this is bbc news. i'm clive myrie. the headlines at 11pm: 26 people have died and 15 were badly injured after a motorway bridge collapses in northern italy. emergency workers are trying to free people caught in crushed vehicles and under rubble near the town of genoa. police are searching three addresses in the midlands, after a 29—year—old man was arrested on suspicion of terrorism, following a car crash outside parliament. three people were injured by the ford fiesta, which swerved into cyclists and pedestrians shortly after 7:30am this morning. given that this appears to be a deliberate act, the method, and this being an iconic site, we are treating it as a terrorist incident. this is the scene right now in westminster, as the suspect‘s car is taken away. the england cricketer, ben stokes, has been cleared of a charge of affray, at bristol crown court. social housing tenants are promised more powers by ministers. campaigners say what's needed is more housing. killed for their horns —
a special report from south africa where more than 1,000 rhinos are still being slaughtered annually. and at 11:30pm, we'll be taking another look at the papers with our reviewers, the ft‘s laura hughes, and asa bennett from the telegraph. stay with us for that. good evening. welcome to bbc news. at least 26 people have died and 15 are seriously injured after a large section of a motorway bridge collapsed during torrential rain in northern italy. a number of others are thought to be missing. dozens of cars and lorries that were on the bridge in the city of genoa crashed 150 feet to the ground after a tower holding up part of the high suspension bridge suddenly collapsed.
emergency workers are still searching for survivors and there are reports from the scene that cries for help can be heard from the the rubble. 0ur rome correspondent james reynolds is there tonight. he sent us this report. "0h "oh god, oh god" a man shouts. he ca ptu res "oh god, oh god" a man shouts. he captures the moment a motorway disintegrates in bad weather. a vast section of the road. the ground. a rescue helicopter reveals the scale of the disaster. the four lane highway collapsed a0 metres onto the valley floor. the span of this viaduct collapse is enormous. it includes a riverbed, railway tracks
and then buildings. standing here, the gap must be well over 200 metres. and anybody driving in this section at around noon would simply have crashed all the way to the ground. genoa's emergency workers began an immediate search for survivors. they found several injured trapped in the rubble below. translation: we are continuing with the rescue operations because we think there are other people live under the rubble. we have extracted people from the rubble and now we are focusing on assisting the people. and later on we will understand what caused the collapse of the bridge. prime minister, why did the bridge collapse? i put this question to italy's prime minister co nte. question to italy's prime minister conte. at the moment it is not possible. we don't know the cause. you don't know the cause? the italian government has promised to go after anyone responsible for the
collapse. translation: as an italian citizen i will do everything to get the names and surnames of the past and present managers because it is unacceptable and present managers because it is u na cce pta ble to and present managers because it is unacceptable to die like that in italy. this viaduct was built more than half a century ago, designed as a speedy coastal route towards the italian and french riviera. it was refurbished two years ago. this morning the authorities report that a maintenance team was working at the base of the viaduct. that team's activities will now be examined. this evening, as some of the dead we re this evening, as some of the dead were removed from the scene, questions remain about how a bridge in one of the most prosperous regions of italy came down. a piece of the city skyline and more than two d oze n of the city skyline and more than two dozen of its people have gone. and, as james explained, there's reports of people crying out for help from underneath the rubble. those reports have been widely
spread in the italian media. we've seen the police bring in sniffer dogs to help with the search. the police have told us that the rescue was behind me there are still trying to lift up several large slabs of concrete under which they think several more vehicles may be trapped. they have also begun the process of identifying victims. they already have 19 people they know the identities of. there will be more as well. dozens of work and is continue here. they will keep going until they are sure that no one else can be rescued. and then, of course, comes the reckoning. people in this neighbourhood, people in genoa, said they always worried about the safety of the bridge that used to spend these rows. they worried about whether it would be able to withstand an earthquake. —— roads. in the end it didn't come down in a quake. the government will have to
explain to the people and the residents why the structure which used to stand here came down in a summer used to stand here came down in a summer storm. police are questioning a 29—year—old man on suspicion of terror—related offences after a car crashed into a barrier outside the houses of parliament this morning, leaving several people injured. at around 7:30 am, a silver ford fiesta swerved into cyclists and pedestrians outside parliament. three people were hurt — one seriously. the car then careered off the main road into an area with security bollards. moments later, it crashed into a barrier. armed police immediately surrounded the driver and his car. our home editor mark easton arrived on the scene within minutes and sent this report. filmed on a cyclist‘s helmet cam was this silver car weapon being readied for the second terror attack on our parliament in under 18 months? a bbc rooftop camera records what happened atjust after 7:35am. the ford fiesta pulled sharply of parliament square on the wrong side of the road, through a group of cyclists waiting at the lights,
accelerates down millbank towards two police officers protecting the palace of westminster. they leap out of the way before the car smashes into a security ball art. into a security bollard. barry williams, a bbc picture editor, was walking to work when he saw the car suddenly career out of the morning traffic. he hit the cyclist and then swerved over towards where the safety barrier is. he accelerated and hit it at quite a high—speed. what was your impression? was it deliberate? i was not sure whether he meant to hit the cyclist, then he accelerated hard towards the barrier. the car hit the security bollards, it briefly lifted off the ground. i have seen him crash into the bollard at high speed. he is driving at least 50 miles an hour. the guy seemed very focused.
he was not panicked or anything. within minutes armed response teams arrived and were there within minutes. i saw half a dozen police range rovers and motorcycles driving at speed up this road away from the incident. it appears that was part ofa incident. it appears that was part of a planned response to exactly this kind of emergency. this was the scene just a few minutes after the car crashed. the cyclist waiting at the lights scattered at the sight of the lights scattered at the sight of the road. there was an ambulance in attendance almost immediately. three we re attendance almost immediately. three were hurt, two men and a woman, but no injuries are life—threatening. the driver of the fiesta, who was alone in the vehicle, was arrested at the scene by armed officers who we re at the scene by armed officers who were already nearby. scotland yard assista nt were already nearby. scotland yard assistant commissioner neil basu, says the driver is refusing to co—operate with police.
counterterrorism officers have raided a house in nottingham and two addresses in birmingham are being searched. given that this appears to bea searched. given that this appears to be a deliberate act, the method, and this being an iconic site, we are treating it as a terrorist incident and the investigation is being led by officers from the counterterrorism command. parliament is currently in recess, westminster occupied by more foreign tourists than domestic politicians. the prime minister on holiday in switzerland said her thoughts were with the injured, and thank the emergency services for their courageous response. i'd also like to thank the people of london. this is not the first time we have seen an incident of this type on the streets of london. i would like to thank them for their resolve, resilience and determination to make sure that those who seek to exploit these incidents won't be allowed to divide us. incidents won't be allowed to divide us. less than one half years since the westminster bridge attack, once
again the area around parliament was in lockdown today. the message to the public — stay calm, but remain vigilant. the england cricketer, ben stokes, has been found not guilty of affray after a fight near a bristol nightclub last september. another man, ryan ali, who was knocked unconscious in the brawl, was also cleared of the same charge. ben stokes has now been recalled to the england squad for the third test against india on saturday. 0ur sports editor dan roan reports. it had taken almost a year, but finally ben stokes emerged from court today having cleared his name. one of the world's top cricketers found not guilty of affray. today's verdict represents the end of an 11 month ordealfor ben, during which time he has had to maintain his silence at times when many in social media and certain parts of the press predetermined his guilt long before the trial began. the past 11 months have served to highlight to benjust how highly he values his position as an england representative, both in terms of the privilege that role entails and
the responsibilities that accompany it. also acquitted, co—defendant ryan ali, one of two men knocked unconscious by stokes in a late—night brawl last year. do you have any comment at all? i'm very relieved. i'm glad it's all over. that's all i'd like to say at this time. sorry, do you mind just loosening the right one on my wrist? stokes had been arrested in bristol in the early hours of september 25. police body cam footage showed him being detained. moments earlier, he had been involved in this fight, punching both ali and his friend, ryan hale, who was cleared of affray last week on the direction of thejudge. the local resident who filmed the violence said the men had behaved like football hooligans. ali left with a fractured eye socket. stokes insisted to police and then in court that he had been acting in self defence, having confronted the pair over homophobic language towards two gay men. cctv footage from earlier in the evening shows stokes and team—mate alex hales, who was not charged with any offence, trying to re—enter a nightclub while out celebrating an england win.
the prosecution claimed stokes can be seen mocking the gay men and here throwing a cigarette but at one of them. stokes said it was just banter. these are the two gay men seen chatting to stokes earlier that evening. neither were called as witnesses in the trial. i didn't get involved. i was more on the sideline. but, yeah, it turned into a massive brawl. and obviously i got a bit scared, so i carried on walking on. so you didn't witness the entire fight to the end? i witnessed most of it. yeah. when the guy was on the floor that's when i can have thought it was a bit too much for me. this has been a costly episode for a player who only ten days ago starred as england beat india in the first test. but he had to sit out last winter's ashes series in australia. as the verdict was read out here, stokes closed his eyes with relief. within the hour he had been reinstated for the england squad for the third test match, which start on saturday. but with a cricket disciplinary commission due to meet in the coming weeks, it is possible that both
he and hales are suspended if found to have brought the game into disrepute. do you have any message for england cricket fans, ben? this could just be the biggest victory of the all—rounder‘s career. but at a time when english cricket wants to attract a new family audience, it may not be the end of a saga which has cast a shadow over the sport. dan roan, bbc news, bristol. the rate of unemployment in the three months tojune of this year fell to its lowest level since februrary 1975. today's figures also show that pay rose on average by 2.7%, higher than the official rate of inflation. there was also a record fall in the number of eu nationals working in the uk. 0ur economics correspondent andy verity reports. many of the uk's workers were not yet born when unemployment was last this low. at this leeds factory, workers have to be skilled to make its products for use in everything from water treatment tanks to showers.
theory says when there are not as many workers, you have to pay more to attract and keep them. this firm fits that mould. pay rises have been between 3—a% for the last four years. it gets more expensive living. i remember my dad saying about seven years ago the national minimum wage was in his words "0k". if you're clever with your money, it will be all right. to me, i didn't really think so. because everything just seems to be going up and up and up. and i just think that we as a company had to work on ensuring that it was a fair reward for what people did. paying inflation—beating pay rises is working at this firm. staff who feel value are prepared to stay, even if they could get more elsewhere. i got offered double and i didn't ask what he wanted doing, i said i wasn't interested.
it is not the money here, it's the people. that is what makes it good to work here. workers are now being dealt a stronger hand. the average pay rise was 2.7%, excluding bonuses, more than inflation and the number of unemployed is just a.0% of the available workforce. than inflation and the number of unemployed is just 0.a% of the available workforce. separately, today's figures show the number of eu workers is down by 86,000, the biggest fall in 21 years. employers can afford to pay rises if the amount each worker produces is going up, also known as productivity. give than today's figures also show that that is improving, the puzzle for some is why pay isn't rising faster. unions don't have the same influence that they did and in the private sector in particular there is only about 15% of people who have anyone to speak up for them in relation to their wages. that drives the sentiment that
people take what they're given. unless people can change employment, they're stuck with the wages they have. many employers are worried they won't get the skilled workers they need to meet demand for goods, which may get worse when we leave the eu, holding back economic growth. the headlines on bbc news: 26 people have died and 15 were badly injured, after a motorway bridge collapses near genoa in italy. police are searching three addresses in the midlands, after a 29—year—old man was arrested on suspicion of terrorism, following a car crash outside parliament. england cricketer ben stokes is found not guilty of affray at bristol crown court. the government is considering reforms to help tenants in england hold rogue landlords to account. it wants to speed up the complaints procedure and publish league tables. the measures are part of what ministers call "a landmark opportunity" to improve social housing.
but campaign groups say ministers should focus on providing more homes for people on low incomes. 0ur social affairs correspondent michael buchanan reports. the grenfell fire was meant to change the nation's attitude to housing the poor. for too long in our country, under governments of both colours, we simply have not given enough attention to social housing. we must face the broken housing market and we must fix it now. tomorrow will be too late. today, ministers revealed what changes this tragedy would mean for social housing tenna nts across england. they will get more powers to hold landlords to account, government support to ensure their homes are of decent quality. for this housing adviser, who worked with many grenfell residents, today's proposals, after a year of waiting are pitiful. we expected something impressive, some action that would really, really benefit people and this is weak and disappointing. and we have to carry on trying to pressure the government,
obviously, into taking the action on housing that we need. for those living in social housing, the proposals should see their complaints handled quicker, that landlords treat them better. this is an important next step. we want to consult on this further but it sets up these significant principles that are about delivering that step change in social housing. ensuring this is about a new deal. the proposals however fail to address the biggest crisis in social housing — the sheer lack of it. there are more than a million people in england waiting for a council house. analysts say we need to build up to 90,000 social houses each year to meet demand. the latest figures showjust over 5000 such homes were actually built. this new housing scheme in south london is being built on the site of more than 300 former council homes and it highlights why so few social homes are being built.
when this development is completed there will be 5a properties available for social rent, so a massive reduction on what used to be here. but housing associations say that if they do not construct a mix of housing on these estates, then even fewer social houses will be built. and social landlords fear today's proposals, while a welcome first step, will not create more homes. we have waited a0 years for this conversation and it is right that we should be exploring it. but if the government does not engage with the really big question about how we build the homes that we so desperately need, then it is at risk of failing the next generation. ministers say they will spend £9 billion in this parliament building all kinds of houses, private and social. but more social homes are currently being demolished than being built. and so we have a growing housing crisis. michael buchanan, bbc news.
the struggling diy retailer homebase, is set to close a further a2 stores, putting around 1,500 jobs at risk. the parent company hilco bought the chain for £1 in may, and says the current number of outlets is no longer viable. our business correspondent emma simpson reports. homebase has already been shutting stores. this one in west london is about to go and a2 more are set to follow. it's a shame, it really is. i mean, because there's nothing. where can we go here in walking distance to get some plants and things like this? there's nowhere. i'm sort of ambivalent about it in a way but, obviously, there's a loss ofjobs that kind of thing, then it's very tricky for people. there's no doubt retailers are having a tough time but, here's the thing. homebase was a profitable business until it was bought two years ago by one of australia's biggest companies. they thought they could teach
the brits a thing or two about diy, but they made a real hash of it. we've got carpet and we've even got rugs. in australia, the bunnings diy chain is a big success but in the uk, its product mix didn't work and the losses quickly mounted. lowest prices are just the beginning. homebase was then sold for £1 in may to the turnaround company, hilco. it said many of the a2 stores were losing money and decisive action was needed. it's going to be really tough for homebase to win customers back. the housing market is stagnant and consumers are prioritising essential spend. they're are also facing rising competition at the value end of the market, players like b&m and home bargains who are doing a great deal more in bargains and homewares. we already lost some of the biggest names on the high street this year — others are slimming down.
homebase is just the latest. its plans need approval from its landlords. the chain says, it's long—term future depends on it. emma simpson, bbc news. more than 1,000 rhinos are killed every year in south africa. their horns are in demand for medicine or as a status symbol. a bbc investigation has found attempts to stop poaching are being thwarted by local corruption. 0ur africa correspondent alastair leithead reports. they're searching the bush for rhinos at a private game reserve in zululand. the gunman is a vet. the dart contains a sedative. guys, we need more people here. each rhino weighs more than a ton. right, 100%. right, let's roll him. and they have less than half an hour to make some measurements, add a tracker and remove what the poachers kill these animals for. you can only remove probably an inch and a half off it. so, it will take it back down
to its base, but not get into the growth tissue. so, even that is still an attractive amount of horn that's left on the animal. and off it comes. it's painless for the rhino, just like cutting fingernails. it's even the same material, keratin. but still, these shavings are worth a fortune in asia, where they are used for medicine or as a status symbol. this is the point that's been reached, where these animals have to have their horns removed in order for them to have more chance of survival. a lot of the private parks are doing this all the time now. but it's too expensive to de—horn the rhinos in south africa's government—run parks. they're being badly hit by poachers. one of the rangers, who didn't want to be identified, explained why. half of the hluhluwe imfolozi field rangers are corrupt. many, many people, many field rangers in the reserves, many are totally involved in rhino poaching. the park's management admits there's been corruption,
but says it's now been largely stopped. we arrest people in possession of rhino horns, but they have gone to court and have been found not guilty, they are freed. the alleged corruption is widespread, even police investigations have been undermined. criminals are being warned by policemen on our own side. notjust policemen. policemen, prosecutors, magistrates. this is a police source, who claims his uncle, a lawyer he worked for, was part of a large, corrupt syndicate and that his job was delivering bribes from poaching kingpins to court officials. i would give money to most of his friends, and most of his friends are magistrates, lawyers, prosecutors. so they can make the case easier for him, orfor the person. if you want your case to be withdrawn, or if you want everything to just disappear.
you just go to him. fresh passed a lie detector test. the police and the magistrates commission are investigating. his uncle, welcome ngwenya, strongly denies all the allegations. as more rhinos are killed, the number of orphans left behind are increasing. unless demand is stopped in asia and corruption tackled here, they're left heading towards extinction. alastair leithead, bbc news, zululand. we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers laura hughes, from the financial times, and asa bennett of the daily telegraph. that's coming up after the headlines at 11:30pm. now it's time for the weather with ben rich. the soppy fortunes are looking quite mixed over the coming days of. ——
hello there. —— our weatherfortunes of soppy that was the case on tuesday, the best of the sunshine down to the south coast of england, for many other areas there was a lot of cloud. the thickest across the north and the west and a very similar date on wednesday. a lot of cloud across western and northern parts, particularly. and northern ireland, further south we will see some breaks in the cloud, some sunny spells and those temperatures into the middle 20s, a bit cooler or across the north—west. to some things up, through the week ahead, the wea kest things up, through the week ahead, the weakest of the weather will be across the north—west, the warmest weather will be across the south—east because of the jetstream which will steer most of the weather systems across northern parts of the uk. however, from time to time, the jetstrea m uk. however, from time to time, the jetstream will get southwards and whenever that happens, it will allow low pressure a bit further south, bringing rain even to southern and
eastern parts of the country and thatis eastern parts of the country and that is exactly what is expected to happen on thursday and along with this it in thejetstream we will see some cool, fresh air. even in the south—east there will be a dose of rain on thursday. behind that, brighter skies, spells or sunshine and a scatter of thundery showers will seek western scotland, but those temperatures are well down, 16- 20 those temperatures are well down, 16— 20 degrees. those dips in the jetstrea m 16— 20 degrees. those dips in the jetstream will bring low pressure and brain into the south, but when the jetstream benz and brain into the south, but when thejetstream benz northwards, that will allow high pressure to move its way in and that will be the way across the south. back to that mainly dry team across the south and east, with some sunny spells at times, but another system moving into the north—west. quite a strong wind as well. a050 mph in the north—west and with the dry weather
in the south—east, there comes a return of some walked. —— warmth. into the first part of the weekend, high—pressure holding towards the south, the frontal systems being steered across central and northern parts. 0n steered across central and northern parts. on saturday, a bit of uncertainty but we will see some extra clout and rain into northern ireland to stop it further south and east some dry weather, sunny spells and warmth. during saturday night and warmth. during saturday night and sunday is like to transfer across scotland and northern england, down towards the south not much rain, some spells of sunshine on sunday and temperatures into the middle 20s, always cooler and fresher towards the north—west. the pattern looks set to continue for the most part as we get into next week. the jetstream the most part as we get into next week. thejetstream staring weather across the north, occasionally bending south to bring some rain into southern parts. when we see the jetstrea m into southern parts. when we see the jetstream bending northwards that
allows high pressure to build and there is just a allows high pressure to build and there isjust a chance allows high pressure to build and there is just a chance around the middle part of next week the jetstrea m middle part of next week the jetstream might get far enough north to allow high pressure to build across all parts of the country. for the most part, it looks wet in the north—west and warmest in the south—east, there may be a spell of dry weather for all of us at least for a time. hello. this is bbc news. i'm clive myrie. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow mornings papers in a moment. first, the headlines: 26 people have died and 15 were badly injured, after a motorway bridge collapses near genoa in italy. the search for possible survivors is continuing into the night. anti—terror police are questioning a 29—year—old man, arrested after a car ploughed into cyclists and pedestrians, at the houses of parliament. three addresses in the midlands are being searched as part of the investigation. the england cricket all—rounder, ben stokes, has been cleared of a charge of affray at bristol crown court.
his lawyer says he's looking forward to getting back to playing the game. social housing tenants are promised more powers by ministers, but campaigners say what's actually needed, is more housing. hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. with me are laura hughes, political of financial times and asa bennett, brexit editor of the telegraph. good to see you again. it will be over in 15 minutes.