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and burying her body in a cesspit. ian stewart had met helen bailey on a website back in 2011. he drugged herfor weeks before killing her. i'm arresting you on suspicion of the murder of helen bailey. you're joking! the moment ian stewart was arrested for murder and his shocked response. he probably planned it all from the day he met her and in hindsight i don't think he loved her at all but helen definitely loved him. now police have launched an investigation into the sudden death of stewart's wife seven years ago. also tonight. a political row about the compensation paid to the british so—called is fighter after he was detained at guantanamo bay. the bbc announces a new digital television channel for scotland with its own evening news hour. the topjob in policing goes to a woman, cressida dick will head up the metropolitan police. and newly discovered planets,
scientists believe they could have the conditions needed for life. and coming up in the sport on bbc news. the leicester manager claudio raneiri looks for a win against sevilla in the champions league in what he hopes could be the turning point of their season. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. the fiance of the children's author helen bailey has been found guilty of murdering her and dumping her body in a cesspit under their garage in hertfordshire. ian stewart, who's 56, drugged ms bailey over several weeks before smothering her in april last year in the hope of claiming a multi—million pound inheritance. the couple had met through an online bereavement group. detectives are now re—examining the sudden death
of stewart's wife in 2010. our home affairs correspondent june kelly reports. police recorded ian stewart's arrest at his house. i'm arresting you on suspicion of the murder of helen bailey. you're joking! he was stunned he'd finally been caught out. for three months he'd been living with the body of his wealthy partner buried under the garage. my name's helen bailey and i'd like to introduce you to my new book, which is called when bad things happen in good bikinis. helen bailey was a successful author. as well as murdering her, stewart also killed her dachshund, boris, who she doted on. ooh, that wasn't supposed to happen! after her husband's death helen bailey began blogging about her sense of loss. and it was through a facebook bereavement group that she met ian stewart, whose wife had died. but while she was planning their wedding, he was planning her murder. ian stewart's sons were in court to see their father convicted of killing the woman who was about to become their stepmother.
last spring helen bailey suddenly vanished from the home she shared with them and their father in royston in hertfordshire. it took ian stewart five days to report her missing. hertfordshire police, how can i help. hello there, my partner has been missing since monday. she's not contacted anyone. three months after helen bailey's disappearance, police began searching the garage, which was at a distance from the house. this laser imaging illustrates how, underneath the hatched door there, there was a well with a cesspit. the police started probing and it was here below a layer of sewage that they saw an arm. they had found helen bailey's body and buried with her was her dog, boris. there was even a possibility because she had been drugged that she could have been alive when stewart put her down here. cctv shows how within hours ian stewart drove to a rubbish tip to dump a duvet.
was that duvet taken to the tip because it had helen's blood on it? in police interviews stewart said nothing. he probably smothered helen bailey after drugging her over a long period with his sleeping pills. his motive was money. he was set to benefit massively from her £4 million fortune. if helen had written a book of this story you wouldn't believe it. he probably planned it all from the day he met her. and in hindsight i don't think he loved her at all think he loved her at all but helen definitely loved him. this is ian stewart's late wife, diane. police are now re—examining her sudden death. she'd suffered from epilepsy and was said to have died from a fit. diane stewart died of natural causes in 2010, it would only be right and proper that we re—looked at what the causes might be but of course it would be
part of our inquiries, moving forward from this conviction. at the family home in bassingbourn, in cambridgeshire, diane stewart collapsed suddenly. diane was a very fit and healthy person, the whole of bassingbourn was in shock, you could not believe it could have happened because there was no sign or prior knowledge that there was anything wrong with diane whatsoever. after his wife died, ian stewart was seen with other women before he began his predatory pursuit of helen bailey. as a writer, she was used to studying human behaviour, but she never learned the true character of the man who was closest to her and who she thought she knew best. this was the same oath that crime and tonight police face questions as to why it took them three months to carry out a detailed search of the property. they say they were following normal procedure in a
missing person's inquiry. at the heart of this story two families and helen bailey's brotherjohn say both have been left devastated by what ian stewart has done. he will be sentenced tomorrow. gene kelly in royston, thank you. a political row has erupted over the compensation paid to the british fighter with so—called islamic state. ronald fiddler was formerly a detainee at guantanamo bay and is reported to have died in a suicide bombing in iraq. lord carlile — who reviewed terror laws for ten years — said fiddler should never have been paid a penny. tony blair has defended himself from attacks that he was responsible, saying the decision to award the compensation was taken by the mainly conservative government. 0ur deputy political editor john pienaar reports. the face of a fanatic, britain, about to die and isis suicide bomber, detained, then freed, and reportedly paid £1 million compensation in taxpayers gush. why? that is now a bitter dispute. born
ronald fiddler he was among the suspected detainees held at grant and obey without charge until following british government pressure he was freed to finally fight and pressure he was freed to finally fightand die pressure he was freed to finally fight and die for so—called islamic state. tonight his family insisted that compensation was lower than £1 million for what they called mental cruelty and inhuman treatment. it's been hard, you know. he's gone now andi been hard, you know. he's gone now and ijust been hard, you know. he's gone now and i just hope been hard, you know. he's gone now and ijust hope that between him and his maker he is, do whatever he wa nts to his maker he is, do whatever he wants to do. but today the papers and some tory mps blamed the then labour government for paying him and letting her go. utter hypocrisy, said tony blair, the critics had demanded the freedom of the detainee. but mr blair has hit back. he said in a statement he was not paid compensation by my government, the compensation was agreed in 2010 by the conservative government. the fa ct by the conservative government. the fact is that this was always a very
difficult situation where any government would have to balance proper concern for civil liberties and desire to protect our security and desire to protect our security and we were likely to be attacked whatever course we took. it isjust a matter of fact that compensation was decided by the conservative government, by kenneth clarke, the justice secretary, not by a labour government. according to this intelligence assessment on wikileaks fiddler was a suspected terrorist associated with al-qaeda, yet he was compensated. there was evidence against these people yet the only way the actions could have been defended is if the intelligence and the sources of intelligence had been brought out in open court. and that would have undermined the whole of the efforts of the intelligence and security agencies. jamal travelled to pakistan in 2001. he was arrested that you're in afghanistan, from there a transfer to guantanamo bay before repatriation and release in
2004. in before repatriation and release in 200a. in 2010 he was paid compensation and in april 20 14th to syria via turkey, to join islamic state. intelligence can now be used in court without compromising sources after a change in the law but hundreds of britons have travelled to iraq and syria as jihadistss and one former minister said that they are likely to include some who have been monitored, perhaps even detained and compensated in the past. is that the stock market? there may be more like ronald fiddler, security forces can only try to keep up their garden feature. john pienaar, bbc news, westminster. a toddler who died after suffering a catalogue of injuries at the hands of her legal guardian should never have been placed with her. that's the finding of a serious case review which has concluded 18 month old keegan downer, who died in 2015, was "invisible" to professionals — despite suffering over 150 injuries. kandyce downer was jailed for life after being convicted of the little girl's murder. 0ur correspondent sima kotecha has more. keegan died in september 20 15. she
had suffered a catalogue of injuries and had 153 scars and bruises. kandyce downer was given custody of keegan earlier that year. last may she was convicted of the toddler's murder. today a serious case review concluded that keegan‘s death could not have been predicted. but it said she had been "invisible" to professionals after being placed in kandyce downer‘s care, that insufficient discussion had taken place between involved agencies and that there was too much focus on kandyce downer‘s once rather than the needs of the child. an 0fsted report released last year said children's services in birmingham we re children's services in birmingham were still failing to protect vulnerable children. they have been rated as inadequate since 2008. can
you generally put your hand in your heart and say that children in your ca re are heart and say that children in your care are safe? we still have inadequate rating for safeguarding survey are not safe enough. they are getting safer. we are making the syste m getting safer. we are making the system stronger. but we've got some way to go, we want to be outstanding. last year the bbc highlighted that some special guardians like kandyce downer were not being vetted properly. to date's report said her assessment had been flawed and incomplete. vetting is absolutely key. we need to be absolutely key. we need to be absolutely certain that the person applying to be a special guardian is suitable, that they will make an appropriate guardian for the child and crucially a safe guardian for the child as well. the council says as a result of cases
like this it has made the vetting process more robust. but kandyce downer‘s assessment has been labelled superficial today and has cost and 18 month year old her life. sima kotecha, bbc news, birmingham. the bbc is to create a new digital television channel for scotland. it will broadcast from 7 in the evening until midnight and will cost around £30 million a year. there had been calls for a separate six o'clock news for scotland on bbc one — but this was rejected in favour of a scottish news hour on this new channel. 0ur scotland editor sarah smith is in glasgow. how's this announcement being received there? well, it was a complete surprise to eve ryo ne well, it was a complete surprise to everyone in scotland but it has been broadly welcomed by the snp and by the scottish government who have been asking for a separate scottish tv channel figures. people are demanding a separate six o'clock news for scotland say they are disappointed but they will get an hour—long programme produced and presented from glasgow at 9pm on the new channel. there is soon to be a lot more bbc in scotland. responding to demands for more spending and more dedicated news, tony hall came to glasgow to
announce a whole new channel. does this mean you feel that what bbc scotla nd this mean you feel that what bbc scotland has been offering so far hasn't given audience what they want? khan no, iwant to hasn't given audience what they want? khan no, i want to give audiences in scotland more choice andi audiences in scotland more choice and i believe the excitement of saying that we have a new channel for scotland, what will it be, how will reschedule it, how will we make sure we get dramas, comedies, journalism, talk shows and at the heart of it this one hour news from
scotland, that's an exciting proposition for viewers in scotland. the new channel will run programmes like the adventure show along with drama, comedy, factual and entertainment programmes, made in scotla nd entertainment programmes, made in scotland for a scottish audience. 0n—airfrom 7pm scotland for a scottish audience. 0n—air from 7pm until scotland for a scottish audience. 0n—airfrom 7pm until midnight every day but why does scotland need its own dedicated channel? at the most basic level scotland is a nation, not a region like lancashire or whatever. it's also important to understand that scotland has its state, legal system, education system, artistic community is, all of which are befitting of a small modern nation and they are not being reflected well now through the bbc. the new channel will have a budget of £30 million a year. there will be one hour—long news programme at nine o'clock every night, due to launch in the summer of 2018. the long—running debate about whether scotla nd long—running debate about whether scotland needs its own separate news programme at 6pm on bbc one is now over. viewers in within its state, legal system, education system, artistic community is, all of which are befitting of a small modern mission and they are not being reflected well now through the bbc. the new channel will have a budget of £30 million a year. there will be one hour—long news programme at nine o'clock every night, due to launch in the sum of 2018. the long—running debate about whether scotland needs its own separate news programme at 6pm on bbc one is now over. viewers in scotland will get scottish nine on the new channel instead of a scottish six which does not satisfy everyone. obviously i welcome new jobs and new investment in bbc scotland. i am however jobs and new investment in bbc scotland. iam however disappointed the bbc scottish nine on the new channel instead of a scottish six which does not satisfy everyone.
0bviously which does not satisfy everyone. obviously i welcome newjobs and new investment in bbc scotland. i am however disappointed the we know. nothing the bbc does will never has decided not to go ahead with the separate scottish six on bbc one because i think this is exactly the time for a launch of this new programme with all the political developments we know. nothing the bbc does will never please sarah smith, bbc news, and as the corporation has to make cuts elsewhere viewers in other parts of the country might wonder why scotla nd the country might wonder why scotland deserves special treatment. the time is 6.15pm. our top story this evening: the fiance of the children's author helen bailey has been found guilty of murdering her and dumping her body in a cesspit under their garage in hertfordshire. and still to come... many of princess diana's most beautiful and famous dresses go on public display. coming up in sportsday on bbc news... we'll be looking ahead to this weekend's rugby union six nations championship, as george north looks set it's london fashion week, the annual event where high fashion and new designs for the high street are shown on the catwalks.
but how much does the fashion industry cater to its customers with disabilities? with a collective spending power of £2119 billion, they are a huge source of potential revenue. but lots of high street shops still aren't making it easy for disabled customers to spend their money. as part of the bbc‘s disability works week, our correspondent nikki fox takes a closer look. we are not used to seeing difference on the catwalk. but on friday, two disabled models opened london fashion week for designers teatum jones. ground—breaking? they don't think so. we approached the styling and the casting of this collection as we would any other collection. they have the spending power that no one seems to be interested in tapping into. that's a big enough reason, to be honest, to begin with. and, again, our kind of overriding conclusion is why not? high—end fashion might be out of reach for many, but there is money to be made on the high street. the government says disabled people
and theirfamilies have £2119 billion a year spending power, according to latest figures from the department for work and pensions. sophie morgan designed this wheelchair for a sitting mannequin. a business she started in 2010. i have not seen it in a shop window in about five years. during the paralympics in 2012 she got a product into a big high street store but it was taken out as soon as the games ended. she thinks now is the right time to give it another go. i wanted this chair to be a symbol of inclusion from the shop so that i could come past this shop and i know that this shop will have thought about how to style somebody in a wheelchair.
but furthermore that their shop is accessible and they have changing rooms that are accessible. it is not just about seeing disability on the high street. it is about accessibility as well. making sure disabled people can actually get into shops so that they can spend their hard earned cash. exclusive figures show that of the nearly 1300 fashion retailers the organisation disabledgo visited, 23% had no step—free access. and 90% were unable to offer a specialist sound system for hearing aid users. the 2010 equality act is meant to ensure disabled people have equal access in all areas of life. which is why those behind this recent survey are disappointed. there were things that everyone could do to improve their access — it could be simply, you know, allowing your staff time to have staff training. it could be making sure your aisles are kept clear. it could be providing a hearing loop or a water bowl for assistance dogs. the british retail consortium says shop owners can face restrictions on making adjustments because of the age or design of the building. whether it is shopping or modelling, many feel disability is just a harder sell. both kelly and myself have travelled internationally to get recognised, and this is the first time we have been recognised in the uk. nikki fox, bbc news. the supreme court has upheld a controversial rule preventing
british citizens on below—average incomes from bringing their foreign spouses into the country from outside europe. judges rejected an appeal by families who argued the threshold of £18,600 a year breached their human rights. but the court criticised the law as "defective" because it didn't prioritise the welfare of children. police in northern ireland to an improvised bomb has exploded outside the home of a special officer outside londonderry. the device discovered under a car was described by police as more intricate than a pipe bomb and they believe it was planted by violent distant republicans. there were no reports of any injuries in the explosion. the government will bring forward help for companies in england and wales hardest hit by business rate rises in next month's budget. the announcement was made
after ministers were accused of misleading their conservative party colleagues over the effect of the revaluation which will result in a quarter of businesses facing higher bills. for the first time in its 188—year history, london's metropolitan police force will be run by a woman. cressida dick said she was "thrilled and humbled" to be taking on the "great responsibility" of the post of met commissioner. ms dick was previously the national policing lead on counter—terrorism, but left the met for the foreign office in 2014. our home affairs correspondent tom symonds is outside new scotland yard. tom, cressida dick was a high profile candidate, and not without controversy? yes, cressida dick was the commander ofa yes, cressida dick was the commander of a counterterrorism operation in 2005 in which the police mistakenly shot dead not a terrorist but an innocent brazilian electrician, and his family have said today that it is shameful she is being given this job. she has always insisted that and that day she gave the order to stopjean
stop jean charles de stopjean charles de menezes, not shoot him, and insists she has done nothing wrong. she has said she wa nts to nothing wrong. she has said she wants to put a real emphasis on helping the vulnerable in society, with mental illness or those who have been sexually abused, and she says the net has to do better for children as well. she has to do all of that wealth keeping the press, the public and her own force is happy. she becomes briton's top cop but is also in the top three senior police officers in britain, and at the moment all three are women, quite a moment. tom, thank you. it's a question frequently asked — is there life out there? well, scientists have discovered seven planets in a solar system 40 light years from earth. they say these worlds lie within a temperate zone which means they could have water, and conceivably life. here's our science editor david shukman with the story. and artist impression of a startling
discovery deep in space. around a faintand discovery deep in space. around a faint and distant star much weaker than oursun, a faint and distant star much weaker than our sun, a collection of planet surprisingly similar to earth. in all seven of these worlds have been spotted and astronomers think it will change how we look at the night sky. an array of telescopes point to one spot in space, and scientists we re one spot in space, and scientists were looking for tiny clues about the light of a particular star becoming dimmer ona the light of a particular star becoming dimmer on a regular basis as planets orbited in front of it. they can't see these new worlds but they know that they are there. we are extremely excited, this is the biggest amount of planets we have found in one go that looked like the earth in composition, size and mass. all seven are far enough to the star and close enough to hold liquid water, and that is just incredible. this is the latest revelation in a wave of discoveries of the past 25 yea rs of new wave of discoveries of the past 25 years of new worlds that exist in
solar systems beyond our own. the total of these distant planet is now stands at well over 3000. what makes this discovery so unusual is the sheer number of new worlds spotted in one go. seven in all, and crucially they are just the right temperature for liquid water to exist at the surface. three of them are in what is called the habitable zone, raising the tantalising possibility that they could conceivably horsed life, but we will not be getting there in a hurry. they are 40 light—years away and to reach them using the rockets we have now would take something like 700,000 years. there is so much to find out about these worlds, whether the artists' impressions are right, whether it is possible the conditions for life do exist. and astronomers said they will be a huge effort to try to find out. the more we look, the more planets we find and the more earthlike planets we find, but this is especially exciting because this, the ultra cool start we have discovered, they
are quite populous throughout our galaxy and it is the first time we have found planets orbiting a star like this and we have found seven of them. the best hope lies with huge new telescopes which will come into service soon, improving the chances of getting a really close look at these alien worlds, to see for example if they do have oceans, and maybe, just maybe, discover if they have life. david shukman, bbc news. she was renowned for her style and elegance, and now some of princess diana's dresses are to go on display at her former home, kensington palace. the collection will include an ink blue gown she wore when she danced with the actorjohn travolta at the white house in 1985. the exhibition coincides with the 20th anniversary of her death, as our royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. this is some flash photography from the start. her public image was in so many ways defined by the clothes that she wore. she was one of world's most photographed women, and many of the world's top designers clamoured to dress her.
the results were frequently eye—catching — dresses that have lingered in the memory. and now, 20 years after diana's death, 25 of those dresses have been brought together, for an exhibition at her former home, kensington palace. they chart the evolution of a relatively demure newlywed, through to her emergence on the international stage, with, outwardly at least, much greater confidence in her dress sense. so here are some of the famous dresses. the one that she wore to dance withjohn travolta, and others that were part of her wardrobe in the 1990s. by the time she is wearing this dress, she is very confident in her own sense of style — we are seeing a diana who has risen above those seasonal changes in fashion. and she has a timeless elegance — she knows what suits her and she wears it well. few would disagree with that, and the exhibition organisers can be confident that the crowds will come from around the world to experience something of diana's glamour. interest in diana remains considerable, despite the passage of years, but one imagines that her family would hope that she will be remembered for much more than just the dresses she wore. so do the organisers feel
comfortable about perpetuating the focus on diana and her clothes? diana herself didn't like to be known as a clotheshorse, however she did understand the language of fashion very well and she used clothes to help her do the job at hand. she was a very proud ambassadoress for british fashion as princess of wales, but she also used clothes to help her do herjob as a humanitarian. they were the essential props which helped this sometimes insecure young woman to face the world and win its admiration for her image of glamour and style. nicholas witchell, bbc news, at kensington palace. time for a look at the weather. tomasz schafernaker is here. tell us all about doris. dark and stormy
doris. we will have to batten down, brace ourselves and be steady with that brolly. watch the trees as well because the winds will be really strong. at the moment, not much of a storm because it is still in its developing stage and that is not good news because as it moves across the uk it will be at its peak when it is developing and those vicious winds will slice the uk, and that is when we will see the worst of the weather. tomorrow morning onwards and through the course of the afternoon. there are two elements to the storm, snow first, rain and wind. the snow will fall across southern and some central parts of scotland. an amber warning is in force for snow. this is scotland, and in some parts we could be waking up and in some parts we could be waking up in scotland to seems like this, particularly across the hills which is where we will be getting a lot of the snow. this is when the storm is at its peak, slamming into north—western parts of england, nor the wales, to the midlands and also
into east anglia. another amber warning from the met office for high winds. let's look at the winds from the morning onwards. we often speak about 70, 80 mph gusts in the winter, but these winds will be realised in land. we are not speaking about the north—west coast of scotla nd speaking about the north—west coast of scotland and the northern isles where we often get these winds. this potentially affect our infrastructure so we are speaking about the potential for high sided vehicles to be blown over, perhaps a little damage here and there but for some it could be proper structural damage, so really take care tomorrow. around about three o'clock in the afternoon, lincolnshire and east anglia bearing the brunt of the storm and then later on thursday into friday night, it comes down and some of us probably picking up the bits and pieces. take care tomorrow. tomasz, thank you. a reminder of the day's main
story... the husband of children's author helen bailey, ian stewart, has been found guilty of murdering her and has been found guilty of murdering herand dumping has been found guilty of murdering her and dumping her body in a cesspit under the garage. that is all from us foreigner. back to let's have a checkup on the latest headlines. the onset of the children's author, helen bailey, have been convicted of murdering her to profit from her £4 million fortune. he suffocated her before hiding her body beneath their home in hertfordshire. seven x0 planets have been discovered beyond our solar system. the us space agency