in the bible the lord asks us to welcome migrants and foreigners, reminding us that we too are foreigners!" the visit concluded with a tour of the sistine chapel, and the awe—inspiring lastjudgment by michelangelo. the vatican said the discussions had been cordial, a connection has been made. five people have died in a crash involving a lorry and a car on the m6 in staffordshire. foui’ women and a man — who were all in the car — died in the accident which happened between stoke—on—trent and stafford in the early hours of this morning. the lorry driver's been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. liz copper reports. the crash was on the southbound stretch of the m6 between stoke—on—trent and stafford. the emergency services were called just after 4:30 in the morning. foui’ women and a man travelling in the car — a nissan micra — were killed, while another man in his 40s was taken to hospital with serious injuries. we are still in the very early stages of the investigation. it appears that it was quite a catastrophic collision between
the lorry and a car, so it was a very challenging scene. the lorry driver, who is from the west midlands, is being questioned on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. happened, when it was early in the morning, traffic would have been relatively light and driving conditions were apparently good. police are still trying to trace the victims‘ next of kin, and are appealing for any witnesses to come forward. liz copper, bbc news, stafford. the high street giant marks and spencer has seen its profits plummet in the last year. they dropped by 64% to £176 million. the retailer said the cost of overhauling the business, a decline in clothing sales, and the costs of opening new food stores were partly to blame. our business correspondent, emma simpson reports. ad campaign: no excuses.
no staying silent. no holding back. the new campaign. the boss of m&s isn't holding back either. he's been making big changes, but they've come at a cost. international stores like this one are closing. so too are some uk shops. the final salary pension scheme's going, just some of the things that have put a big dent in profits. we want to create a business that's fit for the future, that's got foundations for growth. we've got to get the estate right for a multichannel customer. our customers are more and more digitally savvy and they want to shop in a different way. that means we need less stores but we need fewer, bigger stores with better experiences for customers in the uk. the new boss has also been trying to wean m&s of what has been countless promotions and discounts, trying to sell us more stuff at full price instead. although clothing sales grew
at christmas, they have fallen back again in the last few months. so, is this new strategy working? they've done really well to cut back on the number of sales and retrain shoppers to actually pay full price for items. so, that's certainly helped in the short term. in the longer term, the core issue for m&s is that its clothing sales have been more or less in decline for the past half a decade. they're really stuck in the middle — they're playing that dangerous middle ground where they're not the cheapest, they're not the most fashionable. the m&s boss knows he needs to get clothing right. trouble is, shoppers don't want to spend as much on fashion as they used to. they're spending money slightly differently. they're spending more on experiences, on leisure activities, on holidays. spending decision to buy more coffee are up by 7%. what that does mean is,
in areas like clothing, spending tensions are reduced. and, for the first time in many years, the clothing market fell by nearly 2%. what we've got to do is make sure that in that environment, we're doing the right things for our customer. sounds easy. but turning round women's fashion, so crucial to profits, is no quick fix. and a market that's getting even tougher. those are the day's other main stories — let's go back to manchester now for the latest. george. welcome back to st ann's square in manchester. as you can see, this is still a place where mancunians are coming to pay tribute, and the world's media, for whom this is a very big story. tonight, thousands of manchester united fans are in sweden for their europa league final match against ajax. a minute's silence will be held just before kick—off to remember the victims of the attack here in manchester. players will also wear black armbands for the
game. our sports editor dan roan is in stockholm as united and their fa ns in stockholm as united and their fans prepare for what could be an emotional match. it may sound and look like the normal build—up to a big european final, but this is no normal match. manchester united fans have travelled in their thousands to sweden to support their team, but thoughts are firmly back home. it's a lot more than a football match now, it's about showing our respects. obviously, the tragedy in manchester, the kids and people that lost their lives. how hard will this be for the team? it's got to spur them on. they have got to win it for manchester and make manchester proud. this evening, united fans will unfurl this giant banner here in stockholm's friends arena, the message clear. the man behind the tribute told me how he had been affected by the tragic events of monday night. yesterday afternoon, i
found out about an old friend who had an operation on the brain and an operation on his leg. if you are watching, philfrom operation on his leg. if you are watching, phil from runcorn, eve ryo ne watching, phil from runcorn, everyone wishes you all the best. stockholm knows all too well what it is like to come under attack. a memorial to the victims of last month's terrorist atrocity here. the authorities say it's right that the match goes ahead but a significant security operation is under way. the swedish police have considered counter terrorism as part of the planning process throughout, so they already have plans to deal with any threats of terrorism, both here in the stadium, in the city and where we expect most of the fans from ajax and manchester to congregate. last night, a solemn jose and manchester to congregate. last night, a soleanose mourinho and his squad arrived here, saying the victims were in the club's hearts. if you look at the football club, the energy is brought by the staff and the staff will be affected by this because they will have known somebody who went that concert and was affected. this evening, the 48,000 was affected. this evening, the a8,000 fans attending the match here at the friends arena will pay their
respects, joining both teams in observing a minute's silence before the action gets under way. both manchester united and ajax are wearing black armbands as football comes together. and today, a united legend paid his respects. comes together. and today, a united legend paid his respectslj comes together. and today, a united legend paid his respects. i think of this country in england, in english, that i love deeply. my heart is with you. tonight, they will come to support, but also to remember and to grieve. what was a mere match, now an expression of sporting solidarity. this is a night that put sport firmly into perspective. until the dreadful events of monday evening, this was all set to be a big footballing story. it all seemed so big footballing story. it all seemed so simple for manchester united — win and there would be back in the champions league. but now, of course, the result seems somehow irrelevant. but while the sporting significance has been reduced,
undoubtedly the human value of tonight has been elevated. after all, united, like their rivals city, are huge world renowned symbols of manchester. this evening will be a reminder of sport's ability to act asa reminder of sport's ability to act as a unifying force and for the players, of course, they will be desperate to deliver a performance that also acts now as a tribute. dan roan in stockholm, thank you. now let's go to our health editor, hugh pym, who's at manchester royal infirmary. earlier, we said several patients we re earlier, we said several patients were still in a critical condition. can you bring us up to date? hi we are expecting an update any time now. it hasn't come through yet, but the position earlier in the day was that 20 patients are still in a critical condition. yesterday, we heard about the emergency response by the nhs across greater manchester with other emergency services. today we learned about the human side experienced by doctors and other
front line staff in the early hours of daley after the attack. two senior spoke for the first time, one here at manchester will infirmary, the other at manchester children's hospital. they spoke of their experiences in those hours about how staff had come in as part of the major incident plan. others had volunteered to come in as well. they have to send them home. they said they dealt with serious traumatic injuries on a regular basis, that was theirjob, but there was nothing quite like looking after young children without their parents. children whose names they didn't know. on a brighter note, they said they have had immense good wishes from local people and even a delivery pizza organised by a hospital boston, usa. so that's the latest on those still being treated. many nhs staff have been working flat out since they got that alert set in motion a plan that all staff prepare for, but rarely have to implement — certainly not on this scale. i've been talking to the man
who was in charge of a&e at manchester's main trauma hospital: it was truly shocking, george. but we had planned for it and when it happened, we did all pull together. even for someone like you, what goes through your mind the minute you get that call? the first thing, really, is to steel myself, because i know that what i have to do is keep calm and show leadership and make sure our staff do their best in what i know will be very trying circumstances. i know you've got a protocol to deal with this kind of thing, but how do you turn that into a human and humane response? any number of staff members who, as soon as they heard the news, just like me, they got in their cars and came in.
and notjust doctors and nurses — porters, security staff, lab staff — these are absolutely key people who we need, and willingly, they came in, in the early part of the night, to help and support. how much tougher was it knowing that so many of the patients you were dealing with were so young? so i think that's always a challenge. however, what we have to do is, we have a duty to treat the public and to take the emotion out of that, but also... but how do you keep the emotion out of that? that's what i'm trying to understand and i guess our viewers will understand — how does someone like you, chris brookes, keep emotion out? i'm more experienced, i am older, i've seen it before. but business as usual has to happen as well. so on monday evening, there's patients coming in with strokes, patients coming in with heart attacks, patients who are ill, and
we have to deal with all of that as well. so today, your staff, your colleagues, are the helpers. but presumably, a time will come when they themselves might need some help. so, on the shift last night, the same people were working — i made sure that i went round and spoke to them, and made sure that they realised that they've got that help and support and we will be there for them. chris brookes there — an a&e consultant. when i saw him, it wasjust after he'd taken his first proper break since monday night. i met other nhs staff who were running on adrenaline with just a few hours' sleep. time for a look at the weather. here's darren bett. today was the warmest day of the year until tomorrow. we had the sunshine boosting temperatures in bristol and the south west today. in scotland, the best of the sunshine has been across more eastern parts of the country. on the map, you can see the extent of the cloud. and we
saw temperatures of 26 degrees around london and pershore. it's a fine evening in store, lots of sunshine. the skies overnight. in scotland, some patchy fog forming. a really warm and muggy night. temperatures will rise rapidly in the sunshine in the morning. a bit ofa the sunshine in the morning. a bit of a misty start around irish sea coasts. a bit of fair cloud developing inland but on the whole, lots of blue skies. temperatures a few degrees higher than today, widely into the mid—20s. on friday, we will find lots more sunshine on the way. another dry, sunny and very warm day, the breeze perhaps picking up warm day, the breeze perhaps picking upa warm day, the breeze perhaps picking up a little and pushing that warmth into scotland, where temperatures are likely to peak at 29 and ran the moray firth. further south in the
mid to high 20s again. lurking in the west, a weather front threatens to bring thundery downpours, more especially running northwards into northern ireland and scotland. but ahead of that in the heat, 30 degrees are possible towards the south—east of england. into the bank holiday weekend, we start on a hot and humid night. then we get a potentially under rebecca dubber for cooler and fresher air arrives later. —— we get a potentially thundery breakdown. in the last few days, we have talked a lot about the spirit of manchester. there is a banner behind me saying love for all, hatred for none. that encapsulates what mancunians are trying to say after the terrible events of monday night. 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.