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many tourists are feared dead after the volcano they were visiting in new zealand erupted unexpectedly. day trippers had been walking inside the rim of the crater when it happened. five people are confirmed dead, more than 20 are missing. injured survivors are evacuated but the authorities say it's too dangerous to mount a rescue attempt. the island is unstable. there is the possibility of further eruptions but actually, the physical environment is unsafe for us to return to the island. police now say they're not expecting to find any more survivors. we'll be live with our correspondent in new zealand. also this lunchtime... the serial rapistjoseph mccann is given 33 life sentences. the judge described him as a classic
psychopath who will never cease to be dangerous. the world anti—doping agency bans russia from all major sporting events for four years, including the next olympics and world cup. russia was afforded every opportunity to get its house in order and to rejoin the global anti—doping community, for the good of its athletes and for the integrity of sport, but chose instead a different route. it's the final countdown to the general election, with one last push from all the parties. and one of the last surviving pilots from the battle of britain has died at the age of 101. and coming up on bbc news, revenge over ruiz this weekend for anthonyjoshua, as the heavyweight champion opens up about the health issues which led to that shock defeat injune.
good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. at least five people are dead after a volcano that's popular with tourists erupted without warning in new zealand. it's feared the death toll will rise — day trippers were seen walking inside the crater of the white island volcano just moments before the eruption. more than 20 people are missing, and police now say they don't expect any more survivors. they say it's too dangerous to attempt any kind of rescue because there could be more eruptions. richard lister reports. seconds after the eruption began, these tourists got off the island just in time. minutes later, and a boiling ash cloud fills the sky.
oh my god. the boat crew knowjust how dangerous this is. get inside! not half an hour before, they had been at the edge of the crater with no idea of what was coming. after returning to the boat and seeing the blast, they go back to look for survivors. they find a sightseeing helicopter, destroyed by the eruption. the plume of ash is still building, and further down the beach, a large group of day trippers is assembling on a rock, waiting for rescue. 23 people were picked up by tourist boats, but others are still unaccounted for. among them, this group, seen on a monitoring camera, heading for the crater just before monitoring camera, heading for the craterjust before the eruption.
i know there will be a huge amount of concern and anxiety for those who have loved ones on or around the island at the time, and i can assure them police are doing everything they can. the injured were brought to wha katane harbour. most were suffering from burns, and five did not survive their injuries. helicopters transferred those who were critically ill to specialist hospitals, but this rescue and recovery operation has had to be suspended for now. the island is unstable. there's possibilities of further eruptions, but actually, the physical environment is unsafe for us to return to the island. white island may be new zealand's most active volcano, but it is also popular with tourists. some 10,000 visit every year. last month, a volcano monitoring group raised the alert level, saying eruptions may be more likely.
it is quite plausible that this is the first stage of an eruption that could continue, but on the same side of the coin, it could just simply be a one hit wonder. the police have been flying reconnaissance aircraft, looking for any signs of life on the island. they say they have found none and they are assuming there are no more survivors. richard lister, bbc news. let's speak to our reporter danny vincent who's in new zealand. what is the latest? it is now the early hours of the morning here in new zealand and that means around 12 hours ago this volcano erupted on the northern ireland come on the east coast of the island. here in new zealand there is a lot of uncertainty, the police are unsure if there are still survivors after this tragic event but also the experts are unsure if this is a
one—off eruption or if it is likely it could continue. any attempts to rescue 01’ even survey the it could continue. any attempts to rescue or even survey the island and the volcano itself have stopped not only because of nightfall but also because there is a huge concern about the stability of the volcano. it is seen as an extremely dangerous rescue operation and they have been halted and i think at first light it is likely that experts will go out again up in the sky and try to survey the area. danny, many thanks. danny vincent in new zealand. an old baileyjudge has given a man 33 life sentences for a series of rapes and violent sex attacks on 11 women and children across england. joseph mccann‘s victims were aged between 11 and 71. 0ur correspondent sarah corker is at the old bailey. the full details of this case are
just too distressing to report. mccann is a serial rapist who roamed the country attacking women and children conduct his attacks started in watford and continued in london, lancashire and greater manchester before he was finally arrested in cheshire, found hiding up a tree. a victim impact statement was read out in court today and the victim described the chronic pain she suffers everyday, the nightmares and flashbacks she has and a life of just surviving, managing the trauma. mccann refused to attend his four—week trial here at the old bailey and again today he refused to come for his sentencing. he complained of having a bad back. in sentencing, thejudge him as a coward, a violent bully and paedophile, a coward because you have been unable to face your accuser is, instead hiding in your cell. thejudge said, "you are accuser is, instead hiding in your cell. the judge said, "you are a classic psychopath, you will never cease to be dangerous. this was a
campaign of rape, violence and abduction of a kind i have never seen." mccann is today starting a 33 life sentence and he will serve a minimum term of 30 years in prison. thejudge also said minimum term of 30 years in prison. the judge also said there should be an independent investigation into failures in the criminaljustice system, why was mccann released by mistake from prison in february. finally, thejudge praised their victims for their courage and bravery in coming forward. sarah, thank you. russia has been banned from all major sporting events for four years, including the next olympics and world cup. the world anti—doping agency announced the unprecedented ban after finding that russian officials had tampered with data to cover up evidence of cheating. russian athletes who can prove they were untainted by the doping scandal will still be allowed to compete, but only under a neutral banner. 0ur sports correspondent
andy swiss reports. the russian federation! from 0lympic hosts two sporting outcasts. ever segments holding the winter games in 2014, russia has been mired in unprecedented doping scandal and now they are facing an unprecedented punishment. afterfresh they are facing an unprecedented punishment. after fresh revelations of another cover—up by russian officials, this morning the world anti—doping agency band russia from all major sporting events for four yea rs all major sporting events for four years following a string of transgressions, their patients had run out of. russia was afforded every opportunity to get its house in order and to rejoin the global anti—doping community, for the good of its athletes and for the integrity of sport, but it chose instead to a different route. they have had three swings at the bat, struck out three times. the
duplicity and deceit and deception they exhibited isjust beyond the pale. i think it is an embarrassment to the athletes in the world. pale. i think it is an embarrassment to the athletes in the worldm pale. i think it is an embarrassment to the athletes in the world. it has recently emerged russia's anti—doping agency tampered with laboratory data, altering or deleting athletes upon test results. earlier, the new head of the russian agency told the bbc the scale of the previous regime's cover—up. thousands of entries were deleted. thousands. thousands. the punishment means there will be no russia team at next year's 0lympics. 0nly athletes who can prove they are clea n ca n athletes who can prove they are clean can compete come under a neutral flag, as some did at the winter games last year in pyeongchang. it also means russia are banned from the football world cup pundit remember, they hosted the last tournament but their national tea m last tournament but their national team will not be at the next one in 2022. russia can appeal against the
punishment but five years on from the now notorious saatchi games, one of sport's traditional super powers is out in the cold —— sochi games. 0ur correspondent steve rosenberg is in moscow. as we have heard, an unprecedented ban but what is the russian reaction so ban but what is the russian reaction so far to this? here in russia, athletes and sports officials and government figures had been bracing themselves for tougher sanctions from the world anti—doping agency so no surprise here but a good deal of disappointment and the degree of anger put at the head of the russian swimming federation called it a tragedy and the russian boxing federation said it was a sad and stupid decision and said, "our boxers don't want to go to the 0lympics without their flag and national anthem." the head of the gymnastics federation talked about political motives behind the decision which was echoed a few minutes ago by the russian prime
minister, dmitry medvedev, who talked about anti—russian hysteria and said russia should appeal the decision. but there is another view as well. i spoke to a russian hurdler a few minutes ago who said he was deeply disappointed of course but he blames russian sporting officials who he believes wasted the last four years and did nothing to clear up the mess around this doping scandal. steve, many thanks. steve rosenberg in moscow. with just three days to go before the uk goes to the polls, the parties are making theirfinal pitches to voters. the shadow chancellor, john mcdonnell, says labour will deliver a budget to "end austerity" in its first 100 days of government, if it wins on thursday. the prime minister is targeting labour—held seats in leave—voting parts of the north—east of england, telling people therejeremy corbyn has let voters down. 0ur political correspondent ben wright reports. ina
in a general election, it is hard to keep up with all the policies and promises. but with just three days of campaigning left, the parties are frantically selling their main message to voters. for boris johnson, that is brexit. early this morning he was fishing for folks in grimsby, a long—time labour seat that voted to leave the eu —— fishing for votes. we are working ha rd across fishing for votes. we are working hard across the whole country and it's a message of unity and bringing this amazing united kingdom together. because if we can get brexit done we can move forward with investments in infrastructure and education and technology that will unleash opportunity across the whole country. had in the polls, the conservative campaign has confidence but recent elections have defied expectations and nothing is certain. borisjohnson continues to face questions about his brexit deal. according to a leaked government
document, putting new customs arrangements for northern ireland in place before the end of 2020 will be a major strategic and political and operational challenge. the labour economic plans are radically different to the tories come from nationalising utility companies to big increases in public spending. today the party's shadow chancellor vowed to end austerity within its first 100 days in power. our agenda is radical because people are demanding radical change. i believe right the way across the classes. and he had this to say about some of the labour political opponents. when they attack me orjeremy, we know it is not really about us, it is about you. it's about the people of our country. some of them hate the people of our country. of the differences between the two main parties are start, from brexit to their plans for public spending. the final days of this campaign will be a fight to shore up their court support and win over the waverers.
today the lib dems leaderjo swinson said it did not look likely her party would win a majority but the lib dems would be crucial if there isa lib dems would be crucial if there is a hung parliament. we will always add liberal democrats be working to stop brexit and pursue the values that we hold true to and we care about. at the moment, both labour and the conservative parties have gone to the extremes. the snp could be important players as well. gone to the extremes. the snp could be important players as weltm gone to the extremes. the snp could be important players as well. if the labour party get themselves into a position on thursday are potentially being able to form a minority government, better to have the progressive voices of the snp as an influence on them making shot not just the right policies but the right values art to the fore. downing street is being readied for this christmas election. a poll that puts very different futures for britain to voters. 0ur assistant political editor, norman smith, is in westminster. norman, more bold promises from labour?
well, not just bold well, notjust bold radical promises, but a well, notjust bold radical promises, buta rapid, rapid agenda for implementing them. because labour want to convince voters if you vote forjeremy corbyn, the world is going to change round us, within days and almost as a sort of symbolic sign of that they are saying if mr corbyn is victorious he will arrive in downing street on friday morning on his bicycle. he will take his bicycle clips off, go into number ten and immediately start issues instructions to civil serva nts to start issues instructions to civil servants to begin renationalising the water and energy industry u they will begin preparing for a budget eight weeks later to end austerity and to start setting up this national transformation fund and an investment bank to pour billions into disadvantaged parts of the country before christmas. and the point about this is to convince volters that this radical agenda isn't pie—in—the—sky never really going to happen, pipe dream sort of stuff, that this is real change
which labour is going to deliver within days. borisjohnson tried to target labour seats today. boris johnson is trying to do what other tory leaders have tried to do and failed, namely to breakthrough the solid red line of traditional loyal labour seatings in the north of the country and the reason boris johnson the north of the country and the reason borisjohnson believes he might be able to do it is twofold. 0ne might be able to do it is twofold. one is brexit. and a greef many traditional labour leave voters feel betrayed by labour's convolleyball lieutenanted positions betrayed by labour's convolleyball lieutena nted positions on betrayed by labour's convolleyball lieutenanted positions on brexit and because ofjeremy corbyn and a view he is profoundly disliked in traditional labour seats but mr johnson has faced direct questions today about his own trustworthiness from one former political ally, the leader of the dup arlene foster who said in effect she couldn't trust borisjohnson.
said in effect she couldn't trust boris johnson. 0ne bitten said in effect she couldn't trust borisjohnson. 0ne bitten twice shy she said after the brexit deal he reached she believes left northern ireland cut off from the rest of the uk. i suppose the question is ben, these questions round boris johnson's trustworthiness, do they hit home or do peoplejust johnson's trustworthiness, do they hit home or do people just shrug their shoulders and carry on any way. norman, many thanks indeed. as we've been hearing, a leaked government document suggests borisjohnson's brexit plan will present a "major challenge" because of the new customs arrangements needed for northern ireland. 0ur economics correspondent andy verity is here. tell us more about what's in this document. well, as you mentioned borisjohnson has been repeatedly saying there will be no form, no check, no barriers of any kind for goods crossing the irish sea between great britain and northern ireland. we have two leaked document. we had a treasury docks document saying there would be forms and tariffs gore goods going to the republic of ireland, now we have a document from
the department for exiting the eu, which is looking at various options for implementing the withdrawal agreement negotiated by boris and saying it will be a major challenge, the quote is that there will be difficulties implementing the systems, sory the exact quote delivering the required infrastructure, associated systems and staffing to implement the requirement of the protocol represents a major challenge. 0ne requirement of the protocol represents a major challenge. one of the reasons for example is agricultural produce will be eu rules so the eu keeps ago churl produce out such as chicken by means of things like vet check, after of the chicken that comes in has to have vet checks. that makes it expensive to import them from other countries, the same could happen with chicken going to the republic of ireland. thank you. and tonight at 8.30pm on bbc one, the bbc news channel and bbc
iplayer, there will be a special edition of question time from york, with an audience of under 30s, presented by emma barnett. you can get live fact checking and analysis of the event on the bbc news website, the news app and on the bbc news channel. our top story this lunchtime... many tourists are feared dead, after the volcano they were visiting in new zealand erupted unexpectedly. and coming up. we're live in crewe — the latest stop on our tour of seats where the election will be closely contested. coming up on bbc news. the fallout from the doping scandal. russia are banned from major events for four years, but clean athletes can compete under a neutral flag.
high level talks get under way this afternoon aimed at ending the conflict in eastern ukraine. more than 13,000 people have been killed in five years of fighting between russian—backed separatists and ukrainian forces. 0ur correspondent lucy williamson is in paris where the talks are taking place. lucy, can these talks succeed? well, i don't think we expect any major breakthroughs on substance, president zelensky, president putin are coming to the discussion with different priorities, president zele ns ky different priorities, president zelensky would like to see a ceasefire, the armed separatist groups dismantle and vladimir putin is focussing more on autonomy for those region, on holding elections, but having said that, it is the first time these two leaders are able to meet face to face, and that is seen as an important moment. they have had very different backgrounds, different character, president putin has led russia for most of the past
20 years, president zelensky has only just been elected 20 years, president zelensky has onlyjust been elected and is new to politics, his background is in television and acting, so it is seen as an important moment to get that relation sinn fein off the ground and see what it looks like. i think there is nervousness in parts of the ukraine about whether their man can hold the line, if you like, against this very experienced russian counterpart but there is no doubt it is an important moment to try and build that relationship. that is something that president macron is keen to do. thank you lucy. thank you lucy. tributes have been paid to one of the last surviving battle of britain pilots, who's died at the age of 101. flight lieutenant maurice mounsdon helped to defended the skies above southern england from the nazis in 1940. his death leaves only three remaining members of the pilots who became known as the few.
0dds odds are passing into raf history. maurice mounsdon was 21 when he joined up, less than a year after completing his training, he was in combat over kent. spitfires roar into action. flying hurricanes he flew missions against the waves of german bomber, sent to soften britain up ahead of hitler's planned invasion. during july and early august, more maurice shot down seven, but at the end of august at the peak of the battle he was forced to bail out of his burning aircraft. had a shot at one of the bombers, andi had a shot at one of the bombers, and i was overtaking the squadron, soi and i was overtaking the squadron, so i turned to come back and have another go, when i was hit. maurice was terribly burned on his hands and
leg, he suffered a great deal during his months in hospital. leg, he suffered a great deal during his months in hospitallj leg, he suffered a great deal during his months in hospital. i was hit with a shell in the gravity petrol tank behind the dashboard, which exploded, of course, and it blew petrol into the cockpit which insta ntly caught petrol into the cockpit which instantly caught fire. so there was only one thing to do, and that was get out as fast as possible. 544 raf pilots were killed during the battle of britain. maurice mounsdon never flew in combat again but he served until the end of the war. today air chief marshal mike wigston chief of the air staff chief marshal mike wigston chief of the airstaff said: he was one of the best you know, he was always chatty, appreciated people recognising that he was a
battle of britain veteran but on the other hand it hadn't fazed him. he went on to enjoy a full life, to over 101, and i went on to enjoy a full life, to over101, and i think went on to enjoy a full life, to over 101, and i think he was a lovely guy. 0ut lovely guy. out of the 3,000 young men who flew in 1940 just three remain. but the courage shown during that long and costly summer will outlive all of them. robert hall. bbc news. niesmt back now to the election, and throughout the campaign we've been focusing on parts of the uk where seats are expected to be closely contested. today we're in crewe, and joanna gosling is there. ben, thank you. yes, crewe and nantwich is a key election battleground. in 2017 labour took the seat from the conservatives byjust 48 votes. earlier, the victoria derbyshire programme held a live debate in crewe with a group of undecided voters from the constituency —
and across the uk. they were brought together by specialist research agency britain thinks. let's get a flavour of what some of them said. what have you made of this election campaign so far, rob? extremely disappointing. why? i think when we look upon the elections in america, 2015, i think we all sat here, and we all looked at it and thought what a terrible way they conducted themselves, and it's actually manifested over here into the uk. in what way? what do you mean? the personal slandering. it has always become about personalities, now, rather than policies. there's too much emphasis on trying to dig up history about either side, whether it be boris orjc, so i think realistically we should get back to the policies, what's going to make changes for the country, rather than look at the personalities. the way that every party has behaved over brexit has been a big thing, in terms of the truth. i don't feel like i can believe anything any of them say any more. why have you reached that conclusion? the way people have jumped from leave to remain, the way they're not honouring the majority decision, the way they've just stepped
in front of boris and stopped him doing certain things, and blocking votes and all the rest of it. i've just had enough personally. i'm afraid ijudge it on the person and how they handle themselves, and i've been very disappointed in our existing prime minister, and the potential prime minister, and the way they have just bickered between themselves, instead of stating what they are going to do for our country, for our nhs and our crime issues, social care, etc. i pretty have made up my mind. i think i'm going to go for labour, to be honest, because they've addressed all of the things that are really important to me — crime, climate change. i haven't heard the tories say anything about climate change, the only focus has been on brexit, brexit, brexit. one of the key issues facing voters in this area and many parts of the north of england is transport. all the main parties acknowledge that links to and from here need to improve — our transport correspondent tom burridge has been taking a look at why it matters to so many.
a train trip through the pennines — picturesque, but like many journeys across the north of england, relatively slow. in this election, there are promises galore that public transport links will improve. everything is promised every time, isn't it, and i think the north is left out. i do really believe that. hebden bridge station, a reminder of how long it is since our railways were conceived. today, just over 1% of people in the north of england catch a train on a daily basis. yes, 1%. if you want to de—clog the roads, that has to change. we need new lines, for example the new fast line from leeds to manchester. but we also need to reopen lines that have been closed, where there's now a big demand, for both reasons of social mobility and environmental reasons. bradford has a young population, but to realise that potential, you need a transport system to match. this station, and the fact
there is another station across the city serving different places, says it all. bradford isn't properly connected. politicians now agree that an entire overhaul of the rail network in this part of the country is needed, with a new station in this city. that makeover is called northern powerhouse rail, or crossrail for the north. all the parties have committed to this £40 billion project. there will be a new, faster link between manchester and leeds, and upgrades to existing lines. work should begin in five years' time. if you want to start a business, you can start it in bradford. it's really cost—effective to be in bradford. it's quite a cool place to be. news. buses o my means of getting out. that more immediate concern for many. all the parties are promising more money for buses. carol has been
campaigning against cuts to services in crewe. no bus. isolation. and this is her message for politicians. it is all right, i'm in a car, i'm in having a chauffeur each but there isa in having a chauffeur each but there is a lot people haven't got that. they only have a bus. mark's only option home is an unreliable train service. it isn't just option home is an unreliable train service. it isn'tjust the inconvenience, it is your mental health, yourjob. the state of public transport high up his agenda. ican public transport high up his agenda. i can drive but i have already paid for my season ticket so i am stuck with it really. a factor when he votes in just three days' time. well, i'll be live here in crewe throughout the afternoon on the bbc news channel. but for now — back to ben in the studio. time for a look at the weather. here's mel coles. there is more wet and windy weather on the cards as we head through the
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