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this is bbc news, and these are the top stories developing at 11am. cctv images of the former russia double agent sergei skripal and his daughter yulia, who are critically ill in a salisbury hospital after being exposed to an unknown substance. russia says it doesn't know what happened. here, anti—terror police are working with local police to find out what made them collapse. lam here i am here in salisbury where the couple were found on sunday afternoon. police are continuing to investigate what caused the couple to fall so ill. food companies are being told they must cut the calories in products such as pizzas and ready meals, to try to halt the rise in obesity. we've announced a 20% calorie reduction programme, so that's taking calories out of ready meals, out of pizzas, out of sandwiches, out of savoury snacks. thousands of homes are still
without water this morning after supplies were cut after the cold snap also in the next hour, former bbc breakfast presenter bill turnbull reveals he's suffering from prostate cancer. he delayed seeking help and says he wants to encourage people to get tested. six—year—old maisie was one of the stars of the oscars — but we'll find out why deaf children like her could be falling behind at school. good morning. it's tuesday 6th of march. i'm annita mcveigh. welcome to bbc newsroom live. bbc news has been told that the
woman who was apparently poisoned alongside a russian double agent is his daughter. police in world shattering to identify the substance that caused both 60 sixty rd sergei skripal and his daughter yulia to colla pse skripal and his daughter yulia to collapse in salisbury on sunday. both remain critically ill in hospital. moscow says it is ready to cooperate with the investigation but it insists it has no information. bbc understands that two officers dealing with the suspected poisoning we re dealing with the suspected poisoning were also admitted to hospital. sergei skripal who is a retired russian military intelligence officer was jailed for 13 years by russia in 2006. he was convicted of passing the identities of russian intelligence agents working undercover in europe to the uk pop act secret intelligence service, mi6. he was subsequently one of four
prisoners released by mexico in exchange for ten us spies. he was later flown to the uk. this cctv footage appears to show sergei skripal with his daughter yulia walking between an alleyway connecting a branch of zizzi's restau ra nt connecting a branch of zizzi's restaurant which read mains closed, and the bench where they were found. assista nt and the bench where they were found. assistant commissioner mike rowley of the metropolitan police, retiring head of counterterrorism pleasing in the uk said the case would become a counterterrorism investigation if necessary. as you would expect in a case like this, the key is to get to the bottom of what has caused the illness. is it power play or is it some sort of natural cause? vulture police are leading the investigation, they gave a statement last night, but specialist national police resources are assisting as we do toxicology and other resellers to get to the bottom of this. the incident has drawn comparison with the murder in london of another former russian spy,
alexander litvinenko, who was poisoned with radioactive polonium—210. writer alexander goldfarb was a friend of mr litvinenko. speaking to the bbc, he said he believed moscow was involved. they know that they are targets, and they are viewed as traitors. mr putin... there must be a specific reason in every case, and in this case it is political, to do with the elections coming up in russia. the wife of alexander litvinenko spoke to the bbc last night and said people in the uk under asylum need more protection. we need to be sure people seeking political asylum are completely safe and the state providing the asylum
need to be more serious, particularly now after what happened to sergei skripal and his friend or partner. but it shows how we need to ta ke partner. but it shows how we need to take this seriously, all of these people are asking for security and for safety in the uk. we can now speak to our correspondent leila nathoo, who's in salisbury. tell us more about what is happening this morning at the scene, because we are talking about multiple occasions that the police are examining. there are multiple locations, but this behind me is the shopping precinct in the centre of salisbury wire the couple were found. you can see the pants that has been setup is still there. covering the bench where the two people were discovered unconscious on sunday. there has been a bit of police activity here this morning, last night we had officers in suits and masks searching the contents of
and masks searching the contents of a bin thereby. they were examining content under a light. we had a nearby restaurant, high street italian restaurant closed. there are still a police outside that nearby. police so far are not yet confirming the identities of those people who we re the identities of those people who were found here. the six day six—year—old man, the 33—year—old woman, that is all they are saying. they were known to each other, is that what they are sticking with. we understand that in addition that the man is sergei skripal, we believe the women that he was bound with is his daughter yulia. yulia came to the country in 2010 with half father when he was bought over here, after he was pardoned by the russians in that swap. she moved back to moscow, but it is understood she has been visiting the uk regularly to see her father. her brother, sergei skripal‘s son, also died last year.
he was 43 and he passed away in st petersburg while on holiday. he had been crossed a hospital with liver failure. relatives say that they are suspicious about his death, but since then we understand that yulia had been visiting her brother in the uk. the family dispute the fact that sergei skripal was ever involved in any spying activity for mi6, those we re any spying activity for mi6, those were the accusations that he was jailed for in 2006. so far we have no comment from the russian government, they have no information on this case, they say, the police have not engaged in that line of enquiry. there will be a very difficult details investigation going on, there is sites of enquiry. there is some cctv footage from a nearby gym that appears to show a man and a woman walking very close, just down the past here. very close to the time that the two were found. if that was so, there would be a
very short period between when the couple were pictured walking down this alleyway and then being found ina this alleyway and then being found in a comatose state on a bench over there. unanswered questions, we are expecting to hear more from the police later this afternoon. we can now speak to 0leg boldyrev, who's in moscow for us. what is the response from moscow? quite little. the only person from the establishment who has spoken is the establishment who has spoken is the kremlin spokesman, dmitry peskov, he spoke to the bbc and russian media, and says russia did not know what sergei skripal was up to in the years which followed his release. he called the incident tragic, he said moscow would cooperate if asked, but noted that so far it has not requested any assistance from the uk. he has
stressed that the figure of agitation from some western media will already be pointing towards russia, she said he didn't take that that like they did it take them long tojump to the that like they did it take them long to jump to the conclusion. the only other people who spoke on the subject where those connected to alexander lived jin—young ko, subject where those connected to alexander livedjin—young ko, this was an mp and a businessman who are both directly connected to the british enquiry and the previous murder. both of the incident in england could be used as a provocation to tar russia, to diminish russia's reputation. with me now is lord ricketts, the former national security advisor. and also heidi blake, edit up by speed. but do you make of all of this? far more questions than
a nswe rs. this? far more questions than answers. it looks like some extremely toxic and volatile substance was used. there is really no information right now at or who did this and for what motive. russia has a track record on this. i was head of the foreign office at the time of the previous poisoning. we got absolutely no cooperation from russia in that. the prime suspect was taken back to moscow and is now in the russian parliament. it is good news the russia is our saviour will help the investigation, i hope they will, under is a great deal of suspicion of a state hand. going back to the previous poisoning case, was the response from russia that you had and then in the initial days very much like the response that you hearing from russia now in relation to this incident? it was straight denial, as far as i remember. the suspect was back roger berry quickly. farfrom being willing to ta ke to quickly. farfrom being willing to take to die ten, he found a seat in
the russian parliament. the offer of help with the investigation, i don't remember that being the case. heidi blake, the track record that we are talking about, you're been investigating that. my team has bet the last couple of years investigating state linked assassinations in britain, and we have identified a total of 14 cases where we can connect and in the russian state of russian mafia groups to groups that often work and hand them, to death, suspicious deaths in britain. many of them bearing the same hallmarks. we have seen bearing the same hallmarks. we have seena numberof bearing the same hallmarks. we have seen a number of cases of suspicious poisonings, we know that the russians are very adept at the use of undetectable substances. that is something that the kgb and fsb have ploughed significant something that the kgb and fsb have ploughed significa nt state something that the kgb and fsb have ploughed significant state resources into the development of. this is a suspicious case. despite you are saying there was a pattern. we have
identified a part in a albedo of these 14 cases where the us intelligence committee have passed m16 intelligence committee have passed mi6 intelligence connecting russia to death in britain. the difference here is that in this case the police have come out and made a statement, in the other 14 cases we have looked at saint the big high—profile one, the police have been wary to come up with a statement. they had the last day treated as nonsense bases, despite the existence of intelligence. the statement by the police is a big step change, and i think if big tub of growing concern about russian activities in the uk. you think the british government can bring any pressure to better with moscow, to try and get more cooperation from russia on this? moscow, to try and get more cooperation from russia on thi57m isa cooperation from russia on thi57m is a good thing that they have offered to cooperate in the investigation, we should take that up. in the case of the previous poisoning, britain put on some
severe sanctions against moscow, some of which are still in operation in terms of this fiction of contact on the security side. it took a long time for the story to emerge. longer, heidi roberto undetectable poisons, but this is a very detecta ble poisons, but this is a very detectable substance. a lot more information probably come out as the room behind using it deploying head. and personally linked back to russia. i think we have got it in the step—by—step. they take the matter that their word, that they wa nt matter that their word, that they want cooperate, let's see where leads. if suspicions rise of a russian handedness, everything but the senses to follow. —— of a russian hand in this. public health england have challenged the food industry to cut calories in products like ready meals, sandwiches, pizza and snacks. it's hoped the plans, targetting some of the most popularfamily foods, could lead to a reduction in the number of obese children. 0ur health correspondent adina campbell explains. they are some of our biggest—selling products, but not necessarily the healthiest.
processed meals and food on the go are, for many of us, shopping basket staples. but, as part of the government's plans to curb childhood obesity, health officials are now calling on food retailers and manufacturers to reduce calories by 20% by 2024. public health england says this can be achieved in three ways. changing the recipes in meals, using better—quality products. smaller portion sizes, which would help control how much we eat. 0r steering us to buy lower—calories products in some of our favourite foods. we've announced a 20% calorie reduction programme. so that's taking calories out of ready meals, out of pizzas, out of savoury prepacked sandwiches, out of savoury snacks, and gradually, over a time, improving the recipes so we all eat healthier. these posters are one way health officials are hoping to make us more aware of what we eat, by having a benchmark of 400
calories at breakfast, and another 600 for lunch and dinner. 10 starjumps! it's estimated some children are consuming 500 calories more than needed every day. and, with around a third leaving primary school overweight or obese, health experts say britain needs to go on a diet. adina campbell, bbc news. there's growing unease among leading us republicans about president trump's plans to introduce tariffs on steel and aluminium. mr trump's announcement last week that he would tax imported steel and aluminium has prompted worldwide reaction, including a warning from the world trade organisation. the speaker of the house of representatives, paul ryan, said he was "extremely worried" about the impact of a trade war. the european parliament's brexit chief, guy verhofstadt, is meeting david davis and other senior uk ministers, ahead of a vote next week in strasbourg.
mr verhofstadt said theresa may must move beyond "vague aspirations" if she wants a free trade deal with the eu, after her brexit speech on friday. arlene foster is clear how much needs to be done before an agreement. he has put forward an eu d raft agreement. he has put forward an eu draft text which got early we find unacceptable but the british government finds it unacceptable. so does the labour party. there will be a need to negotiate from that. that is his interpretation. we do not think it is fair. work needs to be done on this now. we are entering a negotiation around these issues, and we wa nt negotiation around these issues, and we want him to understand why we felt so strongly, why we felt so strongly about the draft text. are you hearing anything from that
on any progress on the border issue between the republic of ireland and the northern ireland? so far we seem to be still in a stand—off with arlene foster calling for greater flexibility, the us had and that the uk government has failed to bring forward any proposals beyond the fallback option. we are still with both sides really talking past each other. that is symptomatic of where we are in these negotiations, because the dee's speech last week managed to bite her party together, no sign so far of whether or not it
has managed to overcome the belts or concerns in brussels. —— theresa may's speech. he goes into the speech... theresa may and will be present. what good is face—to—face, how much the eu has moved in any way following dee's speech last week. with him talking about vague aspirations from the uk, i'll be looking at a scenario where the eu is the people a lot more detail?” think the truth is in public, we are an immigration agent and neither side wants to be seen to blake. what will encourage number ten is that in terms of their tweets, eu leaders will perhaps less sceptical than they might have been in response to theresa may, she has sketched in the detail watches looking at, we want to be part of some eu agencies, the
main part of things like the medicines agency, she has talked about remaining closely allied to eu standards and regulations, giving a binding commitment to abide by competition rules and you state, so she had given a clear indication of where she wants to go. the difficulty is whether ed overcomes this fundamental objection early pa rt this fundamental objection early part of the eu, our old friend cherry picking, they take the view that theresa may is choosing to remain closely aligned in those areas where it suits britain because we wa nt areas where it suits britain because we want continued access while still retaining the freedom to divert where we won to. it is not clear to me that the package theresa may has good on the table is get sufficient to ove rco m e good on the table is get sufficient to overcome those doubts. —— proved on the table. the headlines on bbc newsroom live: cctv images appear to show sergei skripal and his daughter yulia moments before they were found
suffering from the effects of an unknown substance which has left them both critically ill in hospital. russia says it does not know what happened here, anti—terror police are working with local police to fight up and that they readily poisoned. britain needs to go on a diet. food companies that told to cut calories in many products to halt the rise in obesity. bradley wiggins says he is the victim of malicious allegations after it was claimed the champion crossed an ethical line in the use prescribed drugs that may have performance. he insists he has never cheated. serena williams says not to expect too much on her return to the single store this week. the 23 time grand slam winner has not played for 14 months and had her first winner has not played for 14 months and had herfirst child six months ago. england's jack noel is in doubt for next week but mike robbie dooley ‘s 6—nation that against france. he has come off the bench in all three of england's games so far. i will be
back with a cool update in the next 15 minutes. that's like a fool update. water companies are still trying to restore supplies to thousands of homes across south—east england affected by burst pipes after last week's cold weather. production at two of jaguar landrover plants had to be halted temporarily to allow water to be prioritised by emergency services and hospitals. tom burridge reports. after the big freeze, the thaw, and cracked, leaking water pipes in several parts of the country. so this the only supply for thousands of people for several days. thames water is handing out bottles of water to its customers in parts of london which are cut off. thousands of homes in scotland, wales and southern england are affected. i've got five kids, and literally without water for like — since 6:00pm yesterday morning. it's terrible. washing the bottles is just a bit difficult. there's a lot of stuff covered
in baby poo that i can't wash at the moment. 7:30am in the morning they sent me a message, the water's fixed. nurseries and schools have closed. some say the water companies should have planned more. this is a national crisis in our water industries and it is clear they are not fit for purpose. at the very least, one would have thought there would be some kind of public inquiry. people will be interested to know whether they will get compensation for what has happened. several water companies have apologised. they say they were working overnight to get people connected again. north korean state media is reporting that leader kim jong—un is calling for closer ties with south korea. it follows a rare visit to the north korean capital pyongyang by senior officials from the south. the us said it is "cautiously optimistic" about improving north—south contact, but ruled out formal talks with the north korean regime unless it is ready to give up its nuclear weapons. earlier we heard from laura bicker,
our correspondent in seoul. i keep saying there is good to be another significant moment and here we are, the leader of north korea, usually reclusive, has hardly met anyone from any other country let alone south korea, and here he is holding hands, shaking hands, greeting, having dinner with ministers from the south. kim jong—un has said to state media that he was the vigorously pursue ties with the south. this was a warm meeting by the looks of the photographs that we have seen. in the south, they are being far more cautious. they are being slightly optimistic about how things have gone, but by getting very few details. we know that the dinner lasted for over four hours. they had a lot to talk about, but the key question we're all waiting to hear
about is whether or not nuclear weapons came into the conversation, and whether or not kim jong—un weapons came into the conversation, and whether or not kimjong—un is willing to discuss denuclearisation with the united states, because that would be the key next step. the packaging industry has denied claims and exaggerated its recycling. iqbal the release of a report by a waste consultancy group who say that the industry's figures do not add up and copies are not paying enough towards an annual cost of collecting and processing plastic. this report from roger. dealing with waste cost the country billions of pounds a year. and a government scheme, the firms that produce bottles a nd scheme, the firms that produce bottles and packages have to pay towards the recycling system. for every tonne of waste they create, they contribute towards recycling technology. today's report says the
packaging industry is only paying a tenth of the real cost of clearing up tenth of the real cost of clearing up the mess it creates. it is government policy, it effectively allows the bulk of the cost of the packaging recycling services to be met through council tax payments, from you and me. whereas what we would like to see is producers pulling their weight and paying the full costs of the packaging recycling service provided to you and me householders. kiss the industry says it has its figures on recycling at is not exaggerated. spokesman hinted that packages it would be willing to pay more towards recycling as part of a government review into waste policy. former bbc breakfast presenter bill turnbull has announced that he's been diagnosed with prostate and bone cancer. he tweeted the news late last night
and has undergone chemotherapy. he says he is in good spirits and hopes to be around for some time yet. he was at breakfast for 15 years before leaving the sofa in 2016. bill was diagnosed at the end of last year the wreckage of one of america's first aircraft carriers has been found 800 kilometres off the east coast of australia, 76 years after it was sunk in the second world war. the uss lexington was discovered three kilometres down by a team led by paul allen, the billionaire co—founder of microsoft. you can see in these pictures of the carrier's guns and torpedo attack planes that it's all remarkably well preserved. the lexington and her sister ship yorktown fought the first ever sea battle between aircraft carriers in the battle of the coral sea in 1942. it is time to take a look at the
weather. some others i go to see some rain and some hells no as we go through the course of the day. 0thers through the course of the day. others will see sunshine and some showers, some of the shove is heavy later, particularly so across devon and cornwall. what we have is a band of rain, sleet and snow moving out of rain, sleet and snow moving out of northern england, crossing scotla nd of northern england, crossing scotland and we will see significant is known in the grampians later. northern ireland, cloudy with bright spells later, but the rain and resolve, england and wales, a lot of dry weather. some showers, particularly in the south and south—west. some will be heavy and thundery. this evening, snow to fall across the north of scotland, it will be a cold night with some frost. a risk of ice and also at the risk of patchy dense fog forming across east anglia and the south—east. that may prove to be problematic posting tomorrow. the
latter pa rt problematic posting tomorrow. the latter part of the week, the picture remaining unsettled, some dry weather around, too. this is bbc news. our latest headlines: the bbc understands the woman found unconscious in wiltshire alongside a former russian spy is his daughter. detectives are trying to work out what made them collapse and why they we re what made them collapse and why they were poisoned. britain needs to go on a diet — food companies are told to cut calories in many products to try to halt the rise in obesity. public health england is targeting pizzas, ready meals, processed meat and takeaways, in a new obesity drive. thousands of homes are without water for a third day now in parts of the uk after a sudden rise in temperature caused frozen pipes to burst. the european parliament's brexit chief guy verhofstadt is meeting david davis and other senior uk ministers, here he is arriving at downing
street ahead of the key vote next week. now for some sport. 0lly foster has the sport for us. bradley wiggins says he is the victim of malicious claims. a report concluded he and team sky crossed and ethical line in the use of prescribed drugs. speaking to our sports editor he did concede the legal use of a powerful steroid to treat as asthma and pollen allergies may have led to performance enhancement. intention of it. was the performance enhancement? you tell me there was. there may well have been, yes. those were the rules at the time. to treat this problem,
thatis at the time. to treat this problem, that is what i was prescribed. i cannot change the last five years. do you feel let down by what you we re do you feel let down by what you were advised to do?|j do you feel let down by what you were advised to do? i do not feel let down by what i was advised to do at that time. i have been let down since in terms of the last 15 months and what has happened in packages and what has happened in packages and the outcome of this report based on anonymous sources. | and the outcome of this report based on anonymous sources. i think the least i deserve through this now is some hard evidence. if that is the accusation, where is the evidence to support that? one other recommendation that came out of the report was for team sky and british cycling to pay for the anti—doping investigation that was hampered by their own medical record—keeping. a delivery of, as bradley wiggins was alluding to, a mystery medicine. medical record—keeping when you have
doctors working within a sport is paramount. those are guidelines that are laid down very clearly by the general medical council. that is one thing we did discover, there was u na cce pta ble thing we did discover, there was unacceptable record—keeping. that is why we were unable to determine what we nt why we were unable to determine what went into the package. manchester united were 2— nil down but stormed back to beat crystal palace 3—222nd in the table. crystal palace took an early lead. they doubled that soon after the break. they were pulled back into it before at this injury time wonder goal. the first four at the club by the striker. the manager was not happy with his performance up was not happy with his performance up until then. what a way for the serbian to get back in the good books. serena williams will make a comeback to the church tomorrow when
she plays in the tournament in the us. the former world number one has only played one competitive double match in the last four months. she gave birth to herfirst match in the last four months. she gave birth to her first child six months ago. she played in the tie—break tends in new york, she's going to play. she is trying to keep expectations to a minimum. yes, it has been hard. there have been so many days, even still, when i am like, how am i going to keep going? it has been very difficult but i keep going and i note that i might not be at my best yet but i am getting there. every day is a new day and every day i should be getting better. as long as i am moving forward, even if it is at the title piece, i am 0k moving forward, even if it is at the title piece, i am ok with that. the england wingerjack noel could miss this weekend's match. he scored
against italy on the opening weekend. he has been a substitute in all games in the tournament but has played a part. that is the sport for now. more in the next hour. see you later. by by 20% by 2024. it has hoped the plans targeting some of the most popularfamily foods. plans targeting some of the most popular family foods. we asked people in manchester to take a guess at how many calories they consumed every day. i would not know where to start, they are just numbers. no idea. i have always calorie counted. i used to check everything, and the fat content as well. i just try and eat healthily and choose right. that
is it. if you weigh yourself regularly, i do every night, if you put £2 on, you need to get it off straightaway. if you put lots of weight on then you will have a job. yes, ido weight on then you will have a job. yes, i do calorie count. i am trying to lose weight. it is very helpful to lose weight. it is very helpful to try and know what i am eating and to try and know what i am eating and to balance out the amount of calories. any long term bad eating habits can cause any kind of problems and you pass them down to your children if you have children. joining me now is the corporate affairs directorfor joining me now is the corporate affairs director for the food and drinks federation and a nutrition science manager. welcome to both of you. it is interesting to hear a range of views they are about how people think about their food and how they check their food. some very carefully a nd how they check their food. some very carefully and others say it, calories, that is just numbers.
how'd you get people thinking about it more? what can the food industry do, ten, to make italy might be more responsible? it is great we are talking about calories. we have been focusing on sugar and fat. 0besity isa focusing on sugar and fat. 0besity is a calorie game. we are in the right conversation. i think consumers and shoppers have a better understanding of calories. now the challenge is to make sure we give them healthier options so that they can keep an eye on their calorie consumption. is the target of reducing calories by 2024, is that target achievable? i do not know yet but we are committed to doing our best. it is six years away. we will not have the final programme until next year. it is too early to say. what matters is the industry is up for the challenge and wants to help. we saw recently that people generally are underestimating the amount we are eating. the eat more
than they think they are. from your perspective, how can we get people to think and be more conscious about what they are consuming? that is an important point, it is notjust about counting, it is about calorie awareness. aware about what you're eating and the dietary pattern of what you are eating if people are following good dietary patterns and the food industry is helping them with calorie control, we're going to have a better way of helping people to eat healthier and less calories at the same time. also about portion control. if you look at this chicken risotto on the plate. i think this is 600 calories. i do not know whether the average person thinks thatis whether the average person thinks that is a lot or a little. is that a good balanced example of what people should be eating for lunch or dinner? yes, what you want to try and eat as carbohydrate, preferably whole grains, rice and brown rice.
that should be, as you can see here, a good component of your meal. unfortunately, we tend to overeat and overestimate the cards that we have. people put and this i? , good . ' ' ' and th leangood it, f ' chicken, and some the chicken, and some veg. we people - have g with = recommend people will have that with a salad. 400 calories for breakfast. this is what i had for breakfast, a poll of porridge and blueberries on top. what is the ideal breakfast? that is not one ideal breakfast. we would urge people to look at a variety of foods. what is important is eating what you like. if you are forced eat something you think something is healthier, you may not do it for a long period of time. something like porridge is great with blueberries on top. do you think that too much pressure is being fit on the food industry to
make changes? i cocked about responsibility earlier. a lot of responsibility earlier. a lot of responsibility lies with us as individuals —— i cocked about the. —— i talked about the food industry. we have to take responsibility of our diets. parents need to have balanced diet as well as children. it is done to the parents mostly? yes, we have a role to play. we acknowledge that. it is why we are supporting this programme and welcoming the announcement about calories. do you think the line from public health england that britain needs to go on a diet, the use of that word diet, is that helpful? it isa that word diet, is that helpful? it is a loaded word, isn't it? that is a major headline. what they have said and rightly is that we consume
too many calories and calories are a direct cause of obesity when they qc‘n'um-ﬁ‘: 3255 —— ~ ' 511,242 ' the amount of calories as adults and children and part of the initiative, as well as the sugar reduction programme, will bring awareness of it. we need to make people aware of the calories and aware of the healthy foods that they need to eat. the food producers and outlets that get ahead of the curve on this, as they the ones who are likely to do best? will be matched up with the public and aspiration to eat healthier choices? some of this work has already been going on, we have seen sugar and fat reduction for many years now and will accelerate. it will gallop pace and get a critical mass around this. that is where we need to get to. i want to get one final point in. here we have a smoothie, 250 calories. your logo. you can see that. 250 calories. a
pa rt you can see that. 250 calories. a part of yoghurt, 250 calories. 0ne tablespoon of peanut butter, 150 calories. how easy is it for us to quickly add up calories by snacking, the equivalent of one extra meal in the equivalent of one extra meal in the day? it is but you can look at the day? it is but you can look at the smoothie and think, the recommended amount is 150 millilitres, so that is too much. peanut butter is an excellent product in terms that it is a plant —based protein and you would have a sense spreading of that on some toast, perfectly great. yoghurt, looks for things that are lower sugar and put things in it. be mindful. yes, snack but look at what you're having. thank you for an interesting discussion. we could talk about this but we are out of time. thank you both for your time.
some breaking news now from wiltshire police in relation to the investigation into what caused a former russia agent and has started to collapse in salisbury on sunday. 0r to collapse in salisbury on sunday. or is our now seeing another location, the bishop mill pop in salisbury has been secured after the incident. they say is small number of emergency services personnel have also been examined in hospital following contact with the two victims and the location where they we re victims and the location where they were found. let's get the latest from our correspondent. what more can you tell us about these breaking lines? well, police have released their latest statement. it still has no confirmation about the identities of the people involved and this
incident but they do confirm that another card and is in place close to itiam at another card and is in place close to it i am at the moment. this is the shopping centre with the two people were found collapsed on that bench, under the police tent at the moment. another location is being sealed off as well. we believe there area number of sealed off as well. we believe there are a number of police tapes still in place around the city and police are now confirming that some emergency services personnel were also treated in hospital. we know a couple of police officers have been treated with minor reasons. we know personnel have been released from hospital. public health england believe there is no risk to the wider public. the substance the two was exposed to still remains unknown, according to police and they are still working to find out what exactly happened here to cause that couple to fall unconscious.
they say they are working, wiltshire police, are working with counterterrorism police, too. the are appealing to members of the public who have any information about what happened here, anyone who saw the two people on that bench, or anyone who has any information about what happened to come forward. at the moment we know that to remain in a critical condition in hospital. police are confirming the two victims are still critical. the 66—year—old man and a 33—year—old women. we note the man is sergei skripal and his daughter yulia skripal, the two in a critical condition in hospital in salisbury. thank you for the update. it's six months since the second most powerful hurricane in atlantic history struck. hurricane irma ploughed into the british virgin islands
causing catastrophic damage. aleem maqbool sent this report from the island of tortola where 85 percent of the buildings were either damaged or completely destroyed. it is perhaps unsurprising given that irma was the most powerful hurricane ever to be recorded in this part of the world. six months on, even though people are trying to get on with their lives, trying to get on with their businesses if they can, that the reminders of what happened when that storm ripped through this island are still everywhere you look here. this site has been used solely to dump debris created by hurricane irma. as you can see, there are piles and piles of it. believe it or not, it is still being added to to this day. it has been no mean feat to clear this island if you remember the kind of damage that was created. more than 80% of the island's buildings were badly damaged or completely destroyed and hundreds of boats were lifted out of the sea and dumped on the shore. how are things now? sadly, six months on, we find some
people are still living in shelters. most, of course, have gone home now. but even though a lot of construction work has taken place, with the many, many buildings without roofs or that are badly damaged. one of the biggest hit in that british virgin islands is the tourism industry. this is one of the main docks, and usually, you would have cruise liners coming in here and flooding this place with tourists every day, and that is just not happening on the same scale anymore, and it has had a devastating impact on people's livelihoods here. given that this is the uk territory, the question for many is did britain do enought after hurricane irma? certainly, there were british troops here in the immediate aftermath of the storm, helping with the emergency aid effort in helping to restore security. but those soldiers left after a few weeks. after that, we are told by the island's governor here that the uk has
been working very hard behind the scenes to help restore power and most of this island does now have electricity well ahead of schedule. but that hasn't stopped the perception among many here on the british virgin islands, particularly when they look at the damage that remains on their roads and particularly their schools, that britain could have done much more to help in a recovery effort. ending ina ending in a moment it is time for the business news but now the headlines. cctv images thought to be of double agent sergei skripal and his daughter yulia skripal, moments before they were found suffering from an unknown substance that has left them critically ill in hospital. russia say they do not know what has happened. wiltshire police are trying to find out what made them collapse and whether they work poisoned. companies are told to
cut calories to help stop obesity. hello. these are the top business stories. the takeover of uk engineering giant gkn should be blocked — that's according to a group of 16 mps. they've written to the business secretary calling for the proposed takeover to be scrapped. melrose industries has offered £7.4bn for the 259 year—old firm. the online takeaway firm just eat has reported a pre—tax loss of £76 million for last year, that's compared to £91 million the year before. but the firm says orders are up 26% over the period to £172 million. the disgraced former co—op bank boss paul flowers has been banned from the financial services industry by the city watchdog. mr flowers was chair of co—op bank between 2010 and 2013, but was forced to step down amid allegations he bought and used illegal drugs, as well as claiming inappropriate expenses.
good morning. it's a particularly tough time for the uk high street at the moment. last week saw the collapse of chains toys r us and maplin, while the extreme weather conditions are estimated to have cost the economy hundreds of millions a day. and if that wasn't enough, inflation is eating in to shoppers' budgets, according to report released today. helen dickinson is chief executive of the british retail consortium, one of the bodies behind the sales monitor. shejoins me now. good morning. it is a tough time, as we touched on there, for all sorts of reasons. what is the biggest risk right now for the high street? just to explain the figures that were out today first, we do not include some of the impact of the bad weather of last week. they show that retail sales in february grew 2%, quite
slowly, following the long—term trend. that is masking to stories. what is happening in food, we are seeing inflation and food sales growing and the non—food, people are diverging that is central spent into those essential items. non—sale foods are falling. that is a challenge for retailers in terms of the market. it is a picture of people putting off nonessential purchases, fashion, things that we might like, electrics. they are not buying it because they have to spend more on food. that is right. when we talk about the challenges on the high—street, we saw that last week with the closures, that has been brought about for many reasons, business rates, inflation because of the week hand, what is the biggest
danger, the biggest risk?|j danger, the biggest risk? i think what we are seeing is a real transformation that is going on because of the way the retailers operate, culmination of lots of factors. while, the need to invest in technology, people, the market being challenging where sales are not rising quickly but costs are rising more quickly, and what that means that while some businesses are gearing up to deal with that very well, there are others that are finding it much more challenging. it is very sad to see any business field, particularly when they are household names and apply lots of people. time is tight but thank you for explaining all of that. some other stories to bring you up to date on... bourbon whiskey, levi jeans and harley davidson motorbikes. these are some of the us imports set to be hit by a 25% eu import tax
if president trump decides to tax steel and aluminium imports, according to bloomberg. a trade war starting as far as that is concerned. lego first sales fall in 13 years. its profits were down by 18%. sainsbury‘s is raising the basic rate of pay for shop floor staff by 15% to £9.20. but it's not all good news. bonuses and paid breaks will be removed, while sainsbury‘s also plans to reduce the number of in—store roles to five from the current 22. that is the profile ofjobs. let's show you the numbers on the markets. there is that shareholder row. despite that narrowing of losses for
the form. leaving the ftse 100 just up the form. leaving the ftse 100 just up at. thank you very much. one of the most uplifting stories from the oscars was the triumph of ‘the silent child' which picked up the award for best live action short. its star, maisie sly, is six years old and profoundly deaf — she attends a mainstream school in swindon, but her parents had to move house to get her the education she needed. research for the bbc carried out by the national deaf children's society has found that deaf children in england, are falling behind in school at every level. jayne mccubbin reports. maisie sly‘s family waited, hoped, then heard. the silent child. a six—year—old from england has helped shine a light on the barriers some deaf children face. my daughter is the face of change. you know, this isjust... i don't know what to say. and a million miles from hollywood, congratulations. well done, maisie! this is maisie's school in swindon.
then what did you do? i went downstairs and had my breakfast. now it is time for the weather. herfamily had to move 160 miles to find a place like this, a mainstream school where deaf children are taught alongside hearing pupils. they're not different in any other way other than they cannot hear. as long as you make those channels of communication possible, there's no reason why those children shouldn't succeed. anything is possible. but is it really? this is the reality of the attainment gap. in early years, 34% of deaf children make a good level of development compared to 76% of hearing children. at key stage 2, almost 40% reached the expected grade compared to 70% of other children. and just over 70% do not achieve a good gcse in english and maths compared to nearly 50% of hearing children. these figures take in notjust
the profoundly deaf like maisie, but also those who are moderately deaf, like thomas. it's difficult. you can hear plenty of sounds, but not all sounds. is that right? yeah. until two years ago, thomas had access to a teacher of the deaf. teachers were getting support. tom was getting support. i felt like i was getting support. but it was completely cut? completely gone. their council told us they follow guidelines when it comes to the provision of services. but for this film's producers, there just aren't enough across the country. for a developed country, for those to still be happening in england. it's crazy to me. in scotland, i think they've recognised sign language in the curriculum.
they have, yeah. it's better to be deaf in scotland than in england right now. while the oscars party closed over there, a debate took place over here, a petition heard in westminster for england to follow scotland's lead. this moment is already having an impact. the government says standards are improving, with more reaching the expected grade, but for many, the gap is still too big. jane mccubbin, bbc news. congratulations to the team behind the film. you may have heard me previewing the weather forecast with carol, you she is. we have a lot of whether on offer today. rain, sleet, snow, sunshine and mist. the rain and hail snow we have across england and scotland will move north words, becoming confined to the hills. the self is sunshine and showers. low pressure
dominating our weather. it is dragging the rain, snow and also sleet north words. some heavy bursts across the central lowlands. the odd bit of sleet. it will not last. it will brighten up in scotland, apart from in the north where they will be heavy snow in the hills. lots of dry weather around today. some showers in the south west with showers continuing over at night, drifting over to the south—east. patchy fog patches across east anglia and the south—east forming. the north of the country, further spells of rain. a cold night. i is first thing, bear that in mind if you are. some showers and it will develop in southern areas. some of those will be heavy and thundery. the north—west, rain and in between lots
of dry weather and sunshine. still feeling cold in the north of the country. wednesday into thursday, low pressure with us. you can see our weather front changes the position. at the other end of the country, and other weather front. that will produce rain across southern counties in england and the channel islands. in between these two areas, a lot of dry weather. a fair bit of sunshine on thursday with wintry showers. the fact there is showers means we will not all see them. five celsius in aberdeen. by friday, wintry in the north of scotland. further spells of snow. in the south, an area of low pressure coming in. strengthening winds. temperatures in the south are climbing back up. this is bbc news, and these are the top stories
developing at midday. cctv images thought to be of russian double agent sergei skripal and his daughter yulia moments before they were found suffering from the effects of an unknown substance which has left them both critically ill in hospital. russia says it doesn't know what happened. here, anti—terror police are working with wiltshire police to find out what made them collapse and whether they were deliberately poisoned. he lived very ill, he was being sick. britain needs to go on a diet — food companies are told to cut calories in many products to try to halt the rise in obesity. we've announced a 20% calorie reduction programme, so that's taking calories out of ready meals, out of pizzas, out of sandwiches, out of savoury snacks. thousands of homes are still without water this morning after supplies were cut following the cold snap. also in the next hour, former bbc breakfast presenter
bill turnbull reveals he's suffering from prostate cancer. he delayed seeking help and says he wants to encourage people to get tested. i thought, this is old age. eventually, the pains got so bad, i thought, well, better go and see my gp. six months on since hurricane irma devastated the british virgin islands — we head back to see how the clean up operation is going. welcome to bbc newsroom live.
bbc news has been told the woman who was apparently poisoned alongside a russian double agent is his daugher. police in wiltshire are trying to identify the substance that both remain critically ill in hospital. moscow says it is ready to cooperate with the investigation, but it insists it has no information. the bbc understands that two officers dealing with the suspected poisoning were also admitted to hospital. 0ne one member of the emergency services remained in hospital. two policemen have now been released. colonel skripal, who is a retired russian military intelligence officer, was jailed for 13 years by russia in 2006. he was convicted of passing the identities of russian intelligence agents working undercover in europe to the uk's secret intelligence service, mi6. he was one of four prisoners released by moscow in exchange for ten us spies and was later flown to the uk. this cctv footage appears to show colonel skripal with his daughter
the bishops mill pub is one of the locations in the centre, a security cord and has been thrown around it. police have also closed a nearby zizzi's restaurant. they cannot confirm how long those cordons will remain in place. this cctv footage appears to show sergei skripal with his daughter yulia, walking between an highway connecting that branch of zizzi's which remains closed as part of the investigation and the bench where they were subsequently found. an eyewitness described what he saw. and white man, in his 60s. he looked
very ill, like he was being sick, did not look well at all. he was conscious that that time? he was conscious that that time? he was conscious at the time, but he did not look well. i thought it was just one of the hopeless peep —— homeless people who had taken something, but a p pa re ntly people who had taken something, but apparently not. you saw the woman on the floor by you didn't see anything about her appearance goes back no, she was guided by paramedics. —— surrounded by paramedics. as you would expect in a case like this, the key is to get to the bottom of what has caused the illness. is it power play or is it some sort of natural cause? wiltshire police are leading the investigation, they gave a statement last night, but specialist national police resources are assisting as they do toxicology and other resources to get to the bottom of this.
the incident has drawn comparison with the murder in london of another former russian spy, alexander litvinenko, who was poisoned with radioactive polonium—210. writer alexander goldfarb was a friend of mr litvinenko. speaking to the bbc he said he believed moscow was involved. they know that they are targets, and they are viewed as traitors. mr putin... he is very tough on traitors. there must be a specific reason in every case, and in this case it is political, to do with the elections coming up in russia. and said russians living in the uk under asylum need more protection. the wife of alexander litvinenko spoke to the bbc last nigh, and said russians living in the uk under asylum need more protection. we need to be sure people seeking political asylum are completely safe and the state providing the asylum need to be more serious,
particularly now after what happened to sergei skripal and his friend or partner. but it shows how we need to take this seriously, all of these people that are asking for security and for safety in the uk. with me now is the bbc‘s security correspondent gordon corera. what more i knew hearing about the investigation into this, and any theories about what might have happened? the key question is the toxicology tests on this list of a substance and trying to understand what it is. as we heard, that is the key to knowing what whether this was a deliberate poisoning, but they cannot be sure about that until they get those results. to try and identify what it is and whether it was a debit poisoning, you then start to look at who might have done
it and well. possible locations, pub and a record close of, which are clear the candidates, but it appears from cctv as though they may have fallen ill quickly with unusual symptoms and that may be very significant. the fact that emergency services personnel who treated them subsequently were treated for minor symptoms. it is interesting. subsequently were treated for minor symptoms. it is interestingm subsequently were treated for minor symptoms. it is interesting. it does not look like we heard about references to the alexander litvinenko case, but it took a while to establish that. it took weeks to establish what that substance was put it was radioactive polonium. we can assume by the way the authorities are acting, no wider public health risk, that they do not see any kind of radioactive link, so you're back to a question of whether there is any possibility of it being a natural or sometimes of poison chemical agent. we are just getting a live from the russian embassy which says it is seriously concerned by british media reporting of this incident. people are making
assumptions, jumping to conclusions, because it's fair to say, and we have applied out that a lot of things are unknown to us yet, a lot of questions have to be answered. clearly russian agents have been involved in this sort of incident, if indeed this is a poisoning. that's right. it is too early to say confidently what might have happened. the police are not even insane for sure this was a crime. to make the leap and say it is certainly the russian state is certainly the russian state is certainly a leap. if you look in the context, that this is a form russian intelligence officer who would have been seen as a crater in moscow, the unusual substance, and you get the history including the alexander litvinenko case, you can see why people will speculate that as a serious possible at it. even if we are not there yet in terms of knowing it for sure that any high degree of confidence. you can see, given the history of russian activity and given the nature of
individual, i activity and given the nature of individual, 1 people are pointing to that as a serious possibility. this might give as an insight into what will be going on behind the scenes in terms of what the intelligence community is doing trying to establish the facts. the police will be leading on this. in terms of the initial response, the nature of the substance, investigating the scene, if it is a crime scene. by that, you'll see the intelligence committee capping of its sources, here and overseas, looking to see if there's anything suspicious that has been happening in the last few days. indications of travel or any size that something may have been happening, and talking to sources and looking at those kind of things this year there is anything that might potentially link link to this. the foreign secretary is due to as an urgent question about this in house of commons. around 12:30pm, about this case involving sergei
skripal and his daughter yulia. another piece of breaking news, campaigners have lost a high court bid to force the government to release studies on the economic impact of brexit. we will try and bring you more detail on that. by by quickly is holding talks with david dein is about brexit. guy verhofstadt said theresa may must move beyond vague aspirations if she is to have a free—trade deal with the eu. that follows her brexit speech on friday. we will bring you more details on that meeting at downing street as and when we get them. effo rts efforts to try to build ties between north and south korea, within the
last hour the leader of north korea has agreed to meet his south korean counterpart on the heavily fortified border, due to happen next month. it will be the first ever meeting between the two leaders, the first meeting of two korean leaders are more than a decade. the summit was raised at a meeting between kim jong—un and eight south korean delegation. laura becker, this is hugely significant. not just laura becker, this is hugely significant. notjust that, out of these talks that were held in pyongyang, the 24—hour when meeting between south korean ministers and the leader, use of the —— usually reclusive leader of north korea, have come extraordinary announcements within the last hour. not only with the leaders of north and south meet for the first time, we are hearing that north korea is
willing to discuss getting rid of its nuclear weapons, if the safety of the machine can be guaranteed. it is also willing to talk with the united states, again big news. it has also said during these dialogues and talks and discussions it will not fire a missile, it will not test any more missiles. then comes the other announcement from kim jong—un to the south koreans. we are hearing that military exercises, joint military exercises held between the united states in south korea, usually take place in april, it usually take place in april, it usually inflames north korea. it usually inflames north korea. it usually prompt them to have a counter reaction, a missile test. it has said it will understand if those exercises go ahead. all of these conditions were asked for by south koreans, they had been granted by king john the end, and now paves the
way for pyongyang, washington talks. these web page and vision is set by washington. all eyes are on the white house as they are waking up to fight up what they have to say. truly extraordinary. notjust one but three, four, five possibly mass of headlines if what you're been telling us. given what we know of kim jong—un telling us. given what we know of kimjong—un and telling us. given what we know of kim jong—un and the telling us. given what we know of kimjong—un and the regime, can we ta ke kimjong—un and the regime, can we take all of this at face value? there have been critics here in seoul who have looked at the approach taken by south korea and wondered if kim jong—un approach taken by south korea and wondered if kimjong—un is taking advantage of this new liberal administration. there have been and critics who fear that pyongyang is deployed its playbook, that they are perhaps playing along, trying to buy some time, trying to get international sanctions lifted while giving all these announcement and old rituals of peace. there is that worry that this could be all fake
from north korea. it has been seen in the past, they have made all the jewels in the past, got to the table and walked away. here in south korea at the presidential palace, they believe that even if that is the case, they have to try, because this is their big chance to denuclearise the peninsula. while critics still have these reservations and while south korea has announced they would be skilling up the military and keeping military readiness against north korea, they are continuing this dialogue, this engagement as well as keeping the pressure with sanctions and ensuring that they have on the security measures in place should this pull apart. —— fall apart. we will keep an eye on any reaction from the us to that. public health england have challenged the food industry to cut calories in products like ready meals, sandwiches, pizza and snacks.
it's hoped the plans, targetting some of the most popularfamily foods, could lead to a reduction in the number of obese children. 0ur health correspondent adina campbell explains. they are some of our biggest—selling products, but not necessarily the healthiest. processed meals and food on the go are, for many of us, shopping basket staples. but, as part of the government's plans to curb childhood obesity, health officials are now calling on food retailers and manufacturers to reduce calories by 20% by 2024. public health england says this can be achieved in three ways. changing the recipes in meals, using better—quality products. smaller portion sizes, which would help control how much we eat. 0r steering us to buy lower—calories products in some of our favourite foods. we've announced a 20% calorie reduction programme. so that's taking calories out of ready meals, out of pizzas, out of savoury prepacked sandwiches, out of savoury snacks, and gradually, over a time, improving the recipes
so we all eat healthier. these posters are one way health officials are hoping to make us more aware of what we eat, by having a benchmark of 400 calories at breakfast, and another 600 for lunch and dinner. 10 starjumps! it's estimated some children are consuming 500 calories more than needed every day. and, with around a third leaving primary school overweight or obese, health experts say britain needs to go on a diet. adina campbell, bbc news. the headlines on bbc newsroom live: cctv images thought to be of sergei skripal and his daughter yulia moments before they buy palm supping from the effects of an unknown substance, they remain critically ill in hospital. anti—terrorist detectives are working with
wiltshire police find out what made them collapse and whether they were deliberately poisoned. britain needs to go ona deliberately poisoned. britain needs to go on a diet, food companies are told to cut calories and many products to halt the rise of an obesity. serena williams will make her comeback to the wta tour tomorrow when she plays in indian wells. the fomer world number one has only played one competitve doubles match in the last 14 months since giving birth to her first child. after playing in the tie break tens in new york overnight, she'll play zarina diyas of kazakhstan in the first round in indian wells tomorrow. she's trying to keep expectations to a minimum. there have been so many days,
grabbing, how am i going to keep going? it has been really difficult, but i keep going and i know that i may not be at my best yet, but i am getting there, and everyday is a new day and every day i should be getting better, so as long as i am moving forward, even if it is at a total‘s pace, i am 0k moving forward, even if it is at a total‘s pace, i am ok with that. sir bradley wiggins says he is the victim of malicious claims and an attempt to smear his reputation. a dcms report concluded that he and team sky crossed ‘an ethical line' in the use of legally prescribed drugs . wiggins says he has never cheated. in his career but speaking to our sports editor dan roan, he did concede that the legal use of a powerful corticosteroid to treat his asthma and pollen allergy may have led to performance enhancement. was it a performance enhancement canas you tell me there was. there
may well have been. they were the rules at the time, and to treat this problem, that is whati rules at the time, and to treat this problem, that is what i was prescribed. i cannot change the last five years. one other reccomendation that came out of the report was for team sky and british cycling to pay for the uk anti—doping investigation that was hampered by their own poor medical record keeping. that e mystery behinbd a delivery of a medicine to wiggins in 2011. medical record—keeping, when you have doctors working in a sport, it's actually paramount. there was our ally guidelines laid down very clearly by the general medical council, that is what we did discover. there was a wholly unacceptable record—keeping, and that was why we were unable to determine what went on to —— into thatjiffy bag. that has all the sport for now. we will be back after
the one o'clock news. president trump's announcement he will tax —— in the derby has represented us, paul ryan, says he was clearly worried about the impact ofa was clearly worried about the impact of a trade war. water companies are still trying to restore supplies to thousands of homes across south—east england affected by burst pipes after last week's cold weather. production at two of jaguar landrover plants had to be halted temporarily to allow water to be prioritised by emergency services and hospitals. tom burridge reports. after the big freeze, the thaw, and cracked, leaking water pipes in several parts of the country. so this the only supply for thousands of people for several days. thames water is handing out bottles
of water to its customers in parts of london which are cut off. thousands of homes in scotland, wales and southern england are affected. —— southern england and wales. i've got five kids, and literally without water for like — since 6:00am yesterday morning. it's terrible. washing the bottles is just a bit difficult. there's a lot of stuff covered in baby poo that i can't wash at the moment. 7:30am in the morning they sent me a message, the water's fixed. nurseries and schools have closed. some say the water companies should have planned more. this is a national crisis in our water industries and it is clear they are not fit for purpose. at the very least, one would have thought there would be some kind of public inquiry. people will be interested to know whether they will get compensation for what has happened. several water companies have apologised. they say they were working overnight to get people connected again. sergei skripal and his daughter are
still in critical condition. they slumped in the town centre on sunday. detectives are tied to work out what made them collapse and whether they bitterly poisoned. let's cost of our assistant little editor at westminster, gathering a reaction. we will hear from the foreign secretary swordplay. you will be adding an urgent question, how much detail we will get we will just have to wait and see. the word emerging from the lobby this morning, very few details, we were told it was not raised at cabinet, that the prime minister used it as an operational matter for now, for the police. i suppose the two areas which mps will want to try and get further information on is the public safety issue, whether there is any concern following this incident that others might be at risk, and
secondly of course the suspicion that, and it is no more than that, of potential russian involvement. this at a time of very strained relations between the uk and russia, the defence secretary only yesterday in the commons accusing russia of hostile intent towards the uk and saying that the uk and others could not allow themselves to be bullied by russia. i am joined by the conservative mp for salisbury, where this incident took place. take us through the nuts and bills of what you know. on sunday afternoon, sergei skripal who came to salisbury and bought a house there in august 2011, was seen going into zizzi's and possibly the male pop. he was seen on cctv at quarter to ball, and for 15 he was taken ill with his daughter in the centre of salisbury. i had some vague reports on sunday
evening potential drug users being apprehended. i understand subsequently yesterday, he was taken to the hospital and that this was when it became clear that he had been clearly... he was much sicker than had been appreciated. some of the emergency services staff had some reaction to whatever occurred. itchy eyes and the like. we are now seeing several of the sites in the city of salisbury have been cordoned off. local police work with counterterrorism officers to evaluate what actually did happen. we are still obviously any doubt as to what happened, but this is a very irregular occurrence in salisbury, buddha is i understand no risk to public safety. just down the road, in my constituency, defence size technology labs exist and they will have ta ken the technology labs exist and they will have taken the samples and trying to evaluate what they can. obviously disturbing investigated by police and counterterrorism officers. what is your instinct about this? we know
a lot about this individual who was convicted in russia in 2006 for revealing the days of russian agents in the uk. he was subject to a spy swa p in the uk. he was subject to a spy swap in 2010 and settled in salisbury. as the wife died a.d. later. his stance on the willy died la st later. his stance on the willy died last year. clearly, given his rather unusual history, one is bound to suspect that there has been some foul play. — — suspect that there has been some foul play. —— his son died last year. the russian government have denied any link to these events, but we need to understand how we got into this state. if it is deemed to be russian involvement, we obviously had the alexander litvinenko case where their work travel bans etc, if it were russia again, what sort of steps should be considered? this is deeply disturbing. we cannot have
silent assassins walking around this country, perpetrating the sort of criminal activity, country, perpetrating the sort of criminalactivity, murdering people, under the sight of our police. this would be a terrible development in these suspicions are confirmed. the government, and as a member of the government, and as a member of the government, and as a member of the government, and ability for them to ta ke government, and ability for them to take strong action against those if they can be apprehended. that is another matter. we do not know yet what has happened, who did it, and what has happened, who did it, and what the motivation was behind it. we may hear more details from the foreign secretary. he was in russia last year, the first foreign secretary to go for five years following the alexander litvinenko case. if it is concluded that it involves russia, that would raise serious questions about how the government should respond. a reminder in innate human is we
will expect the foreign secretary to make a statement will stop answering a question about the salisbury case. we will bring that to you when it happens. we are also keeping an eye on downing street, to find out about the progress of a meeting that has been taking place between guy verhofstadt, david davis and other see the members of the uk government brexit team, meeting guy verhofstadt. 0ur political correspondence is there, waiting for them to emerge. going into this meeting, kofi was seemingly calling for more detailfrom meeting, kofi was seemingly calling for more detail from the government, talking about the vague generalities, not being enough. he talked about there being cherries added to the brexit kate, that was
his response on twitter. the guy verhofstadt, a significant figure in brexit, as the boys, represented of the european parliament, he will get a vote on that final deal that is amazed, if indeed it is raised. he has been endowed by the last hour or so, bejust has been endowed by the last hour or so, be just david has been endowed by the last hour or so, bejust david davis has been endowed by the last hour or so, be just david davis leaving a couple of minutes ago. that was one of the meetings that guy verhofstadt had scheduled alongside meeting david liddington, the cabinet minister, home secretary angharad and the prime minister who dropped in on one of those meetings. it is one of those conversations where i spent half my time with my head over my shoulder, have expected that he might emerge and continue microphones. we will not know he is coming out until the door opened and it is him. no. not him this time. despite you are doing a good job of keeping a check on things. take us through what other developments we
might expect the guards brexit, here in the uk or in brussels or elsewhere this week. there is a slow trickle of developments on brexit. after the prime minister was back speech, we had a senior adviser to the eu commission ‘s chief brexit the eu commission ‘s chief brexit the gauche eater, giving a lecture at the london school of economics. it was quite interesting hearing the concerns that they have about some of the arguments that dee was making just the other day. there was a real scepticism on this guy, about the british proposal that the uk could remain signed up to various eu agencies, medicines agency, the agency that oversees aviation for instance. the suggestion that that might bea instance. the suggestion that that might be a tricky thing to arrange, and the existing presidents that they are poor that kind of arrangement it involves three countries that are outside of the
eu, so lichtenstein and iceland amongst them, but they are in the single market, which the uk has said it will leave. as you say, michael jihadis meetings in london today, and then tomorrow we will hear from the european council president who chairs the meetings of member states, setting out their proposals for how the process might unfold bomb here on in. a slow trickle of development as i waffle on, hoping that guy verhofstadt will magically appearand that guy verhofstadt will magically appear and enlighten us, and he hasn't. for the sake of you as audience, i will zip it. i could hasn't. for the sake of you as audience, iwill zip it. i could we shall, he is behind you. for the moment, thank you. by now, let's ta ke moment, thank you. by now, let's take a look at the weather. —— right now. we have some spring sunshine out. it
is still snowing in parts of scotland. the temperature contrast shows that nicely. we may get up to five celsius through parts of scotland. still some snow to come. into the rush hour north of the central belt, rain around the coast. into the evening, showers drift off from the south—east towards east anglia. showers in the west and towards the channel aisles. clearer then last night. some ice in stuart wednesday morning. scotland is vastly improved. sleet and hail snow. the same in northern ireland. we should watch for some patchy showers from the south—east towards east anglia. that could be on the heavy side. full details in half an
hour. see you then. this is bbc newsroom live. our latest headlines: bbc news understands the woman found slumped on a shopping centre bench alongside a former russian agent sergei skripal convicted both remained critically ill in hospital. britain needs to go on a diet to try and stop be city rising. —— obesity. health officials have urged the food industry to start using healthier ingredients. a rise in temperature caused frozen pipes to burst. former bbc breakfast presenter bill turnbull has revealed he's suffering from prostate and bone cancer. he put off seeking help and says
he wants to encourage people to get tested. the former spy sergei skripal and his daughter remain in critical condition. they were found slumped ona condition. they were found slumped on a bench in salisbury. earlier i spoke with lord ricketts the former national security advisor and heidi blake the uk investigations editor for buzzfeed, and began by asking lord ricketts what he made of the story. a toxic and volatile substance was used. at the moment there is no information of who did this and what motive. russia has a track record on this. i was head of the foreign office at the time of the litvinenko poisoning. we got no cooperation at all from russia. the prime suspect was taken back to moscow and is now in the russian parliament. i hope the russians will
help the investigation. there is a great deal of suspicion of a state hand in this. just before i go to heidi, going back to the litvinenko poisoning, was the response from russia that you had then in the initial days, like the response you are hearing now in response to this incident? it was straightforward denial, as far as i can remember it. the suspect was back in russia quickly. farfrom being willing to extradite him to face trial here, he found a seat in the russian parliament. the offer of help with the investigation, i do not remember that being the case. heidi blake, the track record is something you have been investigating, isn't it? yes, that is right, my team up at buzzfeed news has spent years investigating russian state linked assassinations and britain. we have identified 14 cases where we connect the russian state or mafia groups to groups that work in tandem, to deaths, suspicious
deaths, in britain. many of which have the same hallmarks as sergei skripal. we have seen cases of suspicious poisonings. russians are adept at undetectable substances. that is something the kgb had ploughed state resources into those sort of substances. this is a very suspicious case. you are saying there is a pattern? we have identified a pattern. we know of 14 cases where the us intelligence community have passed intelligence connecting russia to deaths in britain. but the difference here i think is that in this case, the police have come out and made a statement. the other 14 cases we have looked at, the police had been wary to come out and make a statement. these deaths have been treated as being non—suspicious, despite intelligence connectin them with russia. the fact police have come out here and are proactively investigating is a big step change. it is indicative of growing concern
about russian activities in the uk. do you think that the british government can bring any pressure to bear with moscow to try and get more cooperation from russia on this? first of all, it is a good thing they have offered to cooperate in the investigation. we should take that up. in the case of litvinenko, britain put on some severe sanctions against moscow. some are still in operation today, restrictions of contact on the security side. it still took a long time for the full story to emerge. it took longerfor the it took longer for the story heidi referred to undetectable poison this is a detectable su bsta nce, clearly. i suspect a lot more information will come out about who was behind using it and deploying it and then links back to russia. i think we have got to take the step—by—step. let's take the russians at their word that they want to cooperate in this investigation.
let's see where that leads. if suspicions rise of the russian hand in this, i would expect further sanctions to follow. the former national security adviser and heidi blake talking to me earlier. we wait for a statement in the comments from the foreign secretary who has been asked a urgent question. the russian embassy has denied that the illness affecting the former spy sergei skripal is a result of, planned action of the security service. denying what ever is a affecting sergei skripal is the result of planned action from the russian security service. the statement goes on, media reporting could give the impression it is a planned action from the russian security services, which in no way corresponds to the truth, the embassy said in a statement, courted by a russian news
agency. russia denying it is involved or knows anything about this. it says it will offer assistance in the investigation. the latest lines we know that sergei skripal and his daughter yulia skripal and his daughter yulia skripal are still in a critical condition in hospital following skripal are still in a critical condition in hospitalfollowing this incident on sunday. we note that a small number of emergency services personnel were also examined in hospital. 0ne personnel were also examined in hospital. one of those remains in hospital. one of those remains in hospital and a number of locations remain cordons, including one that has been added to the list of taped off areas, the public house in the shopping area of salisbury, along with an italian restaurant and a number of other locations. police say it is too soon to see it when
those security cordons might be lifted. we are looking here at the house of commons where we are expecting the foreign secretary to make a statement in response to an urgent question on the case of sergei skripal. and his doctor yulia skripal. let mejust sergei skripal. and his doctor yulia skripal. let me just remind you of this breaking line coming from the russian embassy, they are denying the illness, as they put it, affecting former spy sergei skripal asa affecting former spy sergei skripal as a result of planned action from the russian security services. the statement goes on, media reporting could give the impression it is a planned action in the russian security services, which in no way corresponds to the truth. well, our correspondent is in salisbury and a short time ago she gave us this update from there. police have just
released their latest statement. it still has no confirmation of the identities of the people involved. they do confirm that another cord and is in place close to it i am at the moment. this is the shopping centre where the two were found collapsed on that entry. it is under that police tent. another location that police tent. another location that way is being sealed off as well. we believe there are a number of police cordons in place around the city. police are now confirming that emergency services personnel we re that emergency services personnel were treated in hospital. we knew a couple of police officers had been treated with minor symptoms, police had said. we now believe all but one emergency services personnel have now been released from hospital and public health england are still saying they think there is not a risk to wider public. no cause for alarm. the substance the two people
we re alarm. the substance the two people were exposed to dale remains unknown, according to police and they are working to find out to what happened here to cause that couple to fall unconscious. they say they are working... through commonwealth affairs. if he could report to the house on russia. secretary boris johnson. thank you, mr speaker. i am grateful to my honourable friend for raising this important matter. although he has asked the general question about russia, let me say there is much speculation about the disturbing incident in salisbury where a 66—year—old man sergei skripal and his 33—year—old daughter yulia skripal were found unconscious outside the shopping centre on sunday afternoon. police, along with partner agencies, now investigating.
honourable members will note the echoes of litvinenko death in 2006. while it would be wrong to prejudge the investigation, i can reassure the investigation, i can reassure the house that should evidence out that implies state responsibility, then the government will respond appropriately and robust slate. although, i hope honourable members will appreciate it will not be right for me now to give further details of the investigation for fear of prejudicing the outcome of that investigation. mr speaker, this house has profound differences with russia, i outlined in the clearest terms when i visited moscow in december. by an exiting premiere in 2014, uniting the flames of conflict in ukraine and threatening democracies by interfering in their
collections, russia has challenged the fundamental basis of international order. this country under successive government has responded with strength and determination. first by taking matters after the death of litvinenko, expelling four russian diplomats in 2007. then by leading the eu's response to the annexation and the aggression in ukraine, by securing tough sanctions coordinated with the united states and other allies targeting russian state owned banks and companies and restricting the energy industry that serves as the energy industry that serves as the central pillar of the russian economy and constraining the export of oil exploration and production equipment. never those sanctions come up for a renewal, britain has consistently argued further
extension and we shall continue to do so until and unless the cause for doing so is removed. these measures have inflicted considerable damage on the russian economy, we help to explain why the russian economy endured two years of recession in 2015 and 2016. the house has heard repeatedly the uk government has beenin repeatedly the uk government has been in the lead at the un in holding the russians to account for their support of the barbaric regime of the syrian government. the uk has been instrumental in supporting montenegro secession to nato and to help them identify the perpetrators of the russian backed attempted coup. this country has exposed the russian military as cybercriminals in the attack of ukraine and elsewhere. as i say, mr speaker, it is too early to speculate as to the
precise nature of the crime or attempted crime that has taken place in salisbury yesterday. but i know members will have their suspicions. and what i will say to the house is that if those suspicions proved to be well founded then this government will take whatever measures we deem necessary to protect the lives of the people in this country, our values and our freedoms. the people in this country, our values and ourfreedoms. and, although i am not now pointing fingers, because we cannot tom mr speaker, point fingers, isay fingers, because we cannot tom mr speaker, point fingers, i say to governments around the world that no attempt to take innocent life on uk soil will go on sanctions or unpunished. it may be that this country will continue to pay a price for our continued principle in standing up to russia, but i hope
that i will have the support of members on both sides in continuing to do so. as i say, we must await the outcome of the investigation. in the outcome of the investigation. in the meantime i want to express my deep gratitude for the emergency services further response to the incident in salisbury. the foreign secretary arrived later than scheduled and addressed the house for a longer than the time limit allowed. by virtue of my generosity of spirit, he has escaped unsanctioned in respect of either offe nce. unsanctioned in respect of either offence. his acknowledged would be appreciated by the house. i must make some allowance for the foreign secretary —— shadow foreign secretary. only after we have heard the next question. thank you, mr
speaker. i welcome the tour of the world and the various abuses we are dealing with from russia at the minute. although he says it is too soon to point fingers at salisbury... from salisbury to moscow, it is quite clear we are seeing a pattern in russian behaviour. heidi blake, ajournalist who has been investigating this subject intensively over a number of years, has come up with 14 deaths that she attributes to russian elements. there are others who have pointed this out. a researcher at the royal united services institute has pointed out that murder is a matter of public policy in russia today. indeed, my right honourable friend and his colleague on the bench was right and could sizing the murder of... recently. we are seeing
a pattern here for kgb would prefer to, does my right honourable friend agree to me that this is a form of soft war that russia is now conducting against the west? that its use of so—called fake news as pa rt of its use of so—called fake news as part of that and does he agree with me that this requires a government response and his department is best placed to lead it? foreign secretary. 1 am grateful to my honourable friend. he is indeed correct that russia is engaged in a host of malign activities that stretch from abuse, murder of journalists, mysterious assassination of politicians, i am glad he mentioned that, i was privileged to pay tribute to his memory at the sight of the politician's murder on the bridge in
moscow, only in december. it is clear russia is now a malign and disruptive force and the uk is in the lead across the world in trying to counter act that activity. it is difficult given the strong economic pressures that are exerted by russia cut hydrocarbons on other economies. and the difficulties we sometimes have on getting our point across that we do get our point across and has been no wavering on the sanction regime that has been imposed by european countries, nor will there be as long as the uk has a say in it. i must say to him in conclusion about the cross government review, it is an interesting idea. i will certainly take it away and look at it. the national security council repeatedly has looked at our relations with russia and the art
amongst the most difficult that we face in the world. but i can assure him that we will be looking at it again. iam him that we will be looking at it again. i am afraid that the events in salisbury may very well, again we must be very careful in what we say because it is too early to prejudge the investigation, but if the suspicions that i know on both sides of the house proved to be well founded, it may very well be that we are forced to look again at our sanction regime and other measures that we may seek to put in place. emily thornbury. thank you for granting this urgent question. may i thank the chairman of the foreign affairs select committee for securing it. we are all in this house concerned about the incident and salisbury yesterday and i hope we... we all hope for the recovery of sergei skripal and his daughter.
we praise the professionalism. given the nature of previous poisoning, the nature of previous poisoning, the emergency services who dealt with it. it has disturbing echoes of the murder of litvinenko 12 years ago and comes after the exposure la st ago and comes after the exposure lastjune of ago and comes after the exposure last june of the fact that since 2012, 14 individuals considered hostile to the russian regime have died in suspicious circumstances on which is soil. the investigation on this incident in salisbury has only just begun. it is not right for us to engage in speculation. i will not ask the secretary of state any specific questions on that incident but i am sure at the time for those questions will come, and comes in. i do want to ask him to questions. he talks about working across europe in relation to sanctions, perhaps you can talk us as we leave the european
union ins how we're going to work on sanctions? the sanctions an money anti—laundering bill is upstairs and committee. the government is resisting an amendment that will enable britain to sanction individuals who cause human right abuses, like those who tortured a politician to death. can the politician to death. can the politician explained by the government is taking a negative sta nce government is taking a negative stance against the amendment? surely they should be supporting it. thirdly, an president putin speech yesterday, he will have been disturbed to hear putin boasting about the new nuclear weapon system in russia, all in response to the expansion of american nuclear
arsenal and they are both .doc a nazi secretary of state what the government is doing to urge —— can i ask the secretary of state what they are doing? first of all, mr speaker, the honourable lady is first right to put the emphasis she does on the independent nuclear forces breaches that we are now seeing the risk to the nuclear non—proliferation treaty, a great achievement of the post—war order and it is certainly the case the uk in new york, in moscow, we are making the case with our american friends that it is time to bring the russians are firmly to heal. there is no doubt that there is a great deal of anxiety of what now is happening. it is not fundamentally in russia's interests. she makes an interesting point about
so—called amendments that i note that honourable members on both sides are interested in tabling the issue and she says the sanctions bill is at report stage. we will look at all proposals with an open mind. we are interested in trying to address the issue of those who abuse human rights. that is what everybody wa nts to human rights. that is what everybody wants to achieve, as is framed at the moment the bill tackles such abuses and all those who abused human rights. i know the house wants to go further and we are happy to look at that. mr keith simpson. can i follow the example of the shadow foreign secretary and say that i do not intend as a member of the committee to ask the foreign secretary details of the recent
incident, but would he agree with me that you can see the direction of travel over a decade now of the putin regime? that the ability of them to murder people they regard as traitors is the finest traditions of the kgb etc? can he has been measures the british government are taking? id having any effect whatsoever on putin? —— are they having any effect? i am grateful to my right honourable friend. as i told the house earlier on, we do believe that the sanctions we have been instrumental in implementing have had an effect and it is the case that the russian economy to a serious hit as a result of those sanctions. more than 100 individuals have been listed. the measures cover
energy, the arms trade and financial services. the are having an effect. ifi services. the are having an effect. if i may say to my right honourable friend, it is a measure of the uk's leading role in enforcing these sanctions and calling russia out that russian rhetoric towards the uk is quite as hostile as it is. so borisjohnson responding is quite as hostile as it is. so boris johnson responding to is quite as hostile as it is. so borisjohnson responding to an urgent question. he says there was much speculation about what he described as a disturbing incident. although there were echoes, and his words, in the death of litvinenko in 2006, it would be wrong to prejudice the investigation. should evidence emerged that would include state responsibility, uk government would respond appropriately to protect people and our freedoms. respond appropriately to protect people and ourfreedoms. in respond appropriately to protect people and our freedoms. in a respond appropriately to protect people and ourfreedoms. in a moment the news at one but first the seasons continue to battle it
out. we have milder air and sunshine. parts of south this is how we began the dayjust outside glasgow. lots of snow around. that's no has been working its way northwards. the split and conditions. milder air northwards. the split and conditions. milderairacross northwards. the split and conditions. milder air across wales and northern ireland. still cold air in place in the blue areas. still some snow. mainly north of the central belt as we go through the evening rush hour. ten centimetres in the grampians. rain around the coast. showers into western wales. most will be dry. tonight, rain remains across the far north of scotland. the snort users. we will see some showers in the shadow islands. —— channel islands. frost tomorrow morning. for many, a
brighter start. we could see some heavier showers work their way through the south—east to east anglia. they could be westwards. isolated showers in the west. some wintry showers in scotland. many having a dry and bright day tomorrow. temperatures where they should be for this time of year. this area of low pressure is driving everything this week. we could see a weather front developing in everything this week. we could see a weatherfront developing in northern france and get close to us, particularly in the channel islands. still some showers across northern ireland, and scotland. rain to lower levels. thursday, a pleasant day for the vast majority. the sun out, it is gaining extra strength day by day. even if temperatures are down through recent days. a frosty start to friday. wintry showers in scotland. many try and bright but later in the day, heavy rain arrives
through england and wales. mild air working its way northwards. the split into the weekend. rain pushes its way northwards. colder air on saturday and snow on parts of the uk. it then timed milder and many will see some sunshine. —— it then turns milder. the foreign secretary confirms that a former russian spy and his daughter are the two people believed to have been poisoned in salisbury. sergei and yulia skripal were found two days ago slumped on a bench — they are now in a critical condition. sergei skripal is a former double agent working for mi6 — friends of his daughter yulia say she was here visiting him. areas near the incident in salisbury remain cordoned off — boris johnson told mps the government would do what was necessary if russia is found to be involved. i can reassure the house that should evidence emerge that implies state