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as a month's worth of rain falls in a single day. the north of england and the midlands are the worst affected — one woman was swept away to her death. we'll have the latest on the situation tonight. i'm in doncaster, with no less than six flood warnings meaning a clear threat to life. scores of people have had to be evacuated, their homes flooded out. yeah, the house, it's wrecked from bottom up. the carpets, laminates, gone. the tv‘s gone — electrics have been cut off. we'll have more on the floods, and the new calls to
build more defences. also tonight... in edinburgh, the snp leader launches the party's election campaign — putting brexit and scottish independence at the centre. following the murder of a teenage girl in wiltshire, an 18—year—old man has beenjailed for life — we talk to ellie gould's family. two 15—year—old boys were among the 39 people from vietnam who were found dead in a lorry container in essex last month. it's about 35 quid there, harry. and we meet the veteran who's collected thousands of pounds to build a new memorial for the heroes of d—day. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news — it's the battle of the bottom two in the premier league, but can norwich stop watford claiming their first win of the season?
good evening. we start tonight with the floods affecting parts of england, with some areas receiving a month's worth of rain in just one day. the north of england and the midlands were the worst affected. one woman has died after being swept away by the rising water in rowsley, in derbyshire. the environment agency has warned people to stay away from swollen rivers. six severe warnings — meaning a danger to life — are in place along the river don in south yorkshire, and there are more than 60 other flood warnings in place. my colleague clive myrie is in doncaster tonight. yes, huw, on ourway into on our way into the city today we saw some streets, submerged cars, com pletely saw some streets, submerged cars, completely un—possible, then the river don, a full five metres higher thanit river don, a full five metres higher than it should be this time of year. in areas it has ever they might burst its banks and you can see what
it has done to this area behind me, this road completely un—passable. my correspondent danny savage spent some time today with the rescuers and the residents trying to deal with all of this mess. 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 weren't warned. it has happened down here a couple of times. we've had no warning from the council or anything. they should've been out last night, giving sandbags out, all that sort of stuff,
but we've 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're due to come out 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's happened to 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 our home. 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 started coming 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're 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 as islands. tonight back in matlock the prime minister visited to meet emergency service personnel and see some of the damage. in doncaster the rescue boats will be on standby all night, although water levels are slowly dropping. danny savage, bbc
news, southyorkshire. less tha n less than 50 miles from here is the city of derby where the river derwent city of derby where the river derwe nt left city of derby where the river derwent left —— reached its highest ever level today, and it could get higher tonight. phil mackie has that story will stop they've never seen anything like this. it's the highest recorded level for the river derwent in derby. the floodwaters have begun to inundate parts of the city centre. the derwent still hasn't peaked, but already parts of derby city centre are now the river level, and that means as it pours out over its banks, it's pouring into streets like this. around the corner, council warner is a warning local businesses to prepare for the worst. the river levels have risen substantially overnight and during the course of the day, so our absolute priority is safety of our citizens and the people in the city centre. next to the river in flats which are about to flood, residents are getting ready to leave. it looks like i need to build the ark, basically. i've had to move my animals two by two, you know?
and the river's been flooding. i've been here four years and it's the first time it's really broke its banks. the city centre's been at a standstill, and floods have caused chaos on the roads all around it. getting home has been the priority, no matter how difficult. phil mackie, bbc news, derby. that was the situation they're in derbyshire. —— that was the situation there in derbyshire. back 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 problems from happening. this time round, those flood defences seem to have worked, but of course memories, painful memories, of what happened i2 course memories, painful memories, of what happened 12 years ago have come flooding back for so many people in that city. judith moritz has more. 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 beers... ed's pub was swamped then, and yesterday he was really worried it could happen again. this time there was i would say more water, and the flood defences managed 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. whereas last night meadowhall avoided flooding. people were welcomed here as a place of refuge. and 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. and it's 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, a much more devastating impact in terms of businesses and properties. as you can see here, 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? because every event will be different, that is the one thing we do know, as we all 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.
let's get a wider perspective on all of this with our chief environment correspondentjustin rowlatt who is with me. we heard judith morris —— judith moritz talking about 2007 and now we have this in 2019. it seems that these events which are supposed to be once every century are more and more frequent? i spent days with communities affected by the flats, in sheffield and in don cancer. a little village called bentley was really ha rd little village called bentley was really hard hit by the floods —— in sheffield and in doncaster. that 2012 flood affected lots of yorkshire including here and the residents around here were told by the environment agency then it was a one in 200 year event, and look at this. 12 years on and this time the water levels were a little bit higher. is that climate change? you cannot say with any certainty with a single weather event, but you can
say that scientists predict the kind of intense down for that because this flood is likely to become more frequent as our climate continues to change. thank you, justin rowlatt. six flood warnings still in place here for the river don but the environment agency and officials i was talking to a little earlier on today making it clear the public have to take notice of those flood warnings. they do mean a clear threat to life and that is the danger that still exists in so many parts of northern england and the midlands. with that, huw, back to you. clive, many thanks again. clive myrie with the latest on the floods. let's look at some of the day pours my other main stories. —— let's look at some of the day's other main stories. the scottish national party
leader — and first minister of scotland — nicola sturgeon — has launched her party's election campaign in edinburgh — putting brexit and scottish independence at the centre of the snp's election strategy. she said she'd 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 — as long as the scottish parliament was granted the right to hold a second independence referendum and given more powers. the first minister has been speakling 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? and 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 was 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 into downing street. but you 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 that 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 with people about the trade—offs in advance — and they did not do the planning for it. 977,000 people voted snp in 2017, 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 — different turnouts, 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... but they would contemplate another independence referendum if they needed snp votes to govern. we want scotland to remain part of the union. we're very clear about that and that's why we will not be doing deals. we're 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 that 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 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. as nicola sturgeon made clear there — the battleground in scotland is markedly different to the rest of the uk. not only is the snp the largest party by far — but many of the issues being debated at westminster — such as health, education and public spending — are controlled by the scottish government. our scotland editor sarah smith has been considering the challenge for the snp in this election. 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 the 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 in 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 would 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. and 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. our scotland editor, sarah smith. the prime minister has insisted that britain will not enforce checks on goods between great britain and northern ireland under his brexit deal, prompting widespread claims that he's simply contradicting his own government's position. he's been under pressure to clarify his stance — after he spoke in northern ireland last night. our correspondent chris page is in belfast tonight. what has been the impact of the remarks borisjohnson what has been the impact of the remarks boris johnson made? the recurrent brexit border brainteaser —— brainteaser has been how do you keep it open, between the republic
of ireland and northern ireland, while avoiding checks, and last night boris johnson gave while avoiding checks, and last night borisjohnson gave an off the cuff briefing to some members in cou nty cuff briefing to some members in county armagh, in one business person asked would he have to fill in customs forms for products he we re in customs forms for products he were sending from here to scotland 01’ were sending from here to scotland or wales or england, and mrjohnson said he wouldn't and he said any paperwork could go in the bin. the brexit secretary stephen barclay indicated previously they would have to be some form of administrative process but they have been more questions about goods moving in the other direction, goods making the journey from great britain into northern ireland that are destined to stay here and not crossing the border into the irish republic. mr johnson said under those circumstances the goods would not need to be inspected at all, but trade experts and business groups say they believe checks will be needed because in essence under the brexit deal northern ireland will still have to follow many roles of the eu single market, for example, in the area of meat products and
dairy products, so labour have accused the prime minister of not understanding the deal he has negotiated. mrjohnson has emphasised this is a good dealfor northern ireland, and other issues may be a highly technical, but also highly political. chris page, thanks for joining highly political. chris page, thanks forjoining us. the brexit party leader nigel farage has been on the campaign trail in south wales where he told supporters that his party was the only one which would deliver what he called a ‘clean break‘ with the eu. the brexit party say they will be fielding 600 candidates across the uk — but mr farage has decided not to stand. some in the party are questioning the strategy — as our political correspondent alex forsyth reports. nigel farage! it's just days into the election, but his campaign has gone on for decades and he is not letting up. tonight in wales, nigel farage was still pushing for a brexit pact with boris johnson. his demand now...
boris, please, toughen up on this deal. it's not good enough as it is. the conservatives have ruled out a pact, in which case, he says, he will put up candidates in 600 seats, taking on even tory brexiteers, but earlier insisting they are not his main target. look at where we are now, in south wales, so many labour voters who voted leave and they are our key target, so, sure, we'll take votes from everybody but the idea that it somehow splits the vote is nonsense. i'd also point out, we want a genuine brexit. boris wants a remainers' brexit. i wish he'd shift that position. but there are some wishing nigel farage would shift, concerned about uncompromising tactics. peter udell resigned as a brexit party candidate yesterday, fearful leave split will hand labour a victory, accepting now borisjohnson‘s deal is the best option. everybody is sitting there thinking, should we split the vote?
should we vote for the tories or should we vote for the brexit party? they are hugely loyal to nigel. but it is a dilemma that people are trying to deal with at the moment. and there is a danger that in the search for the perfect that we give away the achievable. quiet conversations are happening across the country. when to stand firm, whether to stand aside. we've spoken to other brexit party members concerned about the current strategy of targeting every seat. only a fraction of brexit party candidates have pulled out so far, some half a dozen out of hundreds, but some have said they were attracted to the brexit party when theresa may led the tories because they did not like her approach to leaving the eu, but they are persuaded by borisjohnson. what's key is whether voters might feel the same. many of his supporters are convinced he is right to keep up the pressure, critical of those with doubts.
too many people are wavering at the moment. we don't want to spoil a deal if there is one but boris's deal is not it. i think what they are trying to do at the moment is make us believe that the deal that has been offered is a good deal. even just as an ordinary citizen i've read it through and it's not. with such brexit arguments already proving crucial in this election, how he chooses to approach it really does count. alex forsyth, bbc news. 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 several times after turning up at her home the day after they broke up. afterwards he tried to make it look as if she'd taken her own life. our 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. 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 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. on the morning he killed her, thomas' mother took him to school, but he caught the bus straight home. he then drove to ellie's house, knowing she was alone. he stabbed her at least 13 times in the neck, then placed ellie's hand on the knife to make it look like she'd killed herself. he returned to school like 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. 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. no mother should ever... ..hold their dead daughter's hand. that was just heartbreaking. 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. i don't think he should never be let out of prison. i don't think he should ever be granted parole. go.
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. fiona lamdin, bbc news. two 15—year old boys were among the 39 people from vietnam who were all found dead in a lorry container in essex last month. police have now released all their names. a 26 year—old woman who sent texts to her parents saying she was dying and couldn't 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 6,000 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. one of the 15—year—olds
was nguyen huy hung. his relatives say he had been trying tojoin his parents who live in britain. hoang van tiep 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. bui thi nhung was one of two 19—year—old women in the lorry, she 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 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 escape 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. this weekend thousands of armed forces veterans will take part in the march—past at the cenotaph in whitehall on remembrance sunday. among those marking the day will be 94 year—old harry billinge who was among the first british soldiers to land in france on d—day.
he's been raising money to help build a new memorial in normandy to remember those who died. today he was shown images of the memorial for the first time as our correspondent 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. it was an appearance on bbc breakfast telly, on a normandy beach for the d—day 75th anniversary injune, 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, 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. that's it. now on bbc one, time for the news where you are.
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