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railway lines are blocked by fallen trees, an entire rail network is suspended. winds of up to 95 miles an hour close roads and bridges. this plane battled through the winds but many flights are grounded. there's chaos for commuters tonight trying to get home. we'll bring you the latest. also on the programme: migration figures are down — but some industries worry they'll be left without enough staff. rocket fire on the front line with iraqi troops as they make a major breakthrough against so—called islamic state.. what police found in an old nuclear bunker — almost a million pounds worth of cannabis plants. and never mind 5 a day — now scientists say double that could bring you significant health benefits. and coming up in sport on bbc news, lewis hamilton describes his new mercedes as incredible, as he and team—mate valtteri bottas look ahead to the upcoming f1 season. good evening and welcome
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to the bbc news at six. doris has stormed her way across the uk, leaving havoc in her wake. winds of up to 95mph have caused one death as a woman was killed by flying debris in wolverhampton. trees have been brought down, taking power lines with them and blocking roads and railway lines. nearly all rail operators are reporting delays. planes have been grounded, the port of liverpool was shut, and the strong gusts have forced the closure of bridges and many major roads. thousands of homes have been left without power. danny savage is in retford in nottinghamshire. danny, for some time today, the entire network was suspended there. fiona, this is the east coast main line behind me, which should be busy with services at this time of day, but they are few and far between. to
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be fairto virgin but they are few and far between. to be fair to virgin east coast, they try to keep things going, but by mid—afternoon, they had to say to passengers, do not travel to date. storm doris swept from west to east across the country. the strongest winds were fairly short lived in individual locations, but that didn't stop them causing damage, and there has been one fatality. the mestrserieus—incidentrtedey a woman was killed by flying debris in wolverhampton city centre. she died at the scene after suffering fatal head injuries. the most widespread problem was travel disruption. this was euston station — the red virgin trains on the left going nowhere. the train's been cancelled, so i'm unsure how i'm going to get home. i might have to stay an extra night, i'm not sure, which would be rather an inconvenience. we didn't know until we got to the station that all the virgin trains had been cancelled, so we're stranded here, and we can't get back to manchester, back home again. and we do need to get back home today. there was no hope of 120 mph on the east coast main line — there was a 50 mph speed limit
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because of the wind before virgin eventually asked people not to travel today. and spare a thought for those aboard planes landing in strong crosswinds — a bumpy ride was assured for arrivals here at manchester airport, with some planes needing more than one attempt to get on the ground safely. the sea off the west coast of the uk turned white, whipped up by storm—force winds, caused by what forecasters called a weather bomb. storm doris is an example of a weather bomb, a rapidly intensifying area of low pressure that had brought severe gales across large areas of the uk. we've already had wind gusts over 90 mph, we've had disruption to power supplies, we've also had disruption to transport. those kind of strength winds can easily knocked trees down and cause those kind of problems. and never mind the fallen lamp post on the right here — in spalding had today.
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a scene repeated elsewhere, by the force of storm doris. danny savage, bbc news, nottinghamshire. our correspondent sarah bishop is in wolverhampton, where a woman has been killed by flying debris. what more can you tell us? well, we still have no official confirmation tonight as to who exactly this woman was who was so tragically killed here in wolverhampton earlier this morning. wolverhamptonearlier'this morning; the wolverhamptoneorlior'this morning; the last hour, the authorities in the last hour, the authorities have moved to take away the piece of wood that struck out, this hefty piece of wood, about three feet in length. the ambulance service say it struck a soundly on the head, causing major trauma, and that she was confirmed dead at the scene. we have been hearing on the ground all
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this afternoon from witnesses that this afternoon from witnesses that this piece of wood that hit the this afternoon from witnesses that this pie they wood that hit the this afternoon from witnesses that this pie they had d that hit the this afternoon from witnesses that this pie they had been: hit the this afternoon from witnesses that this pie they had been part:he this afternoon from witnesses that this pie they had been part of a larger woman they had been part of a larger structure, possibly an air vent some of which came off the roof behind me, slipped off the canopy of starbucks there and fell on this poor woman, just at the moment that she happened to be in wolverhampton city centre. a tragic accident. star bucks say that they had been shocked and deeply saddened by this terrible incident. they have been helping police with their investigation, and in fact, west midlands police are due to name this woman first thing in. morning. due to name this woman first thing in - morning. sarah, thank you. net migration to the uk has dropped to 273,000 in the year to september. it means 19,000 fewer people came to live in to the uk than left it. the figures are the first to include migration estimates following the eu referendum injune. but as our home editor, mark easton, reports, for some industries, the drop in migration is a serious cause for concern. worried about immigration? they are at york's monkbar hotel.
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so you need to cross the wall, the gate, sorry, and on the right hand you will find the minster cathedral. not that there's too much, but that there soon might not be enough. york's tourist industry is booming, now worth a remarkable £500 million a year, and supporting a record 20,000 jobs across the city. but growth here, as in much of the hospitality industry, has relied upon migrant labour. romanians change the hotel beds, the waiter is spanish. and your pot of tea. thank you very much. enjoy! half the staff are eu migrants. in fact, with very low unemployment in york, businesses like this cannot grow or even survive without a supply of foreign workers. a quarter of british hospitality businesses say they've currently got vacancies that they're struggling to fill. with the uk labour market close to capacity, and the prospect of a squeeze on eu migrant labour, there are real concerns
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for the future. fill that resource with a european worker, then there's a big gap what about british workers? for york as an example, there isn't enough of them around. the latest figures show a big job in the numbers coming to work in britain from countries like poland, down 16%, hungary, more are coming from romania, up ii%, and bulgaria, up 8%, but many experts predict those arrivals will start to fall soon, too. now it's beginning to change to germany or beginning to learn more german, because the uk is beginning to be less attractive for young people coming to work. migrant labour and employers should do more to train and recruit home—grown workers. on this yorkshire carrot farm, with a turnover of £35 million, eastern europeans_makeubamund_80%
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if we didn't have an access to non—uk labour, wejust could not run this business. i wouldn't even attempt to try and run it. you'd just stop it? i'd have to stop, it isn't that i want to stop, i'd have no choice. take away 80% of my work force, how can i operate? the uk will always be a welcoming place for people who want to come here, work here and contribute to our economy. the aim is still to cut net migration by almost two thirds, but government has conceded it will take years before british citizens do jobs currently filled by migrants in areas like agriculture and hospitality. turning britain into a low—migration economy won't be easy. mark easton, bbc news, yorkshire. after three years of protests, lengthy debates by mps and an eleventh—hour bid to scupper it in the house of lords, the first phase of the controversial high speed two rail project has
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gained parliamentary approval. construction will now begin on the line from london to birmingham, but it will be nearly a decade before passenger trains use the route. sima kotecha reports. burton green, a rural village with almost 300 homes. hs2 will travel straight through the middle of this place. today, the high—speed rail project's london— birmingham route has been given the green light. some here believe it couldn't happen soon enough. so, this is where we live, just here. this is our... like alan marshall, a man who worked in railway transport for more than 35 yea rs. railway transport for more than 35 years. the west midlands as a region is at the moment, with years. the west midlands as a region is - at the moment, with huge is booming at the moment, with huge development in the motorcar industry, in particular, especially jaguar— land rover. this will contribute to improving access, make
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it easierfor people contribute to improving access, make it easier for people to get to places of work more quickly, and with the speed, more people will travel, because speed always attracts. the h52 trains are expected to be a lot quicker, with speeds of up to 225 mph. the journey time will be cut by more than 30 minutes, and the line will be com plete minutes, and the line will be co m plete by minutes, and the line will be complete by 2026. this pathway, which used to be a railway track, will be replaced by the hs2 line. now that the plans had been given the go—ahead, construction will begin in the spring. the centreline of the railway is approximately 160 metres from our boundary fence. but many here are furious, and those who have campaigned to stop the line from happening are now changing their focus. from happening are now changing theirfocus. mike from happening are now changing their focus. mike lynch from happening are now changing theirfocus. mike lynch lives i60 metres from where the new railway track will be. from our point of
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view, the only thing we can campaign... the only to make things we campaign... the only to make things m aign campaign... the only to make things we - campaign for without feeling we can campaign for without feeling that we will be in anyway successful is mitigation, some form or measure that will reduce the potential noise levels, and also, the seven years of while they build it. inconvenience while they build it. the cost of the entire project, including the second phase, will be £56 billion. for those who have been against this from the outset, today's news will be difficult to digester. sima kotecha, bbc news, warwickshire. the fiance of children's author helen bailey, who murdered her and dumped her body in a cesspit, has been jailed for 3h years. ian stewart was convicted of secretly drugging and suffocating ms bailey in a plot to inherit her money. her body was found under their garage in hertfordshire lastjuly. the judge said it was "difficult to imagine a more heinous crime". voters are at the polls today in two parliamentary by—elections in staffordshire and cumbria following the resignations of the labour mps in stoke on trent central and copeland. the polls are open until 10pm tonight.
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the results are expected around 3am tomorrow. iraqi security forces have made a breakthrough in their offensive against so—called islamic state in iraq's second city, mosul. they've taken the city's airport, a key staging point in the battle 0ur correspondent quentin sommerville was there as iraqi government troops fought their way in. before the attack came the hour strikes, rockets and artillery. —— the air strikes. it is the fifth day of the offensive to to rip the leg—mac retake westernmost all. slowly, the forces make their way past a suspected ids car bomb that lies torched on the route. these armoured columns are now moving forward to the
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wehave 5 l f . we have heard 1 f . we have heard coalition . all night, we have heard coalition aircraft and iraqi artillery slammed this area just the north of us. in daylight, they didn't let up. this factory flew the ids flag yesterday. today, it burned. —— the islamic state flag. in less than four hours, iraqi forces had breached the airport perimeter, but islamic state fought back. first, a huge roadside bomb. it an fought back. first, a huge roadside bomb. it- an iraqi officer. bomb. it killed an iraqi officer. despite the air strikes, is fighters still putting up resistance. were still putting up resistance. this is the main road to the airport will stop there is a serious gun battle going on at the moment. ——
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the road to the airport. the more they advance, the more civilians they meet, and they are in civilians they meet. and'they are in civilians they meet. end'they are in wretched civilians they meet. and'they are in wretched state. this man says, 5 55515553 51515 te; 3535’s; are 5 55515555 5515 t5; 5555555; are dead in this house, all they are dead in this house, all dead. my brother has already gone to the camp. he is heartbroken. six of his family - killed in an the camp. he is heartbroken. six of his family- killed in an air his family were killed in an air strike. this is the last open ground before westernmost all. iraqi forces are now before westernmost all. iraqi forces a re now less before westernmost all. iraqi forces are now less than a mile away. they are now less than a mile away. they are also in range of is mortars from ;i% the city, but it is islamic within the city, but it is islamic state that is under threat. most
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will airport may be in ruins, but willairoert may he in minghotre e. . ”a, a, , importantly, willairaart may he in minghatre e. . ”a, a, , importantly, it is back in more importantly, it is back in government hands. 0ver there, more importantly, it is back in government hands. 0verthere, it more importantly, it is back in government hands. 0ver there, it is the iraqi flag flying on the airfield again. this is a landmark moment. iraqi forces now have the islamic state group on the run. is might transform - into might transform itself into something else, but right now, here in iraq, we - witnessing the final in iraq, we are witnessing the final days of the caliphate. quentin days of the'catiphategfioentin bbc news, mosul airport. our top story this evening: storm doris roars across the uk — one woman is killed, and there's travel chaos on the roads and rail. for the new £i coin? coming up in sportsday on bbc news, can spurs get past gent at wembley this evening and into last 16 of the europa league? they trail the belgian side i—0 in the tie. smoke alarms are essential to our safety in the home.
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adults are woken by them if they go off in the night, but forensic scientists and fire investigators are warning children are less likely to be. now a new alarm sound has been developed with a lower—pitched tone and a woman's voice, which is thought to be much more effective. 0ur medical correspondent fergus walsh reports. midnight in mansfield — what does it take to wake a sleeping child? 0utside her boys' bedrooms, melanie wilkins is about to show me. beeping three of her four boys remain fast asleep. it's shocking. your children are like gold, the most precious thing, and it's a horrible thought to think that if that was real, your children are gone. that's it. in tests, derbyshire fire service and dundee university but why?
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they are not mini adults — they are very different. their hearing is different, the way their brains work during sleep is different. the way they actually interpret what sounds mean is very different to an adult. so we have to look at them differently. in a house fire, as this demonstration shows, every second counts. within minutes, utter devastation. this is a powerful reminder of the speed with which a house fire can spread, and the threat from toxic smoke. that's why a smoke alarm, and one which will wake you, is so important. in 2012, these six children died in a house fire in derby, set deliberately by their father, mick philpott. dave koss was one of the fire investigators. two smoke alarms had failed to rouse the children.
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it made him determined to come up with something better. i don't like to use the word "crusade", but i think it's close to it. it's quite heart—wrenching when you see children die in a house fire, and it's even more upsetting when you think you could have prevented that from happening. he's helped create a new alarm with a lower pitched tone and a human voice. alarm voice: wake up! the house is on fire! which researchers think is more likely to wake children. and which melanie is going to demonstrate. alarm voice: wake up! the house is on fire! 13—year—old jack is awake immediately. and so are daniel, lewis and oscar. they want 500 families to test the prototype. we'rejust doing some testing for the fire, 0k? fire officers stress that standard smoke alarms are still vital in every home. they do wake adults, but parents need to know it could be up to them to wake their children in the event of a fire.
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fergus walsh, bbc news. thousands of cannabis plants have been discovered by police growing in an underground nuclear bunker near salisbury in wiltshire. the crop has an estimated street value of more than £1 million. officers say the plants were being grown in 20 large rooms, with almost every part of the bunker dedicated to what they described as the "wholesale production" of cannabis. six men have been arrested. jon kay reports. hidden in the wiltshire countryside, rghq chilmark, a huge and ground bunker built . protect rghq chilmark, a huge and ground bunker built. protect britain's bunker built to protect britain's leaders in a nuclear war. —— underground. if we go in here, mind your head... this afternoon, police showed us the vast cannabis growing operation they uncovered here overnight. how would you describe what you have discovered - a what you have discovered here?‘ huge, massively professional setup,
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the biggest cannabis factory farm i have seen in 25 years of service. to find this in the heart of rural wiltshire is quite incredible. police found 20 large rooms filled with plants and equipped with specially installed equipment. every room has got this set up in i the room has got this set up in it, the venting at the top to withdraw the ta ke venting at the top to withdraw the take that outside, contain fumes, take that outside, contain the heat. officer says huge amounts of power have been secretly siphoned off the national grid here. in several rooms, you see signs of people sleeping and working here. this was the old canteen, still being used last night, it seems, yea rs being used last night, it seems, years after the bunker was sold off by the ministry of defence. six men we re by the ministry of defence. six men were arrested, three of them on suspicion of human trafficking offences. l this room, police have offences. in this room, police have found hundreds of bags of old compost, - they suggest the bunker compost, and they suggest the bunker has been used for cultivation for months. this is what the bungalow like when it was filmed by the bbc during the cold war, with walls that
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almost two feet thick, police it as almost impenetrable. described it as almost impenetrable. they have been monitoring the site for some time and swooped when they saw the doors opening last night. they say local people had reported suspicious activity and a powerful smell coming from - vents. jon smell coming from the vents. jon kay, bbc news, wiltshire. the england and manchester united captain, wayne rooney, has announced he's to stay,” we 7 e ., ”a. he'd been linked with a possible move to china after his agent was seen visiting the country. but he says he'll be staying at manchester united, despite interest from other clubs. we're often being told about the benefits of eating at least five portions of fruit and veg a day. double that to ten and you could significantly reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer, according to a new study. it also lists particular vegetables as providing the greatest protection against disease. sophie hutchinson has the details. so should we buy into the theory that eating more fruit and vegetables helps you live longer? the study by imperial college london estimates almost 8 million premature deaths could be prevented a year
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by eating ten portions of fruit and veg a day. that is a lot more than the current recommendation of five portions a day. a portion is 80 grams, or three ounces, equivalent to a small banana, an apple, or three heaped tablespoons of spinach, and researchers found eating ten a day cuts the risk of premature by 31%. — death. how many pieces of fruit or vegetables would you say you eat in a day? i don't eat none, no. you never eat any? no, the last time i ate vegetables was two weeks ago. yeah, same for me. i've got four kids, there's no way i can afford to give them ten a day each, that is a0 items. the research found the risk of cancer was lowered by eating vegetables such as spinach and yellow peppers, for heart disease and strokes, apples and oranges are recommended.
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compared to eating no fruit and vegetables at all, eating ten portions a day gives the greatest health protection, according to the study. but if that seems too difficult, the good news is you can get most of that protection from eating five portions. but some people think they can get benefits in other ways. we're going to eat chillies now. we're doing the hot chilli challenge, there is our one a day! sophie hutchinson, bbc news. the royal mint is to release a new £1 coin, designed to be much harder to fake. the 12—sided coin is out next month, on march 28th. the old coin will continue to be legal tender, but only until october. as people are urged to check beneath the sofa cushions and empty their spare—change jars, are we and businesses going to be ready? simon gompertz has been finding out. this is the build—up — 400 a minute per machine. “55 “5551‘53'ht “55“ eéfé'ii to be ready to launch the 12—sided pound,
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the old one no longer fit for purpose. why do we need another £1 coin? well, the current £1 coin has been in circulation for a long time, and it's becoming very susceptible to fakes. at the moment, in circulation, about one in every 30 are counterfeit. what we think we've got here, in our new £1 coin, is the most secure coin in the world. checking the security features, which include making it from 1555 751515 5575175151533. the edges alternately rough and smooth. to strike the coins, they have to join together an outer and an inner, and they're doing it at full tilt. the royal mint reckons that it's already halfway towards its target this year ofntoduciog one and i and for the first time, we have been able to take it out on show. it's lighter, isn't it? yeah. can i feel? oh, yeah, much lighter, yeah. it doesn't feel real.
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£400 million of £1 coins people have in their homes. right. what are you going to do it? we're going to take them back. yaa'tt hays ta ilike it! i like that it's a different shape, and i like that it's shiny! but they don't like it so much here, cardiff's white water centre, because of the lockers they put their clothes in, which only take the old £1. what we have to do is change each one of these mechanisms, they cost about £15 each, take about a good ten or 15 minutes to change. you've got more than 100 lockers, so what, £1500? yeah, it's a lot of money that we could spend elsewhere. and parking meters will have to be reprogrammed, along with shopping trolleys and vending machines and amusement arcades, at a cost of £120 million — and maybe more. but most agree it's time for a more secure pound. so back at the mint,
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there are nearly 500 million new coins now stockpiled, ready for our purses and pockets. simon gompertz, bbc news, south wales. we were talking rather weather at the top of the programme, let's take a closer look with tomasz schafernaker, you a closer look with tomasz schaferna ker, you won't a closer look with tomasz schafernaker, you won't us yesterday. such a busy day in the weather all that disruption across centre, all that disruption across the country, we're probably going to be waving goodbye to this storm, off you go, we don't want it, a really nasty one. it is sweeping across the uk, right now it is across belgium and holland, so disrupting areas there. but for us, the worst is over. still very blowy in the south—east, these are the kind of gusts we have had. even in london, 62 we get gusts we have had. even in london, 62 - we get winds like that 62 mph. we get winds like that during the winter, but usually on the coast. inland, that is when we
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have problems. we have spectacular pictures, even in durham, further north, we felt the effects of the storm, and some pretty scenes. i get out of the way to show you will get out of the way to show you that one, isn't it beautiful? it is not all bad, although tricky conditions in the snow, i'm sure. still nasty weather for the next couple of hours, east anglia, the south—east, still blowing a gale in london. about nine hours worth of gales across a large chunk of the london. about nine hours worth of gals lateriss a large chunk of the london. about nine hours worth of gals later this large chunk of the london. about nine hours worth of gals later this evening, nk of the london. about nine hours worth of gals later this evening, the )f the london. about nine hours worth of gals later this evening, the winds uk. later this evening, the winds die down, showers, temperatures drop away, and a risk of some icy patches. the only real hazards tonight will be one or two icy patches, particularly northern parts of the uk. then we wake up to a nice crisp start to the sunshine, a nice crisp start to the day. not for very long, because eventually northern ireland and western scotland get the rain, no just a regular sort of storms, just a regular sort of winter cloudy day with a bit of rain. saturday, quite a few isobars,
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and that means a lot of wind. there will be a lot of wind over the weekend, but nothing like what we have had, and a weekend, actually, that could say saturday - sunday, that could say saturday and sunday, you know what? ignore that! - to you know what? ignore that! back to you. our main story is storm doris, which has caused chaos across the uk, and 110w has caused chaos across the uk, and now 40,000 homes in east anglia are without power. that's all from the bbc news at six, so it's goodbye from me, and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. this is bbc news. the headlines at half past six: storm doris brings widespread disruption and damage to parts of the country with gusts of wind up to 95 miles per hour recorded. hundreds of passengers were stranded at london's euston station as trains to the north west were halted. a woman has died in wolverhampton city centre after being hit by debris during high winds. rehabilitation as well as punishment, radical new plans are set to change the prison system
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in a bid to drive down re—offending rates. ministers also plan to release performance league tables. net migration to the uk has fallen below 300,000 for the first time in 2 years, this included the highest level ever recorded of romanians and bulgarians coming to live here. figures also show that a near—record number of eu nationals were granted british citizenship last year. iraqi forces recapture mosul airport — a key part of the offensive against so called islamic state in the city. despite heavy mortar fire from is positions within mosul, the operation tookjust four hours.
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