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the former football coach, barry bennell, has been found guilty of multiple sexual offences against young boys. he'd targeted youth footballers in the 19805, claiming he could fulfil their dreams of a career in the sport. but in court, he was described as a "child molester on an industrial scale," and has been found guilty of 36 charges. the jury has asked for more time to consider further counts. we'll be live at liverpool crown court. also on the programme: using artificial intelligence to beatjihadists on the web, but will tech companies use the government's new online tool? it's the biggest cancer killer, so why is research funding into lung cancer in non—smokers lagging behind other forms of the disease? ifelt like i was being punished for a crime i didn't commit. i've never smoked. in fact, i used to be the butt ofjokes at school because i wouldn't. heartbreak again for team gb's elise christie, who crashes out at the winter
olympics. and pleased to meet you — prince harry and meghan markle go on their firstjoint public engagement to scotland. and in sportsday on bbc news, ben stokes will fly out to new zealand tojoin his new zealand team—mates tomorrow after pleading not guilty to a charge of affray at the magistrates‘ court in bristol. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. the former football coach, barry bennell, has been found guilty of multiple sex offences against young boys in the 1980s. bennell, who's 64, had denied 48 charges, including indecent assault and serious sexual assaults, but the jury convicted him on 36 counts and has asked for more time to consider seven others.
during the trial, prosecutors described him as a "predatory paedophile", who molested young boys on an "industrial scale". well, danny savage is at liverpool crown court for us this evening. danny. this was a trial which lasted for five weeks. the jury went out last thursday and returned this afternoon with some, but not all of their verdicts. as those guilty verdicts we re verdicts. as those guilty verdicts were read out, barry bennell, the charismatic football coach who had used his position to molest young boys, shook his head and muttered, while his victims sat in court watching on. barry bennell, a football coach who abused many young boys in his charge. today, he was convicted of sexually assaulting boys aged between eight and 15. he was the gatekeeper to a dream world in football but his victims had to silently suffer horrific abuse.
his trial heard he was a child molester on an industrial scale. this afternoon, he was found guilty of assaulting ten of the 11 boys this trial centred on. the jury haven't yet reached a decision on a number of other charges and will continue their deliberations tomorrow. he abused the boys at his homes, one of which was in this derbyshire village. he had arcade games and exotic pets and always had a reason for them to stay over. his victims were associated with crewe and manchester city, where he was involved in the junior setups. he was said to have been treated like god at manchester city's maine road ground. in court, it was said bennell had groomed the parents of the complainants so he could carry on the abuse. he offered no evidence in his defence, but his barrister accused some of the men, who were boys at the time, of inventing stories about him and jumping on the bandwagon. today, the 64—year—old, who has appeared throughout the case via video link, shook his head
as the guilty verdicts were returned. some of his victims were in tears, hearing finally that the man who'd abused them when they were little boys has been convicted. as you can see from those pictures, barry bennell is a shadow of his former self and what he was like to those boys from 1979 through the 805. there tho5e boys from 1979 through the 805. there are still seven charges against him outstanding, so thejury will return tomorrow to continue their deliberations and the judge has told them that he will now accept a majority verdict from them with those judges accept a majority verdict from them with thosejudges going accept a majority verdict from them with those judges going forward. so the case isn't fini5hed yet. the jury the case isn't fini5hed yet. the jury will return tomorrow. danny savage at liverpool crown court, many thanks. the government has unveiled an online tool, powered by artificial intelligence, that it says can accurately detect jihadi5t content and stop it from being viewed. the home secretary, amber rudd, says she wouldn't rule out bringing in a law that
would force technology companies to use it. but with extremist propaganda from so—called islamic state appearing on more than 400 platforms last year, there are concerns that such groups will simply adapt their methods to reach new audiences. 0ur media editor amol rajan has the story. militari5tic, cinematic and often shot with high—level production value5, the5e propaganda videos for the so—called islamic state espouse terror and hatred. they're also easy to find on the internet right now. what we have here are two videos, one of which is extremist content, the other which is perfectly legitimate news coverage. now an artificial intelligence firm in london has used home office money to target 5uch extremist content. the creators claim the technology, which is obviously secret, can spot 94% of is content online with an accuracy of 99.995%. the technology distingui5he5 between news and extremism and flag5 up examples such as the one on the right, with a high probability of being extremist content, to be vetted by a human. what we are looking to do is to try
and remove this content from the public web. if it requires somebody to have ten passwords and an incredibly complicated tor browser before they can get access to content, we see that as a win. it means that it can'tjust be shared between friends on, like, their mobile phones. while attention is focused on big firms like twitter, google and facebook, crucially, this technology will benefit smaller platforms, who will have free use of it. islamic state supporters used over 400 unique platforms last year, 145 of them for the first time. like other forms of modern media, terrorist propaganda has now shifted online. what's so 5triking about this new tool is both that it's funded by government rather than technology firms, and that it's powered by artificial intelligence. in other words, it's an admission that machines rather than manpower will be most effective at finding and removing extremist
material online. 0ne formerjihadi5t who now works in counter—radicalisation argues that terrorists will always adapt their methods to find new audiences, and the platforms need to be willing to take action. the big players in this area are taking a lot of action, but we've found that it's the smaller companies who aren't necessarily prepared to play ball with government, sometimes because they're suspicious of government, sometimes because they simply don't regard it as being part of their business model. it's not yet clear how widely the technology will be taken up, but the government say5 its instinct is to collaborate with industry. we're not going to rule out taking legislative action if we need to do it, but i remain convinced that the best way to take real action to have the best outcomes is to have an industry—led form like the one we've got. your algorithms are doing that grooming and that radicalisation. it's a war of attrition, but the chair of the home affairs select committee says the onus is still on the biggest digital companies. i think it's imperative on the tech giants, on all of these companies to do more to operate swiftly to remove illegal material.
if they don't, there has to be some form of penalty on them for not doing this, because in the end, this is about illegal material. it's important to be reali5tic about the costs and consequences of the open web. while technology and government pressure can reduce harm, the fight against digital extremism is a war without end. amol rajan, bbc news. a woman has been found dead in a flat in manchester following reports of a manjumping from a second 5torey window. he's thought to have leapt from a building in the ancoats area before "a number of people" were assaulted 5hortly after 7.30 this morning. police say a 37—year—old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. ajudge has upheld the uk arre5t warrant for the founder of the wikileaks website, julian assange. it was issued when he breached bail conditions in 2012 and sought refuge at the ecuadorean embassy, where he's been ever since. he was facing sexual assault
allegations in sweden, which have since been dropped. mr a55ange says he now fears extradition to the us. two teenagers have been arrested in connection with the death of a 5ix—week—old baby boy in southampton. police were called to a house in the wool5ton area last weekend after the baby fell ill. he later died in hospital. a 16—year—old boy and 18—year—old woman are being questioned on suspicion of murder. it's been a dramatic day forteam gb at the winter olympics in south korea. hopes of a first medal in the games di5appeared when eli5e chri5tie cra5hed out on the last lap of the women's 500 metres short track speed skating final. andy swiss was watching and sent us this report. eli5e christie! racing for redemption, eli5e chri5tie hoping to turn heartbreak into 0lympic glory.
away they go, the final is on. they get away first time. four years ago in sochi, chri5tie endured a personal nightmare, cra5he5, disqualifications. she nearly quit the sport. surely it couldn't happen again? she has work to do to get back into contention. but stuck in fourth place, 5he 5pied a gap, went for it and what followed was horribly familiar. chri5tie tries to make it on the inside. she crashes out, chri5tie is out of it once again! it's a photo finish on the line! once again, christie's hopes were sent sliding into the barriers. it was sochi all over again, and a5 italy's arianna fontana took gold, chri5tie was left in utter despair. well, can you believe it, another 0lympics, another tumble for eli5e christie. she still has two more events to come, but her games have started in disappointment. replays 5ugge5ted christie's hand had been hit by a rival‘s 5kate and afterwards, she was incon5olable. as the tears flowed,
she tried to make sense of her seemingly endless misfortune. i know it's short track and i'm supposed to be but it still hurt5, you know. obviously, it's still almost a week until my best distance, so i'll stay positive... i don't know, iju5t can't see living with this feeling, you know. but it's out of my control, i got knocked over and that's that. christie, oh, they've gone down! tho5e memories of sochi four years ago, though, may now prove hard to erase. she cra5hed at the same final there. but her team are urging her to stay positive. i think we could all see she tried everything out there to try and get gold.
she wasn't going for anything else. you know, that's the nature of the sport. crashes do happen, unfortunately. the question now, though, is whether britain's biggest medal hope can pick herself up again on a desperate day of deja vu. andy swi55, bbc news, pyeongchang. the england cricketer ben stoke5 is to go on trial, charged in connection with a fight outside a nightclub in bristol last september. the 26—year—old pleaded not guilty to affray at bristol magistrates court this morning, and was granted bail before the next hearing in march. he'll now fly out to join england's current tour of new zealand. from bristol, jon kay's report contains some flash photography. morning. five months after the alleged incident, ben stoke5 returned to bristol for his first appearance before the city's magistrates. inside a packed court number one, the durham and england all—rounder told a di5trictjudge that he would be pleading not guilty to a charge of affray. standing next to him, two local men, ryan hale and ryan ali, both in their twenties. they also told the court they would be entering not guilty pleas. the men were told the case would now
go to trial at bristol crown court, with an initial date set for 12th march. a short time after this hearing, there was a statement from the england and wales cricket board, who said they had been told that ben stoke5 wouldn't have to appear in court in person next month and that tomorrow, he was flying to new zealand. the 26—year—old, who missed out on the ashes series in australia, will arrive in new zealand on friday, initiallyjust for training with his england team—mates. the ecb said he is not currently being considered for the ongoing twenty20 tri—5erie5, and it will be up to head coach trevor bayli55 whether he's included in any later matches. ben stoke5 has also been given permission to take part in the indian premier league, which starts in april. he and the other two men who have been charged were all granted unconditional bail by the court today. jon kay, bbc news, bri5tol. our top story this evening: the former football coach
barry bennell has been found guilty of multiple sexual offences against young boys. and still to come, repair5 begin on the uk'5 longe5t and 5teepest series of canal lock5. coming up on sport5day on bbc news, the champions league is back, with tottenham in turin for a massive cla5h against two—time winner5 juventus. manchester city are in switzerland to face fc basel. two months ago, our legal correspondent clive coleman lost his sister sarah to lung cancer. she was one of many healthy non—smokers to contract the disease. it is in fact the uk'5 biggest cancer killer, but receives relatively little funding for research. around 35,000 people die from lung cancer in the uk every year, and around 44,000 new cases are diagnosed. butju5t £708 is spent per lung cancer death in the uk,
a fifth of that spent on breast cancer and a tenth of the amount on leukaemia research. well, clive has been finding out more about the non—smokers who contract the disease, and why it remains the poor relation to other forms of cancer. when you're first diagnosed with cancer, it's really scary and i was very scared. i was diagnosed with non—small cell lung cancer in august 2015. this is my younger sister, sarah. she died of blood cancer in december, two years after being diagnosed. in the months before her death, she made this film about her condition. before she got the illness, i knew relatively little about it. i suppose i shared the common view that it was a 5moker‘5 disease. i had no idea how many healthy non—smokers got it, or that in the uk, it kills more than breast, prostate and pancreatic cancer put together. keep to the side, that's it.
like my sister, joanne mar5hall has never smoked, but has stage 4 lung cancer because of a non—inherited fault in her gene5. she's been treated with targeted drug therapies. they provide a very effective stay of execution. so for me, for example, i've been on a targeted therapy for about a year, which meant that i could live, essentially, a normal life. i was very active. i could breathe properly. but they don't last for ever, that's the problem. cancer tends to be one step ahead. the children help just by being here. i mean, they're really doing everything they can. my husband... his life has completely changed and it's not what i wanted for him.
but, you know... if we get through this, we'll be so strong. scientist5 don't know why seemingly more and more healthy non—smokers are getting lung cancer. but visiting joanna and her family, i had learned that the disease kill5 98 people each day in the uk. 14% of those who get it have never smoked, and yet in terms of research funding, it receives a small fraction of the money spent on breast or testicular cancer or leukaemia. it's a massive problem, because these people who are diagnosed with lung cancer who've never smoked are really quite angry that it's assumed that they have smoked and they have self—inflicted this cancer upon them, when clearly, they haven't. because of the way that the disease behave5 and these people are not expected to be diagnosed
with cancer, they're not high risk, they're usually diagnosed at a later stage, and therefore treatment can often not be curative, which is a complete and utter disaster for them. lung cancer remains the ugly, poor relation of the cancer family. it doesn't discriminate between smokers and non—smokers, and there will be many more cases like my sister's before a long—term treatment‘s found. clive coleman, bbc news. south africa's ruling african national congress has confirmed it's formally asked presidentjacob zuma to resign. senior anc leaders say he did agree to step down, but only in three to six months' time. that time frame was rejected. there could now be a vote in the south african parliament to remove the president, whose time in office has been marred by numerous allegations of corruption. 0ur africa editor fergal keane is in johannesburg. how do you think the president will
respond? we're going to know tomorrow morning. it's been di5clo5ed tomorrow morning. it's been disclosed that he will make the top 5ix leaders of the african national cong re55 5ix leaders of the african national congre55 including the man who will be his political neme5i5, cyril ramapho5a, the organisation ‘5 president and he will give his response. until now he has said he will not with thine. if the anc wa nts to will not with thine. if the anc wants to force him from office then they will have to do that —— he will not re5ign. they will have to do that —— he will not resign. what are his options? look, he can fight if he wishes but this is only going one way. this story will end with the removal of jacob zuma from the presidency. the question is whether, by clinging on, he spits the anc, africa's oldest liberation movement? he has quite a substantial degree of support in the party. the question is whether over the last month since ramapho5a has
taken over enough people have seen which way the wind is blowing and will line up behind ramapho5a and if it gets to an issue of no confidence in parliament will decide that they can in parliament will decide that they ca n vote in parliament will decide that they can vote with the opposition and remove jacob zuma from office. 0k, fogel, thank you. inflation remained unchanged at 3% last month. the cost of food and some imported materials fell, but the price of clothing and some leisure activities ro5e. last week, the bank of england warned that interest rates may go up quicker than expected to help curb inflation. prince harry and meghan markle have made theirfirst official joint visit to scotland, as part of a round of official engagements in the run—up to their wedding in may. it's the fourth appearance the couple have made since their engagement was announced in november. from edinburgh, our royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. the report contains some flash photography. edinburgh castle and a welcome to scotland on a day
when the temperature was barely above zero. a day, then, for a good warm overcoat and there wa5 meghan markle, wrapped up in the very thing. the coat, patterned in tartan green and blue. offering a welcome, the band of her majesty's royal marines scotland and the regimental mascot of the royal regiment of scotland, a shetland pony with sharp teeth. watch harry's left hand. 0h, nearly got him! harry moved on, ring finger intact and meghan amused. bang went the one o'clock gun, out came the thoughtfully—provided earplugs and as harry and meghan gazed over the city, tho5e who'd come to see them were positive. i got to meet meghan today and she is absolutely beautiful. i'm so excited for them to be here in edinburgh today. they're the future of the royal family, meghan and harry and william and kate, they're the future. this has been another important introduction on the meghan markle familiarisation tour of the united kingdom.
the underlying message is how much scotland matter5. the union, of course, is a sensitive issue, one the royals know they must navigate with care but that navigation will increasingly be the task of the younger royals like harry and his wife to be. scotland will need to be a regular destination. nicholas witchell, bbc news, edinburgh. the uk'5 longe5t and 5teepest series of canal lock5 is in desperate need of repair. foxton locks, in the heart of leicester5hire, is on the grand union canal, but five of the ten lock gates need to be changed after years of wear and tear. now the canal and river trust, a charity which helps 5afeguard more than 2,000 miles of waterways in england and wales, is spending hundreds of thousands of pounds on restoration. sima kotecha has the story. ten canal lock5, all lined up along a steep hill, built in the early 19th century
to help control the level of water so that boat5 could travel freely. now, for the first time in more than a quarter of a century, five pairs of large iron gates are being replaced and it's no easy task. we need a large crane to get them into position in the first place and then we have to get down into the lock, everything has to be drained for us to be able to get in there. the gate itself 5it5 in a pot and there's a pin on the bottom of the gate. that's what it pivots on. for fitting a pair of gates, it will probably take us about four days. so this is an old lock gate. you can see where it is rotten. they la5t around 25—30 years and each one is unique. the one that replaces the old one needs to be identical in order for it to fit in properly. and all this meticulou5 repair work has a price tag of £200,000. does this really have to happen, do you really have to spend that much money on this?
well, yes. we try to get the cost down as much as we can to facilitate the work but we have to make sure that we're preserving the heritage. there are certain things we have to do. so we're replacing oak doors with new oak lock gates. it's grade two li5ted, it was actually built in the 19th century, is that right? so it makes yourjob even more challenging. yes, we have to get certain permissions before we can undertake any works. so we have to write in detail about the works we need to undertake and then it needs to be signed off and checked by a conservation officer to make sure we're trying to preserve our indu5trial heritage here as much as possible. hundreds of thousands of people visit the foxton lock5 every year. its picturesque backdrop is part of its appeal. the repairs are scheduled to be completed in march and it's hoped the new gates will help to rejuvenate the site and its surrounding beauty. sima kotecha, bbc news, leice5tershire.
i can't ican‘t imagine i can't imagine the weather is going to be any good for a trip on the ca nal5 to be any good for a trip on the canals but chris has the details. a little bit cold, today has been cold and off as well. snow in scotla nd cold and off as well. snow in scotland and higher part5 cold and off as well. snow in scotland and higher parts of northern england. a bit lower down for some of you. after the snow, some for some of you. after the snow, 5ome glorious weather watcher pictures, this is from the stirling area. the weather front5 that brought the rain and snow is hanging on over eastern areas of england but to the west, skies clearing and with light wind5, a recipe for things turning cold overnight. a widespread frost and a risk of icy stretches developing an untreated roads and surfaces. that takes us to a cold start on wednesday. another area of low pressure moving from the atlantic, tightly packed isobars ahead of the front, so a windy start
and then the rain moves in and it will turn into 5now again as it bumps into the cold air. mo5t 5now will be high up over the hills of scotland, the highlands, the southern upland5 and we are likely to see blizzard conditions and a ri5k to see blizzard conditions and a risk of some transport disruption. further 5outh, there could be some over snowdonia and the brecon beacon5 but it will turn milder and the snow will turn into brain. turning down later in the day —— will turn into rain. high temperatures of 11 implements but quite cold over the north of the uk. thursday, high pressure over england and wales building which means for many areas a dry day with plenty of 5un5hine. further north, blu5tery wind bringing showers but there will be some sunny spell5 between them. temperatures around 5 degrees in
scotland, 5till cold but further 5outh, highs of ten or 11 degrees. some contrast. 0n 5outh, highs of ten or 11 degrees. some contrast. on friday and the weekend, things turning milder and for most of us it should be drier a5 well. the mild theme last5 into next week but there are hints that towards the end of february we may see the weather turning much colder and that's something we'll be keeping a very close eye on. many thanks. a reminder of our main story. former football coach barry bennell has been found guilty of multiple sexual offences against young boys. that's it. so it's goodbye from me and the team. now on bbc one, let'5join our news teams where you are. this is bbc news — our latest headlines.
the former football coach barry bennell has been found guilty of multiple sex offences against boy5. south africa's ruling party tells president jacob zuma to stand down as leader — but he's still clinging on to power. in the past few minutes it has been announced he will speak to journali5t5 5ome tomorrow. a judge tells wikileaks founderjulian a55ange to have the courage to come to court — and upholds the arrest warrant against him. the government has unveiled a tool it says can accurately detect jihadi5t content and block it from being viewed. and prince harry and meghan markle have visited edinburgh castle on their first officialjoint appearance in scotland. in a moment it will be time for sport5day. but first a look at what else is coming up this evening on bbc news. in beyond 100 days, us intelligence chiefs outline global threats to america —
with north korea and russia at the top of the list. who might succeed the queen a5 who might succeed the queen as head of the commonwealth, bbc news understands prince charles may not automatically become leader. and our clowns falling out of fashion, their make—up i5 clowns falling out of fashion, their make—up is said to be too 5cary clowns falling out of fashion, their make—up is said to be too scary for children. that's all ahead on bbc news. now on bbc news it's time for sport5day. hello and welcome to sport5day — i'm hugh woozencroft. our main headlines this evening. more heart break at the winter 0lympic5 for eli5e chri5tie as she crashes out of the 500 metres speed skating final in pyeongchang. tottenham travel to turin looking for more magic in this season's champions league against italian giant5juventu5. and england cricketer ben stoke5 prepares to fly out to new zealand after appearing in court earlier today.