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hello, this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 7pm. a woman has died in floodwater in derbyshire as much of northern england is hit by a month's with of rain in one day. it happened in 2007, and it's happened again and... it's just ridiculous. people have been evacuated from their homes, and there is travel disruption on the roads and the rail network. the scottish national party launches its election campaign saying it's seeking an alliance with other parties to lock the conservatives out of government, and promising to stop the nhs being privatised. ten teenagers including two 15—year—old boys have been named among the 39 people from vietnam who were found dead in a refrigerated lorry in essex.
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the opening of london's crossrail project is delayed until 2021 as europe's biggest infrastructure scheme is set to go another £650 million over budget. authorities in australia say an "unprecedented" number of emergency—level bushfires are threatening the state of new south wales. and on news watch rows but who said what and miss leading editing on campaign. how is the bbc doing with the heat already being generated in this election campaign? join us at 11:16pm here in bbc news. good evening. welcome to bbc news.
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a woman has died after being swept away by floodwater as parts of the midlands and northern england were battered by a month's worth of rain in one day. the woman's body was recovered from the river derwent in derbyshire this morning. in yorkshire, people have been evacuated from their homes and there's chaos on the road and rail network. there are now more than 100 flood warnings in place across england and six severe warnings meaning a danger to life in place along the river don near doncaster in south yorkshire. 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.
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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
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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,
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too, roads and railways closed, 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. derby has also been badly affected. 0ur correspondent phil mackie reports now from the outskirts of the city. as you can see the flooding now is causing chaos in the city. roads being closed, this is one of the main routes into and out of the city. firefighters have just pulled this jaguar out of the floodwater here, the road is completely closed and a little further along here, there is a rescue taking place of some horses which have become stranded by the rising waters. in the city centre, we just heard that some residential properties are being evacuated as a precaution
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because the river derwent were obviously that lady died earlier on further upstream, is now peaking in the city around now and over the next couple of hours. so, the focus is now on derby and further downstream as the river peaks over the next few hours. that was fill in derby force. doctor peter innes from the university of rolling says that multiple factors have led to flooding to saturation the ground and a shift in the jet stream... we had that wet weather through the whole of october and so everything is wet and the reservoirs are full, there is nowhere else for the water to go. then we had a weather system sitting over us for 24 weather system sitting over us for 2a hours or so with a frontal system across derbyshire, south yorkshire into we can sure which really was not moving at all. it was stationary. the rain wasn't particularly happy about so persistent over that 24—hour period, enough rain fell to cause this
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flooding. the jet stream enough rain fell to cause this flooding. thejet stream is disbanded very strong winds way out over the atlantic, seven or eight km over the atlantic, seven or eight km over the atlantic, seven or eight km over the ocean. it's generating weather systems all the time, a factory for weather systems which then move their way across the atla ntic then move their way across the atlantic over the uk. the weather system hit that hits is this week came right across the uk. this week, the jet stream as well as south, so the jet stream as well as south, so the weather stream has been further south but instead of the heavy rain being in western scotland, it was in the midlands and south yorkshire. we've had a number of autumn and winterfor we've had a number of autumn and winter for defence over the last few yea rs. winter for defence over the last few years. 2014 was a major one with more footings in the south of the uk. we have had some fairly heavy rain again in the summer of 2012 and 2007 in particular in the same area south yorkshire that has been suffering this time. this is overpowering those. this is not exceptional but certainly troubling.
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that was doctor peter innes there. and of course we will be bringing you much more on the flooding later on in the programme. now, the snp leader and first minister of scotla nd leader and first minister of scotland nicola sturgeon has lost her party's election campaign in edinburgh saying she would be willing to co—operate with a labour government led byjeremy corbyn. she ruled out a formal coalition but said that she could support labour ina said that she could support labour in a vote—by—vote basis. but only if the scottish parliament is granted the scottish parliament is granted the right to hold a second independence referendum and given more powers, and increase 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
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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
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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. that was down to a lack of honesty before the referendum from the key advocates. 977,000 people voted snp in 17 but 1,018,000 million people voted to leave so when you say all the time... yeah, well... ..that people will be dragged out of the eu against their will, a million scots voted to leave. i think that a bizarre kind of perversion of democracy. so, yes, you're comparing the referendum result with a general election, first of all is the first point. the turnout was higher in the eu referendum. exactly. there was a majority, not a narrow majority. in scotland 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 one fundamentally that allows people in scotland to be in charge of our future and the kind of country we want to be. labour won't parade it around. morning. i will get a small cappuccino...
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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's why we will not be doing deals. we are in this election to win it. this is absolutely beautiful... it's a gift for the conservatives, certainly. the prime minister campaigning in a hospital today, they were already making the claim that labour and the snp 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 do a deal with the snp. just as kissing babies is familiar 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, absolute obsession, with independence. what's more important to you, staying in the eu or scotland
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becoming an independent country? both of these things are important to me. if you had to choose? well, i've campaigned for independence all of my life. putting the 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's 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. boris johnson has been campaigning in deesside in north wales today, and he's again said the conservatives want to ‘get brexit done' and move onto work around other areas of policy. but he's been accused of not understanding his own brexit deal or what it means for businesses in northern ireland. speaking to conservative party members in northern irealnd yesterday, the prime minister said firms could "bin" customs forms because there would be "no barriers of any kind" to trade crossing the irish sea. let's have a listen.
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when you come out of the eu customs union which we have done, you have to have some way of checking the goods that might be carried going from the united kingdom into ireland, paid that tariff if there is to be a tariff. the only place you can do it if you don't do it at the border is at the border in northern ireland. they will not be ta riffs northern ireland. they will not be tariffs on goods coming from gb to northern ireland that are not going onto ireland. that's the whole point in the great thing that has been misunderstood about this is their will not checks, they are not checks i speak the perimeter of the united kingdom and impassioned unionist, there were not be checks and goods going from northern ireland to great britain. we are the government of the united kingdom and we want to
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institute or implement or enact such checks. -- but we will not enact such checks. but it's being claimed this is out of step with what his brexit secretary told a commons committee last month. will northern ireland businesses that trade with great written have to make deck —— export decorations? welcome if they are moving goods to northern ireland... north and i went to great britain. no, because we have set in terms of northern ireland to gb it would be frictionless. can i just ireland to gb it would be frictionless. can ijust come back to his question on declarations. just bequeath the exit decorations will be required. in terms of northern ireland to england... white neck that was stephen barclay speaking there. —— neck that was stephen barclay speaking there. -- that was stephen barclay speaking there. 0ur reality check correspondent chris morris has been trying to get to the bottom of the claims and counterclaims.
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further video emerged of the meeting he had yesterday with business leaders in northern ireland in which he said when it comes to trade going from northern ireland into great britain, there will be no checks, no barriers of any kind, no forms to fill in. now the forms bit in particular is basely indirect condition to what his brexit secretary stephen barclay set in parliament a few weeks earlier. he said there would have to be forms filled in. and if you delve into the detail of the withdrawal agreement itself which says there will be bits of the eu customs rules that has to be followed, that you says you will have to fill in export declarations it's not clear what is happening there whether he thinks that simply isn't important or if he doesn't realise the implication of what that means. he also talked about trade going the other direction from great britain into northern ireland saying it would be no tariffs and there would be no checks. but there will have to be tariffs paid on some things going to northern ireland if it's decided they are at risk of moving from northern ireland into
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the republic of ireland. assuming there will be checks on things like food produce and produce of animal origin because northern ireland and the republic of ireland under mr johnson's owned deal will be a single regulatory zone which will follow eu rules. so, he strained to reassure people in northern ireland and all of this sounds quite technical but for businesses in northern ireland, the palooka —— portable parties in northern ireland, this is of great importance. that was chris morris. let's discuss this further with the uk director of the european centre for international political economy a think tank... and hejoins us from south london. i don't know if you heard what borisjohnson had said earlier. is it reassuring, is it concerning that there is this next message that's going out to businesses queasy about yes, it is concerning that it is a mixed message that medical net and what is
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not being said as chris morris said... there will be extra checks from northern ireland to great britain and there will be extra checks from great britain to northern ireland. it doesn't mean everything will be checked but the mixed message is to say there won't be anything different in the future. it will look different under the agreement that the prime minister has assigned. very quickly to try and explain this to people away from northern ireland and those business dynamics in that region, how would the situation post brexit compare with what is going on now in terms of checks? so even out there are some checks on trade between northern ireland and the rest of the united kingdom. those checks take place for example on animal movements because there is a single zone for animals and the whole of ireland. those checks of goods going from great britain to northern ireland will be enhance and there we re ireland will be enhance and there were also be checks to see whether goods will need to be paid custom duties which i do not have to pay
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110w duties which i do not have to pay now and coming from northern ireland to great britain, there would need to great britain, there would need to be checks to make sure that if there is goods that come through the european union, maybe those goods would normally pay a tariff coming into the uk, there we need to be checks to see what the right tariffs had been paid. much of this will be done electronically so that he of checks and somebody at the border who is collecting all the money is not necessarily accurate. it will mostly be electronic. so what happens if mrjohnson overrules what his own brexit deal size in terms of checks? could we possibly and up import? so, summary may take a case against us with the debbie tito bracero, we are hoping to be good citizens in the w tito bracero, and all that. and summary could make the case that we are —— world trade 0rganization. it is illegal under debbie teal rules. and we may have to pay conversation for that. —— wto
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rules. it depends which agreement. it is not just rules. it depends which agreement. it is notjust this agreement. it's all the other agreements to which we are party. to the uk court, probably not. how much damage is this doing to you think? how significant is this to the russian campaign quiz night because too many people this seems very far away. i think the issue which —— with the election campaign is less than northern ireland, i think there will be extra checks and what the premise or is saying is not quite accurate. i think i might be more concerned about whether what he says about future agreements, about completing aeu future agreements, about completing a eu free—trade agreement by 2020 or whether we will accept food from the united states. we need to consider those in the context of what he is saying from northern ireland. we need to make sure that we are very clear what is it that might be happening to uk trade in the future when we leave the eu. i think that's the key issue. a few extra checks
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between northern ireland and great britain can be worked out and the detail will be worked out in the coming months. david henning, thank you very much indeed. well, we saw yesterday that the liberal democrats, the green party, and plaid cymru form a pro—remain electoral pact to try and defeat candidates, in england and wales, who support brexit. and the brexit party leader, nigel farage, has urged boris johnson to sign the conservatives up to a similar so called non—aggression pact. but is it possible that unofficials deals will be reached between parties to defeat certain candidates, in certain seats? —— possible that unofficially. well, someone who maybe able to answer that is peter kellner, the former president of the polling organisation, yougov. hejoins us live from north london. thank you to speaking to us here in bbc news. how is it that these packs work? are the guidelines of how they are formed? deeply unofficial but
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they happen all the time. back in 1997 for example, the liberal democrats, the retargeting seats in brighton next to lewis. and then they reach an expert way of it —— an explicit and unpublished agreement where the activists would go to brighton and then they would go to lewis. and then the conservatives lost both seats. and you can see this here watch away. i have no idea what d is a bit made. but if i was in gloucestershire, a labour activist, i would go work in stroud with the wind demo activists and charms foot. no witches down for labour. norfolk for the liberal democrats. and you can see these kind of informal arrangements in both sides because what is the point of activists working excessively hard in what is no chance of winning? why
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not go to a nearby seat where they have a chance and get the seat —— but the seat you come from go to the other party? we are hearing a lot about these pacts forming between the lib dems and plaid cymru, but why not between the lib dems and a labourfor why not between the lib dems and a labour for example, what is the issue there? the problem basically issue there? the problem basically is that both parties feel that they are actually going to be damaged nationally more by a pact than by fighting each other everywhere. the liberal democrats don't want to be seen as labour's poodles, a party try to help corban get into downing street. jo swinson said she would do nothing to help corbyn become premise or an equally the labour party wa nts premise or an equally the labour party wants to stand there as a pure party out for a majority in its own right. —— corbyn become prime minister. you get this national
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display of competition which is logically, locally, quietly under the cover, everyone knows what is going in and the parties concentrate where they have their best selves on the other parties concentrate on where they have the best selves. and watchfully it suits both sides just to soft pedal. they have candidates but they sought to indigo hard on the seats with a really have to work. peter that is what the mps wa nt work. peter that is what the mps want and the parties want. in a bar that you publish at the end of 0ctober, you said that the electorate is more volatile than ever and this is having an effect. why aren't these parties allowing the public to vote tactically and hurt the public feeling somewhat short—changed in terms of being told who to vote for? i don't think people are being short—changed because where you have the pacts with the liberal democrats and the greens and plaid cymru, they are practically indistinguishable. labour's policy on brexit... forgive
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me my phone is going. i will turn it off. 0k. me my phone is going. i will turn it off. ok. i beg your pardon. there is a difference in labour policy on brexit from other parties. but i think there will be tactical voting. voters are smart. those who want to defeat the conservatives some of them will be strongly labour and nothing else, strongly lib dem and nothing else, strongly lib dem and nothing else, strongly lib dem and nothing else and they will vote. but other people who say they are strongly remain voters, i suspect they will make a smart choice locally as to who to support. so you have to choice where people have a very strong view but you under our system, sometimes it is more important to beat the party you dislike most rather than to back the party and vote for the party you like most. very quickly, what sort of impact do these tv debates have
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on the choice of the ballot box?m 2010 when we had the gordon brown, david cameron debate, they had an immense impact in the short run. in the longer run, less clear. but this time you have to debates so far. jeremy corbyn, borisjohnson had to head for some it's a great opportunity forjeremy corbyn to show that he is not as bad as the polls paint him. but he is taking a risk. borisjohnson also comes across, he is tenuous. they could be much more decisive this time than in any previous election. 0k, peter think you very much indeed. if you plan to vote but you haven't registered yet, find out how by checking our guide, at uk or on the bbc news app.
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and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10.40 and 11.30 this evening in the papers — our guests joining me tonight are james rampton, features writer for the independent and rachel cunliffe, comment and features editor at cityam. 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 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
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were just 15 years old. one of the 15—year—old's relatives say he had been trying tojoin his parents who live in britain. another 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 brussels just 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 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
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and to tell their worried families that they won't be coming back. this priest has been helping some grieving in the uk. it is very painful to know about this tragedy. many of them, they escaped from a very poor... 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. london's new crossrail underground line connecting the east and west of the city has been delayed again. it's europe's largest infrastructure project and was originally meant to open in 2018,
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but that's been pushed back to 2021. the scheme was due to cost almost 16 billion pounds, but could now reach more than 18 billion pounds. tom edwards reports. a close boutique not far from totte n ha m a close boutique not far from tottenham court road station. they moved here for the high number of crosswords cross rail was meant to bring. but like the station, they haven't arrived. with destination retail you need access. so the coming of crossrail was a really fantastic positive thing for choosing dislocation for our prateek. she fears more uncertainty and more delay could close her shop stop to another delay in crossrail just means he makes it harderfor my small business to survive an already difficult times. we have so much to contend with and there is no answers anywhere and more of that with crossrail just makes anywhere and more of that with crossrailjust makes things worse. do you think you will survive? crossrailjust makes things worse. do you think you will survive ?|j crossrailjust makes things worse. do you think you will survive? i am not sure we will survive, nobody can
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tell. there is no answers, nobody can tell at the moment. on crossrail, eight testing of trains have started. 0nline will go from berkshire and heathrow to the west brighton to the capital to essex in the east. it was meant to be opened in december 2018 but after a third delay, it won't open until 2021. most of the stations and are finished. this was faring in today, but the trains are sitting idle. brief feed —— film them recently. the project will also need up to £650 million extra. taking the bill to over £18 billion. this is one small portion of crossrail here... today the chief executive said delays to safety checks and problems with software on signalling systems meant he had to postpone the opening. are you embarrassed about this? it seems to go from the
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embarrassing to the ridiculous now, a third delay. i could see why people would say that and think that. but i am actually very realistic that we spent so much time getting the physical infrastructure right, we made a lot of progress. at the end of the day, the safety and reliability of this massive digital infrastructure has to be right. can you guarantee it will open in 2021? that's our intention. a 10096 guarantee? you can always get something, but at the end of the day, we are in the latter stage of this project and we are now into this project and we are now into this very difficult hooking up. so we intend to open this railway in 2021. do apologise? i certainly do. we're very sorry that it is late me and my team are in the latter phases of this project and safety and bribe t-— of this project and safety and bribe t —— rewrite ability, we have to do a thorough and properjob. no one doubts that crossrail will be incredible when it is finished. the problem is at the moment, no one knows when that will be. that report by tom edwards. now it's time for a look
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at the weather with nick. temperatures are dropping away quite quickly. temperatures... in most cases it will be dry. showers were in cross south and southeast england but the head of this next rain band across northern ireland ahead of the night, it will be drawing clear for most. that widespread frost us... some spots in chance of ice in untreated surfaces. to butchers recover in the west later in the night as cloud and rain moves in. —— temperatures recover. 20—30 mm and northern ireland could bring disruption. notjust northern ireland could bring disruption. not just rain northern ireland could bring disruption. notjust rain but he'll snow in modest hills and wales so don't be surprise and higher parts of the midlands and seeing snow as this wet weather moves and pushing east across southern england. the worst of the rain will avoid the area seen the worst of flooding at the moment, much of the north and east of the uk will stay dry with hazy sunshine, a chilly day, and mainly dry sunday is on the way.
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the headlines. a woman has died in floodwater in derbyshire as much of northern england is hit by a months worth of rain in one day.
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the scottish national party launches its election campaign — saying it's seeking an alliance with other parties to lock the conservatives out of government. ten teenagers — including 2 fifteen—year—old boys — have been named among the 39 people from vietnam who were found dead in a refrigerated lorry in essex. authorities in australia say an "unprecedented" number of emergency—level bushfires are threatening the state of new south wales. an eighteen year old boy is jailed for minimum of 12 and half years for the murder of his former girlfriend. # nice to meet you, where you been? # i can show you incredible things. ..#
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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. and i'll never forget that phone call of matt, hysterical, saying,
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nothing could prepare me for police cars abandoned everywhere, and an ambulance at the end of the drive and... 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 friends about self harming, but we now know the scratches on his neck had come from ellie as she fought for her life. and then they said, "does she have a boyfriend?" and i said, "oh, she does, but he doted on her. he wouldn't harm her." today, in sentencing him, thejudge described it as an exceptionally grave crime. beyond imagining the pain and terror she must have suffered. what does justice mean for you?
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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. he is a danger to society, he's a danger particularly to women. go. 0k. every time i see teenage girls, and ijust look and i think, "0h, ellie." you know? it's just so heartbreaking. you are reminded constantly. no mother should ever... ..hold their dead daughter's hand. it was just heartbreaking. let's get more now on the flooding that's hit large parts of the midlands and north of england. 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. last night's flooding brought back memories for many residents, asjudith moritz has been hearing...
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fast moving and full, but the river don in sheffield has stayed within its banks today. 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 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
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avoided 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. 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 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.
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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. meanwhile the extent of the wet weather has had a serious impact on farmers in some parts of the midlands. they say there's a looming food crisis because of weeks of heavy rain. many farms either have crops they can't get out of the wet ground, or crops they can't put in because the fields are satuarated. as we have seen there have been devastating floods in some parts of the country. in the midlands there has been more than average rainfall leading to this flooding last week. at this farm, the soil has become so sodden they cannot plant anything. that green strip over there is the only part of this two point 5000
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acre farm that has been planted.- this time of the year it is 90%. acre farm that has been planted.- this time of the year it is 9096. we have had a tricky time. the harvest was showery. there is about 30% of the autumn planting completed. realistically, probably 15% of that is damaged and rotting in the ground. this man is also affected. the company he works for hires farm machinery and says it is one of the worst autumns they have known. they this year, we have an inch of rain and it scuppers you for a week and then we just keep getting topped up with heavy showers. wind band on an insecticide for oilseed rape has exacerbated the problems farmers face, not to mention the ongoing political situation. it is the uncertainty, form morale is very low with decisions not made regarding
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brexit. we need to stick together and share experiences with each other and it's really important to keep people's morale up regarding all issues. it is late in the season forfarmers to all issues. it is late in the season for farmers to recover and there are fears for next year is early harvest. huge bushfires are raging across eastern australia — with new south wales in the grip of an ‘unprecedented bushfire emergency‘. firefighters say they're in unchartered territory and are unable to reach residents trapped in their homes in several locations because of the intensity of the blazes. emergency teams say more than 100 areas are on fire, with around 20 of those blazes dangerous and uncontained. the fires are spread along a roughly 1000—kilometre stretch of seaboard — leaving the emergency services struggling to cope. lisa hampele reports.
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they have never seen anything like it. temperatures were already around 35 celsius. houses are being destroyed, for some the force of the frames mean nothing can be done. but for many it is wait—and—see. whole towns have been evacuated but the royal fire service says although many people have called for help come the size and speed of the flame meant they have not been able to get to everyone meant they have not been able to get to eve ryo ne eve n meant they have not been able to get to everyone even by helicopter. the commissioner says it is uncharted territory. we have never seen this many fires concurrently at emergency
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warning alert level. 50 of the fires remain uncontained. we have more than 1000 firefighters working on the fires, more than 70 aircraft working on the fires and dozens of heavy plant and machinery trying to do the best they can to save and protect as many people as possible. some people are trapped and have been warned to seek shelter rather than free as it is too late to leave. new south wales is the worst hit state. bushfires had already been burning since september. but emergency warnings have also been issued for bushfires in queensland. this is just issued for bushfires in queensland. this isjust outside nyssa, surf town popular with tourists. authorities are worried —— noosa. last year australia experienced its warmest summer on record. it is devastating for animals. last week, one blaze ripped through 2000 hectares of bush in new south wales.
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containing a koala sanctuary. we salvaged ten koala is from this fire ground. they nearly completed the search and tell one area yesterday is now up in smoke. bushfires are common in australia. but this is a dramatic start to the fire season which scientists warn will grow longer and more intense because of climate change. the headlines on bbc news. a woman has died after being swept away by flood water — as parts of england are hit with a month's worth of rain in one day. the snp launch their election campaign — saying they'd try to form an alliance with other parties — to lock the conservatives out of power. now on bbc news, it's time for a look back at the bbc‘s coverage of stories of the week — it's newswatch with samira ahmed.


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