it had been selling
could be seen to refer
to the Hillsborough disaster.
The red top, which has now been
withdrawn from sale,
has a large 96 on the back
and is being interpreted by some
Liverpool fans as a reference
to the number of people who died
in the 1989 disaster.
Topman say the design was inspired
by a Bob Marley song.
The Royal College of Nursing says
hundreds of nursing students at nine
universities have been hit
with errors in their
student loan payments.
The students were told they'd been
overpaid between £600 and £5,000
by the Student Loans Company
and to expect no more
payments this year.
Some students say they've been left
struggling to pay bills and rent.
The father of a female engineering
student allegedly attacked
by a group of women in Nottingham
has called for "justice"
for his daughter.
18-year-old Mariam Moustafa died
on Wednesday, nearly a month
after she was assaulted on a bus
in the city centre.
Nottinghamshire Police says
there is nothing to suggest
it was a hate crime,
although they are
"keeping an open mind".
Sima Kotecha sent us
the latest from Nottingham.
18-year-old Mariam Moustafa, an
engineering student in Nottingham.
Her family are from Egypt and came
here for a better life.
Her sister and father
described her as loving,
cheerful and intelligent.
Mariam was always looking
up, looking forward
for being in engineering.
She was a hard worker.
She always put all her effort
to being in engineering.
In February, as the teenager
was making her way to see her mother
and sister, she was attacked.
She caught a bus on this street
to try to get away from the girls.
However, they followed her.
Police say she was
punched several times.
She died on Wednesday.
This footage on social media shows
what happened on the bus.
You move out of my way,
you move out of my way.
Yesterday police said there was no
information at this stage
to suggest it was a hate crime
but that they were
keeping an open mind.
She was discharged from hospital
after the attack but then she fell
ill and was readmitted.
That's when she went into a coma.
The family gave us these pictures.
For me to now think that she's gone,
I still feel like she's around me,
I feel like she's going to come
knocking on the door.
But that's not happening.
The Egyptian government,
as well as her family,
have called on the UK authorities
to bring those who did
this to justice quickly.
A 17-year-old girl was arrested
on suspicion of assault but has been
released on conditional bail.
In a tweet this afternoon,
the Foreign Secretary,
Boris Johnson, assured the Egyptian
authorities that Nottinghamshire
Police was investigating the case.
Sima Kotecha, BBC News, Nottingham.
The first polar bear cub born
in Britain for a quarter
of a century has been filmed
for the first time after
being born in December
in the Scottish Highlands.
As you can see, mum
and cub are doing well.
The footage was captured by remote
cameras for a Channel 4 documentary.
Highland Wildlife Park is yet
to find out if the cub is a boy
or a girl, but it's already proving
to be a confident and
curious little character.
In a thrilling two-horse race
finale, Native River,
ridden by champion jockey
Richard Johnson, has beaten
the favourite, Might Bite,
to win the Gold Cup at Cheltenham.
It's Johnson's second Gold Cup win
and comes nearly two
decades after his first.
Our Sports Correspondent,
Andy Swiss, was there
to see all the action.
It was an incredible battle from
start to finish.
Cheltenham has seen some
extraordinary battles over the years
but this was right up there, two
forces leading from start to finish
but in the end the day and the Gold
Cup belongs to Native River.
In racing you need that bit
of optimism and with what seemed
like the most open of Gold Cups...
Any more bets?
Punters certainly required it.
So many factors,
not least the soggy,
But while there were 15
runners, this proved
the ultimate two-horse race.
In the white nose band Native River,
and next to him Might Bite.
The rest mere observers
as fence after fence,
furlong after furlong,
they slugged it out.
Going into the last,
Who will prevail on
the Cheltenham hill?
Native River and Might Bite...
But on that final, gruelling
gradient it was Native River
who edged ahead, a remarkable duel
and a remarkable victory.
He wins the Gold Cup!
For jockey Richard Johnson,
a second Gold Cup win some 18
years after his first.
This was even sweeter.
I'm still a bit speechless now.
The first time I don't think
I realised how amazing
it was and how hard it is.
18 years later, you realise just
to get one of these horse to ride,
let alone to win the race,
is very difficult.
And delight too for Dorset
trainer Colin Tizzard -
once a dairy farmer and now part
of a Gold Cup winning team on a day
when leading from the start
produced the perfect finish.
Andy Swiss, BBC News, Cheltenham.
Time for a look at the weather.
Here's Sarah Keith-Lucas.
It has been like a spring day in
London but snow is on the way?
What a contrast tomorrow is going to
be, there has been some spring
sunshine for some, but some snow in
the north but in the south it has
felt pleasant. This was the sunset
in Kent. This is set to be the calm
before the snow because things will
turn more wintry over the weekend, a
dip in temperature with snow and ice
with the Met Office issuing amber
warnings and disruption is likely
because of it. We have some snow
showers already in Scotland, rain
further south in north-east England
but moving through tonight 's those
snow showers fall too low levels and
push further south west. For many it
will be a subzero start of the
weekend, some snow showers from the
word go and we will continue to is
it the cold air coming in. High
pressure in Scandinavia and the
easterly winds rolling around. On
Saturday, snow showers from the word
go across southern England, south
Wales as well and with the easterly
wind a mix of Sunnis above and
scattered snow showers almost
anywhere. Tempered is struggling to
get much above freezing and with the
wind chill it can feel as -8. The
driest weather probably in Northern
Ireland and western Scotland but
elsewhere we could have some heavy
and disrupted snow. These are the
amber warnings for ice and snow,
particularly these three regions,
but you could see some disruptive
snow almost anywhere. Moving into
Sunday, still be easterly wind
bringing further snow showers, some
brighter weather coming in from the
East later. Another very cold day,
particularly when you are exposed to
the biting easterly wind.
A reminder of our main story...
A reminder of our main story...
Police have launched a murder
inquiry into the death
of a Russian businessman,
in his London home.
That's all from the BBC News at Six
so it's goodbye from me
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