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this is bbc news. i'm carrie gracie. the headlines at 5pm: borisjohnson dismisses russian claims that the nerve agent used to target the former russian spy in salisbury could have come from the porton down research laboratory. this is not the response of a country that really believes itself to be innocent. this is not the response of the country that really wants to engage in getting to the bottom of the matter. disruption to road, rail and air travel in parts of the uk, as the so—called ‘mini beast from the east‘ brings widespread snow and ice. i nearly died. then this car comes through. a 21—year—old man is being questioned on suspicion of attempted murder, after a 4x4 was driven onto a dance floor in a marquee at a nightclub in gravesend in kent. also in the next hour. teetering on the brink... residents from clifftop chalets in norfolk are told to evacuate their homes at risk of coastal erosion
due to the high tide. and an arts and textiles teacher from north west london, becomes the first person from this country to win a million—dollar teaching prize. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the foreign secretary borisjohnson says the government has evidence that, for the last ten years, russia has been making and stockpiling novichok, the nerve agent britain says was used to try and kill a former spy and his daughter in salisbury. mrjohnson accused the russians of "smug sarcasm" after their ambassador to the eu suggested the nerve agent could have come from britain's own porton down research centre, which is near salisbury.
here's our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford. after two weeks of delicate investigation and decontamination work in salisbury, in which police officers and troops have had to take extraordinary precautions to protect themselves, the russian ambassador to the eu chose to hint that britain might have been responsible for the nerve agent attack. porton down, as we now all know, is the largest military facility in the united kingdom that has been dealing with chemical weapons research. and it's actually only eight miles from salisbury. you're not suggesting porton down is responsible for this nerve agent? i don't know. immediately afterwards on the same programme, this was the foreign secretary's riposte. this is not the response of a country that really believes itself to be innocent. their response has been a sort of mixture of smug sarcasm and denial, obfuscation and delay.
and he insisted the russians have been doing recent nerve agent research. we actually have evidence within the last ten years that russia has not only been investigating the delivery of nerve agents for the purposes of assassination, but has also been creating and stockpiling novichok. that was a direct lie that i was being given there? but you will get that. however the foreign secretary then had to concede that the wife of a former finance minister under putin had paid £160,000 in a conservative party auction to play tennis with him. did the tennis game actually happen? it did. after signs of a gap opening up last week between labour leadership and downing street over the salisbury attack, this morning the labour position was much closer to the government's. putin has questions to answer because this is highly likely it could be a state execution, but what we don't do in this country is we don't leap to conclusions
without the evidence. what we are saying to our international partners, working with the chemical weapons inspectors as well, working with porton down, we will now produce the evidence that leads us to a judgment that they can rely upon. the porton down military laboratory is where experts have spent two weeks analysing the rare nerve agent used. tomorrow, international specialists from the organisation for the prohibition of chemical weapons will arrive here to start their own independent analysis of what left yulia and sergei skripal fighting for their lives. daniel sandford, bbc news. tom burridge is in cells briefer us now. that investigation will be important to all sides? it will. i understand we can expect the
delegation from the organisation for the prohibition of chemical weapons, to be made up of officials from independently minded countries. countries which haven't come out publicly and supported britain in its diplomatic row with russia. 0fficials its diplomatic row with russia. officials from india, brazil, those type of countries. the delegation will go to porton down, the scientific research centre not far from here. they will discuss with british officials, how samples can be transported abroad for tests to be transported abroad for tests to be run on those samples in independent laboratories to verify what exactly nerve agent was used against sergei skripal and yue li screen pal. do we think the same experts will end up going to russia to check what ever they get from porton down against whatever is produced in russia? it is still
unclear whether a sample of the nerve agent will be tested by russia. that hasn't been confirmed at this stage. given the level of diplomatic row between moscow and london at this stage, it is unlikely. from the foreign secretary today, quite a strong statement. borisjohnson claiming today, quite a strong statement. boris johnson claiming the today, quite a strong statement. borisjohnson claiming the british government has evidence that actually russia has been producing the type of nerve agent allegedly used in the attack, called novichok, something that was supposed to have been developed in the soviet union and russia in the early 90s. a programme russia denied ever existed. 0ne scientist who defected to the united states, who said he was part of the programme, published a book on the idea and the programme behind novichok. but experts say little is known. these are very, very intricate, complicated nerve agents and little is known,
particularly in the public domain about them and about how they are used and developed. tom, thank you very much for that. a met office amber warning of a possible risk to life will remain in place across south west england until three o'clock tomorrow morning. forecasters say there is a risk to some rural upland communities in that region. snow and ice have been causing disruption to road, rail and air travel in many parts of the uk. dozens of schools tomorrow will be closed in devon and the south valleys. 30 runners have been treated for hypothermia during an endurance run in north yorkshire. it happened on the hardmoors 55, a marathon from helmsley to guisborough. 300 people took part. this is the current picture — most of the most serious warnings have now expired — apart from the amber warning in the south west of england. jane—frances kelly has the latest picture from across the uk. heavy snow made driving conditions treacherous on exmoor in north
devon. strong east or north—easterly winds allowed snowdrifts to build up and the met office said the snow could strand some vehicles and passengers. an amber weather warning, meaning a possible risks to life, is in place for much of south—west england. forecasters say there is a good chance oral, opulent communities could be cut off. around exeter, there have been snowploughs to clear major routes, although there have been problems on the m5 and the reg duty stranded vehicles and the reg duty stranded vehicles and heavy snow. phil ivey have cancelled flights from exeter airport for the rest of the day. airports are warning people to check before travelling. bournemouth airport was closed during the morning so their runway could be cleared of snow. 0vernight conditions were treacherous further north. snowploughs had to be sent to clear the m 62. in halifax, a car
overturned. in barnsley, drivers in 4x4 vehicles towed motorists to safety. but a lorry proved just too much. the a66 route court one driver who was trying to pick up his daughter. she was staying at her friends and the police pulled up and say, can you stay at the community centre in broth. she has been there for about 12 hours now. in county durham, darren waters spent the morning digging history out for his neighbours, even though he doesn't drive. but he enjoys the exercise. neighbours, even though he doesn't drive. but he enjoys the exerciselj haven't been to the gym for a week because i cannot be bothered trudging through the weather. sporting fixtures, including a number of half marathons have had to be called off, but it hasn't been doom and gloom for everyone.
children have been getting their sledges out for the second time in a matter of weeks. with the weather set to improve over the next couple of days. in devon, 60 schools will be closed tomorrow and phil ivey have cancelled flights for the rest of the day. we have been hearing over the course of the afternoon, one hospital has been asking for volunteer drivers who have 4x4 drivers to help ferry staff to and from the hospital, because the weather is so severe. i am at holden hill and there are one or two cars on the road. earlier there were severe problems the drivers trying to get up and down the road because it was so severe, the road because it was so severe, the snowfall, it came within about 20 minutes, and very heavy dump of snow. we had about five inches in
the short period of time and that caused a few problems for drivers. all night and today, the critters and the tractor ploughs have been out keeping those lanes as clear as they possibly can. 0ccasionally lanes have had to be closed because they need to make it safe for the drivers to get up there. but the roads are black, drivers are able to pass with caution. but, some of those snow flurries we have been talking about, it is still snowing this afternoon, they will continue on and off throughout the day. temperatures are dropping again and with that of course, that could mean with that of course, that could mean with a lot of water on the ground, some of that could turn to ice. so the message from emergency services here certainly, whether there have been a number of accidents on the a roads, in spite of their warnings, please don't come out unless you have got to. if your journey
please don't come out unless you have got to. if yourjourney is necessary , have got to. if yourjourney is necessary, that is fine, but unless you've got to do that, stay at home. sarah, we mentioned in the intro, perhaps a little bit more on the air travel because some flights of this league cancelled from exeter? that is right, some flights from exeter have been cancelled and there has been disruption throughout, notjust on the roads, but also on the trains. south western trains, great western trains have all said if you are planning to travel, please check before you leave because there has been disruption. whether it be either by train or by plane. please check gather at the airport, train station or provider to see if they can actually go and that applies the tomorrow morning as well. this amber warning is going to continue until the early hours of the morning. that means there is severe possibility of disruption. with that in mind and obviously we were talking earlier about the number of schools that are closing, some hospitals are asking
for volunteer drivers to get staff to and from work, they are asking, saying please check, don't make your journey any more difficult than it might already be. 0r, journey any more difficult than it might already be. or, you might have to make the emergency services come out and collected, because you haven't heeded warnings. a man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after at least 13 people were injured when a car was driven into a busy nightclub in gravesend. it's thought the car drove into a covered smoking area at bla ke's nightclub. 0ur correspondent simonjones at the scene sent us this update. the police were initially called here after midnight. suddenly a 4x4 ploughed into a tented area at the end of the alleyway behind me. there was panic and people were screaming. 0ne was panic and people were screaming. one of the people in the club actually sent a text message to her
family to say she looked them, because she didn't know what was going to happen. i am told security stuff quickly took charge and managed to get people out of the tented area and into the main part of the club and people were allowed to leave via the back entrance. the police say at least 13 people have been injured. those are the 13 they know about, but they believe other people may have suffered injuries and left the club of their own accord. they are being asked to contact the police. we are told the injuries are largely broken bones, rather than life—threatening injuries. the police say a 21—year—old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. according to the police, they believe he had left the club earlier in the evening after an altercation. for the people inside, it was a frightening situation and the owners of the club have posted a statement on their facebook page saying, they are very sorry people had to
experience this and their thoughts are very much with those who are affected, those who witnessed it inside the club, those injured and with their security staff, who had to deal with the aftermath of it. chloe germaney was at the club with her friends and explained what she saw. i arrived about 11 o'clock and there was a man shouting because he was sent out of the club and he was restrained, shouting and swearing. i got into the club and i was there for about an hour, half an hour, 40 minutes. we heard a massive bang. we we re minutes. we heard a massive bang. we were going out to the smoking area outside. there was a big 4x4 driving about and it went through the gate and purposely hitting people. the security guards were shouting go back in, go back in. everyone was screaming and shouting. after about
five minutes they locked the doors and we couldn't go out. the music stopped. they were playing it to calm us down a bit, but it didn't help. everyone was screaming. we all ran to the other exit, but no one could get out of the exit, so everyone was pushing and there was loads of fights. eventually we did get left out but everybody left their coats. i thought everyone who walked through the door was going to kill us. i sent a text to my family saying where i was and i love them. i didn't know what was going to happen. we just got told to go, leave the club immediately. the headlines on bbc news: the foreign office has dismissed
claims that the nerve agent used to target the former russian spy in salisbury could have come from the nearby porton down research laboratory. snow and ice continue to cause disruption to road, rail and air travel in parts of the uk. an amber ‘snow‘ warning remains in place for the south west. a man's been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a car was driven into a nightclub in gravesend, in kent. 13 people have received treatment for injuries. the turkish president says the northern city of afrin is under turkish control. turkey has been engaged in a two—month battle with kurdish fighters and the kurdish administration of afrin says its forces will now strike turkish and allied militia positions at "every opportunity". mark lowen has this update from istanbul. the sound, not of battle, but
celebration. syrian rebel fighters backed by turkey taking the town of afrin after a lightening advance. their flags marked the new order here. the y pgp or did militia had promised to fight to the death in afrin, but in the end their resista nce afrin, but in the end their resistance seem to melt away. afrin fell within hours and the vestiges of the white pg were ripped away. in the name of god the merciful, we are now inside afrin, liberated from terrorism says this fighter. the city has returned to the syrian revolution and we call on all residents to come back. the scars of this two—month long offensive are everywhere, a town and circled and besieged, its residents fleeing the turkish advance. 0ver hundred 50,000 people are said to have escaped. a
triumphant president announced success. turkish people from all sides have rallied round and offensive targeting a group they say are linked to turkish militants within turkey, and crushing age—old foesis within turkey, and crushing age—old foes is a rare uniting force in this otherwise polarised country. translation: most of the terrorists have fled with the tails between their legs. our forces are clearing remaining pockets of resistance and booby traps left behind. indian—macro, symbols of trust and stability are waving instead of the rags of terrorists. as a kurdish statue in central afrin was toned down, bad omen for the much—needed reconciliation. many residents who will return are kurds, hostile to turkey and syrian fighters. but in some areas of afrin, the rebels were welcomed as liberators. the question is whether turkey will push on to other ypg held territory. that will be
discouraged by the west which sees the kurds as vital allies. for now, victory is being savoured and eight yea rs into victory is being savoured and eight years into syria's war, each side continues to carve it up. a second major military offensive continues in southern syria on the outskirts of the capital damascus. thousands of people are reported to have fled fighting in the rebel—held enclave of eastern ghouta today. the syrian state news agency has released this picture, showing president assad visiting army positions in eastern ghouta. the military has called on rebels to withdraw immediately from the remaining pockets of resistance in the region. polls are closing in the russian presidential election with president putin expected to win a fourth term in office. there are several other candidates but his main rival alexei navalny has been barred from taking part after being convicted of fraud — a charge he says was politically motivated. from moscow, our correspondent richard galpin reports. it isa
it is a polling station in moscow, a deliberately festive atmosphere. encouraging people to vote. russians have only known one leader, vladimir putin, since 1999. and now they are casting their ballots once again with the odds stacked heavily in his favour. the only serious opposition leader banned from taking part in this election, there is virtually no doubt that vladimir putin will win. the issue is going to be the turnout and whether it is sufficient to legitimise another six years in power for mr legitimise another six years in powerfor mr putin. and legitimise another six years in power for mr putin. and although people have been voting here, we soon found scepticism about how genuine this election is. translation: formerly there is a
real choice, but in reality i cannot say it is fair because i know people are being forced to vote, especially those working in government institutions. the president himself voted here in moscow earlier today. the kremlin are proudly aiming for him to get 70% of the vote and of the turnout. but when asked byjournalists, how many but when asked byjournalists, how ma ny votes but when asked byjournalists, how many votes would be seen as a success he said... any amount allowing him to be president. voters in crimea are also taking part in this presidential election for the first time since the area was annexed from ukraine. the election date, moved to today to coincide with the fourth anniversary. another boost for mr putin. richard galpin, bbc news, moscow. politicians in the us, including republican senators, have warned president trump against trying to shut down the special counsel investigation into claims of russian interference in the 2016 election.
donald trump has again called robert mueller‘s probe a witch hunt and his personal lawyer has called for an end to the inquiry. however mr mueller continues to gather information and its understood he has now spoken to andrew mccabe, the fbi's former deputy director who was sacked this weekend. chris butler explains the significance. andrew mccabe was the deputy director of the fbi and was there whenever president trump fired that then fbi director, james coney. that was very controversial and it was something that is still a contentious issue that is fought out. james coney is due to release a book next month in which he says he will reveal more about that. andrew
mccabe had taken notes throughout the period. notjust notes on the events of that but his conversations with president trump. he has given them to the special counsellor, robert mueller, subsequent to his firing. it is fair to say president trump had been pushing to fire andrew mccabe. he stepped down in january and was due to retire actually today, which he would have retired on a full pension after more than 20 years in the fbi. that is in jeopardy by the fact he was fired 26 hours before today, which is his 50th birthday. you have this very contentious argument between them about what was said, what was done and all
of these details have now been passed on to robert mueller, the special counsel, who is looking at allegations of russian interference back at the elections in 2016, but the whole range of other measures that have shifted from that effectively. residents from several cliff top seaside chalets in norfolk have been told to evacuate their homes due to strong winds. police say six properties in the village of hemsby are at risk of coastal erosion overnight because of the high tide. in 2013, tidal storms saw three homes in the village washed away. robby west reports. knowing the tide was drawing in, lifeboat crews helped moved people's furniture out. when stephen chadwick woke up yesterday morning, his garden had all but gone. yeah, bought it for sea views, beautiful sea views, now the has taken it away. woke up this morning, had a cup of coffee, half past seven at the back door and i felt, it was like an earthquake and the cliffjust went. it's just a terrible shock. watching people taking my house apart. i don't think they'll be here tomorrow. five years ago three homes were washed away following a storm surge. this time a fortnight of high tides and easterly winds have resulted in the coast‘s natural defences
being washed away. house is close to the see are just inches from falling in. there are probably five properties that are at the highest risk. this end one we are at now is the one that is teetering on the edge of the cliff and it wouldn't take much for it to start to fall into the sea. it's already twisted at the backs of the doors can't open, so it is quite high risk. as the tide reached its peak, the road was closed. earlier on this evening we were just down there behind us, but now the police have moved us on because the weather has turned so bad. the houses are still standing, but they are now properly speak close to the edge. this morning people will return to find out if their homes have been lost to the sea. robby west, news. now, who do you think would qualify as the world's best teacher? well, the annual varkey foundation global teacher prize has awarded that status to an art and textiles teacher from an inner
city london school. andria zafirakou, who teaches in brent, becomes the first ever winner from the uk and has scooped a prize worth just over £700,000. accepting the award she called for more support for the "power of the arts" in school, particularly to benefit deprived pupils. congratulations to her. now, let's get a look at the weather. it will be turning milder over the week ahead but we are not finish with the snow and ice just yet. has been a wintry scene across many parts of the uk and it is in the south west we have the heaviest of the snow to come until the early hours of the morning. that is where we have the amber warning from the met office. we are starting to see more snow showers coming back into other southern counties of england.
further north, a bit drier, although we have the snow showers off the north sea to the humber, clearer skies in western scotland, northern ireland. it has been a cold day because we have had this beast from the east, the bitterly cold easterly wind. but we look at the source of the cold air over the next few days as high pressure starts to build down across the uk from the north. cold overnight, wide fred ‘s frost and icy conditions. 0ne cold overnight, wide fred ‘s frost and icy conditions. one or two snow showers continue from northern areas. they will push away towards the channel islands and we may get sunshine following on from that. cold wind for england and wales. cloud the eastern scotland and northern england. most places will be dry and those temperatures getting higher, four or 5 degrees. still cold, but not as cold as it has been and to the rest of the week ahead it will continue to tear milder. we are more likely to have rain than we are snow. 0vernight
into tuesday we have the area of high pressure. around the edge of it we could draw in a northerly, cold wind for eastern england but not as cold as the easterly wind. more cloud as well, there could be some light showers. away from here, fine and dry day with sunshine at times after a cold and frosty start. there is to bridge is creeping up to around seven or 8 degrees. milder air needs to come in from the atla ntic air needs to come in from the atlantic and there are signs of that happening of the week. we need to squeeze away the high—pressure and draw in the south—westerly wind on the top of it and that is what happens on wednesday. more cloud coming in and outbreaks of rain in too many scotland and heavy rain in the western hills. england and wales will probably be dry. lighter winds and some sunshine and temperatures in double figures. this is bbc news.
our latest headlines: the foreign office has dismissed claims that the nerve agent used to target the former russian spy in salisbury could have come from the nearby porton down research laboratory. an amber snow warning remains in place for the south—west of england, as the so—called "mini beast from the east" brings wintry weather to much of the uk. scores of schools in devon and wales will be closed tomorrow. a man's been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a car was driven into a nightclub in gravesend, kent. 13 people have received treatment for injuries. now we cross to the bbc sport centre. good afternoon, james. long time no see. southampton are through to this evening's fa cup semifinals draw. the premier league team put their recent struggles behind them to win at league one wigan. it was southampton's first match under their new manager, mark hughes. 2—0 the score, as holly
hamilton reports. in freezing conditions, thejourney to wigan wasn't easy for saints fans but, wilbur won to wembley be more difficult? the first test for new manager marcuse, historically a giant in this competition, having won it four times, but with victories over three top five clubs so far, wigan are getting a reputation for giant—killing. the league1 reputation for giant—killing. the league 1 side piled on the pressure early, this floating agonisingly close. wigan at times showing moments of brilliance. but, for all of their chances, they couldn't find the net. after the break southampton came out fighting, as a wigan mistake let it all there gabbiadini. kristian walton to the rescue. but reprieve came quickly for the visitors. southampton into the lead!
nothing that walton could do.l southampton corner fight in by hojbjerg. it was very nearly two, after gabbiadini got the wrong side of dan burn. the striker took the penalty. outstanding save by walton! another walton saved and another exile of breath. the clock ticking, it would surely be the saints marching to wembley, and cedric suarez made sure, doubling their lead in the final minutes. brilliant lead in the final minutes. brilliant lead taken, and wigan's wonderful run ends here. for mark hughes another semifinal, as he looks to add some silverware to the beginning of his reign. i questioned this group before i arrived and may be questioned my appointment as well, so it's only a but it's a statement of intent. we've got a lot of work to do in the
premier league, but will enjoy this moment. it's a wembley semifinal, which is a great experience for the fa ns which is a great experience for the fans to look forward to. you can't ask any more from your players. you want to come out of these games feeling you have done yourself proud. in the first half, we we re yourself proud. in the first half, we were excellent and we expected a reaction from southampton with the quality of their players. we wish them well in the semifinal. as things stand, chelsea will also be in the draw for the semifinals because they're leading leicester 1—0 at the king power stadium. it's been an even game so far, butjust before half—time the in—form willian broke free and found alvaro morata, who ended a barren spell in front of goal by registering his first strike of 2018. the second half is just getting under way. celtic are ten points clear at the top of the scottish premiership after being held to a goalless draw at ten—man motherwell. motherwell had to play more than 50 minutes with a man down, after cedric kipre received a straight red for kicking out at scott brown. celtic pushed for a winner, with patrick roberts going the closest to grabbing
a goal, but the home side hung on for a point. only one match survived the weather in the women's fa cup quarter—finals. chelsea cruised into the semifinals with a 3—0 win at liverpool. the games at arsenal, durham and sunderland were all postponed. great britain have won theirfirst gold medal at the winter paralympics on the final day of the games. menna fitzpatrick and her guide, jen kehoe, topped the podium in the visually—impaired slalom, and millie knight and brett wild took the bronze for paralympics gb in the same event. it was a success that took the british team to their medal target for the games, just in time before the closing ceremony. kate grey reports from pyeongchang. it was the golden moment they'd been waiting for. menna fitzpatrick and her guide, jen kehoe, saved their best till last to win gold in the slalom on the final day of these games. the pair were in silver medal position going into their second run and displayed a perfect performance.
the time was unbeatable. watch the clock! she's in front! their fourth medal here in pyeongchang, to become britain's most successful winter pa ralympians. it's astonishing the way this week has gone, from quite low to extremely high. to finish that race and to win a medal, and to finish on a gold medal and put in one of our strongest performances this week is beyond words. it hasn't sunk in and i think it probably won't until we get back to the uk and we are back in our own beds for a lie—in. there was further success as millie knight and her guide brett wild managed to sneak the bronze in the same race, meaning that paralympics gb have reached their target of seven medals, but all dependent on one sport, one classification and a small number of athletes. i am proud of every single one of the 17 athletes who came to pyeongchang to represent
paralympics gb. yes, the medals came from snow, but every one of those athletes did give it their all. the games came to a fitting close, britain's golden girls carrying the union flag, and more nations than ever taking part, and a record number of tickets sold. they now call these games greatest winter paralympics to date. those medals mean that paralympics gb have met their uk sport medal target, which was six to 12 medals. they have won one gold, four silvers and two bronze medals during these games. uk sport chair katherine grainger says the future looks bright for the british team. it's incredible, biggest medal numbers coming back ever, and they've all come from two of our top athletes, so they've got far more medals than i ever had combined, so they'll have trouble going a few
security on the flight back! they will become celebrities, and they are so young, just teenagers, so it's exciting to see where they go next. scotland have finished their women's six nations campaign in fifth place, after being well beaten by italy in padova. on a terrible, muddy pitch, italy won 26—12, with beatrice rigoni crossing to secure their bonus point. scotland end the tournament with just one win from five, whilst the italians finish in fourth, having claimed two victories. france clinched their fifth grand slam with friday's thumping of wales. cricket, and ireland have kept alive their hopes of playing in next summer's world cup by beating scotland in their super 6s qualifier in harare. batting first, the irish innings was anchored by andy balbirnie, who hit a patient 105 off 146 balls, as ireland finished with 271 from their 50 overs. in response, scotland lost wickets at regular intervals, with boyd rankin the chief tormentor. the fast bowler finished with figures of 4—63, as ireland won by 25 runs. qatar hosted the first moto gp race of the 2018 season and it ended
in thrilling fashion with a duel between familar foes. the final lap was a close contest between marc marquez and andrea dovizioso. the italian dovizioso held off the challenge of the world champion, finally claiming a win at qatar, having finished second there the last three years. valentino rossi joined them on the podium in third. england's laura davies is in contention going into the final round of the lpga founders cup in arizona after hitting a round of 63 — the first time davies has shot a round that low since 2005. the 54—year—old carded one eagle and seven birdies to move to within three shots of south korea's inbee park, who leads on 14 under par. davies hasn't won a lpga title since 2001 and, if she wins, would become the oldest champion in lpga history. good luck to her. that's all for
now. in november, it will be exactly 100 years since the guns fell silent and the first world war came to an end. to mark the centenary of armistice day, silhouettes of soldiers are being put in towns and cities across the country — reminders of those who didn't come home. they're part of a nationwide campaign called there but not there, and the first of them have appeared in a village in cheshire. stuart flinders has been to see them. i'm just installing one of these lovely silhouettes. in tarporley‘s parish church, they are getting ready for a special service this weekend. the villagers will be joined by these ghostly figures from the past, each one a reminder of a man who lost his life in the first world war. "remember the love of them that came not home on the war." this is how tarporley remembered its war dead in the 1920s. here is a list of the names of those who died. 61 in total from tarporley, including three shaws. they were brothers.
61 dead in this small community. it must have made a big impression. by 1916, essentially, once the somme campaign had begun, the telegrams were arriving sometimes at a rate of one a week, and the community was really reeling in shock by the signing of the armistice in 1918. one of those telegrams would have been received by the family of corporal roger martin, who was 29. this is roger martin, my great uncle. he worked as a groom in hunting stables in tarporley. he was actually wounded in action three times. apparently so, yes. but died of his injuries after the third time, yes. there are 61 silent soldiers, here. one for each of tarporley‘s first world war dead. when you put this number of people sitting here, you realise it is a congregation. it is two class sizes. there's a lot of people.
what we are doing here is actually giving them a physical presence. we were very inspired by the diaries of the rector of tarporley at the time, when he was raising money to put up the village war memorial. he told the community that this is the least that we can do, for the boys and men who have done so much. that has really echoed through my head. the men of tarporley who died for their country have not been forgotten. a conductor for the bournemouth symphony orchestra is leading a new ensemble of disabled musicians. butjames rose, who's dreamed of a career in music all his life, doesn't have control of his arms. the conductor, who has cerebral palsy, uses a baton attached to his head to lead the group. they want to show that people with disabilities can be more involved in classical music. 0ur reporterjames ingham was at one of their first rehearsals. classical music plays.
music, james says, ignites a ball of fire in his stomach. it is a passion he was always determined to pursue as a profession to prove his disability is no barrier. james rose is on a unique training placement with bournemouth symphony orchestra where he is fulfilling a long—held ambition, creating and directing his own group of musicians. one of james's mentors is roger preston, who has been a cellist with the bso for nearly 40 years. he recently became disabled as a result of cancer. while he still plays in the main orchestra, he is also part of a new ensemble. we don't want to be thought of as we are successful because we are a disabled ensemble. we want people just to listen to our music making and think that is really good. probably most disabled people
even if they could perhaps play a bit would discount the idea of taking it further. it would be great to see a few more amateur orchestras incorporating other disabled people but if disabled people have to form their own ensembles or orchestras as well, great. the ensemble's professional musicians like siobhan clough who is partially deaf, have all fought hard to get where they are today. they are united in wanting to inspire others. all through my career i was told that i could not be a professional violinist and it was something i always wanted to do and now i am doing exactly what i want to do, so for me this is just reinforcing the point that it is possible, it just takes perseverance and encouragement. ensembles and orchestral situations have been inaccessible mostly because of the need to sight read. this means that i get the opportunity to actually work, as in professionally work, as a musician in a professional setting with other
professional musicians. james says he has always ignored people who have told him he cannot do something. he hopes to break what he sees as fixed ideas in professional, classical music that have limited him and other disabled musicians in the past. he has got the drive and determination to do absolutely anything he wants. and he has got the musical talent to do it. i think he will do extremely well. good luck to james and the rest of the team. very impressive. now on bbc news it's time for the film review. hello, and welcome to the film review on bbc news.
to take us through this week's cinema releases is jason solomons. good to see you, jason. what have you been watching? this week, we'll go to raiding and cliffhanging with the new lara croft in tomb raider. look at the meaning of art and find our inner ape in swedish satire the square. and we dip into biblical times for the real story of mary magdalene, as played by rooney mara, opposite joaquin phoenix as jesus. what a mixture! tomb raider is back. did they need to remake this? well, it wasn't very good the first time! often they do remakes of things that are really good and you think, "why have they ruined it"? but they may be trying to get this right, because angelina jolie's lara croft has dated terribly — the effects are bad and it was never quite right. tomb raider was sort of a teenage fever dream for many boys who used to play that as a game
when it was early computer games, and they've now changed the whole figure of lara croft for this new actress, who i happen to think is fantastic. she's beautiful, gorgeous, and she has got this strength to her and balletic grace, which she needs, because she has done a lot of running in this movie. she is slumming it in shoreditch when we start this, but then we find out she is the daughter of a billionaire, who is played in a flashback. she has to go and sign the papers which means that she will inherit his fortune. that was dad's? yes, miss croft. according to his will, i was supposed to give it to you. and, technically speaking, you are meant to sign the papers first. i could never understand
your father's obsession with those things. i can't believe how many of those were lying around the house. there's got to be some purpose to it. the first letter from my final destination. but he didn't leave a letter. well, they've got all the great british actors in there as well. they've lined them all up! they are only in it for a bit, i have to say — for the money, i think! she goes off on her quest — this is a quest movie. she goes hunting with clues that her father has left her.
these riddles, which you might start off solving them yourself in your head — but don't bother, because they don't make any sense, really! it's just another level of the game that she goes to. she goes to hong kong, and then she is pursued, which is all very good, then she has to go to a remote japanese island on a ship, and survive a storm, going down a waterfall and solving another puzzle. she does a lot ofjumping and then she does a lot of dangling. laughter. you know, it's a bit krypton factor! considering the indignities heaped upon her and ridiculous scenarios thrown at her, i was mesmerised by how brilliant she is at this. she brings a balletic strength to it. she's got great abs, fantastic skills with a bow and arrow, and she's far, far better than the film she is in. i wondered whether you were getting to that.
she is great, but is it worth seeing apart from her? it's very kinetic, the best i can say for it is it keeps hurling stuff at poor alicia vikander. but the climactic tomb raid is almost laughable — it looks like something that you get on the back of the cereal packet! it's like, is that what this has all been about?! maybe there will be more tomb raiders and maybe they will get them better! they will keep trying. i'm loving the sound of the next one, it sounds intriguing. it won the palm d'0r at cannes, and has taken a year to get here, but it was nominated as best foreign—language film at the baftas. much of it was not in swedish. elisabeth moss is in this. it features one of the great scenes of the year, which we are seeing here. an american actor
comes in as an artist. it is an art world satire. this is an art gallery benefit dinner. he comes in to do a performance piece, but takes it far too far. here he is kind of goading dominic west. it's about finding art in that era. it's a satire on the art world. what's the point of art, is it ridiculous? this is about modern art. it's about the curator of this gallery that we're seeing here. he loses his mobile phone, and his life completely falls apart and unravels. it really is a sort of film predicated on that. is that in the category of "first—world problems?" it is very much about white male privilege and what it is to be a man in the privileged world. like, here they are in their black ties, and he is an artist. this scene goes on for 11 minutes, and you can't stop watching. it's extraordinary, but you don't go how to react to it. it's all about, what would you do in that situation?
it keeps throwing moral quandaries at you. it's very funny, but also very thought—provoking, perhaps a bit too thought—provoking, like the monkey poking dominic west in the ear. you have been to see mary magdalene as well. it's easter coming up, time for a passion story. this is reported to tell for the first time the story of mary magdalene, who has been cast as a prostitute since pope gregory in 591 declared that she was a prostitute, which is apparently wrong — she wasn't. this film aims to correct that and show the jesus story through the eyes of the only female disciple, mary magdalene, played by rooney mara, who leaves her fishing village and follows the son of god. mary.
each of you stand at the threshold. do you fear that you will never reach the kingdom? whose kingdom? you know as well as i do, there's only one true kingdom. and that is god. and god's kingdom has taken root. so we must prepare. we must wash away the stains of your corruption. and be born anew. like children. i have been hidden for too long. i'm not sure what to say about that! you can see why her father would be upset if she went to follow him, this kind of hairy bloke
who's really boring! whatever you think about the bible, there's no denying it's got some great lines in it. why this film hasn't got any of them is a mystery to me. it is extraordinarily dull. is it a long couple of hours? absolutely, so dull you would not believe it! it even looks dull, it has got this tablecloth fashion with the stones everywhere in the desert. at one stage it was the greatest story ever told, when it was in hollywood, now it's just the most boring story ever told. it's extraordinary what it does, trying to rectify and make it a story for a new age, kind of a story for everyone — it won't offend catholics, christians, jews, muslims or even atheists. is it trying to be too careful, is that part of the problem? it is trying to tiptoe over any heresy. people boycotted martin scorcese's film. any film that makes you pine
for mel gibson has got it wrong! it also makes you think of monty python all the time! there are scenes when people are going, "messiah, messiah"! you know what, he's not the messiah! i do wish you'd say what you really think, jason! so that's a long two hours, and we'll leave it at that! i don't think this will make a lot of money at the box office, either. i think faith—based audiences will go and be completely mystified as to what this was about. it is a passion of the christ without any passion. what should we be going to see? you've got to see black panther. and you've got to see it now at the cinema. it is becoming a cultural event — people are seeing it four or five times, it has broken records at the box office, it is changing the way that audiences are going, black audiences are flocking to it, families are enjoying the representation. it is a great superhero movie, it's sexy, it's exciting, it's funny. people are hollering at it in the cinema.
if you haven't been to a marvel movie in the cinema, this is the one to go and see. and dvd of the week is also so lovely. i will admit, i cried at paddington 2! but it's a delight, it's an absolute sweet, delightful, charming, sometimes silly, butjust lovely, lovely, lovely. beautifully done... he is in his little outfits, wondering around. paddington 2 didn't win best british film at the baftas, that went to three billboards. this is one of the best british films we've ever made. and how good is hugh grant?! he's fantastic! he is. and sally hawkins is great in it, the whole brown family, the whole look of it is perfect. it's a work of genius, paddington 2. and when did you cry?! i cried at the end!
i'm not going to give anything away for anyone who hasn't been to see it. if you want a marmalade sandwich, you can't have one! it's very sweet, wonderful. a mixed week, but an interesting one. jason, good to see you, thank you. that's it for this week. enjoy your cinema—going and your dvd watching. it's terrific, honestly! thanks for being with us. goodbye. hello. it will be turning a bit milder over the week ahead. conditions should improve, but we are not finished with the snow and ice yet. it's been a wintry seen across many areas, and it's in the south—west but we've still got the heaviest snow to come until the early hours. we have an amber storm warning —— snow warning from the met 0ffice. office. more snow here, we are starting to see some more snow
showers in the southern counties. further north, dreyer, although we have got snow showers from the north sea mainly to the north of the humber. clearer skies in north—west scotland. cold today, because we've had this beast from the east, the bitterly cold eastern wind, but we're going to cut off the source of that really cold air over the next few days as high pressure builds from the north. still cold overnight, widespread frost and icy conditions, and one or two snow showers continuing in the north, with patchy snow for southern england, tending to push away to the channel islands and we may get some sunshine. still a cold wind for england and wales, but not as strong as recently, but we have some cloud for eastern scotland and northern england, without much snow. most places dry, and places getting higher. still cold but not as cold as it has been filled for the rest
of the week, it continues to turn milder, and we are more likely to get raymond van snow. a lot of dry weather overnight into tuesday, because we have got that area of high pressure. around the edge, we could draw in some northerly winds, not as cold as the easterly wind. a bit more cloud, sunlight, drizzly showers, but away from here a fine, dry day, with sun shines at times. temperatures creeping up to around seven or eight at times. milder air coming in from the atlantic, signs of that during the middle of the week. we need to squeeze away the high pressure and draw in the south westerly winds around the top, which happens on wednesday. more cloud, outbreaks of rain coming into scotland, some heavy rain in the western hills in england and wales probably going be dry, lighter winds, some sunshine at temperatures in double figures. this is bbc news. the headlines at 6pm:
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