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Hello.

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This is Breakfast,

with Charlie Stayt and Steph

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McGovern.

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Jeremy Corbyn warns against drifting

into a "new Cold War."

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He talks of a fevered atmosphere at

Westminster.

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The Labour leader is resisting

growing pressure from Labour

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backbenchers to unequivocally

blame the Russian state

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for the Salisbury attack.

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Good morning.

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It's Friday the 16th of March.

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Also this morning:

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At least four people have died

after a newly built bridge collapsed

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onto a busy motorway in Miami.

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They made my skin itch, they dulled

all my senses.

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The human cost of England's

painkiller addiction.

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BBC News discovers almost 3,000

are prescribed every hour.

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Good morning. The number of tourists

coming to the UK hit a new record

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last year. And that is good news for

places like this. This morning we

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are at the National Museum in

Edinburgh to find out what it means

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for the local economy.

Good morning

from a rather wet Cheltenham on Gold

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Cup Day. The Irish trainer is in so

much good form. We will see what

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happens later.

What is it like in

the rest of

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happens later.

What is it like in

the rest of the country? Good

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morning. I have the

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morning. I have the details on board

HMS Belfast this morning,

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celebrating 80 years since her

launch. Rain at times turning to

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snow. I will have the full details

in 15 minutes.

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snow. I will have the full details

in 15 minutes.

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Good morning.

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First our main story.

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Jeremy Corbyn has again questioned

whether the Russian state was behind

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the nerve agent attack in Salisbury.

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In an article in The Guardian,

the Labour leader calls on people

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not to rush to judgement.

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Our political correspondent,

Ben Wright, joins us from

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Westminster.

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What is Jeremy Corbyn saying?

Jeremy

Corbyn is doubling down on the

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position he took in the House of

Commons on Wednesday, a couple of

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days ago. That was when Theresa May

said clearly as far as the

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government is concerned the Russian

state is culpable for this attack.

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She listed the measures the

government was taking, kicking out

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diplomats and imposing new

sanctions. Jeremy Corbyn raised

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questions about the reliability of

the intelligence used, questioning

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whether the state of Russia was

involved. He repeated those

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arguments for the article in The

Guardian. He says the attack is

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barbaric and beyond reckless. He

says there are two possibilities, it

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is either the Russian state, or the

nerve agent has fallen into the

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criminal underworld, gangsters, and

could be used by them. He is holding

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back from pointing the finger of

blame at the Kremlin. He is also

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seen let's not manufacture a

division over Russia where none

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exists. He is squeamish and

concerned about, you know, going

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after the Russian state in the way

the government has done. He also

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raises previous criticisms he made

about British intelligence

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gathering, talking about the dossier

which took Britain into the conflict

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in Iraq. There is a lot on this

article. He talks about Saudi

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Arabia, Donald Trump, and broader

British policy. He has critics in

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his backbench, Labour MPs are

comfortable with how he is

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approaching this. The fact he is not

blaming Russia directly. But he does

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not deviate from his argument in

this piece, sticking to its line

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there are legitimate questions for

him to be asking.

For the moment,

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thank you. We will speak

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thank you. We will speak to a former

British ambassador to Russia at

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around ten past eight this morning.

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At least four people have been

killed after a newly built bridge

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collapsed onto a major

road in Miami.

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Eight cars waiting at traffic

lights below were crushed.

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Rescue teams are still

searching for suvivors.

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Marta Newman reports.

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The bridge at FIU just collapsed out

of nowhere. There are cars stuck

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under there.

It was designed to last

100 years and withstand Category 5

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hurricane winds. But instead, 950

tons of this newly installed

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pedestrian bridge crashed down a

busy Miami motorway below. Witnesses

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spoke of terror as the enormous

structure flattened cars waiting

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below for the traffic lights to

change.

We tried to get people out

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and we couldn't. They were stuck.

Construction workers fell from the

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drain. It was a disaster. -- crane.

Before bridge was only put in place

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a week ago, taking just six hours to

complete. It was built using a

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technique called accelerated bridge

construction, or accelerated bridge.

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Because of its collapse remains

unclear.

We deserve to know and the

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public deserves to know and the

families of those who have been hurt

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and lost their lives deserve to know

what went wrong. People can be rest

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assured, the people doing these

engineering studies will tell us

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what went wrong.

As relatives and

friends of victims search for

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answers, investigators from the

National Transportation Safety Board

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will now conduct the investigation.

MCM at the family owned contract

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which helped build the bridge, says

it will co-operate fully. -- MCM,.

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BBC News.

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One in four council-run secondary

schools in England is running

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at a loss, leading to fears of staff

cuts and larger class sizes.

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New research by the Education Policy

Institute found that number

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of schools in deficit has nearly

trebled in the last four years.

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Helena Lee reports.

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It is no secret that some schools

are struggling financially. This

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study will no doubt add to concerns.

Researchers looked at budgets and

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balances of local authorities and

secondaries in England over the last

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seven years. The report does not

include academies which make up

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about 2% of secondary schools and

20% of primary is. In 2013 - 2014,

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8% were in the red. That rose to

just over 26% in 2016 - 2017. Those

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in the south-west were most likely

to be in deficit. Let parents will

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naturally be concerned about the

pressures on school budgets. --

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Parents.

It will mean cuts to

teachers and assistants which could

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mean increased class sizes and a

reduction in classes on offer.

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Earlier this month, the Education

Secretary acknowledge that school

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funding was tight. The liberal

government association says this

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research shows the government should

revive additional funding, and if

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they do not, councils may not be

able to meet their duties. --

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provide. BBC News.

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The government says it does not

recognise the findings of the report

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and is putting an extra £1.3 million

in the schools.

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A report into the failure

of Northamptonshire County Council

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has recommended that the authority

be scrapped after widespread

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financial and management failures.

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Government-appointed investigators

said the problems at the council,

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which last month announced £40

million worth of cuts,

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were so deep-rooted

that it was impossible to rescue it

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in its current form.

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The leader of the council

has now resigned.

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Four African countries

with the world's largest elephant

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populations are expected to call

on Britain and the European Union

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to ban the legal sale

of antique ivory today.

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Ministers will sign a petition

at a wildlife summit in Botswana

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urging European countries to follow

China's lead in outlawing the sale

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of all ivory products.

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Alistair Leithead reports.

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Africa's elephants are still

severely under threat, with less

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animals being born and the number

killed by poachers every year

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increasing. Here in Botswana, the

last true sanctuary for elephants on

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the continent, scientists and

conservationists are meeting to stop

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the ivory trade. Techniques used for

counter-terrorism are now being used

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to stop poaching and catch the

culprits. And they are being

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showcased at the Giants Club summit,

which aims to stop poaching by 2020.

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They are also talking about the

illegal ivory trade in Britain and

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the rest of Europe.

The UK and the

EU are the biggest exporters of

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legal antique ivory. We have seen

China has banned their trade. Hong

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Kong is saying they are doing a

similar thing. The African leaders

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meeting here are hoping the EU and

the UK could do likewise and could

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stop this trade in antique ivory.

It

might send a strong message to try

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to reduce the demand for ivory.

Alastair Leithead, BBC News, in

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Botswana.

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MPs from Egypt are travelling

to the UK today to monitor

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investigations into the death of

an Egyptian student in Nottingham.

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18-year-old Mariam Moustafa died

on Wednesday, three weeks

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after being attacked by a group

of women outside a shopping centre.

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Police say they are keeping an "open

mind" about whether the assault

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was a hate crime.

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Fashion retailer, Topman,

are coming under pressure

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to withdraw a shirt that some

people believe refers

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to the Hillsborough disaster.

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The red shirt with a large number 96

is being seen by some Liverpool fans

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as a reference to the club's kit

and number of victims killed

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in the 1989 disaster.

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Topman are yet to say anything

about the shirt but there is no

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suggestion of a

deliberate reference.

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The singer, Rihanna,

has accused Snapchat

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of "intentionally" shaming

victims of domestic abuse.

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An advert for a game on the social

media platform asked users

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if they would "rather slap Rihanna

or punch Chris Brown."

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It appears to refer to Brown's

conviction for assaulting Rihanna

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in 2009 while they were dating.

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A spokesperson for the company said

the ad was "disgusting" and "should

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never have appeared."

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Britain's first polar bear cub

for 25 years has been filmed

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for the first time after

being born in December.

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Channel 4 and STV Productions have

been granted unprecedented

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and exclusive access to document

the breeding and birth of the first

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polar bear cub to be born

in the UK for 25 years.

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A unique hour-long documentary,

Britain's Polar Bear Cub filmed over

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two years by STV Productions

for Channel 4, will follow

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the pioneering polar

bear breeding programme

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at the Royal Zoological Society

of Scotland Highland Wildlife Park.

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That is so cute.

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It's Gold Cup day in Cheltenham,

one of the highlights

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of the jumpracing calendar.

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Mike is there this morning.

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Good morning.

Good morning.

It is

cold

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cold enough for polar bears here

this morning. The sun is expected

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later. Raining overnight. It is no

surprise the ground is even wetter.

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They have done a good job patching

it up. They are saying it will save

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the Irish horses. They have been so

dominant this week. The same in the

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rugby.

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Yesterday's big winner was Penhill,

ridden by Paul Townend.

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The 12-to-1 shot saw off

the challenge of Supasundae

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to become the sixth win at this

year's Festival for trainer Willie

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Mullins.

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Remember, Mullins has never won big

at the Gold Cup.

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On the day he was recalled

to the England squad,

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Danny Welbeck scored twice

for Arsenal as they beat AC Milan

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to reach the quarter finals

of the Europa League.

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Tiger Woods and his impressive

return to form continues, getting a

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68 at the Arnold

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68 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational

in Orlando. Four shots behind Henrik

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Stenson, eight under par. There is

more to come with the Paralympics

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later on with Kate. It is hard to

see past the Irish trainers here.

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The other big question is Nicky

Henderson. He could become the first

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ever trainer in a week to win all

three, hat-trick, the champion race,

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the Champion

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the Champion Hurdle, and the Gold

Cup, the "Greatest Show on Turf." We

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will see you later.

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We are blessed with our outdoor

locations today.

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The museum ship, HMS Belfast,

has been a landmark on the Thames

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in Central London since 1971.

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Today, she celebrates her 80th

birthday, so we've sent Matt

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to have a look.

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Good morning. We are aboard HMS

Belfast this morning. Launched in

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1938 by the wife of then PM Neville

Chamberlain, immediately providing a

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blockade against Germany. Since then

it has taken part in action on the

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Arctic

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Arctic Circle, the D-Day landings,

and before being scrapped, it was

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saved by the Imperial War Museum,

put on display in 1971. We will look

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inside later on in the programme.

This is the forecast.

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inside later on in the programme.

This is the forecast. Not bad.

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Things will get much more cold this

weekend. A bitter wind. Temperatures

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plummeting with snow on the way. The

snow is limited to parts of

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Scotland, mainly on the hills in the

Grampians. Elsewhere in eastern

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Scotland and south-east Scotland,

outbreaks of rain at times. Rain

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through Northern Ireland this

morning. Developing through the day.

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A dry spell across parts of northern

England. At the moment in Wales, the

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Midlands, East Anglia, clearing to

allow some sunshine. Sunny spells

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already developing in southern

counties of England and Wales. Here

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is where we will see showers

gradually develop. Does showers will

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become heavy and perhaps thundery in

the afternoon. -- those showers. The

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wind will be like compared to

further north. -- lighter.

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North-east England will be rather

wet with snow coming down to lower

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levels through the day. Temperatures

in northern Scotland today, three

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degrees. We could again get into the

mid-teens in southern England and

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Wales. Yesterday, we hit 16.

Tonight, what you will notice is the

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rain starts to increase in turn to

snow. It will all shift south once

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again as strong gale force winds

become dominant. Some snow here and

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there. Especially in the north of

the UK into Saturday morning. The

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far south and south-west of UK is

the only place that will avoid the

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frost. You are in for a big shock

for tomorrow morning as far as

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temperatures are concerned compared

to this morning. Saturday, snow

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flurries everywhere, just about. The

only place immune will be the far

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north of Scotland. Yorkshire, watch

that area. Sunshine in between. That

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raw wind is blowing away, keeping

temperatures a few degrees above

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freezing. There will be and icy wind

chill until Sunday. Just about

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anywhere could wake up to a coating

of snow. A fair few centimetres here

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and there. Turning more dry and more

bright from the east through the

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day. Wherever you are, feeling cold,

sub-zero. Some temperatures stay

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below freezing through the day.

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below freezing through the day. The

mini-Beast of the east is back.

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Those guns fire showers 12 miles,

from here to Watford. Back to you.

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The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn,

has repeated his caution

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about making hasty judgements over

Russia's involvement in the nerve

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agent attack on a former spy.

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An footbridge in Miami, Florida has

collapsed crushing eight cars

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underneath. We will look at some

front pages. The Daily Telegraph,

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events relating to the nerve attack

in Salusbury very much dominating

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the headlines this morning.

The

Telegraph is putting a new theory

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forward that the nerve agent that

poisoned Sergei Skripal and his

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daughter had been planted in his

daughter's suitcase before they left

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Moscow and brought over to the UK.

They are quoting sources telling

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them they are convinced the nerve

agent was hidden somehow in the

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luggage and maybe on an item of

clothing or some cosmetics which

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then she arrived in her father's

house in Salusbury.

Of course, it

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still dominating a lot of the

papers. The Express is talking about

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the World Cup which will be in

Russia. Pressure was growing last

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night for a mass World Cup boycott

in retaliation for the Salusbury

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nerve agent outrage.

The Times, a

bit more on the diplomacy around

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this. That joint statement featuring

the West uniting against Vladimir

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Putin's regime. That's to do with

allegations of meddling in the US

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elections. An unequivocal

condemnation after the chemical

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attack.

The Daily Mirror has a

different front page on it's talking

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about Poppy Worthington, the 13

-month-old who died. It is saying

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the father will not be charged over

her death.

The Guardian, the lead

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story. Theresa May visited Salusbury

yesterday, meeting people there but

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Jeremy Corbyn has been talking to

the Guardian and reiterating some of

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the warnings mentioned previously

and he has warned of rushing ahead

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and a fevered atmosphere. We will be

speaking a bit more about Jeremy

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Corbyn's comments later on and

suggestions from him that neither

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justice nor national security is

being well served by the atmosphere

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around the events at the moment.

So

this is a story about twins,

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identical twins, and one of them as

an astronaut who went off to space

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and has now returned. Scott Kelly.

He has come back and scientists have

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analysed is genetic make-up.

Apparently his DNA is changed by 7%.

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It's an extraordinary story. The

pair of them came into BBC Breakfast

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in November of last year and when

they came in, there was a slight

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height difference. The differences

had changed a bit. Now the evidence

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is that the make-up of the

astronauts has changed

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significantly.

It's fascinating.

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Rescriptions for powerful

painkillers like morphine,

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tramadol and fentanyl have risen

by almost 80% in England over

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the past decade.

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Nearly 24 million opioids

were prescribed in 2017,

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despite warnings about the risks of

long-term use and rising addiction.

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Tim Muffett has been to Manchester's

integrated drug and alcohol service

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to find out more.

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It's easy to get caught, just one

more, just one more, just one more.

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Prescribed by doctors to numb pain,

Sophie and Carroll save opioids also

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numbed their minds and ruined their

lives.

My joints snapped. I had an

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operation in the end and then I just

got prescribed them all the time.

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Taking that much painkillers, like,

I wasn't doing the school run

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anything. I was that result, I

couldn't move.

They were prescribed

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to me the five years ago. You can't

get off them and I've tried for help

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for years and years.

Under

supervision, Sophie and Carroll have

0:22:090:22:12

stopped taking opioids. They sought

help from Manchester's integrated

0:22:120:22:17

drug and alcohol service.

We have

seen an increase in numbers. The

0:22:170:22:21

increase has been going on for a few

years and seeing more and more

0:22:210:22:25

people.

You can come here and talk

to anyone.

The numbers we are seeing

0:22:250:22:30

is nowhere compared to what the

extent of the problem. The reason

0:22:300:22:33

why people probably don't seek help

is because they feel substance

0:22:330:22:37

misuse services are set up other

drugs, harder drugs like heroin and

0:22:370:22:41

crack cocaine.

Hope prescriptions in

England have risen by almost 80% in

0:22:410:22:47

the last decade. Nearly 24 million

were issued last year. While the

0:22:470:22:52

latest data shows the overall figure

has

0:22:520:22:59

has stabilised, for some drugs,

numbers are still going up. Over the

0:23:030:23:06

past five years, morphing

prescriptions have risen by more

0:23:060:23:08

than 50%. Codeine, by a third.

Opioids can be effective for

0:23:080:23:11

short-term acute pain but the longer

term chronic conditions it is widely

0:23:110:23:15

accepted that they are unsuitable.

They can be highly addictive with

0:23:150:23:18

devastating side-effects. Breeding

difficulties, nausea and

0:23:180:23:22

hallucinations are amongst possible

long-term side-effects. In America

0:23:220:23:26

in 2016, more than 42,000 people

died from opioids related overdoses.

0:23:260:23:34

The US and Canada are number one and

number two in the world for their

0:23:340:23:38

use of opiates. We are not careful

we will end up in the same place,

0:23:380:23:42

that's unacceptable. We need to find

ways to reduce the use of these

0:23:420:23:46

drugs.

Take a deep breath in through

the nose.

At the University of

0:23:460:23:51

Warwick a two-year title is about to

begin hoping to do just that.

We

0:23:510:23:54

want to help people live data

without pain without relying on

0:23:540:23:57

strong like opioids. Things like

mindfulness, relaxation, movement,

0:23:570:24:04

being aware of posture.

Both Dawn

and just insane long-term opioid use

0:24:040:24:10

brought terrible side-effects.

They

made me sick, they made my skin

0:24:100:24:16

each, they dulled all my senses.

I

had hallucinations, lost my job, not

0:24:160:24:25

able to hold down job.

It's been

complete and utter hell. The

0:24:250:24:30

government has ordered an

independent review into prescription

0:24:300:24:33

drug addiction. Its recommendations

are due to be announced early next

0:24:330:24:36

year. NHS England said GPs and

hospitals are working to ensure

0:24:360:24:40

every prescription is both safe and

effective. This two-year trial hopes

0:24:400:24:45

to show with other pain relief

options a viable alternative. Tim

0:24:450:24:50

Moffitt, BBC News.

0:24:500:25:00

If you have thoughts on it, let us

know before we talk to an expert

0:25:000:25:04

later.

0:25:040:25:10

Then is at the home of two of the

UK's most visited attractions

0:25:100:25:14

outside London.

Good morning. We get to come to some

0:25:140:25:18

pretty amazing places before they

are open to the public and today is

0:25:180:25:22

no exception. Look at this. This is

the National Museum of Scotland,

0:25:220:25:27

opened originally in 1866 in this

part of has gone through a massive

0:25:270:25:32

refurbishment. They are pretty happy

with it and visitors are happy with

0:25:320:25:40

it too. We are talking about the

number of tourists. More visitors

0:25:400:25:47

from overseas. Particularly places

like China. Europe has been a big

0:25:470:25:54

source of visitors to the country.

Let me run you through some of the

0:25:540:25:59

details because ads you'd expect,,

some of the biggest responses from

0:25:590:26:04

those in the capital. The British

Museum famous for all the money is

0:26:040:26:08

and all the ancient Egyptian

artefacts that are there. There is

0:26:080:26:13

also Tate modern, home to all sorts

of new art down on the Southbank in

0:26:130:26:19

London but then there is the

National Gallery as well so some

0:26:190:26:23

more traditional art making up the

top three but here in Scotland, the

0:26:230:26:27

most popular attractions are this

place, the National Gallery of

0:26:270:26:30

Scotland or the National Museum of

Scotland in just over the way from

0:26:300:26:34

here, Edinburgh Castle as you would

expect. It's really important these

0:26:340:26:38

tourist attractions are doing well

because it means visitors are still

0:26:380:26:42

coming. 40 million people visited

the UK from overseas and between

0:26:420:26:46

them, they brought in a staggering

£26 billion, up by 14% on the year

0:26:460:26:51

before. I'm going to show you around

this place later. Some great

0:26:510:26:56

exhibits for us to look at. I will

show you around and we will meet the

0:26:560:27:01

boss of this place why they spend so

much money attracting

0:27:010:30:24

in half an hour.

0:30:240:30:25

Plenty more on our website

at the usual address.

0:30:250:30:33

Hello.

0:30:350:30:35

This is Breakfast,

with Charlie Stayt and Steph

0:30:350:30:37

McGovern.

0:30:370:30:37

It's Friday the 16th of March.

0:30:370:30:39

We'll have the latest news

and sport in just a moment.

0:30:390:30:42

But coming up later

in the programme.

0:30:420:30:45

The illegal ivory trade continues

to claim the lives of tens

0:30:450:30:48

of thousands of

elephants every year.

0:30:480:30:56

Now, leaders of African nations

are calling on the UK government

0:30:570:31:00

to follow America and China

in banning the sale

0:31:000:31:02

of legal antique ivory.

0:31:020:31:03

As punters around the world brace

themselves for one of the highlights

0:31:030:31:07

of the jump racing season,

the Cheltenham Gold Cup,

0:31:070:31:09

Mike has been to meet some

of the other riders benefiting

0:31:090:31:12

from the facilities

at the famous racecourse.

0:31:120:31:17

And two weeks ago, The Beast

from the East stopped

0:31:170:31:19

Radio One's Greg James

as he attempted to climb three

0:31:190:31:24

of the highest peaks in the UK

and cycle between them

0:31:240:31:27

for Sport Relief, but now,

the weather has cleared and he's

0:31:270:31:30

back on his bike.

0:31:300:31:31

We'll catch up with him

as he begins his ascent of Ben

0:31:310:31:34

Nevis.

0:31:340:31:34

Good morning.

0:31:340:31:35

Here's a summary of today's main

stories from BBC News.

0:31:350:31:38

Jeremy Corbyn has again questioned

whether the Russian state was behind

0:31:380:31:41

the nerve agent attack

against a former spy

0:31:410:31:43

and his daughter in Salisbury.

0:31:430:31:44

Writing in The Guardian,

the Labour leader cautioned

0:31:440:31:46

against rushing to a "hasty

judgement" despite criticism

0:31:460:31:49

from some in his party

over his approach.

0:31:490:31:56

At least four people have been

killed after a newly built bridge

0:31:580:32:01

collapsed onto a major

road in Miami.

0:32:010:32:03

Eight cars waiting at traffic

lights below were crushed.

0:32:030:32:05

The footbridge was put in place

less than a week ago.

0:32:050:32:08

Investigators from the National

Transportation Safety Board say

0:32:080:32:10

they will now conduct

a full investigation.

0:32:100:32:18

Once we have completed search and

rescue operations, we will remain on

0:32:180:32:22

the scene and help with recovery

efforts

0:32:220:32:24

the scene and help with recovery

efforts as well. This has been an

0:32:240:32:26

incredibly tragic event and our

hearts go out to the families of the

0:32:260:32:31

victims.

0:32:310:32:31

Syrian activists say nearly 20,000

civilians have fled rebel held areas

0:32:310:32:34

of Eastern Ghouta, as government

forces continue their advance.

0:32:340:32:36

It is the biggest exodus

from the enclave since the military

0:32:360:32:39

stepped up an offensive

to retake it last month.

0:32:390:32:42

The seven-year conflict is thought

to have claimed more than 400,000

0:32:420:32:45

lives and lead to 11 million

people being displaced.

0:32:450:32:53

A report into the failure

of Northamptonshire County Council

0:33:060:33:09

has recommended that the authority

be scrapped after widespread

0:33:090:33:11

financial and management failures.

0:33:110:33:12

Government-appointed investigators

said the problems at the council,

0:33:120:33:14

which last month announced £40

million worth of cuts,

0:33:140:33:17

were so deep-rooted

that it was impossible to rescue it

0:33:170:33:20

in its current form.

0:33:200:33:21

The leader of the council

has now resigned.

0:33:210:33:23

MPs haven't been able to find

appropriate technology operating

0:33:230:33:25

anywhere in the world that

would allow an invisible border

0:33:250:33:28

to continue between Northern Ireland

and the Irish Republic after Brexit.

0:33:280:33:31

The Northern Ireland Affairs

Committee is asking the government

0:33:310:33:33

to give more details on how it

will manage the movement of people

0:33:330:33:37

and goods across the Irish border.

0:33:370:33:39

It's also warned that,

without a transition period,

0:33:390:33:41

there won't be time to put

new arrangements in place by the end

0:33:410:33:44

of March next year.

0:33:440:33:45

Four African countries

with the world's largest elephant

0:33:450:33:48

populations are expected to call

on Britain and the European Union

0:33:480:33:51

to ban the legal sale

of antique ivory today.

0:33:510:33:53

Ministers will sign a petition

at a wildlife summit in Botswana

0:33:530:33:56

urging European countries to follow

China's lead in outlawing the sale

0:33:560:33:59

of all ivory products.

0:33:590:34:05

MPs from Egypt are travelling

to the UK today to monitor

0:34:050:34:08

investigations into the death of

an Egyptian student in Nottingham.

0:34:080:34:11

18-year-old, Mariam Moustafa,

died on Wednesday, three weeks

0:34:110:34:13

after being attacked by a group

of women outside a shopping centre.

0:34:130:34:16

Police say they are keeping an "open

mind" about whether the assault

0:34:160:34:19

was a hate crime.

0:34:190:34:27

She was always so kind and always

wanted to help people out. I do not

0:34:280:34:33

know why they would do that to her.

She was a hard worker. She always

0:34:330:34:37

put all her effort in. I feel like

she is around me and she is going to

0:34:370:34:45

come knocking on the door, but that

is not happening.

0:34:450:34:48

Fashion retailer, Topman,

are coming under pressure

0:34:480:34:50

to withdraw a shirt that some

people believe refers

0:34:500:34:53

to the Hillsborough disaster.

0:34:530:34:54

The red shirt with a large number 96

is being seen by some Liverpool fans

0:34:540:34:58

as a reference to the club's kit

and number of victims killed

0:34:580:35:01

in the 1989 disaster.

0:35:010:35:02

Topman are yet to say anything

about the shirt but there is no

0:35:020:35:06

suggestion of a

deliberate reference.

0:35:060:35:11

The singer, Rihanna,

has accused Snapchat

0:35:110:35:12

of intentionally shaming

victims of domestic abuse.

0:35:120:35:14

An advert for a game on the social

media platform asked users

0:35:140:35:18

if they would "rather slap Rihanna

or punch Chris Brown."

0:35:180:35:20

It appears to refer to Brown's

conviction for assaulting Rihanna

0:35:200:35:23

in 2009 while they were dating.

0:35:230:35:25

A spokesperson for the company said

the ad was "disgusting" and "should

0:35:250:35:28

never have appeared."

0:35:280:35:36

Those are the main stories this

morning.

0:35:400:35:43

We're off to the races now.

0:35:430:35:45

Mike is in Cheltenham

on Gold Cup day taking a look

0:35:450:35:48

at the runners and riders.

0:35:480:35:49

I was on the track but I thought we

would give you a glimpse before the

0:35:490:35:55

horses come out. Nothing is

happening at the moment so we should

0:35:550:36:04

come to be winner's enclosure

outside. 3:45, that's when the

0:36:110:36:14

winner will parade that famous

trophy in front of 70,000 fans. Will

0:36:140:36:21

be Irish continue dominating? Will

Nicky

0:36:210:36:28

Nicky Henderson shake them off? The

greatest show on turf, they call it.

0:36:280:36:36

Why the Irish so dominant at this

festival? Is because the rain

0:36:360:36:43

favours Irish horses?

In a nutshell,

Ireland has the two most

0:36:430:36:54

Ireland has the two most powerful

stables, Willy Mullens and Gordon.

0:36:540:36:55

Amazing firepower and courses.

0:36:550:37:01

Amazing firepower and courses. They

and their owners dominate most

0:37:020:37:04

races. That has translated to the

greatest, the Cheltenham Festival.

0:37:040:37:07

Of those 15 Irish winners, 13 have

come from two trainers. And does two

0:37:070:37:13

on Wednesday and most of Thursday,

nine consecutive races between them.

0:37:130:37:18

-- those. I cannot remember such

domination.

Either holding

0:37:180:37:30

domination.

Either holding onto

their horses more now than in the

0:37:300:37:32

past, selling them on previously to

British trainers.

In the past, the

0:37:320:37:35

best horses got sold to powerful

British people. That is no longer

0:37:350:37:40

the case. There is real strength in

Irish racing. More than that, when

0:37:400:37:45

you look at some of these Irish

trained winners, they are owned by

0:37:450:37:49

British owners, who recognised... I

mean, Gordon Elliot, Willie Mullins,

0:37:490:37:54

they have immense talent. That is

not to say there is no enormous

0:37:540:38:00

talent in British training,

including Nicky Henderson, who could

0:38:000:38:04

become the first ever to win the

Champion Hurdle, the champion chase,

0:38:040:38:09

and the Gold Cup.

Can he do it?

0:38:090:38:18

The greatest danger will be Mike,

who has a lot of character. In the

0:38:210:38:29

junior gold cup, he jumped the final

fence and then

0:38:290:38:37

fence and then decided to stop and

wait for another horse, then went

0:38:410:38:43

again and got the race back on the

line.

Apparently he gets distracted

0:38:430:38:47

by the beer tents. You do not win

the gold cup by going in getting a

0:38:470:38:51

pint of Guinness. He has been better

behaved, but

0:38:510:39:00

behaved, but there is a nugget of

doubt after so much richness and

0:39:000:39:03

drama. Weirdly, Willie Mullins, for

all his wins here, he

0:39:030:39:10

all his wins here, he has never got

the Gold Cup. Will he set the record

0:39:100:39:13

straight today?

He wants to win this

more than any other, the greatest

0:39:130:39:17

horse race there is. Jump racing is

more popular than flat racing. He

0:39:170:39:28

almost did not want to talk about it

all week. It is hanging over him. A

0:39:280:39:31

number of chances. Without his main

jockey, Ruby Walsh, injured during

0:39:310:39:38

the week, it will be difficult.

My

tip

0:39:380:39:50

tip is going to River. Trained by

Collins. Ridden by Richard Johnson.

0:39:530:39:56

He loves the mud and it definitely

is muddy. It is very cold, but even

0:39:560:40:02

colder in Pyeongchang. Let's get the

latest on the slalom.

Lock on to a

0:40:020:40:07

very snowy Pyeongchang. The main

attraction is being the

0:40:070:40:12

snowboarding. It is the first time

that the slalom has been included in

0:40:120:40:17

the Paralympics. Britain had three

racers in action, all going for

0:40:170:40:24

medals. They get three runs down the

course and they take the best time

0:40:240:40:29

out of those three. Great Britain,

all three athletes were

0:40:290:40:36

all three athletes were outside the

medals going into their final run. A

0:40:360:40:38

lot of pressure to get a fast final

run, but unfortunately, they all

0:40:380:40:42

stumbled on the third, meaning they

finished outside of the medals and

0:40:420:40:45

will not get one at the Paralympics.

It is disappointing because they

0:40:450:40:49

came here hoping for medals. It is

the first time grow Britain was

0:40:490:40:54

represented in snowboarding at a

Paralympic Games. Unfortunately they

0:40:540:40:57

will not get a medal at Pyeongchang.

That makes it difficult to get to

0:40:570:41:03

the medal target of between 6- 12

for Britain. Pressure will be on the

0:41:030:41:09

skiers in the next few days.

Thank

you, Kate. Fantastic. Thank you for

0:41:090:41:17

the update and good luck to the

British team. And now for the rest

0:41:170:41:21

of the sport.

0:41:210:41:21

Away from Cheltenham,

Arsenal are in the hat for today's

0:41:210:41:24

Europa League quarter-final draw,

after beating AC Milan

0:41:240:41:26

3-1 last night.

0:41:260:41:27

The Gunners actually went behind

but recovered to score three times,

0:41:270:41:30

Danny Wellbeck got two of them,

and they won the tie 5-1 overall.

0:41:300:41:38

Just a few sound problems with Mike.

We will be back with him later

0:41:430:41:50

looking at the races.

0:41:500:41:55

In the facilities behind them, some

people are learning to ride. We have

0:41:570:42:06

a piece on that. The main stories

for you this morning. Jeremy Corbyn

0:42:060:42:10

has repeated his caution about

making hasty judgements over the

0:42:100:42:15

involvement of Russia in the nerve

agent attack on a former spy. A new

0:42:150:42:23

footbridge has collapsed in Florida

killing eight people. The cars

0:42:230:42:28

beneath were crushed. We have lots

of the team out and about today. It

0:42:280:42:35

is great. We are at a London

landmark with Matt turning 80 this

0:42:350:42:41

weekend. Look at that. A gorgeous

view. Matt is inside the ship. Good

0:42:410:42:46

morning.

We have come inside. Good

morning. We are inside HMS Belfast,

0:42:460:42:55

celebrating 80 years since its

launch this weekend. We are in the

0:42:550:42:59

captain's ridge. It was equipped

with some of the most advanced radar

0:42:590:43:04

at the time of -- bridge. It is

fairly calm on the River Thames.

0:43:040:43:08

Hard to imagine open war. It was

involved in many battles, thinking

0:43:080:43:15

many German battleships. It was one

of the first

0:43:150:43:24

of the first ships to fire a shot in

the D-Day landings as well. An

0:43:380:43:41

esteemed history.

0:43:410:43:42

the D-Day landings as well. An

esteemed history. It came here and

0:43:420:43:43

was opened to the public in 1971 on

the Thames. People are invited to

0:43:430:43:47

celebrate it this weekend. A look at

the forecast.

Relatively calm in

0:43:470:43:50

London at the moment. Sunshine

breaking through the cloud. Not the

0:43:500:43:53

same everywhere. Heads up for the

weekend. Turning increasingly cold

0:43:530:43:56

with a bitter wind and a chance of

snow in many parts of the country.

0:43:560:44:04

20 centimetres of fresh snow is

possible in Scotland. It could turn

0:44:040:44:09

wintry over the Pennines. Reasonably

dry in Northern Ireland to begin

0:44:090:44:15

with. Rain in parts of North Wales

and the Midlands and East Anglia

0:44:150:44:19

going north through this morning.

Allowing sunshine to break through

0:44:190:44:23

as we can see in southern counties

of England and towards southern

0:44:230:44:27

parts of Wales. With that, showers

late in the day. Light winds,

0:44:270:44:31

slow-moving showers. You will see it

developed through the day. Rain

0:44:310:44:36

through north Midlands continuing in

the north England. Rain into

0:44:360:44:41

Northern Ireland later on. Joining

forces in north England. A grim day.

0:44:410:44:47

Fairly windy. Cold as well.

Temperatures in north Scotland

0:44:470:44:54

limited to three degrees. Further

south, the sunshine, avoiding

0:44:540:44:56

showers which could be heavy and

thundery. Peaking in the teens.

0:44:560:45:01

Yesterday, 16 degrees in Wales.

Forget temperatures like that on the

0:45:010:45:06

weekend. Through the night, the

easterly wind picks up. Hill snow

0:45:060:45:11

going south once again. That will go

to lower levels with a slight

0:45:110:45:16

covering of snow for Saturday

morning. Widespread frost as well.

0:45:160:45:21

Temperatures away from the south,

below freezing. A much colder start

0:45:210:45:25

to tomorrow. Bitterly cold wind

going with that. Adding to the

0:45:250:45:30

windchill. Snow far as possible

anywhere through the day. Nothing

0:45:300:45:34

significant. Heavy snow around,

perhaps in Lincolnshire, the

0:45:340:45:38

Yorkshire area will have to keep a

close eye on things. Sunshine in

0:45:380:45:42

between that. Not making a

difference to the temperatures. A

0:45:420:45:46

few degrees above freezing. Feeling

colder than that in the wind.

0:45:460:45:51

Saturday night into Sunday, a spell

of heavy snow pushing across England

0:45:510:45:55

and Wales in particular. That will

mean many of you wake up to a

0:45:550:45:59

covering of snow on Sunday. The snow

will become confined to the west.

0:45:590:46:04

Isolated showers in the east. Dry

and sunny through the day. A cold

0:46:040:46:08

wind. Dry and sunny on the weekend.

Temperatures continuing to stay just

0:46:080:46:13

above freezing with a sub-zero

windchill. If you are not enjoying

0:46:130:46:19

the cold spell, this time it only

last a few days. Next week, dry and

0:46:190:46:24

slightly less cold.

0:46:240:46:33

How

0:46:330:46:33

How tempted are you to get in the

captain 's seat and have a go? I

0:46:330:46:38

have already been in. I love it. Set

with a cheeky smile.

0:46:380:46:48

with a cheeky smile. We are in

Edinburgh.

Speak to yourself. I mean

0:46:480:46:51

geographically, obviously.

0:46:510:47:01

geographically, obviously.

Good

morning, welcome to Edinburgh. Were

0:47:010:47:03

at the National Museum of Scotland.

This one, voted the number one

0:47:030:47:08

attraction outside a long London.

Opened in 1866, renovated just a

0:47:080:47:19

couple of years ago. It's clearly

paying off. Edinburgh Castle, just

0:47:190:47:27

over the way. Congratulations,

testament to all the work you put in

0:47:270:47:37

just explained was what you have

done.

This is quite a lot of work.

0:47:370:47:42

It's an £80 million project and we

have been renovating the whole

0:47:420:47:45

museum. We've now done 26 new

galleries in most capital cities in

0:47:450:47:50

the world, you would have to go to

four or even five museums to get the

0:47:500:47:54

experience you get here under one

roof in this magnificent building.

0:47:540:47:58

When you talk about spending that

much money, it's not just about one

0:47:580:48:03

museum. Pulling together to get

people to come as one destination.

0:48:030:48:11

It's been part of a transformation

and that's involved everything from

0:48:110:48:15

the airport expanding enormously

when only yesterday, we have the

0:48:150:48:18

first direct flights to China

announced. More and more people are

0:48:180:48:22

coming from across the world.

Who is

coming here? How long of stay in?

0:48:220:48:30

And how much they spend. All of

those things. More people come for

0:48:300:48:37

weekend breaks. Hopefully, also

spending more. We will talk a little

0:48:370:48:42

bit later.

0:48:420:48:48

bit later. That is why Edinburgh has

topped the list outside London,

0:48:480:48:51

bringing people together. We heard

from Gordon. It's all about getting

0:48:510:48:56

everybody to work together.

Edinburgh seems to be doing pretty

0:48:560:48:59

well. Where coming from.

They are

coming from all over. An increased

0:48:590:49:07

number of international is coming

from the air routes. A lot more

0:49:070:49:13

domestic visitors, Scottish visitors

moving around Scotland and people

0:49:130:49:16

from Scotland travelling around all

geographic regions of Scotland.

It's

0:49:160:49:22

pretty appropriate we are surrounded

by planes, the announcement there

0:49:220:49:27

will be direct flights from

Edinburgh airport to China and back

0:49:270:49:30

again to the first time, what

difference will that make? It's a

0:49:300:49:33

fantastic result. Some of which

started from the destination leaders

0:49:330:49:40

programme. In conjunction with

Scottish enterprise.

0:49:400:49:50

Scottish enterprise. Extend their

stay. Not just the Edinburgh but the

0:49:500:49:56

benefit of the wider country. It

makes a pretty attractive the

0:49:560:50:01

Chinese people to come here because

they have more money. That is

0:50:010:50:05

applicable to a lot of different

country.

Visitor attractions of a

0:50:050:50:13

kind of place that they come to stay

in the first place. If they extend

0:50:130:50:18

the stay and there is a repeat

visit, you have employment and

0:50:180:50:22

products and services.

0:50:220:50:32

products and services.

Not just

coming to museums and things like

0:50:360:50:39

this, hotels, restaurants, taxis and

airlines. It has a real impact on

0:50:390:50:45

the local economy. It has a

wonderful view from the museum. But

0:50:450:50:53

there is one thing you can't

guarantee when you come to Scotland.

0:50:530:50:57

And that is the weather. It is

pretty wild and went up there. I

0:50:570:51:03

will take you up and show you that

view a little later.

0:51:030:51:06

Get your coat on and get out there,

love. Come on.

Get out there,

0:51:060:51:13

absolutely, go for it. Just a

reminder. We are talking about

0:51:130:51:17

tourism attractions. If you have a

favourite spot in the UK, send it

0:51:170:51:21

in.

0:51:210:51:28

You can send those pictures to us.

It's always nice finding out about

0:51:300:51:35

people's favourite places because

there are so many places you have

0:51:350:51:38

perhaps never heard of or visited

and it gives you a

0:51:380:51:41

perhaps never heard of or visited

and it gives you a good sense of way

0:51:410:51:42

you might one to plan for a visit.

And I always say, feel free to go to

0:51:420:51:47

a different place other than the

conventional attractions.

It might

0:51:470:51:53

not be your favourite place or

conventional.

And it can be quite a

0:51:530:51:57

sometimes, which is nice.

We are

going to take it to live shot from

0:51:570:52:04

Cheltenham today. It is of course

the Gold cup today. Try to get a

0:52:040:52:09

sense of the weather this morning.

Mike has been saying it was raining.

0:52:090:52:13

I'm going to use my racing

terminology.

If you know your horse

0:52:130:52:21

racing, that is what they are

saying. Be warned. We will be

0:52:210:52:27

chatting to M a little later this

morning.

0:52:270:52:32

The course is also home to one

of the biggest riding therapy

0:52:320:52:35

centres in the UK, hosting more

than 200 riders every week

0:52:350:52:38

with disabilities or

learning difficulties.

0:52:380:52:40

Mike's been to have a look.

0:52:400:52:44

On this famous courseware legends

have been made, another young jockey

0:52:440:52:47

is getting the winning feeling at

Cheltenham and this isn't a race,

0:52:470:52:51

it's about using the power of the

horse to help Jamie in this case

0:52:510:52:55

with his learning difficulties. Sir

Jamie, I ask all the famous jockeys

0:52:550:53:00

who pass the winning post at

Cheltenham, what did it feel like?

0:53:000:53:04

Amazing. It helps your confidence to

ride ponies and horses. And do other

0:53:040:53:08

things.

Cheltenham is home to one of

the biggest centres for the riding

0:53:080:53:15

for the disabled Association. Three

quarters of the people that come

0:53:150:53:18

here have some sort of learning

difficulty and it's not just about

0:53:180:53:22

riding the horse is, there is mutual

affection and important grooming to

0:53:220:53:27

be done. Before then, climbing on

board and riding away. Whether on a

0:53:270:53:32

real horse or even on the new

simulator here.

I suffer with

0:53:320:53:37

seizures. I don't get them when I'm

around horses. I think animals have

0:53:370:53:46

something that humans can't give.

Like a special kind of calm --

0:53:460:53:54

calming feeling.

Ages range from

four to 76. For little Amelia Rose,

0:53:540:54:00

it's a chance for freedom.

We are

all about to indulge ourselves in

0:54:000:54:08

world-class sport. Obviously our

ponies aren't the thoroughbreds --

0:54:080:54:12

thoroughbreds but it's a different

way to put something back using

0:54:120:54:15

horses. It is magic, what happens.

You see people who have mobility

0:54:150:54:19

issues.

Actually, the pony then

spend their legs. They've been using

0:54:190:54:25

horses departs for the lives of 33

years now and every week over 200

0:54:250:54:29

riders of all abilities saddle up

here with the help of 160

0:54:290:54:33

volunteers. The association is

helped by the Jockey club which

0:54:330:54:37

charges than £1 a year to be here

but with so many courses to keep, it

0:54:370:54:42

still requires a lot of fundraising

and volunteering. The National

0:54:420:54:47

governing body did a four-year study

into the impact forces can have on

0:54:470:54:50

the riders here. Over two thirds

showed a greater ability to

0:54:500:54:54

communicate with others. More than

that, have greater confidence, 76%

0:54:540:54:59

showed physical improvement, and

again, more than that had an

0:54:590:55:03

improved ability to form

relationships and most importantly

0:55:030:55:07

of all, 76% felt it gave them

greater enjoyment in life.

Being

0:55:070:55:11

able to build a relationship with a

horse actually then extends out, not

0:55:110:55:16

just at home but at school, at work

and into the wider community.

Even

0:55:160:55:22

those celebrating picking the winner

of the Gold Cup today will find it

0:55:220:55:26

hard to match the smiles on the

other side of the course.

0:55:260:55:33

It is absolutely wonderful seeing

that, the impact, the contact with

0:55:330:55:37

the animal.

I remember meeting a

lady who runs a charity for autistic

0:55:370:55:42

children, they run a farm and it's

amazing how much difference it can

0:55:420:55:49

make to the children's lives in an

apparent as well.

We will be back

0:55:490:55:57

with M a little later on who was at

Cheltenham.

Also this morning, we

0:55:570:56:04

are at HMS Belfast a little later. A

wonderful view from the ship this

0:56:040:56:09

morning. It looks a bit fake, that

picture. We need something to go

0:56:090:56:13

past it.

0:56:130:56:18

past it.

We have that dark gloomy

weather over the skyline of London.

0:56:200:56:24

Expected to get very cold over the

weekend. Matchwood tell you exactly

0:56:240:56:27

when and where.

0:56:270:59:51

in half an hour.

0:59:510:59:52

Plenty more on our website

at the usual address.

0:59:520:59:54

Hello.

1:00:281:00:28

This is Breakfast,

with Charlie Stayt and Steph

1:00:281:00:30

McGovern.

1:00:301:00:32

Jeremy Corbyn warns against drifting

into a "new Cold War."

1:00:321:00:35

He talks of a fevered

atmosphere at Westminster.

1:00:351:00:40

The Labour leader is resisting

growing pressure from Labour

1:00:401:00:43

backbenchers to unequivocally

blame the Russian state

1:00:431:00:44

for the Salisbury attack.

1:00:441:00:52

Good morning.

1:01:051:01:05

It's Friday the 16th of March.

1:01:051:01:07

Also this morning:

1:01:071:01:08

At least four people have died

after a newly built bridge collapsed

1:01:081:01:11

onto a busy motorway in Miami.

1:01:111:01:13

They made my skin itch, they dulled

all my senses.

1:01:131:01:20

Good morning.

1:01:311:01:33

The number of tourists

coming to the UK hit

1:01:331:01:35

a new record last year.

1:01:351:01:38

This morning we are at

the National Museum in Edinburgh

1:01:381:01:40

to find out what it means

for the local economy.

1:01:401:01:48

Good morning from Cheltenham on Gold

Cup Day. 70,000 tourists here today.

1:01:521:02:03

Can Nicky Henderson make it an

historic treble at the Greatest Show

1:02:031:02:14

on Turf? And the weather.

Good

morning.

1:02:141:02:22

morning. Captain Matt reporting from

the HMS Belfast, 80 years since its

1:02:291:02:30

launch. The sun is out in London and

Cheltenham, but elsewhere, it is

1:02:301:02:34

called. Ran turns to snow this

weekend. -- cold. -- rain. I will

1:02:341:02:43

have all the details and 15 minutes.

1:02:431:02:47

Good morning.

1:02:471:02:48

First our main story.

1:02:481:02:49

Jeremy Corbyn has again questioned

whether the Russian state was behind

1:02:491:02:52

the nerve agent attack in Salisbury.

1:02:521:02:53

In an article in The Guardian,

the Labour leader calls on people

1:02:531:02:57

not to rush to judgement.

1:02:571:02:58

Our political correspondent,

Ben Wright, joins us from

1:02:581:03:00

Westminster.

1:03:001:03:06

Take us through the main points of

what Jeremy Corbyn said.

Good

1:03:061:03:11

morning. All week, Jeremy Corbyn has

refused to echo, endorse, the view

1:03:111:03:17

of the government the Russian state

is responsible for the Salisbury

1:03:171:03:22

attack. That has caused some anger,

it must be said, among some of his

1:03:221:03:27

backbench MPs who believe the

response from him has been misjudged

1:03:271:03:31

at best. But Jeremy Corbyn is not

bending and it is doubling down on

1:03:311:03:36

that view in the article he wrote

for the Guardian. He said the use of

1:03:361:03:41

the nerve agent was barbaric and

reckless and condemns it, but he

1:03:411:03:46

says the possibility remains open

this nerve agent fell out of the

1:03:461:03:51

hands of the Russian state and they

lost control of it and it ended up

1:03:511:03:55

in the hands of mafia style gangster

groups in the UK. He said there is a

1:03:551:04:00

possibility of that. He says there

needs to be a calm and measured

1:04:001:04:05

response from politicians and they

should not rush to judgement. He

1:04:051:04:09

joins a link to Iraq, something he

completely opposed, saying that was

1:04:091:04:13

a reliance on flawed intelligence.

He is saying because there is

1:04:131:04:20

evidence now of Russian culpability,

that may not be the end of the

1:04:201:04:25

story. He is urging caution and is

asking parliamentarians to think. He

1:04:251:04:29

is unapologetic about his dance,

saying it is right for the

1:04:291:04:35

opposition to ask questions about

the strategy. -- stance. This will

1:04:351:04:38

do nothing to calm down Labour MPs

who believe he has his tone wrong,

1:04:381:04:44

especially after the joint

declaration by the US, France, and

1:04:441:04:48

the UK, saying that Russia was

behind the attack.

Thank you. We

1:04:481:04:52

will speak to a former British

ambassador to Russia at around 8:10

1:04:521:05:00

this morning.

1:05:001:05:01

At least four people have been

killed after a newly built bridge

1:05:011:05:04

collapsed onto a major

road in Miami.

1:05:041:05:06

Eight cars waiting at traffic

lights below were crushed.

1:05:061:05:08

Rescue teams are still

searching for suvivors.

1:05:081:05:10

Marta Newman reports.

1:05:101:05:11

The bridge at FIU just

collapsed out of nowhere.

1:05:111:05:15

There's cars stuck under there.

1:05:151:05:20

It was designed to last 100 years

and withstand Category

1:05:201:05:23

5 hurricane winds.

1:05:231:05:27

But instead, 950 tons of this newly

installed pedestrian bridge crashed

1:05:271:05:30

down a busy Miami motorway below.

1:05:301:05:35

Witnesses spoke of scenes of terror

as the enormous structure flattened

1:05:351:05:38

cars waiting below for

the traffic lights to change.

1:05:381:05:43

We tried to get people

out but we couldn't.

1:05:431:05:45

They were all stuck.

1:05:451:05:51

Two construction workers also

fell from the crane.

1:05:511:05:55

It was horrible, it was a disaster.

1:05:551:05:59

The footbridge was only put

in place a week ago,

1:05:591:06:02

taking just six hours to complete.

1:06:021:06:10

It was built using a technique

called "Accelerated Bridge

1:06:131:06:16

Construction," or "Instant Bridge."

1:06:161:06:17

The cause of its collapse

remains unclear.

1:06:171:06:19

We deserve to know and the public

deserves to know and the families

1:06:191:06:23

of those who have been hurt

and lost their lives deserve to know

1:06:231:06:26

what went wrong.

1:06:261:06:27

People can be rest assured,

the people doing these engineering

1:06:271:06:30

studies will tell us

what went wrong.

1:06:301:06:32

As relatives and friends

of victims search for answers,

1:06:321:06:34

investigators from the National

Transportation Safety Board will now

1:06:341:06:37

conduct the investigation.

1:06:371:06:43

MCM, the family-owned contractor

that helped build the bridge,

1:06:431:06:45

says it will co-operate fully.

1:06:451:06:47

Marta Newman, BBC News.

1:06:471:06:54

Egypt is sending a delegation of MPs

to the UK to monitor investigations

1:06:541:06:57

into the death of an Egyptian

student in Nottingham.

1:06:571:07:00

Mariam Moustafa died on Wednesday,

three weeks after being attacked

1:07:001:07:03

by a group outside

a shopping centre.

1:07:031:07:05

Jeremy Ball reports.

1:07:051:07:05

A teenager whose future looks so

bright, whose family is now in

1:07:051:07:09

mourning. They brought her to

Britain for an education, and now

1:07:091:07:13

she is gone.

She was amazing. I feel

like I have lost my other half. She

1:07:131:07:18

was so kind and always wanted to

help people out. I do not know why

1:07:181:07:22

they would do that to her, why her?

She was attacked outside the

1:07:221:07:26

Victoria shopping centre on February

20. People saw a group of women

1:07:261:07:33

punching her in following her onto a

bus. On Wednesday she died in

1:07:331:07:37

hospital. The Egyptian agency said

this. It is supporting the grieving

1:07:371:07:48

family of Mariam Moustafa. At

Nottingham college where she was

1:07:481:07:51

studying engineering, they described

her death as shocking, saying she

1:07:511:07:54

was keen and able and well liked.

She was a hard worker, she always

1:07:541:08:00

put all her effort in to be an

engineer.

They say her death is

1:08:001:08:06

being treated seriously by the

police. A 17-year-old girl is being

1:08:061:08:11

questioned on suspicion of

assaulting her. They are keeping an

1:08:111:08:14

open mind on whether it was a hate

crime. BBC News, Nottingham.

1:08:141:08:23

Four African countries

with the world's largest elephant

1:08:231:08:25

populations are expected to call

on Britain and the European Union

1:08:251:08:28

to ban the legal sale

of antique ivory today.

1:08:281:08:30

Ministers will sign a petition

at a wildlife summit in Botswana

1:08:301:08:33

urging European countries to follow

China's lead in outlawing the sale

1:08:331:08:36

of all ivory products.

1:08:361:08:37

Alistair Leithead reports.

1:08:371:08:41

Africa's elephants are still

severely under threat,

1:08:411:08:49

with less animals being born

than the number killed every year

1:08:501:08:53

year by poachers.

1:08:531:08:55

Here in Botswana, the last true

sanctuary for elephants

1:08:551:09:01

on the continent, politicians,

scientists and conservationists

1:09:011:09:05

are again meeting to try

to stop the ivory trade.

1:09:051:09:08

Techniques used for

counter-terrorism are now being used

1:09:081:09:10

to stop poaching and

catch the culprits.

1:09:101:09:12

And they're being showcased

at the Giants Club Summit,

1:09:121:09:20

which aims to protect half

of Africa's elephants

1:09:221:09:24

and their habitat by 2020.

1:09:241:09:25

But they are also talking

about the illegal ivory trade

1:09:251:09:28

in Britain and the rest of Europe.

1:09:281:09:30

The UK and the EU are the biggest

exporters of legal antique ivory.

1:09:301:09:34

They are permitted around the world.

1:09:341:09:38

Now, we have seen China has

banned their trade in ivory.

1:09:381:09:41

Hong Kong is saying

they are doing a similar thing.

1:09:411:09:43

The African leaders meeting

here are hoping the EU and the UK

1:09:431:09:47

could do likewise and could stop

this trade in antique ivory.

1:09:471:09:55

It won't stop the poachers targeting

these elephants for their tusks

1:09:561:10:04

across Africa, but it will send

1:10:071:10:08

a strong message

to try to reduce

1:10:081:10:10

the demand for ivory.

1:10:101:10:11

Alastair Leithead,

BBC News, in Botswana.

1:10:111:10:15

Syrian activists say nearly 20,000

civilians have fled rebel held areas

1:10:151:10:18

of Eastern Ghouta, as government

forces continue their advance.

1:10:181:10:21

It is the biggest exodus

from the enclave since the military

1:10:211:10:24

stepped up an offensive

to retake it last month.

1:10:241:10:26

The seven-year conflict is thought

to have claimed more than 400,000

1:10:261:10:29

lives and lead to 11 million

people being displaced.

1:10:291:10:31

A report into the failure

of Northamptonshire County Council

1:10:311:10:34

has recommended that the authority

be scrapped after widespread

1:10:341:10:36

financial and management failures.

1:10:361:10:37

Government-appointed investigators

said the problems at the council,

1:10:371:10:40

which last month announced £40

million worth of cuts,

1:10:401:10:42

were so deep-rooted

that it was impossible to rescue it

1:10:421:10:45

in its current form.

1:10:451:10:46

The leader of the council

has now resigned.

1:10:461:10:49

The first polar bear cub born

in Britain for a quarter

1:10:491:10:51

of a century has been

filmed for the first time

1:10:511:10:54

after being born in December.

1:10:541:10:57

As you can see, mum

and cub are doing well.

1:10:571:11:00

The footage was captured by remote

cameras for a Channel 4 documentary.

1:11:001:11:04

Highland Wildlife Park is yet

to find out if the cub is a boy

1:11:041:11:07

or a girl but, it's already

proving to be a confident

1:11:071:11:10

and curious little character.

1:11:101:11:12

Yeah, definitely cute. There you go.

The first pictures.

1:11:121:11:20

The number of prescriptions

for powerful painkillers

1:11:201:11:22

like morphine, tramadol,

and fentanil, has risen by almost

1:11:221:11:24

80% in England over the last decade.

1:11:241:11:26

Nearly 24 million opioid

prescriptions were issued last year.

1:11:261:11:29

And while the latest data shows

the overall figure has stabilised,

1:11:291:11:32

for some drugs, the numbers

are still going up.

1:11:321:11:34

Over the last five years,

the number of morphine prescriptions

1:11:341:11:37

has risen by more than 50%,

and codeine by a third.

1:11:371:11:40

Long-term opiod users say they have

experienced terrible side effects.

1:11:401:11:48

They made my skin itch, they dulled

all my senses.

There were

1:11:531:12:02

hallucinations. I lost my job. I

have not been able to hold down a

1:12:021:12:07

job. It has been complete and utter

hell.

1:12:071:12:11

We're joined now by Dr Yasir Abbasi,

Clinical Director for

1:12:111:12:14

Addiction Services at

Mersey Care NHS Trust.

1:12:141:12:16

And we are also joined

by GP, Barbara Murray.

1:12:161:12:18

You may be familiar with her, she is

often on the sofa with us.

1:12:181:12:29

often on the sofa with us. Doctor,

first of all, give us an idea of the

1:12:291:12:32

sense of the problems. When you hear

the statistics and the leap of

1:12:321:12:39

painkillers in the past year, it's

alarming.

Not enough attention has

1:12:391:12:41

been paid to it. So many are on

these medications without realising

1:12:411:12:46

the potential for addiction and

other dangerous side-effects. As

1:12:461:12:50

research and evidence has shown, the

use of these painkillers for chronic

1:12:501:12:55

pain is not really very efficient.

So there needs to be more effort in

1:12:551:13:01

trying to make sure it is

controlled.

There is an obvious

1:13:011:13:05

point, it is not the job of the

patients to know all of the

1:13:051:13:09

side-effects of something

prescribed, it is the job of the

1:13:091:13:13

clinician and to monitor whether

they should take the painkiller.

1:13:131:13:19

That is where the problem lies.

There needs to be an understanding

1:13:191:13:25

in the overall usefulness of the

drug everywhere, both within the

1:13:251:13:29

public domain and also within the

medical community. There needs to be

1:13:291:13:34

a collaborative approach in terms of

how to manage this. When someone

1:13:341:13:39

comes in with difficult to manage

pain, the easiest option is to give

1:13:391:13:44

them tablets. There are... There are

not that many services out there

1:13:441:13:50

available, or alternative treatments

available, for doctors to refer

1:13:501:13:54

patients to.

You have been a GP for

a long time, 20 years. What you

1:13:541:14:03

think what he is saying?

We do have

to take a certain amount of

1:14:031:14:08

responsibility because we are

writing prescriptions for these

1:14:081:14:11

patients. Often the options are

limited. Over the last few years, I

1:14:111:14:16

was trying to think why would it be

opioid medications are being

1:14:161:14:21

prescribed more in the last decade.

We have had a few different types of

1:14:211:14:26

medication withdrawn from the market

because of side-effects, cardiac

1:14:261:14:28

problems, that kind of thing. The

options are quite minimal. As he was

1:14:281:14:34

saying, there is nowhere else to

refer people to if they have chronic

1:14:341:14:38

pain, apart from perhaps a hospital

pains in -- pain clinic. They are

1:14:381:14:46

overwhelmed and have no resources.

You try to do the best for a

1:14:461:14:51

patient. They have had terrible

pain, perhaps surgery, starting on

1:14:511:14:55

morphine after surgery, they cannot

come off it, and the GP has to take

1:14:551:15:01

them off the medication slowly, ween

them, over months. There are no

1:15:011:15:07

resources in general practice and

you have to make a regime for them

1:15:071:15:10

and bring them back every week and

put them on weekly descriptions. The

1:15:101:15:14

fact surgeries are crammed, they get

lost to the service. They go to a

1:15:141:15:19

doctor and the doctor does not know

the history. They continue the

1:15:191:15:23

prescription. It is complex.

1:15:231:15:28

We expect these days to live without

any pain at all. And come to that

1:15:311:15:36

acceptance that we have to try and

manage the pain in a different way.

1:15:361:15:40

I think that's the stage where at

now.

Let's talk about the risks

1:15:401:15:48

people are taking! Long-term, what

are the risks?

If you been taking

1:15:481:15:54

opiates painkillers for a long

time...

A long time is what?

Chronic

1:15:541:16:06

pain would be described as pain

experienced repeatedly and taking a

1:16:061:16:10

medication for longer than six

months so if you've been taking

1:16:101:16:14

opiates painkillers for that amount

of time or longer, it has an effect

1:16:141:16:17

on your mood, it can make you feel

anxious, it can have an effect on

1:16:171:16:24

your immune system, it has an effect

on your sexual health. But also the

1:16:241:16:33

fact that that the American

psychiatry Association predictive

1:16:331:16:37

medicine suggests when you get

addicted or dependent to

1:16:371:16:40

painkillers, that forms a gateway to

more hardcore drugs.

1:16:401:16:48

more hardcore drugs. And I have seen

patients slowly reduced the

1:16:481:16:52

medication and they are buying it

over the counter and they were

1:16:521:16:56

buying around 120 tablets every day.

Taking them every day? 16 in the

1:16:561:17:04

morning, 16 in the evening.

Are you

familiar with that? I suspect

1:17:041:17:08

virtually every GP will have to or

three patients who are doing that.

1:17:081:17:12

They go to different pharmacists and

getting recognised and then judged

1:17:121:17:18

and labelled and stigmatised. It's a

downward spiral of depression.

1:17:181:17:26

downward spiral of depression. And

it isn't their fault at all. We have

1:17:271:17:30

a responsibility to recognise that

and try do something to help them.

1:17:301:17:36

Thank you very much the time this

morning.

1:17:361:17:40

The museum ship HMS Belfast has been

a landmark on the Thames in central

1:17:401:17:44

London since 1971 -

today she celebrates her 80th

1:17:441:17:47

birthday so we've sent

Matt to have a look.

1:17:471:17:55

Just walking through into the

captain 's Bridge. The operations

1:17:571:18:01

room were all the main radar was in

place. This is the comfort -- the

1:18:011:18:08

compass platform as well. It was

launched in 1938. As Steph said,

1:18:081:18:16

1971, it came through the Thames.

Eight years since that launch. A

1:18:161:18:22

fascinating ship. It weighs over

11,000 tons and the length of it is

1:18:221:18:27

as long as to Big Ben is laid one

next to the other. We will be taking

1:18:271:18:34

a further look around. Let's get on

with the weather. It's not too bad

1:18:341:18:37

outside.

1:18:371:18:37

Here and across the rest of the UK,

a big shock away. After seeing

1:18:421:18:47

temperatures, 16 degrees in parts of

Wales, some will struggle to get

1:18:471:18:51

above freezing. Today, Snow Ltd are

the hills of the Grampians in

1:18:511:18:57

Central Southern Highlands,

particularly eastern hills. Rain

1:18:571:19:04

around, showers in Northern Ireland

to go through the morning. Areas of

1:19:041:19:08

rain across northern England, the

North Midlands and East Anglia.

1:19:081:19:14

We'll see what to showers towards

the far south of Wales will the

1:19:141:19:18

Bristol channel over the next hour

or two. They will drift northwards

1:19:181:19:21

and through the day, sunny spells

across the south. Nice in the sun is

1:19:211:19:25

out but that will set off a few more

showers and some of those could

1:19:251:19:29

become heavy and Bunbury. Northern

England, fairly cloudy, as will

1:19:291:19:34

Northern Ireland. North-east England

and parts of Scotland with more snow

1:19:341:19:37

to come in the hills. Tebbit 's only

three degrees in the north. Further

1:19:371:19:42

south across the country with those

sunny spells between the showers, we

1:19:421:19:46

could get up to around 14, 15

degrees in one of two spots.

1:19:461:19:53

Tonight, what shall all of a sudden

that rain and snow mix across

1:19:531:19:57

Scotland and north-east England

pushes its way to the south. A few

1:19:571:20:01

snow flurries anywhere. Temperatures

really start to drop. Many below

1:20:011:20:08

freezing as we start tomorrow

morning. A cold day, a windy day

1:20:081:20:16

tomorrow with an icy wind chill.

Snow flurries possible just about

1:20:161:20:19

anywhere. We could see some longer

spells of snow across parts of

1:20:191:20:24

Lincolnshire in Yorkshire. Snow

blowing around in the strong winds

1:20:241:20:27

as well. Really fine, dry snow.

Parts of northern Scotland will stay

1:20:271:20:33

dry throughout but all, it will be a

very, very chilly day. Temperatures

1:20:331:20:38

in the teams this week but very few

will get much above around two,

1:20:381:20:42

three degrees. Saturday night in the

Sunday, a spell of more significant

1:20:421:20:48

snow pushing across. It looks like

England and Wales. The forecast

1:20:481:20:53

could change. Clearing to sunshine

and showers later on but even on

1:20:531:20:56

Sunday, the icy wind will be making

itself known. Temperatures staying

1:20:561:21:00

below freezing all day long. A big

change on the way compare to what we

1:21:001:21:05

have seen so far this week but a

fairly short-lived icy blast,

1:21:051:21:10

temperatures slowly, slowly climbing

as we go into next week as high

1:21:101:21:14

pressure gradually builds.

1:21:141:21:16

as we go into next week as high

pressure gradually builds. A short

1:21:161:21:18

icy blast.

1:21:181:21:20

It may come as a shock to discover

that the UK is the biggest exporter

1:21:201:21:24

of legal ivory in the world,

with antique carvings,

1:21:241:21:26

jewellery and ornaments often

fetching thousands of pounds

1:21:261:21:29

in antique sales.

1:21:291:21:29

But four African countries

with the largest remaining elephant

1:21:291:21:32

populations are now calling

on the UK and European countries

1:21:321:21:35

to follow China's example and stop

all forms of ivory trading.

1:21:351:21:38

Joining us now from Botswana

is our Africa correspondent Alastair

1:21:381:21:40

Leithead.

1:21:401:21:44

Joining us -- tell is a bit about

what is happening there.

1:21:441:21:57

The president of Botswana is

speaking to the various dignitaries

1:21:571:22:00

and experts in Botswana to talk

about the issues affecting elephants

1:22:001:22:05

and their habitats across Africa.

One issue is that of trade in ivory.

1:22:051:22:18

And that legal trade in ivory in

Europe is something they are hoping

1:22:181:22:22

to try and stop. There was a big UK

government consultation. The

1:22:221:22:31

Minister to Africa is here and

certainly says the government is

1:22:311:22:38

working towards it. As things stand,

the emphasis is on the fact that

1:22:381:22:43

although poaching has dropped

slightly across Africa, still the

1:22:431:22:45

really big problem. More elephants

are killed by... Every year... That

1:22:451:22:53

is... Alistair, thank you very much.

James Lewis, the first auctioneer to

1:22:531:23:04

ban legal ivory at his auction

house.

When do you make that

1:23:041:23:09

decision? Just over two years ago.

What was the thinking? I'd be a

1:23:091:23:16

patron of Born Free to 15 years.

Animals are my main love, my

1:23:161:23:21

passion, I've been to Africa three

times a year and I have seen the

1:23:211:23:25

elephants out there, worked with the

ivory sniffer dogs at Nairobi

1:23:251:23:28

airport tracing that ivory from the

fields of tenure right the way

1:23:281:23:34

through to the Oriental carving

Ivory workshops.

Other people are

1:23:341:23:40

free to go to other houses, auction

houses. Would it be the correct

1:23:401:23:46

thing to say no, this stuff cannot

be sold here. Unless we decide

1:23:461:23:52

unilaterally, it can't happen.

We've

got to be very careful because what

1:23:521:23:56

we don't want to do is cause one

problem by trying to solve another.

1:23:561:24:01

If you take, for example, a bronze

were the figure might be 100,000,

1:24:011:24:10

200,000. Whether hands and face are

made of ivory but if we ban that

1:24:101:24:18

elephant ivory is that those pieces,

because the majority of the figure

1:24:181:24:23

is bronze, those people will be sent

to the carving workshops we are

1:24:231:24:28

trying to close down in China and

Vietnam's and they will be re-

1:24:281:24:33

carved. Into Hippo ivory. We have

less hip open elephants. We don't

1:24:331:24:38

want to cause another problem by an

outright ban. Nobody would think

1:24:381:24:43

that sitting at home in the living

room with Granny's piano, oh, my

1:24:431:24:49

goodness, I'm an ivory collector

because the keys on the piano are

1:24:491:24:53

likely to be made from ivory. There

is a huge difference between solid

1:24:531:24:58

lumps of big ivory and smaller

pieces that make up something else.

1:24:581:25:02

Why does it have to be made of any

ivory? Hippo's teeth, elephants, why

1:25:021:25:09

any of it?

Can't you ban it all? The

problem is, when you ban one thing,

1:25:091:25:14

they will always find someone else

-- something else to replace it

1:25:141:25:18

with. Why do you replace it with

Hippo ivory? Those collectors who

1:25:181:25:23

want to have something of that

value, they will not want it

1:25:231:25:26

replaced with plastic.

Is there any

way of devaluing it?

Wanting to

1:25:261:25:33

point out is that in the UK, those

people that have collected ivory

1:25:331:25:37

figures from the late 19th century

and earlier have collected them

1:25:371:25:44

mostly to the artform, not because

of the material. In some cases, a

1:25:441:25:51

little figure carved out of bamboo

can be worth the same as the figure

1:25:511:25:54

carved out of ivory. It's not the

ivory value we are talking about

1:25:541:25:58

where as in China, they value the

actual material. Had it since the

1:25:581:26:04

Chinese market is opened up that we

have the problem. Pieces of antique

1:26:041:26:09

crude ivory, things like snooker

balls from the 19th century, but

1:26:091:26:14

five years ago had no value at all

here. They are now making hundreds

1:26:141:26:18

of pounds going out to China and

being recast. That isn't the case

1:26:181:26:22

for everything. Have a look at that

little miniature. Today we have

1:26:221:26:30

mobile phones, we take self is. This

little chap is 1820 and if he was a

1:26:301:26:35

loved one, that is what you would

take away with you. There is no

1:26:351:26:39

value in the ivory bear and you

wouldn't even know that it is

1:26:391:26:43

painted on ivory.

The background is

ivory?

Do we want to see that band?

1:26:431:26:50

That is the question. Hundreds of

years of art history, managers of

1:26:501:26:57

Napoleon, well some common --

Napoleon, Nelson, Wellington.

The

1:26:571:27:01

heart is as bad at all. Think first

so we don't have unforeseen

1:27:011:27:06

circumstances.

There are

interesting, James. James Lewis,

1:27:061:27:10

auctioneer, speaking to us.

1:27:101:27:12

Ben is talking tourism

in Edinburgh this morning,

1:27:121:27:20

Talking tourism. I promised we were

going to come outside and not that

1:27:201:27:24

the Wetherby does. On the roof of

the National Museum of Scotland.

1:27:241:27:30

This place at place of topped the

list of attractions outside London.

1:27:301:27:36

Great news for them. They have been

investing a lot of money to make

1:27:361:27:41

sure to get the tourists here, what

difference would it make to the

1:27:411:27:45

local economy and crucially, what

difference can it make to the rest

1:27:451:27:49

of

1:27:491:31:06

I'm back with the latest

from the BBC London newsroom

1:31:061:31:09

in half an hour.

1:31:091:31:10

Plenty more on our website

at the usual address.

1:31:101:31:12

Hello.

1:31:211:31:22

This is Breakfast,

with Charlie Stayt and Steph

1:31:221:31:24

McGovern.

1:31:241:31:24

It's Friday the 16th of March.

1:31:241:31:30

Writing in The Guardian,

the Labour leader cautioned

1:31:301:31:32

against rushing to a "hasty

judgement" despite criticism

1:31:321:31:34

from some in his party

over his approach.

1:31:341:31:37

He warned against a drift towards a

new Cold War. Moscow said there

1:31:371:31:46

would be a fitting reply to the 23

diplomats expelled from Britain.

1:31:461:31:52

At least four people have been

killed after a newly built bridge

1:31:521:31:56

collapsed onto a major

road in Miami.

1:31:561:31:57

Eight cars waiting at traffic

lights below were crushed.

1:31:571:32:00

The footbridge was put in place

less than a week ago.

1:32:001:32:03

Investigators from the National

Transportation Safety Board say

1:32:031:32:05

they will now conduct

a full investigation.

1:32:051:32:07

Once we have completed search

and rescue operations,

1:32:071:32:09

we will remain on the scene

and help with recovery

1:32:091:32:12

efforts as well.

1:32:121:32:13

This has been an incredibly

tragic event and our

1:32:131:32:15

hearts go out to the

families of the victims.

1:32:151:32:23

MPs from Egypt are travelling

to the UK today to monitor

1:32:241:32:27

investigations into the death of

an Egyptian student in Nottingham.

1:32:271:32:30

18-year-old, Mariam Moustafa,

died on Wednesday, three weeks

1:32:301:32:32

after being attacked by a group

of women outside a shopping centre.

1:32:321:32:35

Police say they are keeping an "open

mind" about whether the assault

1:32:351:32:38

was a hate crime.

1:32:381:32:42

Syrian activists say nearly 20,000

civilians have fled rebel held areas

1:32:421:32:45

of Eastern Ghouta, as government

forces continue their advance.

1:32:451:32:48

It is the biggest exodus

from the enclave since the military

1:32:481:32:51

stepped up an offensive

to retake it last month.

1:32:511:32:53

The seven-year conflict is thought

to have claimed more than 400,000

1:32:531:32:56

lives and lead to 11 million

people being displaced.

1:32:561:33:04

MPs haven't been able to find

appropriate technology operating

1:33:081:33:10

anywhere in the world that

would allow an invisible border

1:33:101:33:13

to continue between Northern Ireland

and the Irish Republic after Brexit.

1:33:131:33:16

The Northern Ireland Affairs

Committee is asking the government

1:33:161:33:18

to give more details on how it

will manage the movement of people

1:33:181:33:22

and goods across the Irish border.

1:33:221:33:23

It's also warned that,

without a transition period,

1:33:231:33:26

there won't be time to put

new arrangements in place by the end

1:33:261:33:29

of March next year.

1:33:291:33:37

Fashion retailer, Topman,

are coming under pressure

1:33:431:33:45

to withdraw a shirt that some

people believe refers

1:33:451:33:47

to the Hillsborough disaster.

1:33:471:33:48

The red shirt with a large number 96

is being seen by some Liverpool fans

1:33:481:33:52

as a reference to the club's kit

and number of victims killed

1:33:521:33:55

in the 1989 disaster.

1:33:551:33:57

Topman are yet to say anything

about the shirt but there is no

1:33:571:34:00

suggestion of a

deliberate reference.

1:34:001:34:08

Back to the main story, the comments

from Jeremy Corbyn about the nerve

1:34:111:34:14

agent attack in Salisbury. He asks

for calm the heads and a level

1:34:141:34:20

response. We can speak to a guest.

Thank you for your time. Could you

1:34:201:34:30

give us your thoughts on your party

leader's comments. Rushing ahead of

1:34:301:34:35

the evidence is what he is

suggesting. Talking about a fevered

1:34:351:34:42

parliamentary atmosphere. Do you

agree with those two comments?

1:34:421:34:45

Jeremy Corbyn's concerns seems to be

we could be rushing to an armed

1:34:451:34:52

conflict with Russia. No one is

talking about that, no one is

1:34:521:34:56

talking about invading Russia,

launching airstrikes in Moscow. He

1:34:561:35:01

is talking about targeted measures

not of a military nature, but we

1:35:011:35:07

hope will send a clear message to

Russia. We wanted to know their

1:35:071:35:18

behaviour is unacceptable. I do not

see a rush to war on the agenda at

1:35:181:35:22

all.

A number of the areas he has

picked up on, Jeremy Corbyn, has

1:35:221:35:27

picked up on, for example, has been

about the process we are going

1:35:271:35:32

through, and the evidence. He has

agreed there are two possible

1:35:321:35:36

scenarios. One is

1:35:361:35:44

scenarios. One is that it is

state-sponsored. The other is that

1:35:441:35:49

it has fallen out of their control.

He raised the prospect it could be

1:35:491:35:53

done by the mafia. Was that the

right thing to say?

In either case

1:35:531:35:58

the Russian state is at fault. They

have either produced this stuff and

1:35:581:36:03

allowed it to slip into the hands of

some other actor, or they are

1:36:031:36:07

directly orchestrating the murder,

attempted murder, of people on the

1:36:071:36:12

streets of Salisbury. In either

case, the Russian state has to

1:36:121:36:15

receive a clear message from us that

this is a violation of our

1:36:151:36:19

sovereignty, a violation of

international law, and it is

1:36:191:36:22

completely unacceptable. I believe

that we should be going further and

1:36:221:36:27

should be approaching FIFA with our

allies and requesting that the World

1:36:271:36:33

Cup be moved to another host country

or countries, all postponed until

1:36:331:36:39

2019. -- or. I cannot imagine

celebrating the beautiful game this

1:36:391:36:47

summer playing directly into the

hands of Vladimir Putin, almost a

1:36:471:36:51

vindication of his regime and a

great opportunity for him to score a

1:36:511:36:58

huge PR goal. In light of what they

are implicated in, the Kremlin is

1:36:581:37:02

implicated in, in some form, the

attempted assassination of people on

1:37:021:37:07

the streets of the UK. We have to

stand firm with allies at this point

1:37:071:37:12

and we need to talk more about using

the World Cup as leverage. Vladimir

1:37:121:37:16

Putin has invested billions of

rubles in the World Cup. Millions of

1:37:161:37:23

Russian citizens are looking forward

to it. If we want to undermine his

1:37:231:37:27

reputation among his own public

support base, which has got to be

1:37:271:37:31

the number one target here, then I

think the World Cup is the way to do

1:37:311:37:36

it.

Can I ask you a very

straightforward question? It is

1:37:361:37:39

hypothetical, so indulge me if you

will. Given what Jeremy Corbyn has

1:37:391:37:44

said in the criticism he has

received from some people, including

1:37:441:37:48

yourself and Labour backbenchers, do

you have confidence, would you have

1:37:481:37:53

confidence, in Jeremy Corbyn if he

was Prime Minister in what you could

1:37:531:37:57

call significant moments of crisis

in UK?

Look, Jeremy Corbyn has had

1:37:571:38:05

victory in two leadership election.

His question of leadership is

1:38:051:38:10

settled.

That was not quite my

question. My question was would you

1:38:101:38:15

have confidence if he was your Prime

Minister? To be honest, our Prime

1:38:151:38:22

Minister, in a moment when

effectively Britain has been

1:38:221:38:25

attacked by a foreign state. That is

how this is being played out. Would

1:38:251:38:30

you have confidence in Jeremy Corbyn

being our Prime Minister in these

1:38:301:38:35

circumstances?

I think that we have

got an opportunity now as a party to

1:38:351:38:44

decide whether we are that believes

in the Nato alliance, in the

1:38:441:38:47

European Union, as a force for good

in the world, or whether we take a

1:38:471:38:52

different view, and I think the fact

that Jeremy Corbyn yesterday did

1:38:521:38:56

come out and say he actually agrees

the finger of blame points to Russia

1:38:561:39:00

and that he agrees with the

expulsions, I think was a step in

1:39:001:39:04

the right direction. I think the

article he wrote after that muddied

1:39:041:39:08

the waters somewhat. I think what we

need is a very clear line from our

1:39:081:39:15

leadership stating very clearly that

we stand shoulder to shoulder with

1:39:151:39:18

allies and with the government in

the action it is taking. Is Jeremy

1:39:181:39:23

Corbyn can come forward and clarify

that, then I think we can have a

1:39:231:39:27

really important and profound debate

in our party about what we see as

1:39:271:39:32

Britain's role in the world and our

relationship with our American and

1:39:321:39:35

other allies.

People will draw their

own conclusions from the fact that

1:39:351:39:43

in answer to the question, would you

have confidence in Jeremy Corbyn as

1:39:431:39:47

Prime Minister right now in the

crisis we are in, you could not say

1:39:471:39:51

yes. They will draw their own

conclusions.

Look, I believe in a

1:39:511:39:57

Labour government and I believe that

if Jeremy Corbyn does make it clear

1:39:571:40:00

to us that he has the right policies

and right approach on these issues,

1:40:001:40:04

then absolutely I would have

confidence in him. But we do need to

1:40:041:40:08

be absolutely clear where we stand

in the world. Jeremy Corbyn has an

1:40:081:40:13

admirable record of consistency. He

has stated for 30 years and over

1:40:131:40:18

what his position on Nato and the EU

is. We need a profound debate in the

1:40:181:40:24

party. Is that still Jeremy Corbyn's

position? If so, what do we think

1:40:241:40:31

and believe as a party? I think what

we have to do now is focused

1:40:311:40:36

specifically on this direct

challenge to the United Kingdom, to

1:40:361:40:40

our values, to the whole belief

system that Russia represents, and

1:40:401:40:46

take specific and measured action.

But absolutely no one is talking

1:40:461:40:50

about a drift to conflict or bore. I

think it is not right to compare it

1:40:501:40:56

to Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, because

the intelligence gathering that

1:40:561:41:00

happened around those was of a

completely different nature. The

1:41:001:41:05

intelligence and the facts that we

have about what happened in

1:41:051:41:08

Salisbury are hard scientific facts

gathered by the leading experts of

1:41:081:41:13

the world from Porton down. My

apologies, we will have to leave it

1:41:131:41:21

there.

Thank you. We will take you

straight to Cheltenham. It is Gold

1:41:211:41:31

Cup Day. Good morning.

Good morning.

Looking forward to the greatest

1:41:311:41:39

Looking forward to the greatest show

on turf, the Gold Cup. Willie

1:41:401:41:41

Mullins and Gordon Elliot, winning

so many races. The Irish,

1:41:411:41:46

dominating. Good morning. So,

Gordon, six Win Zaw ready for you

1:41:461:41:52

this week and 74 Willie Mullins.

What has made the Irish so dominant?

1:41:521:41:58

-- seven for.

We are in a great

position and we are keeping it

1:41:581:42:07

going.

Those horses, you have kept

hold of the best.

There is a lot of

1:42:071:42:14

support for it.

1:42:141:42:24

support for it.

You won it two years

ago. What does it mean to win the

1:42:261:42:30

Gold Cup?

It is the biggest race in

the calendar. The horse is in good

1:42:301:42:34

form. The ground is so soft. You

have to take your chances.

You are

1:42:341:42:40

in the foxhunters chase today. You

came from five horses back to win a

1:42:401:42:49

few years ago. What does this they

mean to you?

It is the biggest race

1:42:491:42:54

in the calendar. Everyone wants to

have it. It is great to win any race

1:42:541:43:03

at Cheltenham, but to get those, it

is the icing on the cake.

A mixed

1:43:031:43:09

day on Wednesday, a fantastic win

but then your brother, Ruby, he

1:43:091:43:13

fell. How is he doing?

He is OK. He

raced yesterday and is coming again

1:43:131:43:20

today. He is good.

Having a bit of a

laugh with his mates?

As much as one

1:43:201:43:27

can. It is a bit frustrating. Those

tough lads are so competitive, they

1:43:271:43:34

do not want to be in the stands.

They want to take part.

Speaking

1:43:341:43:38

about things other than Irish, Nicky

Henderson going for a hat-trick. It

1:43:381:43:43

has never been done before. What do

you think of his chances?

He is

1:43:431:43:47

favoured. He has a serious chance.

There was a lot of rain last night

1:43:471:43:53

and you do not know what is going to

happen. The Gold Cup, for me, I

1:43:531:43:59

wanted to go back the way of the

Irish again. We will have to wait

1:43:591:44:03

and see.

So many races won here, but

never the Gold Cup!

Yeah. He brought

1:44:031:44:12

to a different level for jump

trainers.

1:44:121:44:19

I love the idea of Mike being caught

by the beer tent. The Grand Slam is

1:44:301:44:42

tomorrow at Twickenham. The icing on

the take for St Patrick's Day. In

1:44:421:44:46

turn out to be Paralympics.

1:44:461:44:58

I'm not too far from the medals

Plaza that the main

1:44:581:45:02

I'm not too far from the medals

Plaza that the main attraction has

1:45:021:45:03

been a snowboarding. The first time

Stalin has been

1:45:031:45:07

included in the Paralympic

programme.

1:45:071:45:12

Benmore, James Barnes Miller and

Owen Pick hoping to get onto the

1:45:121:45:17

podium. The bank slalom is the best

time, the best attempt from those

1:45:171:45:23

runs. Great Britain were outside the

medals and unfortunately, they all

1:45:231:45:28

stumbled on that final round which

meant more of all of them were

1:45:281:45:32

outside the medals. Really

disappointing to the British guys.

1:45:321:45:36

The first time they have been

represented in snowboarding. That

1:45:361:45:40

means it becomes more and more

difficult for rape -- Great Britain

1:45:401:45:44

to get to that target. They have a

target drink six and 12 so all

1:45:441:45:49

pressure is on the alpine skiers

over the next few days.

1:45:491:45:57

I will try and tempt a few horses

out to you.

1:46:031:46:07

Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger,

said he'd prefer to avoid

1:46:071:46:10

Atletico Madrid, when the draw

is made today for the Europa League

1:46:101:46:13

quarter-finals.

1:46:131:46:14

His side came from behind to beat AC

Milan 3-1 last night.

1:46:141:46:17

Danny Wellbeck, scoring twice.

1:46:171:46:20

They won the tie 5-1 overall.

1:46:201:46:22

And Wellbeck is back in the England

squad for the friendlies

1:46:221:46:25

against the Netherlands

and Italy later this month.

1:46:251:46:30

England manager Gareth Southgate has

named four uncapped players.

1:46:301:46:34

But Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey

needs minor surgery,

1:46:341:46:36

so he'll miss Wales' next

tournament, a four-team competiton

1:46:361:46:39

in China which starts on Wednesday.

1:46:391:46:40

It'll mark Ryan Giggs'

debut as Wales manager.

1:46:401:46:48

Bowler Mason Crane will miss

England's Test series

1:46:521:46:54

in New Zealand

1:46:541:46:55

with a stress fracture

in his lower back.

1:46:551:46:57

He'll be replaced by

Somerset's Jack Leach,

1:46:571:46:59

who's been given a first call-up

and will fly out in the next couple

1:46:591:47:02

of days.

1:47:021:47:05

England rugby head coach,

Eddie Jones, says he loves

1:47:051:47:07

being under pressure

1:47:071:47:08

and so do his players,

as they head into their final

1:47:081:47:11

Six Nations match against Ireland

tomorrow, trying to avoid

1:47:111:47:14

a third straight defeat.

1:47:141:47:15

He's made plenty of changes

to the side that lost to France

1:47:151:47:18

at the weekend.

1:47:181:47:20

There is always pressure, whether

you win or lose. And that's being

1:47:201:47:25

involved in international rugby.

Expectation of international teams

1:47:251:47:29

is high and everyone wants to see

their team win and we are no

1:47:291:47:33

exception. Bash. . It's how you

handle the pressure, the pressure is

1:47:331:47:38

not the point. Our team has handled

it pretty well. They have stuck to

1:47:381:47:43

their tasks and start the process.

1:47:431:47:45

Ireland have made just one change

as they go for the Grand Slam.

1:47:451:47:49

Ulster's Iain Henderson comes

in to replace Devin Toner.

1:47:491:47:51

And Dan Biggar is back at fly-half

for Wales as they aim

1:47:511:47:55

for a second-place finish in this

year's Championship.

1:47:551:47:57

He takes over from Gareth Anscombe,

who drops to the bench.

1:47:571:48:04

Tiger Woods says he has his feel

for tournament golf back.

1:48:041:48:07

His return to form continued

with an opening round of 68

1:48:071:48:10

at the Arnold Palmer

Invitational in Orlando.

1:48:101:48:12

He's just four shots behind leader

Henrik Stenson, who's 8-under.

1:48:121:48:18

And Chris and Gabby Adcock

are through to the quarter-finals

1:48:181:48:20

of the mixed doubles

at the All England Badminton

1:48:201:48:23

Championships in Birmingham,

after beating the South Korean pair.

1:48:231:48:28

The Adcocks are hoping to improve

on last year where they lost

1:48:281:48:31

narrowly in the semi-finals.

1:48:311:48:39

A horse, horse, my Kingdom for a

horse. They are taking our time. I

1:48:401:48:47

thought they were going to gallop up

here in a dramatic finish. They seem

1:48:471:48:51

to not be moving any closer. They

are Gordon Elliott's courses.

1:48:511:49:01

Amongst those is outlander, who

loves the mud. I might have to get a

1:49:011:49:08

bag of carrots out.

1:49:081:49:14

bag of carrots out.

Am I to assume

that because you take your off, it

1:49:151:49:18

is warmed up a bit?

A couple of

people said I looked silly. My mum

1:49:181:49:23

doesn't like me and hats. But I've

responded to public pressure and

1:49:231:49:27

removed the hat. References have

been made to Oliver and the artful

1:49:271:49:32

dodger.

1:49:321:49:37

dodger.

We love it. See you in a

bit.

1:49:371:49:44

bit.

You can see the blue sky, and

some clouds, a bit of sunshine. If

1:49:441:49:49

we look closely, we can see HMS

Belfast there. Matters on board with

1:49:491:49:54

the weather fronts.

1:49:541:50:00

Belfast there. Matters on board with

the weather fronts.

1:50:001:50:01

We are on board HMS Belfast this

morning, this splendid ship,

1:50:011:50:05

launched in 1938 by the wife of

Neville Chamberlain and this

1:50:051:50:13

weekend, celebrating 80 years again.

Straight into maritime blockade is

1:50:131:50:20

what it was built and launched. One

of the first ships to fire a shot in

1:50:201:50:27

the D-Day landings. Also, involved

in the Korean War as well. In 1971,

1:50:271:50:36

brought to the Thames. They have

invited people on to help celebrate

1:50:361:50:43

80 years. If you are heading here or

across the UK, where something warm.

1:50:431:50:51

It's going to be a bitterly cold

weekend. Strong easterly winds. At

1:50:511:50:56

least a little bit of snow. Into

today, the snow is limited to parts

1:50:561:51:02

of Scotland. Across Scotland, some

snow. The Grampians in the

1:51:021:51:06

Highlands. This morning it's a

little bit higher than that. 20

1:51:061:51:12

centimetres of snow before the day

is out. Rain towards lower levels of

1:51:121:51:17

Eastern and Central Scotland. We are

seeing some wetter weather arrived

1:51:171:51:24

across the north of England. To the

south of that, dry and clear. Some

1:51:241:51:35

sunny spells. The sunshine warming

things up a touch. Through the day

1:51:351:51:43

across parts of southern England,

the Midlands, south Wales, we will

1:51:431:51:46

see showers breakout. Northern

Ireland, Scotland. Predominantly

1:51:461:51:52

cloudy.

1:51:521:51:58

cloudy. Further snow on the hills.

Only ran three degrees here, around

1:51:581:52:08

14, 15 Celsius. To take this into

tonight, the rain across Scotland,

1:52:081:52:14

northern England.

1:52:141:52:20

northern England. Temperatures sub

zero as we go to Saturday morning.

1:52:201:52:24

Some snow flurries around. More

especially over the hills. Through

1:52:241:52:29

Saturday, snow showers possible just

about anywhere through the country.

1:52:291:52:33

The main exception, northern

Scotland. Some strong winds blowing

1:52:331:52:38

adding to the chill.

1:52:381:52:44

adding to the chill. Temperatures

only a few degrees. A big change of

1:52:441:52:47

around 10 degrees if not more

competitive would have had over the

1:52:471:52:50

past few days. Signs of more

persistent spells. But the clearest

1:52:501:53:00

way westwards as we go into Sunday

but it will leave a covering of

1:53:001:53:04

snow. Writer with a developing the

display to isolated showers but the

1:53:041:53:13

cold winds will still be there and

temperatures are some will stay

1:53:131:53:16

below freezing but this time, the

cold spell, not going to last as

1:53:161:53:20

long as we have seen recently. Still

cold at the start of next week but

1:53:201:53:26

Stefan C, it will not be as cold as

it will be next weekend.

1:53:261:53:35

We got distracted because the guns

behind you started moving. I don't

1:53:351:53:40

what you have done there. The

forecast. Those icy blasts causing

1:53:401:53:46

all kinds of trouble.

1:53:461:53:52

all kinds of trouble.

It did move,

it's all stable now.

1:53:541:54:00

it's all stable now.

Rather

beautiful surroundings, Ben. We are

1:54:001:54:04

talking about the UK's top tourist

attractions.

No guns here that I can

1:54:041:54:11

see right now. Good morning. Welcome

to Edinburgh's National Museum of

1:54:111:54:18

Scotland.

This place built in 1866.

A vast building. A massive

1:54:181:54:24

refurbishment. It is paying

dividends because they topped the

1:54:241:54:30

list of attractions outside of

London to tourists. This is one of

1:54:301:54:34

them. Let me take you to the roof. A

great shot right across here to

1:54:341:54:39

Edinburgh Castle. That is the number

two attraction in Scotland. Between

1:54:391:54:46

them, attracting record numbers of

visitors to the UK last year. We

1:54:461:54:50

were broadcasting from their own

thing it's fair to expect the guests

1:54:501:54:56

to come up with us. I should

introduce you to Gordon, the boss of

1:54:561:55:00

the museum. Congratulations, topping

the list of attractions. It paid

1:55:001:55:08

dividends.

It's a magnificent

building. The Times formed this

1:55:081:55:17

museum into one of the great

National museums of the world with

1:55:171:55:21

lots of things to do.

And this is

about getting all the attractions to

1:55:211:55:27

work together. A lot of your

visitors are from China. A

1:55:271:55:35

co-ordinated attempt to do that.

It's not just here but its other

1:55:351:55:41

attractions. There have been huge

expansions of the routes through the

1:55:411:55:46

airport. People coming from China

with a new air route just launched

1:55:461:55:53

yesterday directly to Beijing.

Thanks Premat congratulations again.

1:55:531:56:01

And Bernard is from the company who

came up with these numbers. We were

1:56:011:56:06

just hearing about what they're

doing with Edinburgh and it's

1:56:061:56:09

interesting. It's that co-ordinated

efforts that is so important. It is

1:56:091:56:15

appropriate here with the

aeroplanes. The announcement of

1:56:151:56:19

direct flights from Edinburgh to

China and back, that will make a big

1:56:191:56:22

difference.

It's a very successful

result after working across the

1:56:221:56:29

destination to have that direct

route so people can come, do

1:56:291:56:34

business and travel and be across

Scotland and further out into more

1:56:341:56:40

geographic regions across Scotland.

Bernard, you have been looking at

1:56:401:56:45

the reasons why people are coming

here. What is it that the UK stands

1:56:451:56:50

for?

We are globally good at

tourism. More people last year went

1:56:501:56:56

to the Science Museum and the

National History Museum then went to

1:56:561:57:00

Venice. When we get it right, we get

it right. We saw 7% increase to all

1:57:001:57:06

attractions last year. Scotland, a

13% increase. When we ask overseas

1:57:061:57:12

visitors wire, it's for our history,

heritage and attractions and you can

1:57:121:57:17

see that.

What is it we need to do?

There is a lot of concern, the fall

1:57:171:57:25

in the Valley of the pound. It makes

it cheaper to come here. A lot of

1:57:251:57:30

concerns about things like Brexit.

Brexit is a serious concern. Just to

1:57:301:57:36

give you an example, Northern

Ireland have a record year for

1:57:361:57:42

visitors to Titanic Belfast and the

Giants Causeway but the proportion

1:57:421:57:46

came from the Republic of Ireland.

Any sense a higher order or

1:57:461:57:53

preregistration or visas would

affect Northern Ireland's to as a

1:57:531:57:57

colony. All of these things matter

to tourism, the third largest

1:57:571:58:01

employer.

We are good but we are

growing. Thank you so much. We will

1:58:011:58:07

talk more later. That is a view of

how the picture changes across the

1:58:071:58:12

country. One thing we are good at is

tourism. One thing we are not so

1:58:121:58:19

great on is the weather. It's a bit

cold, it's a bit wet and it's a bit

1:58:191:58:26

windy. I don't think anyone comes

here expecting good weather. But the

1:58:261:58:29

News, travel

1:58:292:01:47

I'm back with the latest

from the BBC London newsroom

2:01:472:01:50

Hello, this is Breakfast,

with Charlie Stayt

2:01:542:01:55

and Steph McGovern.

2:01:552:01:56

Jeremy Corbyn warns

against drifting into a "new cold

2:01:562:01:58

war" and talks of a fevered

atmosphere at Westminster.

2:01:582:02:02

The Labour leader described

the nerve agent attack as "barbaric

2:02:022:02:04

and beyond reckless" but warned

the Prime Minister against rushing

2:02:042:02:08

"way ahead of the evidence"

in blaming Moscow.

2:02:082:02:16

It's Friday March 16. Also this

morning, at least four people have

2:02:292:02:33

died after a newly built a bridge

collapsed onto a busy motorway in

2:02:332:02:36

Miami.

2:02:362:02:38

They made my skin itch,

they dulled all my senses.

2:02:382:02:42

The human cost of England's

painkiller addiction.

2:02:422:02:45

BBC News discovers almost 3,000

are prescribed every hour.

2:02:452:02:53

Good morning. A record number of

tourists came to the UK last year,

2:02:542:02:59

and Edinburgh was the biggest

destination outside London. We are

2:02:592:03:03

here at the National Museum of

Scotland that topped the list.

And

2:03:032:03:11

good morning from Cheltenham on Gold

cup day when the overnight rain has

2:03:112:03:14

made it all green. And the Green of

Ireland trying to dominate again

2:03:142:03:20

today, trying to stop what's Nicky

Henderson would achieve, a potential

2:03:202:03:24

historic treble.

2:03:242:03:28

Is it sunny where Matt is with the

weather today?

2:03:282:03:34

It certainly is. Sunny with me on

HMS Barham first this morning. It

2:03:342:03:37

was launched this week and 80 years

ago. We are celebrating that this

2:03:372:03:42

morning. -- HMS Belfast. Through

this weekend the rain will be

2:03:422:03:46

turning to snow. It's set to turn

much colder.

2:03:462:03:52

Good morning.

2:03:522:03:53

First our main story.

2:03:532:03:55

Jeremy Corbyn has cautioned

against rushing "ahead

2:03:552:03:56

of the evidence" over who carried

out the nerve agent

2:03:562:03:59

poisoning in Salisbury.

2:03:592:04:00

In an article in the Guardian,

the Labour leader

2:04:002:04:02

warned against the drift

towards a "new cold war".

2:04:022:04:04

Moscow said there would be

a "fitting" and "symmetrical"

2:04:042:04:07

reaction to the expulsion of 23

diplomats by Britain.

2:04:072:04:11

Our Political Correspondent Ben

Wright joins us from Westminster.

2:04:112:04:15

Good morning. A couple of comments

from Jeremy Corbyn, rushing ahead of

2:04:152:04:22

the evidence, he talked of a fevered

atmosphere at Westminster, and then

2:04:222:04:27

references back to the Iraq war and

a dodgy dossier. Give us a sense of

2:04:272:04:34

what Mr Corbyn is putting forward.

It's an article that tries quite a

2:04:342:04:40

delicate balancing act. On the one

hand he is unequivocally condemning

2:04:402:04:44

the attacks and saying they are

barbaric and reckless. He certainly

2:04:442:04:48

believed Russia has a role in this,

but maintains there are two

2:04:482:04:53

possibilities and stop first, it

could be direct action from the

2:04:532:04:55

Russian state. That's the

government's view now. All he says

2:04:552:05:00

the possibility remains that this

nerve agent found its way onto the

2:05:002:05:06

market and was used by a Mafia like

gangster group in this attack. --

2:05:062:05:11

or, he says. He says that remains a

possibility. He says it's time for

2:05:112:05:15

calm heads and a measured response

was that he suggests the atmosphere

2:05:152:05:19

in Westminster is rather feverish

and not open to listening to the

2:05:192:05:22

sorts of questions he thinks are

legitimate to raise. He draws

2:05:222:05:26

another link again, and he has

turned to get misery, with Iraq, the

2:05:262:05:31

Iraq war, saying it was a result of

flawed intelligence and dodgy

2:05:312:05:35

dossiers, a war that he fiercely

opposed. I think his tone and some

2:05:352:05:39

of the language he has used has been

a cause of real frustration and some

2:05:392:05:45

anger to a number of Labour

backbench MPs, who think he's not in

2:05:452:05:49

the right place with this and should

giving unequivocal support to the

2:05:492:05:57

government. Stephen Kinnock is one

of those MPs and he spoke to BBC

2:05:572:06:00

news earlier.

I think Jeremy came

out yesterday and said he thinks the

2:06:002:06:06

finger of blame points at Russia and

he agrees with the expulsions and

2:06:062:06:09

that was a step in the right

direction. The article he wrote

2:06:092:06:13

after that then muddied the waters

somewhat. I think what we need is a

2:06:132:06:17

very clear line from our leadership

stating very clearly that we stand

2:06:172:06:22

shoulder to shoulder with our

allies, and with the government, in

2:06:222:06:25

the action it has taken.

22 Labour

MPs have signed a Parliamentary

2:06:252:06:31

motion already giving their

unequivocal support to the

2:06:312:06:36

government on this. It's clear

divisions are there within the

2:06:362:06:39

Parliamentary Labour Party on

foreign policy again. But Jeremy

2:06:392:06:43

Corbyn is strongly of the view that

it is legitimate to be asking these

2:06:432:06:47

questions and querying the

government's approach to this. But

2:06:472:06:51

it's a very sensitive issue

considering the nature of this

2:06:512:06:53

attack.

Ben Wright, thank you very

much.

2:06:532:06:57

And we'll be speaking

to a former British Ambassador

2:06:572:06:59

to Russia in a few minutes time.

2:06:592:07:02

At least four people have been

killed after a newly built

2:07:022:07:04

bridge collapsed onto a major

road in Miami.

2:07:042:07:06

Eight cars waiting at traffic

lights below were crushed.

2:07:062:07:14

Investigators from the National

Transportation Safety Board say they

2:07:142:07:16

will now conduct a full

investigation.

2:07:162:07:18

Rescue teams are still

searching for suvivors.

2:07:182:07:26

MPs from Egypt are travelling

to the UK today to monitor

2:07:522:07:55

investigations into the death

of an Egyptian student

2:07:552:07:57

in Nottingham.

2:07:572:07:59

18 year old Mariam Moustafa

died on Wednesday,

2:07:592:08:00

three weeks after being attacked

by a group of women

2:08:002:08:02

outside a shopping centre.

2:08:022:08:03

Police say they are keeping

an "open mind" about whether

2:08:032:08:06

the assault was a hate crime.

2:08:062:08:10

She was so kind and always

wanted to help people out.

2:08:102:08:13

I do not know why they

would do that to her.

2:08:132:08:16

She was a hard worker,

she always put all her effort

2:08:162:08:18

in to be an engineer.

2:08:182:08:24

One in four council-run

secondary schools in England

2:08:242:08:26

is running at a loss,

leading to fears of staff cuts

2:08:262:08:29

and larger class sizes.

2:08:292:08:30

That number has nearly trebled

in the last four years according

2:08:302:08:35

to the Education Policy Institute,

with those in the South-west most

2:08:352:08:38

likely to be in deficit.

2:08:382:08:39

The government says it doesn't

recognise the report's findings

2:08:392:08:41

and is putting an extra

£1.3 billion into schools.

2:08:412:08:46

Four African countries with the

world's largest elephant populations

2:08:462:08:49

are expected to call on Britain and

the European Union to brand the

2:08:492:08:53

legal sale of antique ivory today.

Ministers will sign a petition at a

2:08:532:08:57

wildlife summit in Botswana urging

European countries to follow China's

2:08:572:09:02

lead in outlawing the sale of all

ivory products. Allister Whitehead

2:09:022:09:06

has more.

2:09:062:09:08

Africa's elephants are still

severely under threat,

2:09:082:09:10

with less animals being born

than the number killed every

2:09:102:09:12

year by poachers.

2:09:122:09:13

Here in Botswana, the last true

sanctuary for elephants

2:09:132:09:16

on the continent, politicians,

scientists and conservationists

2:09:162:09:17

are again meeting to try

to stop the ivory trade.

2:09:172:09:20

Techniques used for counterterrorism

are now being used

2:09:202:09:25

to stop poaching and

catch the culprits.

2:09:252:09:29

And they're being showcased

at the Giants Club Summit,

2:09:292:09:31

which aims to protect half

of Africa's elephants

2:09:312:09:33

and their habitat by 2020.

2:09:332:09:41

But there's another target.

2:09:412:09:44

The legal trade of antique ivory

in Britain and the rest of Europe.

2:09:442:09:47

The UK and the EU are the biggest

exporters of legal antique ivory.

2:09:472:09:52

These are sales that are permitted

and are allowed around the world.

2:09:522:09:55

Now, we have seen China has

banned their trade in ivory.

2:09:552:09:58

Hong Kong is saying it's

doing a similar thing.

2:09:582:10:02

The African leaders meeting

here with their governments

2:10:022:10:04

are hoping the EU and the UK

2:10:042:10:07

could do likewise and could stop

this trade in antique ivory.

2:10:072:10:11

It won't stop the poachers targeting

these animals for their tusks

2:10:112:10:13

across Africa, but it

will send a strong message

2:10:132:10:16

to try and reduce

the demand for ivory.

2:10:162:10:19

Alastair Leithead,

BBC News, in Botswana.

2:10:192:10:27

The first polar bear cub born

in Britain for a quarter

2:10:272:10:29

of a century has been filmed

for the first time after

2:10:292:10:32

being born in December.

2:10:322:10:33

As you can see, mum

and cub are doing well.

2:10:332:10:37

The footage was captured by remote

cameras for a Channel 4 documentary.

2:10:372:10:40

Highland Wildlife Park is yet

to find out if the cub

2:10:402:10:45

is a boy or a girl but,

it's already proving

2:10:452:10:49

to be a confident and

curious little character.

2:10:492:10:54

And unbelievably cute!

2:10:542:11:00

Those are the main stories this

morning. We will have the weather in

2:11:002:11:03

a few moments time. Mike is at

Cheltenham with the sport. We can go

2:11:032:11:08

back to the main story now.

2:11:082:11:10

Tensions between the West

and Russia continue to grow

2:11:102:11:12

as Moscow plans its response

to Theresa May's expulsion of 23

2:11:122:11:15

diplomats, who she said were

undeclared intelligence officers.

2:11:152:11:17

It's a story that is

still dominating a lot

2:11:172:11:19

of the front pages this morning.

2:11:192:11:21

The Times have gone in to more

detail about the West uniting

2:11:212:11:25

in condeming Russia for the attack.

2:11:252:11:32

Claims have also now

been made about how

2:11:322:11:36

the nerve agent ended up in the UK.

2:11:362:11:41

That's on the front of the

Telegraph. And the Guardian focuses

2:11:412:11:46

on some of Jeremy Corbyn's thoughts

on quite how we are proceeding about

2:11:462:11:50

the evidence -based enquiry and his

concerns that we are leaping ahead

2:11:502:11:54

of the evidence so far revealed in

terms of our diplomatic response.

2:11:542:12:03

Sir Tony Brenton is a former

British Ambassador to Russia.

2:12:032:12:05

He joins us from Cambridge.

2:12:052:12:07

There is a lot of noise around

everything that's happened, not

2:12:072:12:13

least Jeremy Corbyn this morning

warning of rushing way ahead of the

2:12:132:12:17

evidence. What do you make of what

he has said?

I think the evidence is

2:12:172:12:22

pretty clear. The chemical used, not

for Chuck, was only produced in

2:12:222:12:26

Russia. -- not a chock. That sort of

detail in Russia will be carefully

2:12:262:12:37

protected unguarded, particularly

since they claim they have destroyed

2:12:372:12:40

all the stocks. I be anyone would be

in a position to deploy it apart

2:12:402:12:47

from the Russian state.

So you don't

believe the possibility Russian gang

2:12:472:12:51

would get hold of it?

This sort of

thing is carefully protected in

2:12:512:12:55

Russia and I think it's highly

unlikely.

Looking at what else is

2:12:552:12:59

happening around this, the US,

Germany and France are giving their

2:12:592:13:03

support to the UK. How crucial is

that support?

I think the British

2:13:032:13:09

government has done extremely well,

locking in support from the United

2:13:092:13:12

States, France and Germany with a

joint statement yesterday is a key

2:13:122:13:17

step in demonstrating Western

solidarity on this appalling

2:13:172:13:19

outrage. We'll have to see how the

Russians react to the measures we

2:13:192:13:24

have taken, but if the Russians over

anyway, we have a rather good

2:13:242:13:29

coalition of people who we hope will

help us in joining our sanctions or

2:13:292:13:32

supporting them.

Given your

experience, how do you think they

2:13:322:13:37

will react?

I missed that question.

How do you think Russia will react

2:13:372:13:42

to this?

The hope is, and in a

sense, the tradition is they will

2:13:422:13:48

find a set of measures which roughly

speaking balance hours. Sadly, I

2:13:482:13:55

think our friends and colleagues

working in the embassy in Moscow are

2:13:552:14:00

living with the uncertainty they

might be leaving in the near future.

2:14:002:14:03

They also might look for outside

measures, possible action against

2:14:032:14:07

other Brits in the UK or what have

you. Provided it feels reasonably

2:14:072:14:13

proportionate, I would hope the

tit-for-tat stops there. The worry

2:14:132:14:16

is, if the Russians are so angered

by the speed and effectiveness of

2:14:162:14:19

our response they step up the ante,

then we will also have to raise the

2:14:192:14:24

level of our sanctions and we could

be in a bit of a spiral.

What's the

2:14:242:14:30

worst case scenario?

Again, I didn't

hear you.

What is the worst-case

2:14:302:14:36

scenario, you say?

Both sides know

that we don't want to get into an

2:14:362:14:45

eyeball to eyeball confrontation. So

both sides will be working overtime

2:14:452:14:48

to level things out and get into a

very cold stalemate. It's a matter

2:14:482:14:53

of whether stalemate ends up. Could

we end up expelling each of the's

2:14:532:14:58

ambassadors, for example? I hope

not, but I wouldn't rule it out.

2:14:582:15:02

With the World Cup coming up in

Russia, could it have any impact on

2:15:022:15:07

the football?

The Russians are keen

to run a successful World Cup. We

2:15:072:15:13

have said we will not send official

representation but obviously our

2:15:132:15:17

team will be there. People have

expressed concerns about the safety

2:15:172:15:20

of our fans, which I think is

mistaken. I think the Russians want

2:15:202:15:25

a successful World Cup. I have been

present in Russia where there have

2:15:252:15:29

been international football matches

before and British fans have been

2:15:292:15:32

there in large numbers and they have

been well protected and looked

2:15:322:15:34

after. I think we can be reasonably

confident the Russians will make the

2:15:342:15:38

same effort this time around.

That's

good to hear. Looking back at all

2:15:382:15:42

the speculation in the papers at the

moment about this, the Telegraph has

2:15:422:15:46

a story saying that the nerve agent

could have been planted in the

2:15:462:15:51

daughter's suitcase. Do you think

that's feasible?

2:15:512:15:53

Of course it is feasible. I'm not an

expert at poisoning people but it

2:15:582:16:04

does sound feasible. If that were

the case there would have been no

2:16:042:16:07

visible culprit in the UK, we cannot

check flight records to identify the

2:16:072:16:11

people who did it but we have to see

how the investigation proceeds.

2:16:112:16:17

Thank you for your time this

morning. Former British ambassador

2:16:172:16:22

to Russia there. The time is 8:16am

so let's take a moment to have a

2:16:222:16:28

look around the UK. We are blessed

with beautiful scenery where our

2:16:282:16:33

cameras are at the moment. Ben is

2:16:332:16:41

cameras are at the moment. Ben is in

Scotland, on the roof at Edinburgh

2:16:422:16:44

Castle.

Here is the view at Cheltenham,

2:16:442:16:50

where Mike is this morning, they are

gearing up for the Gold cup. It is

2:16:502:16:55

great but the sun is managing to

peek through. Mike said it is

2:16:552:17:00

warming up a little bit so let's get

the full detail on the weather. Matt

2:17:002:17:05

is celebrating this morning on HMS

Belfast, that is a look at the top

2:17:052:17:11

of the buildings. I think you can

just see the foreground. Good

2:17:112:17:15

morning, Matt.

Good morning, I have the best of the

2:17:152:17:20

weather this morning and we are on

board HMS Belfast. Big celebrations

2:17:202:17:26

this weekend, 80 years ago the ship

was launched. It has been a hugely

2:17:262:17:33

active ship, weighing 11,000 tonnes.

You can lay two Big Bens end to end

2:17:332:17:40

on this, that is how long it is, and

the deck during the Cold War was

2:17:402:17:45

covered by concrete in case it got

covered in atomic particles and they

2:17:452:17:50

were easier to wash off as a result.

Let's take a look at the forecast

2:17:502:17:55

because if you are coming to

celebrate this weekend you will

2:17:552:18:00

because if you are coming to

celebrate this weekend you will need

2:18:002:18:00

something warm on. There is bitter

wind and snow flurries across many

2:18:002:18:05

parts of the UK. Smokes will be

limited across the high ground of

2:18:052:18:10

the Grampians, we could see up to 20

centimetres of snow blowing around

2:18:102:18:17

in the wind. Not as wet in the west.

Further rain across the north-east

2:18:172:18:30

of England, then a drier slot and

more wet weather pushing into

2:18:302:18:34

southern parts of England effect in

East Anglia at the moment. After a

2:18:342:18:38

wet start of the day in the

Midlands, things are drier, and a

2:18:382:18:43

good deal of sunny spells breaking

through the cloud at the moment. The

2:18:432:18:46

winds stronger than they were

yesterday but once you have got the

2:18:462:18:50

sunshine overhead it will feel quite

pleasant. We will see showers become

2:18:502:18:57

more abundant than yesterday, some

of those slow-moving and Fonda Rae.

2:18:572:19:02

Much of England, Northern Ireland

and Scotland stays cloudy with

2:19:022:19:07

further snow over the higher ground.

Temperatures as we finish this

2:19:072:19:11

afternoon ranging from about three

degrees across the north of

2:19:112:19:14

Scotland, made to feel colder by the

wind, but still in the teens in the

2:19:142:19:20

southern areas. Don't be fooled,

temperatures will drop by about 10

2:19:202:19:25

degrees tomorrow compared to this

afternoon and that process starts

2:19:252:19:29

tonight. You will notice the sleet

and snow, that pushes southwards as

2:19:292:19:36

the winds get stronger. Probably

frost free to start the day across

2:19:362:19:41

southern England and southern Wales,

but there will be a covering of snow

2:19:412:19:46

here and there to start Saturday.

Strong Gale force winds across the

2:19:462:19:51

country. The far north of Scotland

should be dry however, and the snow

2:19:512:19:57

should be blowing around, not

bringing too much disruption

2:19:572:20:02

although keep checking the forecast.

The subzero wind chill will continue

2:20:022:20:06

into Sunday. We could have seen

heavy smoke through Saturday night

2:20:062:20:10

into Sunday so great chances of

disruption on Sunday morning, then

2:20:102:20:14

that will break up and we will see

sunshine and snow showers to take us

2:20:142:20:20

through into the afternoon. The

lightest winds by the end of the

2:20:202:20:23

weekend will be in northern Scotland

but wherever you are it will feel

2:20:232:20:27

much colder once again. The good

news is this cold spell will not

2:20:272:20:31

last as long as the last one, it

2:20:312:20:35

news is this cold spell will not

last as long as the last one, it

2:20:352:20:36

should turn less cold next week.

Thank goodness. Matt, hold for a

2:20:362:20:41

moment, we have someone on the phone

who would like a personalised

2:20:412:20:45

forecast, Greg James radio DJ.

Matt

has been on my show

2:20:452:20:57

has been on my show as the

doommonger!

Greg will be going up

2:20:572:21:02

Ben Nevis, what is it like?

Severe

gale force winds up to 80 mph, and

2:21:022:21:11

hill fog, he has his work cut out

and I feel bad saying that, he's

2:21:112:21:17

lovely.

80 mph!

The wind chill of

minus 20 at the top as well.

We have

2:21:172:21:30

heard enough from him!

Just forget

what he said, don't worry about the

2:21:302:21:36

forecast. How's things, how are you

feeling this morning?

It is nice to

2:21:362:21:42

speak to you both, hello by the way.

I am sitting on Ben Nevis at the

2:21:422:21:49

moment, we started to climb half an

hour ago. It is for Sport Relief,

2:21:492:21:52

the Gregathlon, and we have been

doing this is a couple of weeks

2:21:522:21:59

because we were curtailed by the

weather. But I decided to come back

2:21:592:22:03

and finish the thing off. I cycled

180 miles over the last day and a

2:22:032:22:09

half to get to Fort William, I got

here last night and I'm feeling very

2:22:092:22:14

tired and sore but somehow I'm awake

and we are moving, going up Ben

2:22:142:22:18

Nevis today to finish the three

peaks and cycle between them, that

2:22:182:22:24

was the whole challenge. So far we

have raised 800 grand which I'm

2:22:242:22:30

blown away by, literally blown off

the mountain bike.

How does it feel

2:22:302:22:35

having to have the pause in the

middle because I know at the time

2:22:352:22:39

you are devastated but now you are

back in it, do you feel like you

2:22:392:22:43

have a stronger purpose because you

were stopped?

I do actually, I had a

2:22:432:22:49

week or so to regroup, to read the

messages and work out what people

2:22:492:22:56

were enjoying about the challenge

but also saying about their own

2:22:562:22:58

mental health struggle. The

outpouring of support from the

2:22:582:23:01

listeners has been something I've

never experienced before. All of the

2:23:012:23:07

DJs have been excited to be part of

it because we have said things on

2:23:072:23:10

radio about mental health that we

have never said before. That was the

2:23:102:23:14

reason to come back because the

support for the challenge was so

2:23:142:23:17

enormous that I wanted to come back

and get it done, but also keep the

2:23:172:23:22

conversation going around it all

because the listeners have really

2:23:222:23:25

responded to it and they trust us

with their secrets.

Greg, we have a

2:23:252:23:31

little film of your challenge so far

so we are going to have a look at

2:23:312:23:37

that.

2:23:372:23:42

It is unbelievably cold but we are

going to give it our best go.

2:23:422:23:45

The whole reason for doing it is to

raise obviously the money for all

2:23:452:23:49

the causes of Sport Relief.

2:23:492:23:55

Snowdon, done!

2:23:552:24:03

Yeah!

2:24:072:24:08

Scafell Pike, done.

2:24:082:24:13

We can't continue.

2:24:132:24:15

It's too dangerous to go

and they've had to call it off.

2:24:152:24:23

People are really invested

in the story, they love what we were

2:24:282:24:30

talking about around

the mental health awareness.

2:24:302:24:32

That is why I wanted to get

back here and keep the

2:24:322:24:35

conversation going.

2:24:352:24:40

We have seen some of your endeavours

so far, looking ahead at the

2:24:402:24:45

challenge the thing to remember, and

I say this from the comfort of the

2:24:452:24:49

sofa in the studio is that people

love it when plans don't go entirely

2:24:492:24:53

correctly. They respect you all the

more.

Yes, there is definitely some

2:24:532:24:59

truth to that. Every story needs a

bad guy and the beast from the east

2:24:592:25:05

was our bad guy. According to the

weather forecast I just heard it

2:25:052:25:09

sounds like it might come back for

an awful sequel nobody wants to see.

2:25:092:25:14

Yes, nothing is going to stop you,

don't worry. Over £800,000 raised so

2:25:142:25:21

far, that is staggering some good

luck for the rest of it.

If your

2:25:212:25:31

viewers would like to donate,

2:25:312:25:39

viewers would like to donate, they

can send the word GREG to 72025. I'm

2:25:392:25:50

well versed, I learn that off by

heart.

That's very impressive, good

2:25:502:25:56

luck and well done.

2:25:562:26:01

luck and well done. We have been

talking about tourism this morning

2:26:022:26:04

because we have new statistics about

where you're going and how often,

2:26:042:26:08

and one of the sport is Edinburgh so

then is there this morning.

I like

2:26:082:26:16

your use of the word hotspot because

it is anything apart from hot.

2:26:162:26:22

People come for the culture and the

arts and the history of the place

2:26:222:26:27

and you are right because we are on

the roof of the national Museum of

2:26:272:26:31

Scotland. It has gone through a

massive refurbishment and that has

2:26:312:26:33

been paying off with record numbers

of visitors last year, and also this

2:26:332:26:38

place across the way, Edinburgh

Castle, the number two destination

2:26:382:26:43

in Scotland. The crucial thing is

most of the popular ones are in

2:26:432:26:47

London but for the first time

Scotland has come top of the list of

2:26:472:26:52

the attractions outside London. We

have been looking this morning about

2:26:522:26:56

what it means for the local economy,

what it means for jobs and people

2:26:562:27:00

and we will discuss that later but

before that lets get the news, the

2:27:002:27:03

travel and the weather

2:27:032:30:21

Plenty more on our website

at the usual address.

2:30:212:30:23

Now though it's back

to Charlie and Steph.

2:30:232:30:25

Bye for now.

2:30:252:30:28

Hello, this is Breakfast, with

Charlie Stayt and Steph McGovern.

2:30:322:30:39

The main stories... Jeremy Corbyn

has cautioned against rushing ahead

2:30:392:30:43

of the evidence over who carried out

the nerve agent poisoning in

2:30:432:30:45

Salisbury. The Labour leader has

warned in an article in the Guardian

2:30:452:30:51

newspaper against a drifting towards

a new Cold War. Moscow said there

2:30:512:30:54

would be a fitting and symmetrical

reaction to the expulsion of 23 did

2:30:542:30:59

the mats by Britain. We can go to

our correspondent in Moscow now. So,

2:30:592:31:02

we have been awaiting any

announcement in connection with a

2:31:022:31:07

possible response - bring us right

up to date?

Jolly, I could hear your

2:31:072:31:13

correspondent in Edinburgh with the

cold and I think I can beat that

2:31:132:31:18

here, it is -15 in Moscow today and

we are watching very closely for an

2:31:182:31:23

official Kremlin response. We have

been hearing from the Russian

2:31:232:31:26

foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, who

has confirmed that British diplomats

2:31:262:31:30

will be expelled from Russia. He has

also said that Russia has stopped

2:31:302:31:34

listening to Britain when it comes

to these allegations over the

2:31:342:31:39

poisoning of a spy. This ties into

the narrative that we are hearing

2:31:392:31:44

here in Russia on state television,

and also on the street, that these

2:31:442:31:49

British allegations are insane and

irresponsible, that this is a plot

2:31:492:31:53

by Britain made up to discredit

Vladimir Putin in the lead-up to the

2:31:532:31:57

election which is taking place over

the weekend. Some people even say

2:31:572:32:01

this is Britain trying to influence

the World Cup here and make Russia

2:32:012:32:03

look weak. The other relegation I

think that I have heard,

2:32:032:32:08

particularly speaking to Russians,

is that Britain right now is

2:32:082:32:11

weakened because of Brexit and this

is Theresa May trying to distract

2:32:112:32:17

attention from what is happening at

home by creating this pneumatic row

2:32:172:32:20

with Russia. Official comment from

Sergei Lavrov, the foreign minister,

2:32:202:32:26

confirming for us that British

didn't mats will be expelled from

2:32:262:32:29

Russia.

The other news...

2:32:292:32:36

At least four people have been

killed after a newly built bridge

2:32:362:32:38

collapsed onto a major

road in Miami.

2:32:382:32:40

Eight cars waiting at traffic

lights below were crushed.

2:32:402:32:42

Investigators from the National

Transportation Safety Board say

2:32:422:32:44

they will now conduct

a full investigation.

2:32:442:32:47

Rescue teams are still

searching for survivors.

2:32:472:32:55

Ones we've completed our search and

rescue operations, we will remain on

2:32:552:32:59

scene and help with the recovery

efforts as well. This has been an

2:32:592:33:03

incredibly tragic event and our

hearts go out to the families of the

2:33:032:33:09

victims.

MPs from Egypt are

travelling to the UK monitor

2:33:092:33:15

investigations into the death of an

Egyptian student in Nottingham. The

2:33:152:33:20

18-year-old died on Wednesday, three

weeks after being attacked by a

2:33:202:33:25

group of women outside a shopping

centre.

2:33:252:33:26

group of women outside a shopping

centre. They say they are keeping an

2:33:262:33:28

open mind about weather the assault

was a hate crime.

She was so kind,

2:33:282:33:33

she always wanted to help people

out. So, I don't know why would they

2:33:332:33:39

do that to her, why her?

She was a

hard worker, she always put all her

2:33:392:33:46

effort in to be an engineer. I still

feel like she's around me, I feel

2:33:462:33:50

like she's going to come on the door

and say, I'm here. But that's not

2:33:502:33:53

happening.

Four African countries

with the world's largest elephant

2:33:532:34:00

populations are calling on Britain

and the European Union to ban the

2:34:002:34:04

legal sale of antique ivory today.

Ministers will sign a petition at

2:34:042:34:08

eight wildlife summit in Botswana

urging European countries to follow

2:34:082:34:11

the lead of China in urging a ban on

the sale of all ivory products. A

2:34:112:34:19

review into Northamptonshire County

Council has recommended the council

2:34:192:34:22

should be scrapped after widespread

failures. It said the problem with

2:34:222:34:25

the council, which last month

announced a £40 million worth of

2:34:252:34:29

cuts, were so deep-rooted that it

was impossible to rescue it in its

2:34:292:34:32

current form. The leader of the

council has now resigned. Fashion

2:34:322:34:38

retailer top man is coming under

pressure to withdraw a shirt which

2:34:382:34:41

some people believe refers to the

Hillsborough disaster. The shirt

2:34:412:34:45

with the large number 96 is being

seen by some Liverpool fans as a

2:34:452:34:50

reference to the club's kit and the

number of victims killed in the 1989

2:34:502:34:53

disaster. The retailer is yet to say

anything about the shirt that there

2:34:532:34:59

is no suggestion of a deliberate

reference. The first polar bear cub

2:34:592:35:03

born in Britain for a quarter of a

century has been filmed for the

2:35:032:35:07

first time after being born back in

December. Mother and cub doing well.

2:35:072:35:12

This is footage captured by remote

cameras. This was for a documentary

2:35:122:35:17

on Channel 4. The wildlife park is

yet to find out if the cub is a boy

2:35:172:35:26

or a girl. But as you can see it is

very cute, whichever gender it is!

2:35:262:35:32

Let's see what's coming up on Brexit

this morning...

2:35:322:35:40

Matt will have the weather

live from the Thames -

2:35:402:35:42

he's aboard HMS Belfast

as the Second World War cruiser

2:35:422:35:46

celebrates its 80th birthday.

2:35:462:35:50

We'll be meeting the next

generation of young

2:35:502:35:52

engineers and scientists whose

inventions and innovations have

2:35:522:35:53

taken the top prizes at the annual

Big Bang science fair

2:35:532:35:57

in Birmingham.

2:35:572:35:58

And after nine, as punters

around the world brace

2:35:582:36:01

themselves for one of the highlights

of the jump racing season,

2:36:012:36:04

the Cheltenham Gold Cup,

Mike has been to meet

2:36:042:36:06

some of the other riders

benefiting from the facilities

2:36:062:36:08

at the famous racecourse.

2:36:082:36:12

And we can cross now to Cheltenham,

where Mike has the sport.

2:36:122:36:17

Give us a sense of the place,

because it is a beautiful location,

2:36:172:36:23

surrounded by the Hills, like a

bowl, isn't it?

Yes, it is. You have

2:36:232:36:27

got the famous slope up to the

winning post and you can see how it

2:36:272:36:33

is churned up but they do a great

job getting it ready for the big

2:36:332:36:37

race. Ireland has been so dominant.

The going is going to be soft and

2:36:372:36:40

perhaps heavy. And there you have

got the fantastic Cleave Hill

2:36:402:36:48

forming this amphitheatre, which is

why it is so special, and why it has

2:36:482:36:53

been going since 90 and 24. The

reason it has got any names on it is

2:36:532:36:59

because they have a new one each

year which is presented to the owner

2:36:592:37:02

and the winners get a goblet. I

asked how much it is worth and it is

2:37:022:37:07

quite a bit, I'm told! Somebody I

know would love to get their hands

2:37:072:37:11

on is today, and I hope it is not an

omen, Noel Meade he, the Irish

2:37:112:37:16

trainer, who has got Road To Respect

in the Gold Cup. And also I'm joined

2:37:162:37:23

by the chairman of the Cheltenham

business district. You can admire it

2:37:232:37:28

but what are the chances for your

horse today I think he has a good

2:37:282:37:34

chance, he won a very good

competitive race at Christmas in

2:37:342:37:37

Ireland and the horse that he beat

won the big race here yesterday.

So

2:37:372:37:41

you have to think you have a

reasonably good chance.

What makes

2:37:412:37:46

it so special for you? You have been

Irish champion trainer seven times,

2:37:462:37:51

what makes this particular race here

in the Cotswolds so special

2:37:512:37:53

worldwide?

Well, this is the Gold

Cup, this is the biggest race in

2:37:532:37:59

jump racing. The Gold Cup is the

race that everyone aspires to win,

2:37:592:38:05

jockey, trainer, owner, whatever. It

is not simple to do it, it is great

2:38:052:38:09

to have a runner in the race, never

mind win it but obviously we want to

2:38:092:38:13

win it if we can, it's the one

everybody wants to win.

Why have the

2:38:132:38:17

Irish do you think been so dominant

this week, with Willie Mullins with

2:38:172:38:22

seven wins, Gordon Elliott with six,

so dominant that I the last number

2:38:222:38:26

of years, Willie Mullins has got

bigger and bigger and stronger and

2:38:262:38:29

he has got great support from the

owners who are able to buy very good

2:38:292:38:32

horses, and he's a brilliant

trainer. And now we have uncovered

2:38:322:38:37

another one just down the road from

me, in Gordon, who has got great

2:38:372:38:42

support from the owners as well and

he is very talented as well.

They're

2:38:422:38:47

buying lots of the best horses and

when you buy the best horses, you

2:38:472:38:51

win the best races.

And it is not

just the racing the Irish dominate,

2:38:512:38:55

it is the impact on the town as

well. They come here in vast numbers

2:38:552:39:00

and spend loads of money, which you

must love! Give us a sense of what

2:39:002:39:05

the Irish impact is here?

What

people are surprised by is the fact

2:39:052:39:08

that one in every three tickets

almost is actually bought in

2:39:082:39:11

Ireland. The Irish are a major

player. But actually the event as a

2:39:112:39:16

whole is enormous for Cheltenham. It

brings £100 million to

2:39:162:39:20

Gloucestershire's economy every

year. You cannot really believe it

2:39:202:39:24

could be possible at this time of

year but it is a second Christmas

2:39:242:39:28

for the town, the hotels, the pubs,

it is a second Christmas every March

2:39:282:39:33

and it is all because of the

Cheltenham Festival.

The figures on

2:39:332:39:38

sales must be mind-boggling?

Each

Irishman that comes here,

2:39:382:39:43

apparently, according to the figures

done by the racecourse a couple of

2:39:432:39:46

years ago, spends more than £350

each purely on the food and

2:39:462:39:51

beverages and the same again on the

accommodation. It is wonderful for

2:39:512:39:55

Cheltenham and Gloucestershire's

economy.

So, going back to you, if

2:39:552:40:00

it is not going to be Road To

Respect, Noel, who could it be?

I

2:40:002:40:08

think it is quite an open race this

year. May be the other Irish one,

2:40:082:40:12

Our Duke, has a big chance, he is a

horse that stays really well and

2:40:122:40:17

will probably handle the ground well

and he's the one I would seriously

2:40:172:40:20

the afraid of, and also Killultagh

Vic, I think he has a chance as

2:40:202:40:24

well.

A few years ago, Davy Russell,

the jockey, asked me to have a

2:40:242:40:29

selfie with the Gold Cup and he went

and how twisted it, so while we hand

2:40:292:40:34

to Pyeongchang, how about I take a

little photo of you...? Get your

2:40:342:40:38

hands on the Gold Cup, who knows,

this could be an omen! It was for

2:40:382:40:42

Davy Russell all those years ago!

Take good care of it, a good read

2:40:422:40:47

yours later on! That's not tempt

fate! Meanwhile let's get the latest

2:40:472:40:50

from the Winter Paralympics and in

Pyeongchang for us is Kate Grey.

2:40:502:40:57

Welcome to a snowy Pyeongchang, I am

here at the medal area but

2:40:572:41:02

unfortunately there were no medals

for Great Britain today. The main

2:41:022:41:05

attraction was the snowboarding, the

first time there has been snowboard

2:41:052:41:08

banked slalom at the Paralympics.

Great Britain had three athletes in

2:41:082:41:13

action and they join us now. Thank

you so much, it is not long since

2:41:132:41:17

you finish your racing. Starting

with you, James, can you sum up your

2:41:172:41:23

week here? No podium finish but you

must be proud of yourselves?

Yeah,

2:41:232:41:26

the outcome is not we came here to

do, but yeah, it has been an

2:41:262:41:31

incredible week, we have learned

loads and we've got loads to go into

2:41:312:41:36

the next four ears and loads to

learn.

Especially as this is like a

2:41:362:41:40

debut for the British Paralympics

snowboarding. Ben, you had a

2:41:402:41:46

brilliant couple of runs, they were

right up there with the medallists

2:41:462:41:51

TOWIE I do try! And did you think

you might have a chance of getting

2:41:512:41:58

on the podium?

With previous results

I was kind of hoping so. But

2:41:582:42:04

unfortunately, everybody road so

strong, and the course seemed to

2:42:042:42:11

help everybody out and do really

well for us. It was good times!

It

2:42:112:42:15

is a difficult category that you are

in, very competitive and a number of

2:42:152:42:19

top athletes, which keeps you on

your toes, and how will you come

2:42:192:42:23

back to this at the next big games?

I will continue to ride and continue

2:42:232:42:29

to snowboard for the foreseeable

future. Until my body gives out on

2:42:292:42:33

the. We'll see how it goes. And I

will definitely be out there.

And

2:42:332:42:39

Owen Pick, the flag bearer of these

Games, an amazing way to start your

2:42:392:42:44

Paralympic experience but you have

been quite critical of yourself and

2:42:442:42:47

how you have performed - how are you

feeling after the slalom?

I'm

2:42:472:42:51

gutted. This was kind of my if and,

I came here to do well in this event

2:42:512:42:56

and I'm upset. But there is nothing

I can do about it now, I can't

2:42:562:43:00

change what happened. I did whatever

I could and it just wasn't enough

2:43:002:43:04

this time.

Did you know what went

wrong? I know in the last couple of

2:43:042:43:09

runs, there was a few stumbles, do

you think there was pressure on your

2:43:092:43:12

shoulders?

Be massively today, it's

the first time I've felt a lot of

2:43:122:43:17

pressure. But like I said I did what

I could and today it just didn't

2:43:172:43:21

hold down funny.

And I guess you

guys will have a bit of time off now

2:43:212:43:25

- is there anything in particular

planned for this evening?

Just chill

2:43:252:43:30

out, see our families and just hang

out.

I'm sure you've had a brilliant

2:43:302:43:34

time regardless of the result, and

Britain's chances of a medal here at

2:43:342:43:38

the Paralympics are not over. The

snowboarders have finish but there

2:43:382:43:42

will be plenty more action over the

next few days, and all eyes will be

2:43:422:43:46

on the Alpine skiers as they go in

the slalom. We know that Great

2:43:462:43:50

Britain have been very successful in

the medals so far, with five medals

2:43:502:43:53

but they have got a tough challenge

ahead if they want to reach their

2:43:532:43:56

target of between six and 12 medals.

That is it from Pyeongchang and a

2:43:562:44:01

very noisy medal Plaza! It sounds

fantastic there! Back here at

2:44:012:44:10

Cheltenham, before we get back to

the horses, let's bring you the rest

2:44:102:44:13

of the sport...

2:44:132:44:18

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said

he'd prefer to avoid Atletico Madrid

2:44:182:44:21

when the draw is made today

for the Europa League quarterfinals.

2:44:212:44:23

His side came from behind to beat AC

Milan 3-1 last night,

2:44:232:44:26

Danny Wellbeck scoring twice -

they won the tie 5-1 overall.

2:44:262:44:32

Bowler Mason Crane will miss

England's Test series in New Zealand

2:44:322:44:34

with a stress fracture

in his lower back.

2:44:342:44:38

He will be replaced

by Somerset's Jack Leach,

2:44:382:44:41

who's been given a first call-up

and will fly out in

2:44:412:44:44

the next couple of days.

2:44:442:44:47

Tiger Woods says he has his "feel"

for tournament golf back.

2:44:472:44:54

His return to form continued

with an opening round of 68

2:44:542:44:57

at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in

Orlando.

2:44:572:45:02

He's just four shots behind leader

Henrik Stenson, who is eight under.

2:45:022:45:10

When it comes to picking the winner

of the Gold Cup here at Cheltenham,

2:45:112:45:15

I am useless, really, but I do love

a really good romantic story. Willie

2:45:152:45:20

Mullins, for all the success he has

had, and the Irish, he has never won

2:45:202:45:24

the Gold Cup! I think he has been

second on six occasions. And so

2:45:242:45:28

today, with Djakadam, a bit old now

but he loves these conditions, with

2:45:282:45:34

his son Patrick Mullins on board,

what a combination to bring home the

2:45:342:45:37

Gold Cup. And by the way, Noel Meade

has taken the Gold Cup away but he

2:45:372:45:41

has promised to bring it back! He is

not counting any chickens!

I like

2:45:412:45:47

the white

2:45:472:45:52

the white gloves, it is like a

Marcel Marceau thing! Were you going

2:45:532:45:56

to do a bit of mime?! I was going to

do a magic trick but they have taken

2:45:562:46:02

the Gold Cup away now!

2:46:022:46:09

Interesting that the blogs go with

the cup, you would not think that,

2:46:092:46:13

everyone has different hand sizes...

Presumably they choose really big

2:46:132:46:21

gloves then everyone's hand can fit

in! If they had tiny ones, you would

2:46:212:46:28

be in trouble! Do you want to see a

nice picture of London? Look at

2:46:282:46:35

this, over the rooftops, watching

the skies closely, rather dramatic

2:46:352:46:39

sometimes the way those skylines

are, you can see HMS Belfast at the

2:46:392:46:43

base of the shot there. Matt is

there looking at the weather.

2:46:432:46:49

Good morning, I am here on HMS

Belfast, big weekend for them, 80

2:46:492:46:53

years since this ship was launched

back in 1938. Been taking a lovely

2:46:532:46:58

look around so far today but joining

me to tell us more is the chief

2:46:582:47:03

on-board, Kevin Price. Thank you for

joining us, good morning to you. It

2:47:032:47:08

is amazing, amazing ship, 80 years

old. What goes into keeping it

2:47:082:47:13

looking so great, maintaining it?

Lots of man-hours. As you can

2:47:132:47:20

imagine, sat in water, corrosion is

not our friend but we have got a

2:47:202:47:23

good band of the ship's team, a good

band of volunteers trying to keep

2:47:232:47:29

her shipshape.

And doing a fantastic

job. Back to the operational days,

2:47:292:47:33

what would it have been like? How

many people would have been

2:47:332:47:37

on-board?

If you look at 1942, 1943,

there were 861. Conditions were

2:47:372:47:46

really cramped, certainly during the

Arctic convoys, the weather was

2:47:462:47:50

extremely rough, 60 foot waves, lots

of sea and cramped conditions, and

2:47:502:47:55

very wet.

Hard to imagine. Big

celebrations this weekend, what can

2:47:552:48:01

people expect if they are coming to

see it?

It is a fantastic place to

2:48:012:48:06

come to, we have got signals that C,

family activities, we have got Morse

2:48:062:48:12

code, face painting, nautical

tattooed, cake cutting, a bit of

2:48:122:48:17

cake! Lots to see, which is

brilliant.

Good luck with that, and

2:48:172:48:22

congratulations to you, 15 years on

board...

How do you know that?!

Man

2:48:222:48:29

of all knowledge! Thank you for

having us on board, it has been a

2:48:292:48:33

pleasure.

If you are coming along this

2:48:332:48:35

weekend, brilliant celebrations

taking place but you will need to

2:48:352:48:38

wrap up well because it is set to

2:48:382:48:40

taking place but you will need to

wrap up well because it is set to

2:48:402:48:40

get colder. The forecast for the

weekend, bitterly cold easterly wind

2:48:402:48:44

on its way and, guess, snow is back

across many parts of the country, as

2:48:442:48:49

I will show you. If we take a look

at what will happen today, any snow

2:48:492:48:53

will be limited to parts

2:48:532:48:59

will be limited to parts of Scotland

because it is here across the

2:49:012:49:02

Grampians and Eastern Highlands

where we could see as much as 20

2:49:022:49:05

centimetres of snow fall in places.

You have seen with Ben in Edinburgh,

2:49:052:49:07

is a really soggy and cold day,

showers in Northern Ireland, still

2:49:072:49:14

wet in north-east England, another

area of rain moving to North Wales,

2:49:142:49:20

the West Midlands, that means the

further south you are, like here in

2:49:202:49:23

London, we have seen the sunshine

and it will be a pleasant morning

2:49:232:49:26

for many with the overnight rain and

cloud has gone, a few showers will

2:49:262:49:30

develop but one or two the far

south-west running through south

2:49:302:49:34

Wales, and through the day as

temperatures left on that sunny

2:49:342:49:37

spells across southern areas, we

will get slow moving heavy showers,

2:49:372:49:41

a few of them could be on the

countryside. Northern Ireland and

2:49:412:49:49

Scotland staying fairly cloudy,

dampers across eastern Scotland and

2:49:492:49:53

North East England, but the snow

falling to lower levels across the

2:49:532:49:57

hills of eastern Scotland.

Temperatures of three degrees in

2:49:572:50:00

northern Scotland, maybe up to 1415

in the south. Through tonight, the

2:50:002:50:05

cold air will win out, the rain and

snow starts to work southwards

2:50:052:50:08

across country again, a biting

easterly wind will start to develop

2:50:082:50:12

which will drop the temperatures by

the end of the night to subzero in

2:50:122:50:16

many areas. The far south of the

country will stay free of frost for

2:50:162:50:21

the time being. Into Saturday, a

mixture of rain and sleet across the

2:50:212:50:27

South, showers will turn

increasingly to snow, snow flurries

2:50:272:50:30

possible just about anywhere, far

north of Scotland probably the

2:50:302:50:34

exception, a covering of snow in

places, not expecting huge amount of

2:50:342:50:38

disruption but keep checking the

forecast because the smoke will be

2:50:382:50:41

blowing around in strong to gale

force wind and look at the

2:50:412:50:45

temperatures, after mid-teens this

week for some of you, barely above

2:50:452:50:49

freezing as we finish Saturday

afternoon, the wind chill and added

2:50:492:50:52

feature as well. Saturday night into

Sunday, we could be more significant

2:50:522:50:56

snow across a greater chance of a

covering of snow here and there

2:50:562:51:02

further north, far north of Scotland

avoiding it and by the end of the

2:51:022:51:05

day, back to sunshine and one or two

showers. The temperatures once again

2:51:052:51:10

for some staying below freezing all

day long but at least it you are not

2:51:102:51:13

a fan of the cold, this cold weather

this weekend will be fairly short

2:51:132:51:18

lived, it starts to turn less cold

as we go through the weekend, but

2:51:182:51:22

certainly a weekend to wrap up, and

if you are coming down here, enjoy

2:51:222:51:26

your weekend, a magnificent weekend

of celebrations celebrating 80 years

2:51:262:51:30

of this wonderful ship.

2:51:302:51:34

It has been brilliant being able to

see around the ship said thank you

2:51:342:51:38

for that, I notice you are not in

the Captain's cede any more, they

2:51:382:51:42

soon booted you out of that!

It did not last long, did it?!

2:51:422:51:52

Prescriptions for powerful

painkillers like morphine

2:51:542:51:57

and tramadol have risen by almost

80% in England

2:51:572:51:59

over the past decade.

2:51:592:52:00

Nearly 24 million opioids

were prescribed in 2017,

2:52:002:52:02

despite warnings about the risks

of long-term use

2:52:022:52:04

and rising addiction.

2:52:042:52:05

Tim Muffett reports.

2:52:052:52:06

It's easy to get caught -

just one more, just one

2:52:062:52:09

more, just one more.

2:52:092:52:12

Prescribed by doctors to numb pain,

Sophie and Carol say opioids

2:52:122:52:15

also numbed their minds

and ruined their lives.

2:52:152:52:18

My joints snapped.

2:52:182:52:23

I had an operation in the end,

and then I just got

2:52:232:52:25

prescribed them all the time.

2:52:252:52:27

Taking that much painkillers,

like, I wasn't doing

2:52:272:52:29

the school run or anything.

2:52:292:52:35

I was that zonked

that I couldn't move.

2:52:352:52:39

They were prescribed

to me 25 years ago.

2:52:392:52:42

You can't get off them,

and I've tried for help

2:52:422:52:44

for years and years.

2:52:442:52:47

Under supervision,

Sophie and Carol have

2:52:472:52:49

stopped taking opioids.

2:52:492:52:50

They sought help from Manchester's

integrated drug and alcohol service.

2:52:502:52:52

We have seen an increase in numbers.

2:52:522:52:54

The increase has been

going on for a few years and seeing

2:52:542:52:57

more and more people.

2:52:572:52:58

You can come here

and talk to anyone.

2:52:582:53:03

The numbers we're seeing

is nowhere compared

2:53:032:53:05

to the extent of the problem.

2:53:052:53:08

The reason why people probably don't

seek help is because they feel

2:53:082:53:10

substance misuse services are set up

for other drugs, harder drugs

2:53:102:53:13

like heroin and crack cocaine.

2:53:132:53:19

Opioid prescriptions in England

have risen by almost

2:53:192:53:20

80% in the last decade.

2:53:202:53:22

Nearly 24 million

were issued last year.

2:53:222:53:25

Whilst the latest data shows

the overall figure has stabilised,

2:53:252:53:28

for some drugs numbers

are still going up.

2:53:282:53:30

Over the past five years,

morphine prescriptions have

2:53:302:53:32

risen by more than 50%.

2:53:322:53:34

Codeine by a third.

2:53:342:53:39

Opioids can be effective

for short-term acute pain,

2:53:392:53:44

but for longer-term chronic

conditions, it's widely accepted

2:53:442:53:46

that they are unsuitable.

2:53:462:53:47

They can be highly addictive

with devastating side-effects.

2:53:472:53:51

Breathing difficulties, nausea

and hallucinations are amongst

2:53:512:53:54

possible long-term side-effects.

2:53:542:53:58

In America in 2016, more

than 42,000 people died

2:53:582:54:00

from opioid-related overdoses.

2:54:002:54:07

The US and Canada are number one

and number two in the world

2:54:072:54:10

for their use of opiates.

2:54:102:54:12

If we're not careful,

we will end up in the same place -

2:54:122:54:15

that's unacceptable.

2:54:152:54:19

We need to find ways to help to

reduce the use of these drugs.

2:54:192:54:23

Take a deep breath,

in through the nose.

2:54:232:54:29

At the University of Warwick,

a two-year trial is about to begin,

2:54:292:54:32

hoping to do just that.

2:54:322:54:33

We want to help people live day

to day without pain without relying

2:54:332:54:36

on strong medication like opioids.

2:54:362:54:37

Things like mindfulness,

relaxation, movement,

2:54:372:54:38

being aware of posture.

2:54:382:54:39

Both Dawn and Justin say

long-term opioid use brought

2:54:392:54:41

terrible side-effects.

2:54:412:54:43

They made me sick, they made my skin

itch, they dulled all my senses.

2:54:432:54:50

I had hallucinations,

lost my job, I've not been

2:55:042:55:06

able to hold down a job.

2:55:062:55:07

It's been complete and utter hell.

2:55:072:55:09

The Government has ordered

an independent review

2:55:092:55:10

into prescription drug addiction.

2:55:102:55:12

Its recommendations are due to be

announced early next year.

2:55:122:55:14

NHS England said GPs and hospitals

are working to ensure every

2:55:142:55:17

prescription is both

safe and effective.

2:55:172:55:21

This two-year trial hopes to show

if other pain relief options

2:55:212:55:23

are a viable alternative.

2:55:232:55:24

Tim Muffett, BBC News.

2:55:242:55:29

We're joined now by

Dr Barbara Murray.

2:55:292:55:33

You have been a GP for over 20

years, is this something you have

2:55:332:55:38

seen, greater dependency on

painkillers?

I would say most GPs on

2:55:382:55:42

average will have about six patients

who they recognised as having a

2:55:422:55:46

chronic dependency on prescribed

painkillers.

Is it easy to get

2:55:462:55:52

addicted to them?

If you were given

prescription of morphine, for

2:55:522:55:57

example, within 72 hours you become

addicted, it is that quick and that

2:55:572:56:02

addictive. And the game, really, in

short, sharp bursts for periods of

2:56:022:56:06

extreme pain, so what we are talking

about are people with chronic

2:56:062:56:13

non-cancer pain for whom they have

run out of options and that is the

2:56:132:56:18

next step, and, unfortunately, it is

a slippery slope to addiction.

Given

2:56:182:56:22

how long you have been a GP, I am

not making a point now, you have

2:56:222:56:26

been a GP for a while but it is

useful in these circumstances

2:56:262:56:30

because, if we look at this 10-year

period, the prescriptions have gone

2:56:302:56:36

up 80% over the past decade. Take us

back to a time 15, 18 years ago when

2:56:362:56:42

you are working as a GP, what is

happening then as compared with what

2:56:422:56:48

is happening now? Presumably people

are coming in with largely similar

2:56:482:56:53

conditions? What has changed?

Attitudes have changed...

Attitudes

2:56:532:56:59

of the patient's?

And doctors, the

expectation of the patients these

2:56:592:57:06

days, they were dead for everything,

they want to live completely

2:57:062:57:09

pain-free, they cannot accept any

level of pain -- they want answers

2:57:092:57:16

for everything.

So you are talking

about a time when you would see a

2:57:162:57:19

patient and they would accept when

you said, you will be in discomfort

2:57:192:57:23

for a period of time, I will not be

able to help with that, they would

2:57:232:57:27

accept that, whereas now they are

saying, just give me something?

2:57:272:57:31

There is that aspect of it, but also

a lot of non-opioid painkillers were

2:57:312:57:37

withdrawn over the last ten, 15

years because of increasing

2:57:372:57:41

side-effects, cardiac problems, that

sort of thing. Options the doctors

2:57:412:57:44

have sort of run out. There is

nowhere to send people with chronic

2:57:442:57:50

pain, we can refer people to a pain

clinic but they might have to wait

2:57:502:57:55

months and months, so we are

pressurised, as doctors, to do

2:57:552:57:58

something for them in the inter-web

and the problem is, because the

2:57:582:58:02

options are so few, that is the only

thing we can offer them -- do

2:58:022:58:06

something for them in the interim.

You can buy over-the-counter forms

2:58:062:58:11

of codeine, for example, and they

become addicted even before they

2:58:112:58:14

have reached the surgery, often, and

we are dealing with a different

2:58:142:58:21

level of pain and a different form

of addiction.

You must welcome the

2:58:212:58:23

review?

Absolutely, doctors need as

much help as patients in dealing

2:58:232:58:28

with this.

Thank you very much for

your time, we appreciate that.

2:58:282:58:33

Ben is in Edinburgh this morning

talking about the UK's top

2:58:332:58:36

tourist attractions.

2:58:362:58:41

Yes, we are, and the one you can see

over my shoulder is right at the top

2:58:412:58:45

of the list, along with this place,

we are on the roof of the National

2:58:452:58:49

Museum of Scotland. It is

interesting that you can have a look

2:58:492:58:52

inside, we have been down there all

day having a look at some of the

2:58:522:58:55

amazing work that has been done. The

gallery there built in 1866, just

2:58:552:59:01

undergone a major refurbishment,

they spent millions of pounds, and

2:59:012:59:04

it is starting to

2:59:042:59:14

it is starting to pay off because

top attractions outside of London

2:59:142:59:16

are here, the museum we are at now,

and Edinburgh Castle. What does it

2:59:162:59:18

mean for the local economy? Getting

people here is no mean feat and

2:59:182:59:21

getting them to spend money on

hotels, taxis, restaurants, that

2:59:212:59:23

sort of thing, is good for the local

economy and jobs but not quite so

2:59:232:59:26

easy to do. With me is Anna from

Edinburgh Napier University and

2:59:262:59:31

Bernard, who compiled a lot of the

numbers. Let's talk about Edinburgh,

2:59:312:59:35

a big resurgence, visitor numbers

up, it is doing something right,

2:59:352:59:38

what is it?

It is working hard

across the destination to draw or

2:59:382:59:44

the different participants together

to make it an attractive destination

2:59:442:59:48

to come, to extend your stay and

repeat visit.

We know yesterday for

2:59:482:59:52

the first time the announcement of

direct flights to China from

2:59:522:59:56

Edinburgh, that is a really

important development, isn't it?

2:59:563:00:00

Hugely important because, again, the

culmination of several years of work

3:00:003:00:05

across the destination to bring both

leisure and business visitors into

3:00:053:00:10

Edinburgh first of all but then much

more widely across the destination

3:00:103:00:14

of Scotland.

Bernard, if we look at

the skyline, some incredible views

3:00:143:00:18

from up here, a lot of the

destination are on your list for

3:00:183:00:22

Edinburgh, the most visited places?

This is essentially a skyline of

3:00:223:00:27

tourism success, more than 2 million

visitors here at the National Museum

3:00:273:00:30

of Scotland last year, more than 2

million at Edinburgh Castle,

3:00:303:00:35

increased numbers at Saint Giles

Cathedral and the Palace of

3:00:353:00:38

Holyroodhouse. It has been a

phenomenal year largely because of

3:00:383:00:42

years of investment by local

Government, central Government and

3:00:423:00:45

Heritage Lottery Fund.

What is it

that this country, Scotland but also

3:00:453:00:51

England, Wales, Northern Ireland,

what do we offer as far as tourism

3:00:513:00:55

is concerned to the world?

When you

ask overseas visitors why they want

3:00:553:00:59

to come to the UK they say, history,

heritage, culture and attractions

3:00:593:01:03

are the main reason to visit, we

have seen growth everywhere from the

3:01:033:01:08

Eden Project in Cornwall to the

Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland

3:01:083:01:12

and overseas visitors have always

wanted to come here and with the

3:01:123:01:18

weakening of sterling it has been

more affordable but we

3:01:183:01:27

more affordable but we will be a

great destination for the world.

3:01:273:01:30

Goodness for some, goodness for --

but not good news for everyone, the

3:01:303:01:38

tax in the hotel 's?

Edinburgh is

the gateway to the rest of Scotland

3:01:383:01:44

in many cases. Advantages can bring

money into the economy and support

3:01:443:01:51

nationwide development but there are

people who feel it is less welcoming

3:01:513:01:54

approach to visitors.

Really good to

see you, thanks for breaking the

3:01:543:01:57

wind up here with us on the roof. I

will leave you with this glorious

3:01:573:02:01

shot of Edinburgh Castle, I will get

out of the way because it is a bit

3:02:013:02:04

cold, wet and windy, but people

don't come to Scotland for the

3:02:043:02:08

glorious weather, they come for the

history and afford views like that

3:02:083:02:11

so from here in Edinburgh, to you.

3:02:113:02:22

Airway can take you to one of the

images which has been sent to us

3:02:233:02:27

this morning, this one is from

Ayrshire, and it has been sent to us

3:02:273:02:32

by the owner of the dog, Maureen!

3:02:323:02:36

Barrie sent us his favourite place,

Rhossili Bay beach.

3:02:363:02:39

He says he goes there

every opportunity he can.

3:02:393:02:45

This is from Sarah.

3:02:453:02:46

A photo of the Northumberland Coast

which she's described

3:02:463:02:49

as "simply spectacular."

3:02:493:02:51

And I recognise that one! And I have

got to agree with her!

3:02:513:02:56

Christopher's favourite place

to visit in the UK is Scarborough.

3:02:563:03:02

And Chris loves

the Aberdeen sunrise.

3:03:023:03:07

We've got so many people out and

about this morning and you can see

3:03:073:03:12

how gorgeous so many different parts

of the UK are.

3:03:123:03:16

Now, this morning we've

been speaking to Mike.

3:03:163:03:19

He's live from Cheltenham

on Gold Cup day, described

3:03:193:03:22

as the pinnacle of the festival.

3:03:223:03:30

But the racing thoroughbreads

aren't the only horses

3:03:303:03:33

changing lives there.

3:03:333:03:37

The course is also home to one

of the biggest riding

3:03:373:03:39

therapy centres in the UK,

hosting more than 200 riders every

3:03:393:03:43

week with disabilities

or learning difficulties.

3:03:433:03:45

Mike's been to have a look.

3:03:453:03:51

On this famous course

where legends have been made,

3:03:513:03:55

another young jockey is getting

the winning feeling at Cheltenham

3:03:553:04:00

another young jockey is getting

the winning feeling at Cheltenham,

3:04:003:04:02

but this isn't a race,

it's about using the power

3:04:023:04:05

of the horse to help

Jamie, in this case,

3:04:053:04:07

with his learning difficulties.

3:04:073:04:11

So Jamie, I ask all the famous

jockeys who pass the winning post

3:04:113:04:14

at Cheltenham, what did

it feel like?

3:04:143:04:16

Amazing.

3:04:163:04:17

It helps your confidence

to ride ponies and horses,

3:04:173:04:19

and do other things.

3:04:193:04:20

Cheltenham is home to one

of the biggest centres

3:04:203:04:22

for the Riding for the Disabled

Association.

3:04:223:04:24

Three-quarters of the people that

come here have some sort of learning

3:04:243:04:27

difficulty and it's not just

about riding the horses,

3:04:273:04:30

there is mutual affection

and important grooming to be done.

3:04:303:04:35

Before then, climbing

on board and riding away.

3:04:353:04:38

Whether on a real horse or even

on the new simulator here.

3:04:383:04:43

I suffer with seizures.

3:04:433:04:51

I don't many when I'm around horses.

3:04:523:04:54

I think animals have something

that humans can't give.

3:04:543:04:57

Like a special kind

of calming feeling.

3:04:573:05:03

Ages range from four to 76.

3:05:033:05:06

For little Amelia Rose,

it's a chance of freedom.

3:05:063:05:14

Go around the corner

and join the other ones...

3:05:143:05:16

We are all about to indulge

ourselves in world-class sport.

3:05:163:05:19

Obviously our ponies aren't

the thoroughbreds but it's

3:05:193:05:21

a different way to put something

back, using horses.

3:05:213:05:23

It is magic, what happens.

3:05:233:05:25

You see people who have

mobility issues - actually,

3:05:253:05:27

the pony lends them their legs.

3:05:273:05:31

They've been using horses

to transform lives for 33

3:05:313:05:34

years now, and every week,

over 200 riders of all

3:05:343:05:37

abilities saddle up here

with the help of 160 volunteers.

3:05:373:05:42

The association is helped

by the Jockey Club, which charges

3:05:423:05:46

them just £1 a year to be here,

but with so many horses to keep,

3:05:463:05:50

it still requires a lot

of fundraising and volunteering.

3:05:503:05:58

The national governing

body of the RDA recently

3:05:583:06:00

did a four-year study

3:06:003:06:01

into the impact horses can have

on the riders here.

3:06:013:06:03

Over two-thirds showed a greater

ability to communicate with others.

3:06:033:06:06

More than that had

greater confidence.

3:06:063:06:07

76% showed physical improvement.

3:06:073:06:11

Again, more than that

had an improved ability

3:06:113:06:13

to form relationships.

3:06:133:06:14

And perhaps most importantly of all,

76% felt it gave them

3:06:143:06:17

greater enjoyment in life.

3:06:173:06:21

Being able to build a relationship

with a horse actually then extends

3:06:213:06:24

out, not just at home but at school,

at work and out into

3:06:243:06:27

the wider community.

3:06:273:06:31

Even those celebrating picking

the winner of the Gold Cup today

3:06:313:06:34

will find it hard to match

the smiles on the other

3:06:343:06:36

side of the course.

3:06:363:06:44

Sorry, we were having a gossip! We

were talking about animals and

3:06:463:06:49

saying how nice it is that they can

make a big difference to people's

3:06:493:06:53

lives and I was trying to find some

information about one I know about.

3:06:533:06:58

But it is so amazing, the impact

that animals can have on people with

3:06:583:07:02

difficulties, it is immense.

3:07:023:08:37

I'll be back with the

lunchtime news at 1.30.

3:08:373:08:39

Bye-bye.

3:08:393:08:45

You see, is now asking questions

already! You've got young clever

3:08:513:08:54

people in here this morning, and

immediately they're asking questions

3:08:543:08:58

about the studio! We will introduce

you this morning to some of the

3:08:583:09:02

brightest young scientists and

engineers, many of whom travel to

3:09:023:09:06

Birmingham this week.

3:09:063:09:07

Some of our brightest young

scientists and engineers travelled

3:09:073:09:10

to Birmingham this week

to share their inventions

3:09:103:09:12

and experiments at the UK's

biggest science fair.

3:09:123:09:13

Creations on display at The Big Bang

event varied from a 3D selfie

3:09:133:09:17

machine to voice assistance

for the elderly but there were three

3:09:173:09:19

inovations which rose

above the competition

3:09:193:09:21

to take first prize.

3:09:213:09:22

We're joined by winner's,

Josh, Emily and Baran.

3:09:223:09:24

Very good morning to all three of

you and congratulations. These are

3:09:243:09:27

the awards. Josh, do you want to

kick us off? You invented a flatpack

3:09:273:09:34

3D printer, is that right? If we

look down the frontier, this is

3:09:343:09:38

obviously fully constructive, but

talk as to the idea?

So, I wanted to

3:09:383:09:44

make it really, really cheap so I

did it as a commercial project on

3:09:443:09:51

Kick-start and I wanted it to be

really cheap edges why I use the

3:09:513:09:55

arms instead of the traditional way.

And also it is flatpack. And then

3:09:553:10:00

you build it up in about 20 minutes.

How much would it sell for?

It would

3:10:003:10:06

sell for 79-99, that rough price

range.

And what type of things can

3:10:063:10:11

you print from it?

I have got some

examples here. It has got a build

3:10:113:10:19

volume of anything which fits within

the dimensions of 19-17-17.

And you

3:10:193:10:25

are 18, so to be developing things

like this, where did you get the

3:10:253:10:28

idea from?

I've been building 3D

printers and since I was 13. So,

3:10:283:10:33

it's just been natural progression,

really. Over five years I've learnt

3:10:333:10:38

a lot, obviously.

And you have won

the title of Uk Young Engineer!

3:10:383:10:46

Yeah, I'm very proud of that.

And

tell us about yourself, Emily?

I won

3:10:463:10:53

Uk Young Scientist Of The Year,

which was for my project, which was

3:10:533:10:58

about separating molecules and

mirror image molecules and drugs are

3:10:583:11:03

made up of these mirror images and

when both of these mirror images are

3:11:033:11:07

present in our body, one image can

react in one way and the other

3:11:073:11:11

mirror image can react in a

different weighbridge can be either

3:11:113:11:14

inefficient or potentially

dangerous. One example is the drug

3:11:143:11:18

by the profane, where only one of

the mirror images reacts to reduce

3:11:183:11:21

pain

3:11:213:11:23

the mirror images reacts to reduce

pain. So my project was using a

3:11:233:11:26

separation using a relatively

3:11:263:11:33

separation using a relatively new

material and it helps to separate

3:11:333:11:36

these images in a more effective and

cheaper way.

Clearly you know your

3:11:363:11:40

stuff and it's very impressive, but

take us back a little bit in your

3:11:403:11:43

story, when was the moment that

science or engineering or whatever,

3:11:433:11:47

when you knew that was the thing for

you?

I was actually watching the

3:11:473:11:51

news, and I saw it was covering a

story in Manchester where these

3:11:513:11:58

professors and their research group

had created an oxide membrane which

3:11:583:12:04

was able to filter water. And I just

remember in my lessons that the

3:12:043:12:08

current issues with water

purification today, they use a

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distillation technique which uses

lots of energy and this membrane

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could potentially revolutionise

water purification because it would

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be a lot cheaper.

Now, tell us a bit

about what you did, Baran, it is to

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do with emergency responses?

Yes,

and actually I was inspired by

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things like Grenfell Tower. This

application connects users in

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complex of buildings with

authorities such as firefighters.

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So, this is an app?

Firm a mobile

application and it allows users to

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evacuate the building to the nearest

exit. And it can also function in,

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for example, I am working for it to

function in smoke and other sorts of

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applications.

And that won you the

title of Uk Junior Engineer. How did

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it feel to win that?

It was an

amazing experience, The Big Bang was

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an amazing experience and I learned

quite a lot from it and seeing all

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the other projects.

I wish we could

talk to you for longer because your

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brains are amazing!

Yes,

congratulations and we will look out

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for you in the future because I have

no doubt there will be more!

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no doubt there will be more!

That is

it for this morning and we will

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leave you with a view of HMS Belfast

on the River Thames. Enjoy that and

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have a lovely

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