this is bbc news. i'm martine croxall. the headlines at 11: snow and strong winds are causing disruption across many parts of the uk. homes in eastern england are evacuated following severe flood warnings. there is concern forjust over 3000 properties between the humber and the wash that defences will be breached and it will be flooded. do you vow to give the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you god? donald trump's choice for head of the cia praises the intelligence community, hours after mr trump had criticised them. i have seen their morale through tough times and i have seen them walk through fire to do theirjobs ina walk through fire to do theirjobs in a rational way. the footballing world pays tribute to the former england manager, graham taylor, who's died at the age of 72. and on newsnight, we learn more about the leaked trump dossier. what did british authorities know
about the memo and the impact it could have on the president—elect? join me at 11.15. good evening, and welcome to bbc news. freezing weather is causing disruption across much of the uk, with snow showers and strong winds across scotland, northern ireland, parts of wales, and the north of england. in southern britain heavy rain turned to snow causing icy roads. coastal flood warnings have been issued, and residents are being moved out of a village in essex. 0ur correspondent, duncan kennedy, has the latest. scotland, where the gorgeous meets the treacherous. and the place where the snow laid its deepest and widest blanket. powerful winds piled up
the drifts, creating scenery beyond postcard perfect. but it was enough to do this to the m71; near glasgow. drivers spent hours crawling to their destinations. in northern ireland, the traffic moved, but on roads that gritters struggled to keep covered. it was the same in cumbria, where gritters had to make multiple trips to keep routes ice free. because we're trying to get salt on the network, every time we're doing that, the rain is coming and washing that off, so the salt levels are then reduced, so we have to then top it up. so that's why people will see the gritters constantly going round the routes. head south, and historic worcestershire was another county coated by the passing weather front. it's ok if you're walking, but when it comes to driving, we don't do it. really nice. so pretty. it's the first time she's seen snow
so we brought her up to have a look. here around london and the south—east, there's been a combination of sleet and snow that's come in today. here at heathrow, they've cancelled around 80 flights because of today's weather. but this wintry surge isn't just about what's coming out of the sky. britain's east coast is tonight preparing for sea flooding. i'm upset and i'm frightened. and after the last flood i had a couple of strokes. and i don't want that again. i'm sorry, i'm going to cry. the army has been sent to lincolnshire tonight, to alert people to the possibility of tidal flooding. around 100 soldiers are on stand—by. and with freezing temperatures over the next few hours, this seasonal beauty comes with a winter warning. duncan kennedy, bbc news. 0ur correspondent, danny savage, is in skegness in lincolnshire tonight, where residents have been
moved from their homes as a precautionary measure because of the risk of flooding. tonight, he outside skegness police station, there are army lorries. soldiers are going from door to door. and up near lincolnshire as well. they are warning people about the potential for flooding tomorrow. we talked to people here who are reassured and slightly alarmed as well to see soldiers on their doorstep tonight. it is down to conditions tomorrow. there is a storm surge forecast to come down. strong northerly winds coinciding with higher than average tides. that could push the sea over defences in places. there is every chance that those defences will hold in there at will be no serious problems. but some 3000 properties identified between the humber and the wash were
defences could be breached could cause flooding. 0fficials defences could be breached could cause flooding. officials are hoping it will not come to that. the high tide roughly along the humber and lincolnshire coast at around six o'clock tomorrow morning and seven tomorrow night. if those high tides coincide with the strongest winds they could be problems. it is not just in lincolnshire where there is the potential for flooding, just in lincolnshire where there is the potentialforflooding, but in east anglia, suffolk, and there are warnings there. it depends how the conditions pan out and what effect they have. but people here are being warned and they are haunted of the floods in 1953 when people perished. flood defences have been built since then. no one is suggesting it will be on that scale but they are getting out to more people that there is the potential for sea flooding in the next 2a hours in
these parts of the uk. danny savage in lincolnshire. in the west of england, gritting lorries are out on the major routes and some drivers have reported difficult conditions on high ground. 0ur correspondent, john henderson, has just sent us this update from postbridge on dartmoor. it stopped snowing. the wind has died off. but it is still very cold. the big question again is what are the roads and cars going to be like tomorrow morning? we are expecting freezing cold temperatures at about one o'clock in the morning. i think so one o'clock in the morning. i think so far the south—west has got away with it ok. the bridges have been busy. not too many problems on the railways. the airport has no problems. a couple of flights cancelled at the airport. the gritters have been really busy. the big question is have they been succeeding in making sure the roads are ok succeeding in making sure the roads are 0kforthe succeeding in making sure the roads are ok for the work commutes tomorrow morning? donald trump seems to be at odds with some of his key cabinet
nominees on some of the vital questions facing the new administration. his choice for new head of the cia, mike pompeo, has strongly endorsed the work of the us intelligence community, hours after it was criticised by the president—elect. and generaljames mattis, nominated for defence secretary, accused russia of trying to break up nato and of being a threat to europe, in contrast to mr trump's wish for much closer ties with president putin. 0ur correspondent, nick bryant, reports from washington. a week before inauguration day, it's usually an air of expectancy that you'll find on capitol hill. next friday, they'll be playing hail to the chief as donald trump takes centre stage. but the mood now is much more feverish, much more surreal, as front—page allegations swirl that russia has compromising information about the president—elect which would make him susceptible to blackmail. do you solemnly swear to give the committee the truth...
today, donald trump's choice as the new cia director was on capitol hill, claiming the new allegations are unsubstantiated, but agreeing the kremlin tried to interfere with the election. it's pretty clear about what took place here, about russian involvement in efforts to hack information and to have an impact on american democracy. i'm very clear about what that intelligence report says and have every expectation, as we continue to develop the facts, i will relay those not only to the president but the team around him and to you all, so that we all can have a robust discussion about how to take on what is an enormous threat from cyber. as for the latest allegations contained in the unverified dossier... i promise i will pursue the facts wherever they take us. also on capitol hill, the incoming defence secretary, james "mad dog" mattis, taking aim at vladimir putin, putting russia at the top of his list of threats to america. i'm all for engagement, but we also have to recognise reality and what russia is up to, and there is a decreasing number of areas where we can engage co—operatively and an increasing
number of areas where we are going to have to confront russia. clapping. from trump tower yesterday, the president—elect rejected the unverified allegations that russia has dirt on him in strong and colourful language. you are fake news. go ahead. and after speaking last night to america's director of national intelligence, james clapper, he was just as vehement on twitter. "james clapper called me yesterday to denounce the false and fictitious report that was illegally circulated, made up, phoney facts, too bad." but intelligence chiefs have made no determination about the credibility of the claims. "the intelligence community has not made anyjudgement that the information in this document is reliable, and we didn't rely upon it in any way for our conclusions," said james clapper in a statement. "i emphasise this document is not a us intelligence community product and that i don't believe the leaks came from within
the intelligence community. " the ongoing rift with the intelligence community and the open disagreement with senior appointees over russia aren't donald trump's only problems. he's also been slammed by the us government's ethics chief. it's over his plan to hand control of the trump business empire to his sons, but for a0 years presidents have created independent blind trusts to avoid conflicts of interest. the presidency is a full—time job and he would have had to step back anyway. the idea of setting up a trust to hold his operating businesses adds nothing to the equation. this is not a blind trust, it's not even close. washington is a city used to ethics questions and alleged scandal, but nothing like this on the eve of an inauguration. nick bryant, bbc news, washington. investigators into the hillsborough football disaster, which happened in 1989, have announced that 23 people and organisations could face prosecution.
files have been passed to the crown prosecution service, which will decide whether or not to press charges. last year, new inquests into the deaths of 96 people found they were unlawfully killed, and the fans were not to blame. 0ur correspondent, judith moritz, reports. british airways cabin crew are to stage a fresh strike in a dispute over pay. members of the unite union will walk out for three days from january 19 following two days of industrial action this week. the former england football manager, graham taylor, has died at the age of 72. he managed england from 1990 until 1993, and was a highly successful club manager at lincoln, watford and aston villa. tributes have come in from all parts of the game. 0ur sports correspondent, nathalie pirks, looks back at his life and career. the sound of hitting a football thrills me. football was in graham taylor's soul. from managing lincoln city... i think i've got qualities as regards coaching.
..to the highs and lows of the england job, he remained passionate about his first love. in 1977, hejoined elton john's watford. fans there call him "god." three promotions in five years tell you why. he turned them into the family club during an age of hooliganism. there was also an fa cup final to cherish. you could trust what he told you and he always tried to help you in whatever situation you were in and he would give you advice. he was good at that. for me, he was my dad when it came to football. aston villa first came calling in 1987. he led the club to promotion a year later and that turned the heads of the fa in 1990. do i not like that? those five simple words would come to define his england career. in his three years as coach, he was depicted as a tabloid turnip and criticised for failing to make the world cup. the man he gave his first england
cap to say he was fantastic. one of the reasons i admired him and liked him so much was, you never got any bull from him, he was just straight right down the middle and told it as it was. some people didn't like that but i loved it, i certainly admire that. he was surprised and honoured to receive an 0be for services to football, but his friends were not. tonight, his friend, sir eltonjohn, described him as like a brother to me. wembley paid tribute as the sport mourns the loss of one of the game's true gems. the former england manager, graham taylor, who has died at the age of 72. let's have a quick look at some of the front pages of the morning's papers. the daily express says new snow chaos is on the way. it predicts britain will be plunged into the deep freeze next week. the metro also leads on the snowy conditions. its headline is "white out. travel misery as snow sweeps britain." the telegraph leads on britain's role in the trump dossier. it quotes an american source as saying the british government gave permission to the fbi to speak to the former british spy
who compiled the documents. the financial times says thatjust one day after heavily fining volkswagen, the us government is turning its fire on fiat chrysler. the daily mirror front page is dedicated to the nhs, and features a young boy kept waiting in a&e lying on chairs for five hours. his case was referred to by labour leaderjeremy corbyn in the commons yesterday. the times front page features a warning from the prime minister of malta, currently holding the eu presidency, that any transitional brexit arrangements could leave britain under the rule of european judges for years. that's a summary of the news. newsday is coming up at midnight. now on bbc news, it's time for newsnight with naga munchetty. the leaked trump dossier. what did the british authorities know? who in whitehall saw it, and who knew what impact it would have on the president—elect? we'll talk to a former mi6 officer and a man who's been personally caught up in the storm. also tonight, we report from cyprus, where signs are that reunification could be close.
but in some quarters, wounds still run deep. i don't believe a solution will come in the next two generations, probably. if they start changing the education system, if they start changing the dhekelia, even now they are spreading hate instead of love. we ask the northern cypriot representative to the uk whether a deal can be struck. and we talk to choreographer wayne mcgregor about how science and dance collides. and even more crucially... do you think anyone can dance? everyone can dance. everyone does dance. some people like to dance when when no—one's looking and that's fine, right. i think what's interesting, everybody has a personal physical signature. good evening.