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a 27—year—old man is found guilty of murdering grace millane, the british backpacker strangled to death in new zealand. grace was killed during her gap year, just before her 22nd birthday. she met her killer on a tinder date. he buried her body in a suitcase. grace's parents wept when the jury returned their verdict. this will be with us for the rest of our lives. grace was a beautiful, talented, loving daughter. grace was our sunshine, and she will be missed for ever. we'll have the latest from our correspondent who was in the court in auckland. also this lunchtime... nigel farage unveils the brexit party's policies for the election — not a manifesto, he says,
but a contract with the people. the brexit party are the party of the new radicals. that is who we are. we want to bring politics and our democracy into the 21st century. two treasure hunters are jailed for stealing a viking hoard worth millions of pounds. plenty of wickets for england in their test match in the bay of plenty. and coming up on bbc news... scotland will face israel in their euro 2020 play—off semifinal in march. the winner will then meet either norway or serbia for a place at the tournament. good afternoon and welcome to the news at one. a man who strangled a british backpacker and hid her body
inside a suitcase has been found guilty of her murder. grace millane was killed the night before her 22nd birthday last december. her parents wept in court as the jury returned its unanimous verdict. her father said the family had been "ripped apart" by grace's brutal death. the man's identity cannot be disclosed for now, due to a court suppression order that bans media from naming and picturing him. shaimaa khalil reports from the court in auckland. a family united in grief. david and gillian millane leaving court after their daughter's killer was convicted of murder. grace was taken away from us in the most brutal fashion a year ago. our lives and family have been ripped apart. grace was a beautiful, talented, loving daughter, grace was our sunshine, and she will be missed forever. she did not deserve to be murdered
in such a barbaric way. this is grace millane, the night before her 22nd birthday in december. the last time she was seen alive. grace's killer appeared in court today, his identity cannot be disclosed for now, due to a court suppression order. cctv showed the pair out drinking, but within hours, she was strangled in his apartment. this is the killer telling police why he didn't call an ambulance to help grace. i dialled 111. but i didn't hit the button. because i was scared at how bad it looked. why did you think it looked bad? well, there's a dead person in my room. the jury heard that after the murder, the man searched online for "how to dispose of a corpse".
he also watched extreme pornography. they also saw him going on a date with another woman. they also saw him going on a date with another woman while grace's body was still in his room. this is him later, moving the body in a suitcase. he then buried it in a shallow grave in bushland outside auckland. the defence argued that grace died accidentally, that this was a consensual sex act gone wrong, but the jury did not believe it. they heard forensic evidence of how grace endured sustained pressure on her neck for five to ten minutes. they also heard the prosecution argument that the killer sexualised her death by taking intimate photos of her dead body. grace's murder shocked this nation. at the time, the country's prime minister could not hide her emotions. on behalf of new zealand, i want to apologise to grace's family.
your daughter should have been safe here and she wasn't and i am sorry for that. the outpouring of sorrow and support was felt strongly by grace's family. we would like to thank the people of new zealand. they have opened their hearts to grace and ourfamily. we must return home and try and pick up the pieces of our lives, and day—to—day, without our beloved grace. today's verdict may give the family some closure. but it will not take away from the pain and the suffering they have had to endure. and shaimaa joins us live from auckland now — shaima this has been a case that horrified new zealand 7 it horrified new zealand? has indeed horrified and st at it has indeed horrified and shocked at this nation, a country that prides itself on how safe it is, on being welcoming, on being a
destination for backpackers from around the world. and that's what grace was doing last year, she came here on a backpacking holiday, that raw emotion and grief that we saw from the family, that really came out at the time when it happened, when families, mothers, took their daughters to the area where grace's body was found, to pay their respects, and that really stayed with the family, with the father thanking the people of new zealand for their support. we also saw great emotion inside the courtroom as well, from the family, in that tense momentjust before the verdict was announced, they held hands and then they broke down in tears when it was announced. we could also see members of thejury announced. we could also see members of the jury themselves crying as they left the courtroom. the judge then addressed them and said that this was a very difficult and highly compact case, and we now know that grace's murderer is going to be sentenced on 21st february. shaimaa
khalil, our correspondent in auckland, thank you very much. the brexit party has unveiled its policies for the election, promising "fundamental change" for the uk after it leaves the european union. instead of a traditional manifesto, the party's leader nigel farage published what he called a contract with the people. he promised to raise £200 billion by withholding eu contributions, redirecting foreign aid and scrapping hs2. he also said the party would get rid of the house of lords and reform the supreme court. tom symonds has been following the launch — and a warning, his report contains some flash photography. they have not even been in existence for one year, and his party has been taunted for not having any policies, except the one which was in the name of the party. so, what has he been launching today? well, it is a contract with the people, as he calls it, not a manifesto, but it
does have some promises, including the promise of radical thinking. none of those things will happen with the conservative party and the labour party. they don't want any fundamental change or reform to the system at all, and i detect there is a big change of mood out there in the country. this is something that will become part of the mainstream debate. whether it is over the next three weeks, whether it is in time, i don't know the answer, but the need and desire for political and institutional reform is enormous. the party wants a clean break from the eu, without paying any more money, money which nigel farage wa nts to money, money which nigel farage wants to spend on road, rail, high streets, cancelling the interest student loans and costing cutting the cost of living. as yet, three and a half years on, there has been nothing for the little people, nothing for the little people, nothing for the ordinary people whatsoever, as our politics and our debate around the economy continues to be dominated by giant corporate
noble business. starting with cuts to vat on domestic fuel and hoping that importing products from outside the eu will lead to lower prices. with extinction rebellion outside, there was almost nothing on climate change, except planting trees. the brexit party may have signed up former conservative ann widdecombe, but it is not fielding enough candidates to win this election. nigel farage has described his party asa nigel farage has described his party as a start—up. perhaps he's hoping to disruptan as a start—up. perhaps he's hoping to disrupt an existing political market. without us, there will be no genuine brexit. we know want to lead the next phase, which is a political revolution that puts the ordinary people first. thank you. in the end, it is the populist pitch, vote for us, we it is the populist pitch, vote for us, we are it is the populist pitch, vote for us, we are not part of the westminster status quo. the first
thing in this contract for the people. look at some of the things he is suggesting, abolishing the house of lords, political scrutiny ofjudges, a new voting system and making the civil service an oath of neutrality, and allowing people to call their own referendums. who would thought it? tom symonds, thank you very much indeed. plaid cymru is promising a £20 billion investment in what it calls a green jobs revolution for wales. launching its election manifesto, the party's leader, adam price, said they would also invest in rail and bus services, a new offshore wind farm and three tidal lagoons to generate electricity. he also talked about his ambition for an independent wales. they say that our dream of an independent wales is improbable, that our poverty is inevitable. well, this is the moment when the improbable beats what westminster says is inevitable. this is the moment when we start
to believe that our future won't be written for us in the corridors of westminster. our wales correspondent hywel griffith is in in nantgarw in south wales. tell us more about what plaid are offering? well, the question always thrown at the plaid is, how would wales pay its own way if it was independent? it doesn't have oil, like scotland, and the coal mines which build this area decades ago have all closed down. however, this ma nifesto have all closed down. however, this manifesto sets out a pretty new idea, what plaid calls a green industrial revolution, powered with green energy, from tidal lagoons and wind farms and electrifying the main ra i lwa ys wind farms and electrifying the main railways through the country. now, it would need £20 billion for that, most of it coming from the westminster government. there has been talk during the campaign of wales being owed money, having been asset stripped of natural resources
like coal in the past, and that at least £15 billion should come from the westminster government, but also on wales' borrowing powers to be increased. what else are they offering voters? welcome they would give children in low—income families and extra £35 per head per week. they would also offer free social ca re they would also offer free social care for the elderly. it is all about the costing, however, and persuading people that in a uk election, plaid is a force that can make a difference. the leader, adam price, told me he would be willing to talk to jeremy corbyn price, told me he would be willing to talk tojeremy corbyn if price, told me he would be willing to talk to jeremy corbyn if there was a hung parliament. he won't give away, however, what his bargaining chips and negotiating tactic would be in that eventuality. . howell griffith, our wales correspondent, thank you. let's take a look at some of today's other election news. the shadow chancellor, john mcdonnell, has rejected claims from the think—tank the institute for fiscal studies that labour's manifesto commitments can't be met with 95% of taxpayers paying no extra tax. the instititute also suggested that
increasing corporation tax would result in lower wages and higher prices. i don't think they've taken into account the whole range of the policies that we've been developing, that are set out in the manifesto. they're arguing, for example, that if we increase corporation tax, if we withdraw the corporation tax cuts that the tories have given the big corporations, somehow, that will result in lower wages or increased prices. well, there's no evidence to suggest that whatsoever. the conservatives have announced that if they win the election, foreigners buying properties in england will be forced to pay 3% more in stamp duty than uk residents. the party says it would raise up to £120 million a year that would be used to help tackle rough sleeping. later tonight, the leaders of the conservatives, labour, the liberal democrats and the snp will be quizzed by audience members on a bbc question time special in sheffield.
0ur political correspondent iain watson is there. just talk us through the format? well, the four party leaders will be making their pitch from this very podium, representing the four biggest parties in westminster for rather bizarrely for a general election, they have actually agreed on something, the order of service. jeremy corbyn is going to be up first, then nicola sturgeon, followed by jo swinson, first, then nicola sturgeon, followed byjo swinson, and finally, borisjohnson. irrespective of followed byjo swinson, and finally, boris johnson. irrespective of the size of their parties, they will all be given the same amount of airtime, about 30 minutes each. what is different from a conventional debate is that here, the audience will be in charge. they will be sitting here, 150 of them, designed to be representative of the british public asa representative of the british public as a whole. they will be putting their questions directly to the politicians. and from past experience, they can really put them on the spot. so, who knows, perhaps
tonight we'll change the whole shape of this general election? the question time leaders special kicks off at seven o'clock on bbc one. iain watson, thank you very much. tonight's question time leaders special starts at 7pm here on bbc one, and you can get live fact—checking and analysis on bbc.co.uk/news, the bbc news app and the bbc news channel. and we'll have more on the election later in the programme. an independent think—tank is warning that the length of hospital waiting lists in northern ireland shows parts of the health service there have collapsed. the nuffield trust says some patients have to endure agonising waits for treatment which wouldn't happen if they lived elsewhere in the uk. 0ur ireland correspondent emma vardy reports. a formerfirefighter, a former firefighter, eugene a formerfirefighter, eugene hayes is now battling to save his eyesight. he is one of more than 6000 people in northern ireland waiting for a cataracts operation,
some waiting several years.|j waiting for a cataracts operation, some waiting several years. i have been told i am 6555, on the list, and that is only to see a consultant. from the age of 40, i have a chance of going blind, and i am 52. it really scares me. i don't wa nt to am 52. it really scares me. i don't want to go blind. i really don't. figures obtained by the bbc show patients in northern ireland are waiting years for treatment across a range of conditions, 251 weeks for gastroenterology, 223 weeks for neurology and 238 weeks for a child to see an allergy specialist, that is about four years. the think tank the nuffield trust says that a weight of even 12 months would be highly unusual for many patients elsewhere in the uk, and here in northern ireland, there are warnings there is now a risk of some people dying while they wait for treatment, and little that health trusts can do
without political intervention from higher up. without political intervention from higherup. —— without political intervention from higher up. —— wait. without political intervention from higher up. -- wait. waiting a year for treatment in england or scotland is really an extraordinary negative outcome for a patient, you would be very unlucky to go through that. in northern ireland, sadly, it is becoming quite commonplace. here is where decisions should be taken to help tackle the problem but there is paralysis at stormont because northern ireland has been without a devolved government for nearly three yea rs, devolved government for nearly three years, since power—sharing collapsed. civil servants are running the health service in northern ireland, in the absence of a minister, but powers are limited. the minister, in my view, would either have sought more money and may have got it; or, they would have changed the priorities and spend more money on the waiting list times. if stormont is not restored soon, with patients at risk, there will be pressure on westminster to intervene. two men who were using metal detectors to look for treasure have been jailed for stealing
a viking hoard of coins and jewellry worth millions of pounds. george powell was jailed for ten years and layton davies was sentenced to eight—and—a—half years. robert hall reports. the treasure stolen by a viking invader, gold, silver and the treasure stolen by a viking invader, gold, silverand coins, the treasure stolen by a viking invader, gold, silver and coins, the missing link in a birth of a nation. we have coins minted in two neighbouring kingdoms, wessex, basically everything south of the river thames, and murcia, which extends from the thames up to the humber. and this dates from the very moment that england has a single kingdom, and is taking shape. you could argue this is england's first. we don't know why the viking loot was buried here in herefordshire, but it lay undiscovered for 1000 yea rs, but it lay undiscovered for 1000 years, until it was stolen again. a treasure trove unearthed piece by piece, and captured on the mobile
phone, detectorists for years, piece, and captured on the mobile phone, detectorists foryears, now they had a decision to make. if you find treasure, you must declare it within 14 days of knowing it is treasure, they did not and then they eventually declared some of it. the gold, something you could not sell to anybody because it is so unique. the coins were another matter. the thieves found just the man to sell them, detectorists simon wicks. he took samples to a london dealer, and passed on the news that they were looking at a value of over £3 million, by the time the trio enlisted paul wells, another local dealer, police were already on their trail. but it was not easy. it is an unregulated body, the coin dealerships, and that proved to be a body, there is no regulation, there is no record. one crucial piece of evidence turned up at the home of paul wells, coins from the horde
carefully sewn into the case for a magnifying glass. this is a fraction of what was found by the thieves. the trail has gone cold, so far they have done nothing to aid the search for the treasure. they have a financial value but the wider value is to the heritage and history of the nation itself and that story is now much harder to tell because of what has happened in this case. people, not just what has happened in this case. people, notjust professionals, but people would be sharing that with their children, children's education and knowledge, we all feel quite bad that opportunity has been denied to all of us. the men are now beginning lengthy jail sentences, all of us. the men are now beginning lengthyjail sentences, they could hold the key to a mystery that is yet to be solved. our top story this lunchtime: a 27—year—old man is found guilty of murdering grace millane, the british backpacker strangled to death in new zealand. commentator: it is a gone!
england cricketers enjoy themselves in the bay of plenty. coming up on bbc news, sam curran takes the crucial wicket of kane williamson as the shadows lengthen on day 2 of the first test between england and new zealand, who are 209 runs behind. between england and new zealand, the uk has been called an "illegal colonial occupier" after ignoring a deadline to give up an overseas territory. the united nations had given britain six months to relinquish control of the chagos islands, which are in the middle of the indian ocean, but that deadline has now passed. mauritius claims it was forced to give the archipelago to britain in 1965 in return for its independence. the british government says it has every right to hold onto the islands, one of which, diego garcia, is home to a us airbase. andrew harding has the story.
these are the chagos islands, tiny and remote, but now the subject of an increasingly bitter tug—of—war between britain and mauritius. britain controls the islands and, years ago, cut a secret deal to allow america to use the biggest island, diego garcia, as a military airbase. but earlier this year, the united nations's top court said the uk had no right to keep hold of chagos, that it was violating international law and, in may, the un general assembly voted overwhelmingly to give britain a six—month deadline to hand the islands over to mauritius. today, britain's response was short and defiant. the foreign office said, "the british indian 0cean territory", as the chagos islands are officially known, "has been under british sovereignty since 1814 and the uk does not recognise mauritius‘ claim the islands". but this morning, the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, flatly contradicted that, saying that if he becomes prime
minister he will hand the islands back to mauritius. yes, absolutely, i have been involved in the chagos campaign for a very long time. what happened to the chagos islanders was utterly disgraceful, forcibly removed from their own islands, unfortunately by this country. they need a full apology, they need adequate compensation, they've had some, but i don't believe it is sufficient, and i believe the right of return to those islands is absolutely important. in mauritius today, a small demonstration by chagosians. they are demanding the right to return to their island home and the government of mauritius is stepping up its war of words with britain. this situation clearly leaves the united kingdom as an illegal colonial occupier. for now, the british government may feel it can ignore this sort of criticism, that any punishment will be minor,
but the tussle over these tiny islands is damaging britain's reputation on the global stage. england's cricketers have the upper hand after the second day of the first test at the bay of plenty in new zealand. the hosts ended the day on 144 for 4 in reply to england's first innings 353. our sports correspondent joe wilson reports. some follow england's cricketers everywhere for days like this, fine morning on the north island, and ben stokes batting. delicate, well, he can do anything with the bat, we know that, but stokes, 91, tried to expand... commentator: outside commentator: 0utside edge, what a catch! stunning catch by one of the greats of new zealand but ross taylor knew he had dropped him the day before, his reaction was measured. now, could someone else
make runs? c0—commentator: measured. now, could someone else make runs? co-commentator: oh, yes! jos buttler england to a total of 353, looking pretty good, but at these things are relative. —— at mount maunganui these things are relative. jack leach, spin bowler. catch from denley, giving england the second wicket, without glasses. kane williamson surprised, deflected this ball to the field, big moment, new zealand's captain out for 51, curran, again. now, everyone knows jofra archer bold fast... talk about impact! henry nichols was assessed and did bat on. new zealand finished the game 209 behind, four wickets down, but another reminder why you need all the protection you can get.
lets return to the election. throughout the campaign, bbc news is looking closely at the places where the election could be won and lost and visiting 10 parts of the uk where seats will be closely contested. today, we're in norwich in the east of england. the city is split into two constituencies. in the last election, one was held by the conservatives and the other by labour. one is norwich south, which was held by labour, with a big majority, at the last election, after they took the seat from the lib dems. but the main battleground is in the north of the city. two years ago, the conservatives beat labour there byjust 507 votes. martine croxall is in norwich. 0ne one of the cities with the lowest pay across the uk, norwich, so there isa pay across the uk, norwich, so there is a lot of interest in plans from political parties for big increases in the minimum wage after the election although businesses and
economists are warning that higher wages may affect how many people companies can take on. taking a hit for higher wages. employers, like this youth activity centre in norwich, are bracing themselves to pay more to staff surviving on the minimum wage. i've got a child to look after and ijust find it incredibly difficult to make ends meet. harriet, who is 25, works as a fundraiser. putting up the minimum wage, what would you think about that? i think, on the face of it, it's a really great thing and it sounds wonderful, but i would be concerned about some issues. for example, my benefits. i'm a young single mum. would that mean that my benefits would get get cut? also, i'm worried about cost of living. could that filter down through to our supermarkets? the national living wage for over 25s is £8.21 at the moment. under labour, it would climb to £10 from the age of 16. the conservatives are aiming for around £10.50 from 21, but phased—in over five years.
the snp would get rid of the lower minimums for all young people, like labour. the lib dems wants an independent review. there are around 80 people employed with us. i'd say 30% of those would be on or around the minimum wage. but the worry at this centre is that they'd have to reducejobs. we'd have to re—evaluate our offering. whether there are potentially areas that we could cut back on our staff, whether there are services we could cut back on. one thing we would really want to avoid doing is cutting back on the services that we provide for the youth, which is what the charity and the business is all about. in fact, so far, minimum wages haven't appeared to hold jobs back. jobs have got better and wages have gone up. the question is, how far can you push it before employers say, "that's enough"? at the grosvenor chip shop, jobs aren't in danger, but the cost of a meal might go up. we couldn't make our money without them. if the living wage does go up, i wouldn't have a problem paying it. i would have to raise my prices.
eighteen—year—old grace here would celebrate if the election serves up an end to lower minimum wages for people under 25. doing the same job, but not earning enough, i don't really see what's fair in that. i'd use it to save things, but also to buy necessities, food, but also to be able to go out and have a good time. it's a big issue in norwich and the number on minimum wages would be very big if the rates were pushed up. under labour's plans, the total would triple to more than six million. simon gompertz, bbc news. health is another big issue this election. and joining me now is our health editor hugh pym. here in norwich, concern about the state of local health provision for mental health. it is in special measures, rated inadequate, campaigners have been angry and very frustrated about the standards of
care, frustrated about the standards of ca re , very frustrated about the standards of care, very sad stories covered by the bbc and others, about people being sent hundreds of miles for the right mental health care, long delays, for example, getting treatment for eating disorders, so, it isa treatment for eating disorders, so, it is a real issue here. signs of improvement, the regulator, the c2c, coming back to do an update, but a very important issue in this election campaign in east anglia. —— cqc. and what about the wider health issues? last week we learned that english a&e units in hospitals have their lowest ever performance on the four hour target, for patients to be treated or assessed, norfolk and norwich was at the lower end of that. just a sign of the sort of pressure all services are under. demand is rising, i think that, and other hospitals locally are finding it ethical to keep up with demand. staff vacancies, big issue, across the nhs, getting staff to come in. —— finding it difficult. 0ne the nhs, getting staff to come in. —— finding it difficult. one issue which has been affecting senior
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