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tonight at six. a woman dies after being swept away in rising flood waters as much of northern england and the midlands is hit by a month's northern england and the midlands is hit by a months worth of rain in 24—hour is. more than 100 flood warnings and alerts are in place gci’oss warnings and alerts are in place across england. there is chaos on the roads and trains. many homes have been evacuated as rivers hit record levels. it happened in 2007 and it's happened again and... it's just ridiculous. in and around doncaster, there are six severe flood warnings, meaning a threat to life. we will have the very latest. also on the programme tonight. ten teenagers, including two 15—year—old boys, are named among the 39 people from vietnam who were found dead
in a refrigerated lorry in essex. the snp leader, nicola sturgeon, says if there's another hung parliament after the election, she'd be willing to work withjeremy corbyn to lock the conservatives out of power. a memorial in normandy for d—day‘s fallen british soldiers. the veteran who's helped raise thousands to build it, visibly moved as he sees it for the first time. and coming up on bbc news, on day one of the para —— record crowds expected to hold up —— so —— record crowds expected to hold up —— so at wembley as england prepare to host germany but striker toni duggan is out injured. good evening from doncaster.
we are right by the river don which has burst its banks and flooded the industrial park just has burst its banks and flooded the industrial parkjust behind me here. the water level of the river has risen five metres in the last couple of days. that gives you a sense of the scale of the problem is that the authorities are having to deal with. elsewhere, a woman has lost her life after being swept away in rising floodwaters following the torrential rain that has hit so many parts of northern england and the midlands. her body was recovered from the river derwent in derbyshire a little earlier today. meanwhile, in yorkshire, there are severe flood warnings and a number of homes have had to be evacuated and there has been chaos on the road and rail network. there are now more than 100 flood warnings and alerts in place across england, with south yorkshire, including parts of sheffield, rotherham and doncaster affected. areas of derbyshire are affected by flood alerts and warnings.
six severe warnings, meaning a danger to life, are in place along the river don near doncaster in south yorkshire, and there are around 60 other flood warnings in place. danny savage has spent the day in doncaster. as floodwaters rose rapidly across the east midlands, derbyshire and yorkshire, a woman died after being swept away in rowsley, near matlock. she went missing in the early hours near here and her body was recovered from the river derwent in darley dale this morning. in doncaster, the main river through the town burst its banks and overflowed into nearby streets. anything and everything was used as a huge community effort to save belongings swung into action. locals are angry and say they were not warned. it has happened down here a couple of times. we've had no warning from the council or anything. they should have been out last night, giving sandbags out, all that sort of stuff, but we had nothing. nearby, i met linda. her home has been flooded before but the timing now couldn't be worse. lam here, 26a, the one
with the for sale sign, in fact, sold, subject to survey. they were due to come round on monday to do the survey. are you worried now this has happened? i am very worried. i doubt anybody is going to want to go ahead and buy this now. from above, the flooding can be seen for miles, from sheffield, through rotherham and to doncaster and beyond. this is worksop in nottinghamshire, where a wide area was left underwater. this caravan park in doncaster was completely overwhelmed and people living here were evacuated. what has happened your caravan? they are all, every one of them is knackered, every one of them is finished. are you insured? no. because you can't get insurance? no, i'm not entitled to it. so you've lost your home? yeah, oh, aye, yeah, we've lost it all. it's mid—afternoon and it's started raining heavily again. all this water flowing past us here is the overflow
from the river don and it's going straight down this residential street, where the water's getting deeper and deeper. how much warning, if any, did you get? none, as far as i'm concerned. just in the space of 20 minutes, it all came and just started flooding through. the house is wrecked from bottom up, carpets, laminates gone, the tv's gone, everything, electric's been cut off. we're hoping to get it sorted. like, as long as we are all out and safe, that's all that matters, really. in mansfield in nottinghamshire, a cliff gave way. the landslide led to 35 homes being evacuated. transport has been badly disrupted, too, roads and railways closed, stations left in silence. —— stations left as islands. it looks worrying, doesn't it? it does, it does. for now, many people are just looking anxiously out of their windows, hoping it doesn't get worse. rivers should peak this evening but levels will remain high for some time. danny savage, bbc news, doncaster. the situation here in doncaster but as we have been on air and over the
last few minutes, the situation has been getting a little bit worse in relation to derbyshire, further south from here. let's get the latest from phil mackie in derby. what more can you tell us? just on the outskirts of derby, actually, as you can see, the flooding is causing chaos in the city because of roads being closed. this is one of the major routes into and out of the city. firefighters have just pulled this jaguar out of the floodwaters, the road is completely closed and a bit further along, there is a rescue taking place of some horses which have become stranded by the rising waters. in the city centre, we have just heard that some residential properties are being evacuated as a precaution because the river derwent, where obviously, that lady died earlier, further upstream, is 110w died earlier, further upstream, is now peaking in the city around now and over the next couple of hours. the focus is now on derby and further downstream as the river peaks over the further downstream as the river pea ks over the next further downstream as the river peaks over the next few hours. clive? all right, phil mackie, thank
you for that, on the of derby. —— on the outskirts of derby. in 2007, sheffield suffered extensive damage when the river don burst its banks. in the 12 years since, new flood defences have been built to prevent similar scenes from occuring. but bitter memories of what happened 12 years ago have been brought back for many of the residents asjudith moritz explains. fast moving and full, but the river don in sheffield has stayed within its banks today. there is huge relief here because 12 yea rs there is huge relief here because 12 years ago, this area was flooded. this is where we keep all the beer. ed's pub was swamped then and yesterday, he was really worried it could happen again. this time there was more water, and the flood defences, did they manage to hold out? because we have been flooded before we can't get flood insurance 110w before we can't get flood insurance now which when occasions like last night occur, makes me even more nervous. it adds an extra layer to the nightmare. this is what it was
like in sheffield in 2007. the meadowhall shopping centre was flooded, the mall inside turned into a lake. what a difference between then and now. in 2007, shoppers had to be evacuated from here and the centre was closed for several days. last night, meadowhall avoided flooding. people were welcomed here asa flooding. people were welcomed here as a place of refuge. today, it's been business as usual. this video filmed last night shows how close water got to the centre, mostly held back by flood defences. but it is thought those made the difference. pa rt thought those made the difference. part of a scheme costing more than £20 million to protect the city. the defences with the river levels absolutely saved a much wider flood eventin absolutely saved a much wider flood event in sheffield, and much more devastating impact in terms of businesses and properties. as you can see, this wall is reinforced. but no one can be complacent. though the river levels were higher than in 2007, the defences will certainly be
tested again in future. on this occasion, yes, they have held but next time, who is to know? every event, that is the one thing we do know, as we'll know because of climate change, we can expect more flooding events which are more severe over time. the river don weaves around sheffield. thousands of people live and work alongside it and for them, whenever there is a deluge, there is worry about what could happen and hope that the city will stay dry. judith moritz, bbc news, sheffield. the defence is taking a battering around sheffield. let's get more with our chief environment correspondentjustin rowlatt. with our chief environment correspondent justin rowlatt. it with our chief environment correspondentjustin rowlatt. it is dry now, things seem to be improving but what is the forecast for the next couple of days? i have been out and about all day and the flood hit areas and what the fire service were sent to local residents is they are expecting another 100 millimetres of water to come through the river, ten centimetres. they say that the river
level is going to rise before it begins to fall away. we know the ground is very saturated. we are expecting it to take days for the floodwaters to clear before they can —— before people can get back in their homes and begin to assess, the arduous process that comes next which is of course repairing their homes. ok, justin rowlatt, thank you for that. continuing problems here, it is dry now but the water levels are so high, it is going to take some considerable time for the water to dissipate and for people to be able, those who have been evacuated, to get back into their homes. with that, sophie, from doncaster, back to you. thank you. two 15—year—old boys are among the 39 people from vietnam who were all found dead in a refrigerated lorry in essex last month. police have released all their names. a 26—year—old woman who sent heartbreaking texts to her parents saying she was dying and couldn't breath was also confirmed breathe was also confirmed to be among them. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford reports.
some of the faces of the 39 people who died in the refrigerated trailer 6000 miles from home. all were from vietnam and were being smuggled into britain. the oldest was 44, but ten of them were teenagers and the two youngest were just 15 years old. 0ne of the 15—year—olds relatives say he had been trying to join of the 15—year—olds relatives say he had been trying tojoin his parents who live in britain. 0ne had been trying tojoin his parents who live in britain. one was 18 and had been living in paris for a year. he told his family he was getting a taxi to the uk, but they had not heard from him since. this was one of two 19—year—old women in the lorry who had posted pictures of herself sightseeing in brusselsjust days before she died. and pham thi tra my was the 26—year—old woman who tragically texted her family to say she was suffocating in the sealed trailer. detectives started this
investigation with 39 unknown people deadin investigation with 39 unknown people dead in the back of a refrigerated lorry on this industrial estate. now, after more than two weeks of intensive work, they have been able to give those people names and faces and to tell their worried families that they won't be coming back. father simon has been helping those grieving relatives who are in the uk. it is really very, very painful. very sad to know about this tragedy. many of them are from a very poor area. two lorry drivers are being held, accused of manslaughter. maurice robinson is thought to have collected the trailer when it arrived in essex. eamonn harrison is thought to have dropped it off in zeebrugge, 11 hours earlier. yesterday, police in the republic of ireland raided properties linked to ronan and chris hughes, two brothers still wanted by essex police. daniel sandford, bbc news. the snp leader and first minister
of scotland nicola sturgeon has launched her party's election campaign in edinburgh, saying she would be willing to cooperate with a labour government led byjeremy corbyn. she ruled out a formal coalition but said she could support labour on a vote—by—vote basis, but only if the scottish parliament is granted the right to hold a second independence referendum and given more powers and increased investment for holyrood. nicola sturgeon has been talking to our political editor laura kuenssberg. she wants two things — to stay in the eu... we want scotland to remain inside the eu. ..but scotland to be out of the uk. it should not be for westminster to decide. but if she worked with jeremy corbyn, could this election give the snp both the outcomes they want and change the course of the country for us all? if there is a hung parliament after this election,
snp mps would seek to form a progressive alliance to lock the tories out of government. to be crystal clear about this, if labour were looking to seek a government and they accepted the principle of having another vote on independence in scotland, you would be willing to form an alliance that would put jeremy corbyn in downing street? i would never put borisjohnson in downing street. but he would putjeremy corbyn in? and if people are worried about jeremy corbyn, with good reason in many respects, then better to have snp mps in there making sure the right issues are progressed and the right values are protected than having a jeremy corbyn government without the influence of the snp. you said this morning that brexit, if it goes forward, means years of wrangling, economic uncertainty. that's exactly the same as it would be if there was another independence referendum, isn't it? it was never inevitable that brexit became the chaotic mess that it has done. you do the work, do the thinking, be honest about the people with the trade—offs in advance and they did
not do the planning for it. 977,000 people voted snp in 17 but 1.2 million people voted to leave so when you say all the time that people will be dragged out of the union back against their will, a million scots voted to leave.|j union back against their will, a million scots voted to leave. i find that a bizarre perversion of democracy. you are comparing the referendum result andy dunn electron different turnouts, first of all. the eu referendum. exactly, there was a narrow majority in scotland, with the highest remain vote of any pa rt with the highest remain vote of any part of the uk, so we have to find a way of plotting a course out of it and wonder fundamentally that allows people in scotland to be in charge of our future and the kind of country want to be. labour won't parade around. hello. can i get a small cappuccino? but they would contemplate another independence referendum if they needed snp votes to govern. we want scotland to remain part of the union. we are very clear about that and that is why we will not be doing deals. we are in this election to win it.
absolutely beautiful stoplight it's a gift for the conservatives, certainly. the prime minister campaigning ina certainly. the prime minister campaigning in a hospital today, they were already making the claim that labour and the were in cahoots. nicola sturgeon has made crystal clear that the price of her support forjeremy corbyn is making sure that we have two referendums. we know that corbyn is desperate to get into downing street. we know he will doa into downing street. we know he will do a deal with the snp. just as kissing babies is similar in a campaign, so, too, will be the question of independence in this election. i will vote with and work with other parties on issues where we agree but when it comes to the snp, they need to drop their obsession, their absolute obsession with independence. what is more important to you, staying in the new mackerel scotland becoming independent? both of these things are important to me. if you had to choose? i've campaign for independence of my life. putting decisions about our future into our own hands so independence is much
more of a fundamental foundation for the kind of country we want to be. but in scotland, it is hard to talk about one without talking about the other. brexit was the reason for this election, yet the future shape of the whole uk is right in the middle. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, edinburgh. this election looks very different in scotland. not only because the snp are by far largest party, but because many of the issues being debated in the rest of the uk, like health, education and public spending, are run by the scottish government. 0ur scotland editor sarah smith looks at the challenges ahead for the snp. what are the key questions the snp has to answer? what do they mean by, "vote snp to escape brexit"? the snp are totally opposed to brexit, believing it would be enormously damaging to the economy, in scotland in particular. they want the opportunity to have another referendum on scottish independence, and if they won that vote, an independent scotland would hope to rejoin the european union.
that could raise issues similar to the arguments about a border on the island of ireland, if scotland was inside the eu and the rest of the uk was not. but when could there be another independence referendum? for that to happen, the scottish government needs the permission of the government in westminster. the snp believe they've already got a mandate for another referendum because they have more than half of the mps in scotland and the scottish parliament has already voted favour of it. nicola sturgeon wants it to happen before the end of next year. but borisjohnson has completely ruled out allowing another vote for independence and while labour wouldn't block a referendum, they do say it's unnecessary and unwanted. in a hung parliament, would the snp support a coalition government? the snp say they would never support a tory government. but they also say they will not enter a formal coalition with labour.
instead they want to form a progressive alliance, working with other parties where they agree on the issues. their price would be more powers for the scottish parliament. nicola sturgeon says jeremy corbyn needn't even bother picking up the phone unless he's prepared to allow a referendum on scottish independence. they might be able to strike a deal, if mr corbyn were to agree in principle that it was up to scotland to decide when that vote should happen. scotla nd scotland editor sarah smith. borisjohnson has insisted that britain will not enforce checks on goods between great britain and northern ireland under his brexit deal. he has been under pressure to clarify his stance after he made a briefing in northern ireland last night in which he appeared to contradict previous government statements. 0ur ireland correpondent chris page is in belfast for us now. chris, what have businesses in northern ireland made of this? what have princesses in northern ireland made of it? the brexit conundrum has been how do you avoid checks between ireland and northern
ireland? checks between ireland and northern ireland ? last checks between ireland and northern ireland? last night borisjohnson gave an off—the—cuff briefing to tory members in county armagh and said businesses who were sending products from northern ireland to great britain wouldn't have to fill in any paperwork or stop in the past, the brexit secretary stephen barclay and the home office have said they would need to be some sort of process. more questions over the issue of goods moving in the other direction, making the journey from great britain into northern ireland destined to stay here and not crossing the border into republic. johnson said they wouldn't need to be any checks on those goods. trade experts and business groups here have said that they will be need to have said that they will be need to have checks to follow the rules of the single market on food produce for example. that has led some to accusejohnson of not understanding the deal he negotiated. when questioned he said he felt this was a great dealfor questioned he said he felt this was a great deal for northern questioned he said he felt this was a great dealfor northern ireland. these issues may be very technical
but they are also highly political and not just here but they are also highly political and notjust here in this part of the uk where they are going to practically matters the most. thank you. an 18—year—old from wiltshire has been jailed for life for murdering his girlfriend after she ended their three—month relationship. thomas griffiths stabbed ellie gould multiple times after turning up at her home the day after they broke up. afterwards he tried to make it look like she'd killed herself, 0ur correspondent fiona lamdin has been talking to ellie's family. # nice to meet you, where you been? # i can show you incredible things. ..# her life was full and all the opportunities in front of her. yeah, she was the perfect daughter, really. ellie gould was just 17, studying for her a—levels, when she was murdered by thomas griffiths. the night before, she'd called off their three—month relationship to concentrate on her schoolwork. we trusted him. we welcomed him into our home. he celebrated her 17th birthday with us. three months later, he murdered her.
it's chilling. 0n the morning he killed her, thomas' mother took him to school, but he caught the bus straight home. despite not having a licence, he took the family car and drove to ellie's house. he knew she was at home alone, studying. he stabbed her at least 13 times in the neck and face before going back to school, pretending nothing had happened. three hours later, ellie's father found her on the kitchen floor. nothing could prepare me for police cars abandoned everywhere, and an ambulance at the end of the drive. and then mattjust sobbing at the end of our drive. and ijust ran up to him, and a policeman said, "who are you?" and i said, "i'm her mother, what's happened, what's happened?" at the same time, thomas griffiths was messaging ellie's phone and her friends to leave a false trail. he said he was self harming,
but the scratches on his neck came from ellie as she fought for her life. police asked the family if she had a boyfriend. and i said, "oh, she does, but he doted on her. he wouldn't harm her." today in sentencing him to 12 and a half years, thejudge said this had been the most appaling attack, and it was "beyond imagining the pain and terror she must have suffered in her last moments." what does justice mean for you? i think he's evil. i don't believe he should be allowed to take another breath, quite frankly. he's dangerous. i don't think he should never be let out of prison. i don't think he should ever be granted parole. go. 0k. every time i see teenage girls, and ijust look and i think, "0h, ellie." you know? it's just so heartbreaking. you're reminded constantly.
no mother should ever... ..hold their dead daughter's hand. that was just heartbreaking. fiona lamdin, bbc news. london's new crossrail link which was meant to open next year is facing further delays. the elizabeth line will not open until at least 2021. costs are set to rise to over £18 billion, over 2 billion more than the original budget. another british maternity chain has fallen into administration. six unprofitable stores have caused and 73 members of staff have lost their jobs. the retailer's owners are looking to sell off assets to other companies within the mamas and papas
group. this weekend, thousands of veterans will take part in the march past at the cenotaph on remembrance sunday. 94—year—old harry billinge was among the first british soldiers to land in france on d—day. he has been raising thousands of pounds to help build a new memorial in normandy to remember those who died. today he was shown pictures of it for the first time as jon donnison reports. there you are, my love. thank you, darlin'. in the remarkable life of harry billinge, this has been a remarkable year. there's about 35 quid there, harry. i'm overwhelmed, really, with kindness. he's the best. you're the best. he's the hero. nobody else. i'll fill this tin by lunchtime. there you are. i saw you on the telly. it was an appearance on bbc breakfast telly, on a normandy beach for the d—day 75th anniversary in june, that saw harry go viral. don't say i'm a hero. i'm no hero. i was lucky. i'm here. all the heroes are dead.
and i'll neverforget them as long as i live. since that moment of modesty, harry's fund—raising in st austell in cornwall, towards building a memorial in france, has seen a surge. it's nearly 30,000 now, i believe. ijust put in another 2,000 last monday. i should have been killed on the beach. i was saved, i believe, by the grace of god for this purpose. you're raising money for something and you can't see it? this morning, harry was back on bbc breakfast to see the memorial as it's being built, for the first time. clearly an emotional moment. 0k? yeah. idid it. ijust had a job to do. all these fellas did a good job. all these men, these wonderful men, young boys of 16. i'm not a brave man. i'm lucky. i owe my life to the boys that
i loved and i'll never forget them. the wonderful harry billinge there, ending that report byjon donnison. time for a look at the weather. here's tomasz schafernaker. it's going to be sunny, on sunday? it's going to be sunny, on sunday? it is, it's looking beautiful across most of the uk. a cold we cant and certainly chilly tonight. widespread frost on the way, in the north or evenin frost on the way, in the north or even in the far south, temperatures around freezing or below. the satellite picture from the last few hours, you can see clear skies. having said that, a weather front is approaching and is expected to bring some rain by the end of the night to northern ireland and some western fringes of the uk. as far as saturday is concerned, not looking very sunny for everybody. this is what's happening now. some showers left over from the day over central areas. temperatures already dropping
rapidly. for friday night into saturday, a case of clear skies, some missed forming and the extent of the frost you can see, temperatures close to freezing or below. by the end of the night temperatures rising in northern ireland in advance of the weather front. there's a chance of some snow over the hills in wales but the weather front is probably going to stop around the midlands and the south of the country and eventually rein itself out just south of the country and eventually rein itself outjust in time for remembrance sunday, which looks absolutely fine. here it is fizzling out on saturday night and then may bea out on saturday night and then may be a bit of cloud in the morning first thing in the south but the sun is out. the weather is looking fine for almost all of us in the second half of the weekend. this weather front is approaching, a precursor of next week which is looking cold and
u nsettled, next week which is looking cold and unsettled, but let's enjoy the sunshine on sunday. a reminder of our top story... a woman has died in floodwater in derbyshire as much of northern england is hit by a month's worth of rain in one day. that's all from the bbc news at six, so it's goodbye from me, and on bbc one, we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are.