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two women have been describing how they were surrounded by police in derbyshire, read their rights and fined 200 pounds — after they drove 5 miles for a walk by a reservoir. current guidance says you can travel for exercise in england as long as it is in your "local area". derbyshire police said they are reviewing the fines issued in this period. phil mackie reports. eliza moore and jessica allen, friends whose businesses have shut because a lockdown, decided to brave the cold and go for a socially distanced walked to try to keep their spirits up. u nfortu nately, their trip to a nearby reservoir has earned them each a £200 fine. derbyshire police have been stopping people who were driving to beauty spots because they say it is a breach of government regulations. jessica says she thought they were following the rules
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to the letter. we take these guidelines really seriously. my brother is a doctor who works on a covid ward. my parents have both had it was not we are trying to follow the rules, we haven't come out wanting to break the law. not having a party, there is in five of us. we simply came to what we thought was the safest place. derbyshire police have been called to heavy—handed. today, flying drones. today, officers have been out again, telling people to go home. we've been coming to this part for most of my life. just out for daily exercise and i've been turned away by the police. the difficulty is in the interpretation of the rules. derbyshire police has released a statement which seems to say that if you have to drive somewhere to take exercise then that's not local. and they've also said that it is very much at the discretion of individual officers as to issue fines or not. there can't be a grey area when it comes to what people are allowed to do because this really is a lifeline for some people. you know, for people who are struggling, they do ——don't need to be thinking when the going out am i going to be approached by the police were doing this.
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we need to know in black and white what is allowed, what is accepted. eliza and jessica say they will contest the fines. with the outlook bleak, mental and physical health remain critically important. phil mackie, bbc news. now on bbc news, tom brook marks the 40th anniversary of former beatle john lennon's murder in new york on december eighth 1980, and assesses his powerful legacy a0 years on. newsreel: any doubts about the beatles‘ reception in america were dispelled the moment they touched down. friday, february the 7th 1964. a pan am boeing 707jet named clipper defiance from london taxis to its destination at terminaljfk airport in new york. there to greet the beatles, the biggest pop act of the 20th century. more screaming fans than the airport had ever seen before. 4,000 of them. screaming to americans, the spirit of the most outspoken beatle,
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john lennon, was evident the moment he arrived as he jousted with reporters and fans at the airport press conference. we need money, first. for lennon that february gave him his first taste of new york, a city he grew to really love, and moved to live in permanently in august 1971. photographer bob gruen took countless images of lennon in new york. the two men grew to become friends. he very much enjoyed the freedom of new york. maybe some people would wave to him but he could go round the corner to a coffee shop and people wouldn't bother him. he felt very comfortable living here. in his last seven years in the city this was his home, the dakota apartment building on manhattan's upper west side. he lived here with his wife yoko ono and son sean, until that fatal day a0 years ago, december the 8th 1980. gunshot
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on that night, a disturbed fan fatally shotjohn lennon as he returned to the dakota apartment building with yoko ono. as news of his death spread, it traumatised millions around the world. nearly everyone can remember exactly where they were when they first got word that he had been killed. as a young journalist working for the bbc in new york, i became intimately involved that night in reporting on lennon's death. i'd arrived in new york ten years after lennon moved here on a twa flight from london onjanuary the 5th 1980, to do a temporary stint as a radio news and current affairs producer. much of the time in the bbc news bureau reading the teletype machines while eating lunch. but it was an exciting time, covering the democratic and republican conventions in 1980. in my career with the bbc,
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i have probably filed some 3,000 reports or packages. i have interviewed nearly every living big name movie star. but whenever i meet people all they want to know is what was it like to cover the death ofjohn lennon. i never knew the man but i do feel a real kinship with him. i've often wondered what his last few hours on this planet were like. #john lennon, yoko ono. # new york city are your people. i do know that he and yoko ono left the dakota late on that monday afternoon, headed south. they may have gone down central park west, which today with its grand apartment buildings overlooking the park looks much like it did when lennon was alive. to him, new york city was the capital of the universe. lennon's destination that monday afternoon was the now defunct recording studio called the record plant at 321 west 44th st, near times square.
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some time after 10pm that night, my phone started to ring. i was living in an apartment, a tiny shoe box, for which i paid $400 a month on horatio street in greenwich village. hello. 0n the phone was a colleague, jonathan king, the british pop impresario then living in manhattan. he told me he'd heard there'd been a shooting at the dakota and thatjohn lennon was possibly the victim. i moved quickly, leaving the apartment rapidly with a tape recorder, radio and notepad. i rushed to eighth ave to get a cab uptown. can you take me to the dakota apartment building? the cab couldn't go fast enough. i loved lennon's music. beatlemania and john lennon were a big part of my youth. this is how i looked on my first official bbc id card in 1976.
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i had been a bit of a hippie, it shows. i was just the kind of person to have embraced john lennon and yoko ono. as i travelled up to the dakota, lennon's music was on my mind. he'd just made an album, double fantasy, after a five year break. siren wails across town at the roosevelt hospital where lennon had been taken after being shot was wabc tv news producer alan weiss who lay injured in the emergency room after a motorbike accident, opposite a room where doctors were working on lennon, trying to resuscitate him. the door was open and i was able to watch them working on john lennon. so, the scene was this. john lennon, they've taken all his clothes off, he's lying on his back, his feet are facing me, his head is away from me. and in a semicircle around him are the medical staff. and at least one of the doctors has his hands injohn‘s open chest. around that time, millions of americans were tuned
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into monday night football on the abc network when a sports commentator broke the devastating news to the nation. an unspeakable tragedy confirmed to us by abc news in new york city. john lennon, outside of his apartment building on the west side of new york city, the most famous perhaps of all of the beatles, shot twice in the back, rushed to roosevelt hospital, dead on arrival. so i set about doing myjob. remember in those days there was no internet, no mobile phones, no texting. so i rushed down the street to this point right here where there once stood a payphone. and i made a call to my bbc colleagues in london on the today programme, where i once worked as producer, to let them know what was going on. i spoke to the overnight editor, quite an excitable fellow. he was agitated and so was i. after all, a former beatle being murdered on the streets of new york was a major news story.
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in those days, we used these rather big west german tape recorders to record interviews out in the field. they had great fidelity but they were rather unwieldy. in fact a colleague of mine used to refer to them as clockwork handbags. anyway, i still have mine from decades ago. the other day i put some batteries into it, and lo and behold, it kind of works. you can see the reels go round here. anyway, the night that john lennon died i got most of my interviews of a small
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cassette recorder and i was speaking largely to fans outside the dakota. they were in a very emotional state. i remember some of their responses to this day. there was one young woman who told me when she heard the news, she felt like she'd been punched in the stomach. that to me is a very accurate way of describing the emotional response to lennon's death. after i fed the interviews, it was time to do the live reports. it was nowjust around 6:15am in the morning in london. soon millions of britons would hear the shocking news. i scribbled out a voice piece for the news bulletin and practised it. but to be honest i was a novice. i had been trained in news journalism by the bbc but i was not exactly a hard news person. but this story was so dramatic it was easy to report. i rushed to the payphone, got through to broadcasting house,
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and soon i was on the air. radio 4. it's half past six. time for today. good morning from brian redhead and libby purves. the former beatle, john lennon, has been shot dead outside his home in new york. 0n the line now from outside the apartment building where the murder took place is our reporter tom brook. tom, can you tell us exactly what happened 7 well, as you were saying, brian, john lennon was killed two hours ago. he was returning home with his wife yoko ono to his home, the dakota apartment building, and everything is still rather confused. but we gather that he got out of a car and there was an altercation about an autograph. shots were then fired, several shots, he was very badly wounded, and a police squad car took him to hospital and he was pronounced dead upon arrival. it was a very emotional assignment. i remember at one point saying, of course now, lennon is dead. and i did feel a very big lump in my throat. outside the dakota, the crowds
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of fans continued to grow. in the days that followed there was a mass outpouring of grief. in new york central park on the sunday after his death thousands showed up for a vigil. # imagine there's no heaven... today people of all kinds but perhaps those of my generation in particular, look back on the night of december the 8th 1980 with great sadness. this 69—year—old lennon fan will never forget. it was a bad day. i heard it on the news and i didn't believe it. i had to listen to it again and again to make sure i wasn't dreaming. it was bad. it was a bad day. i felt as if someone
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from my own family had died. it was just so tragic. he was my hero so i couldn't wait for the new album, and now it was out again, starting over was playing, all these great songs. i was excited to hear his voice again. then he was so sadly taken away from us. # imagine allthe people... there was a palpable sense of loss but why was the grief so extreme? it was definitely more pronounced than that brought on by the untimely death of other pop figures like whitney houston or michaeljackson. john lennon in a way connected very emotionally with his fans. people mostly know john through his music, or some of his interviews. and yet they felt very personally connected. i think a lot of the things he says in his music people took very personally. it was that loss, that violent loss, it was just such a shock to so many people.
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lennon's greatest legacy was of course his music. together with fellow songwriter paul mccartney, they formed one of the most successful music partnerships in history. broadcaster and journalist robin denselow appeared on the bbc‘s newsnight programme the day after lennon died with this assessment of the former beatle‘s professional career. john lennon was surely the most remarkable rock artists that... 40 years on, does rob still see leonard's stature in the same way? it has grown in that he is a legendary figure. people still write books about him. people buy books about him in large numbers still. he is one of those few heroes who has kept going and going and going. in terms of his stature musically, i think a lot of people just remember him, apart from the beatles of course, forjust a few songs. give peace a chance and imagine. probably musically, people have
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forgotten how good he was. i've revisited lennon's death every decade since 1980 doing special programming. and i've always found it relatively easy to get big names in the industry to reflect on his talent as a musician and to express how much he means to them. perhaps because he is so revered. my whole life as an artist was kind of shaped by him. and i can't exaggerate enough the effect his music had on me. he was synthesising a lot of other things that were coming in. early on everly brothers and elvis and rhythm and blues and country music.
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it was very wide open sources that he had for his music. but as much as many of us might want to praise lennon he was a complicated character. he could be difficult. he reportedly had a short temper. and he admitted he had abused women. none of this seems to have tarnished his love and peace image. he was a very complex character. in his songs he could be very sentimental, very loving. his odes to yoko and his son sean. he could be vicious as in his song about mccartney. he could be very funny. he could be a rocker he could be a balladeer. he could be almost anything. he could be very nasty. iam sure. and he could be very funny. there was that contradiction within him that made him such an interesting character. two years after lennon died i returned to the dakota to interview yoko ono. the interview was broadcast on nationwide, then the bbc‘s main early evening news magazine programme. thoughts ofjohn
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clearly on yoko's mind. he's still alive, he's still with us. his spirit will go on. you can't kill a person that easily. that's the way i feel about it. in new york the most obvious memorial to lennon is strawberry fields. a small part of central park, a stone's throw from the dakota, dedicated to his memory. his fans routinely gather here often leaving flowers. that lennon's spirit is still alive is most evident in the appetite for his music, his lyrics, his songs, his thoughts. there is a whole generation that wasn't alive at the time he died that have become his fans. last year beatles songs were streamed online 1.7 billion times. almost half by people under 30. it is remarkable how many young people know about lennon. what is it that you like aboutjohn lennon's music in particular? do you like the words that he uses?
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yes, i like the words and i like the music. and i like the rhythm and how it goes together. i think that it's about something that is very important. he's got a reputation for being a man of peace and spirituality which i think speaks to that moment today in a fundamental way. i mean the song, imagine, is sort of a banner song of what we're all trying to work for right now. and lennon isn'tjust engaging legions of young followers, he's also continued to influence musicians from the time he was alive right up to the present day. the sound of his voice, he has one of the truly great voices in rock history. now you have artists like liam gallagher of oasis
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and modern bands like tame impala and cut worms who get that specific lennon vocal sound because it's such a trademark. # imagine all the people...#. and among the new generation of young musicians influenced byjohn lennon's work is a seattle—based 26—year—old tom. he's drawn to lennon by the way he thought about the world. # you may say i'm a dreamer but i'm not the only one...# just the fact that he emphasises love and peace and this idea of striving for something that doesn't currently exist. i still see that message as something that we need. the idea, feeling or thinking about something that is beyond ourselves is just incredibly powerful. lennon's fans have long been drawn in by his pacifism. by his anti—vietnam war bed—ins for peace. he was a political figure targeted for deportation by the nixon administration for his anti—war views. he and yoko ono were sometimes criticised for being naive
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in their approach to world affairs. a matter i brought up with yoko ono a few years ago. what do you say to people who say that you might be naive in terms of the message, war is over if you want it? i don't think it's naive at all. i think that's the only way that we can really get some results. and we did get a result in the vietnam war. lennon may have left us with a worldview and great music but it was hoped there might be another legacy. one that resulted from the fact he was murdered with a handgun. ed koch, the mayor of new york spoke out at the time of lennon's death. all of us are here at central park are showing our distress, are upset with the fact that a deranged person who came from honolulu and brought a gun in honolulu and came to the city of new york
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and struck down a world personality was able to do that. and the only way to stop it is to have national gun control. but restrictions on gun ownership were not part of lennon's legacy. gun—related homicide in america is now 25 times higher than it is in other developed nations. with issues like gun violence, a worldwide pandemic, economic meltdowns and calls for racial justice on people's minds, many think lennon, were he alive today, would have been speaking out. there is no question. i think if lennon were alive today i think we would be hearing his voice very loudly, trying to call our attention to the incredible divide and polarisation that's going on in this country. again, i can't think of a better song than all you need is love. so there's no question that the message of his lyrics is as powerful today as back then. john lennon changed people's lives by setting an example of a normal person who was trying to be better. he didn't stand up and say, i'm perfect and you should be like me.
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he said you should be like you but you should try to be better. you should try not to hurt people, you should try to control your anger. he didn't say, do it. he said, try it. he knew the limitations of human beings. i think that people were inspired by that because it's not easy to control your anger. and yet it's easy to try. john lennon, had he lived, would never have been able to recreate the huge excitement and hysteria that accompanied the beatles‘ early years. but it is highly likely that he would have moved forward as a musician. what would have happened to him had he lived? it depends partly on where he lived. a new yorker spending his time in new york. he might have developed into something extraordinary. the possibilities are enormous. john lennon still haunts my life. i now live just four blocks north of the dakota apartment building and go passed it
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virtually every day. and whenever i go to my gym down on 63rd st it is part of a complex that also houses a hotel. the very hotel where lennon's killer stayed in his first night in new york. i have been giving a lot of thought tojohn lennon, what he meant to people like myself and his millions of fans around the world on this 40th anniversary. he remains a hugely talented musician in many people's eyes and a great iconic figure in the history of 20th—century pop culture. he is a true british original, an authentic voice, he certainly isn't a fake. to millions of people he is still very much part of their lives. as yoko ono puts it, his spirit still lives on. you cannot kill a person that easily. so with those thoughts, our programme, remembering john lennon, comes to an end. on behalf of the production
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crew here in new york, from me, tom brook, it's goodbye, as we leave you with a new york—based trumpeter playing imagine. plays imagine
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hello. 0ur spell of cold wintry january weather will be gradually easing through the weekend and into next week as things turn a little bit milder. but certainly on friday, we had a lot more snow for some parts of northern england. this was the picture in cumbria. north wales, as well, had a lot of lying snow. into saturday, still the odd flurry of snow around but most places largely dry, very cold and frosty with some freezing fog as well. look at these temperatures, first thing saturday morning at dawn around —11 degrees or so, could be —15 across some of the sheltered glens of scotland. so, widely subzero. we've got the freezing fog to contend with, particularly across parts of the midlands, central southern england and east wales as well. that should slowly tend to break up into low cloud with some sunshine coming through, but in places, it could linger all day. now, a lot of dry weather through the day on sunday, some sunshine for north wales, northern england, eastern scotland, for instance, as well. but we have a front moving in from the northwest, that will bring some rain and some hill snow for the northwest of scotland.
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not as cold on saturday as it has been over recent days, with temperatures about 3—5 degrees for most. into saturday night now heading into the early hours of sunday morning, we have got that front bringing a bit more cloud further south, so not as cold across the north and northwest of uk. still, though, getting down to around —3 or —4 across the south of england first thing sunday. so it will start off chilly once again. we have got milder air gradually working in from the northwest. so a bit of a cloudier picture through the day on sunday. the best of any sunshine will be for central and and southern parts of england, eastern scotland should see a bit of sunshine as well. but towards the north and west, we have more cloud, and that will bring some outbreaks of rain, particularly to the west of scotland. it could be quite heavy, and as things are turning milder, some snowmelt could well lead to a little bit of flooding there. but for most of us, a largely dry picture, turning a bit milder as well. now, as we head through into next week, we will keep low pressure to the north, higher pressure in the south, and this wedge of slightly
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milder air will work in across the country. still have cold air heading in from the north east. so a bit of a mixed picture as we have through the course of next week. temperatures not as cold as they have been recently, but things are looking little bit unsettled, particularly through the middle part of the week. but all in all, as we head into next week, it won't be as cold as it has been. there will be rain around at times, some snow over the hills, and the driest conditions in south. bye— bye. to so many people.
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