Skip to main content

tv   BBC News at Six  BBC News  August 18, 2017 6:00pm-6:31pm BST

6:00 pm
the legendary entertainer sir bruce forsyth has died at the age of 89. the star of strictly macro die this afternoon at his home surrounded by his family. he had been unwell for some time. report. nice! from the generation game to play your cards right, he'd entertained millions of people on screen for more than seven decades. his showbiz career began in 1939 — at the age ofjust14 — when appeared on a bbc talent show. the bbc‘s director general, tony hall, has called him one of the greatest entertainers our country has ever known. we'll be looking back at the life of sir bruce forsyth. also tonight... an investigation is under way into 17—year—old moussa oukabir, who's suspected of carrying out yesterday's attack. his fate is still unclear. we live in barcelona with the very
6:01 pm
latest on the huge police operation. overnight there was a second attack in another coastal area when a car drove into a crowd. one woman died and five suspects were shot dead by police. the authorities say both atrocities had been planned for some time. spain stops to remember the dead. three days of mourning have been declared. you don't really understand what's happened for probably about a minute or two. and then when you see the people on the floor, you realise what actually has happened. the defence secretary apologises to the mother of a soldier killed in iraq 12 years ago when an explosion hit his lightly armoured snatch land rover. and alistair cook makes a double century as england pile on the runs against the west indies at edgabaston.
6:02 pm
and in sport on bbc news, liverpool have rejected a third offer from barcelona for phillipe coutinho. it's understood the latest offer is in the region of £114 million. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. one of the biggest stars of british television, sir bruce forsyth, has died this afternoon at the age of 89. his career had spanned more than 70 years and included sunday night at the london palladium, play your cards right, the generation game and, more recently, strictly come dancing. he retired from strictly in 2014 after presenting the programme for more than 10 years. his former co—presenter, tess daly, said today she was heartbroken to hear of his death and called him a friend, a gentleman
6:03 pm
and a true legend. our correspondent david sillito looks back on his life. live from london, this is strictly come dancing. please welcome your hosts... bruce forsyth! when it comes to tv history, bruce forsyth was simply the face of saturday night. strictly come dancing, the last hurrah in a career that went back more than 70 years. the boy bruce, the mighty atom was just the beginning of a life of song, dance and comedy. # that's why the lady is a tramp! there are things he could call on,
6:04 pm
he could handle it. and when things we nt he could handle it. and when things went wrong, he could step in and put them right. of course, those shows we re them right. of course, those shows were alive. that is where he was at his pomp, live. sunday night at the london palladium in the 60s was his big break. beat the clock showed that he could make a game show must watch tv and ten members of the public into prime—time entertainment. that it! you've won! nice to see you, to see you... nice! nowhere showcase the talent better than the generation game in the 70s. this is another phyllis here. i don't like being called phyllis. my name's phyl with a y. all right, bit like that? this is another bundle of trouble. nice to see you, didn't he do well? the catchphrases became part of national life. didn't he do well?
6:05 pm
among the tributes today, the director—general of the bbc said he was one of our greatest entertainers. he defined saturday night. after that, play your cards right on itv. another successful game show. tony blair insists that weapons of mass destruction will eventually be found in iraq. well, it would be nice to see them, to see them... nice! on havel it would be nice to see them, to see them... nice! on have i got news for you he reminded tv what a pro he was. he had a regret, it was not making it in america. in films, and his main love, as a song and dance man. this could save the whole show. just do as i do. it'll be like the generation game, all right? you're
6:06 pm
never quite prepared for it in the end, are you? he was such a remarkable, iconic figure. in all of television history in this country, thatis television history in this country, that is the kind of man we're talking about. sir bruce forsyth. he first appeared on the bbc in 70 yea rs first appeared on the bbc in 70 years later,... sir bruce forsyth first appeared on the bbc in 1939. 70 years later, he was still there, still the king of saturday night. sir bruce forsyth who has died today at the age of 89. david sillito, our arts correspondent is with me now. a career of more than 70 years, he really will have his place in television history. if you are 16 or
6:07 pm
96, you know sir bruce forsyth. if you go back to 1958, the palladium, beat the clock, his big break, he is showing at all. the fact that he was a song and dance man, he could do comedy, he could play the piano, he could act, he had spent years, from the 1940s, the 19505, in could act, he had spent years, from the 19405, the 19505, in every theatre in britain, getting it wrong, getting it right. he have that skill that he could bring in front of notjust the tv audience, but also the audience at the london palladium, and, really crucially, members of the public. that 5pecial bond of making them relaxed, making them the stars of the show, the 5lightly wa5pish wit. he knew how far he could push it and still have everybody on his side. nothing was better than when it went wrong. other people would have been terrified on live television, in
6:08 pm
front of 20 million people, as you had on the generation game. for him, he knew that was when the magic wa5. when suddenly they went crashing in with the crocodile into the paddling pool and it went everywhere. he was at his best. there are very few people, tv people, that they have been able to turn to over the years and say, whatever we throw him into, it will work. there are very few people that are the king of saturday night, and that was sir bruce forsyth. very true. the rest of the news now and police in spain say they believe the suspects in the attacks carried out in barcelona and cambrils were planning one or more bigger attacks than those that were carried out in the past 24 hours. clive myrie is in barcelona tonight. i'm here in the heart of barcelona. street a huge manhunt continues for a suspect that is thought to have
6:09 pm
killed 14 people and injured 5core5 of others, on las ramblas, the huge thoroughfare that ru n5 of others, on las ramblas, the huge thoroughfare that runs behind me. local media say he is an 18—year—old moroccan. this is the suspect, suspected of using his brother's identity papers to hire the van that mowed down 5core5 identity papers to hire the van that mowed down scores of people in this thoroughfare yesterday afternoon. police in another seaside area shot five suspects who were thought to have been involved in another vehicle attack. one woman died and seven others were injured. a5 vehicle attack. one woman died and seven others were injured. as a result of these attacks, four people have been arrested. let's take a look back at how events unfolded. on wednesday night, there was an explosion at a house in alcanar 120 miles from barcelona where gas canni5ters were discovered. one person was killed and 16 people were injured. yesterday afternoon a white fiat van veers off the road and into a crowd
6:10 pm
outside the placa de catalunya metro station. it then continues its path down las ramblas, the pede5terian 5treet which was packed with tourists. the driver then fled the scene. then at1 o'clock this morning there was a second attack in cambrils when a car rammed into pedestrians. one person died. the five men shot dead who were wearing what turned out to be fake suicide belts. the first of our report5 tonight looks at the attacks and those who were caught up in the horror. a shared silence. across another european city touched by terror, one minute of stillne55 filled the space that woods could not. a void with a 5ingle burning question, why? then, a5 5ingle burning question, why? then, as king felipe and the prime minister looked on, applause and
6:11 pm
defiance. we are not afraid, they chanted. but the previous 24 hours of violence we re the previous 24 hours of violence were shocking. this, a street in the coastal town of cambrils. a terror suspect is cornered and i5 of cambrils. a terror suspect is cornered and is wearing what police believe is a suicide belt. they decide there is only one course of action. the dead man was one of five who try to mow people down in a car on the nearby seafront. all of the attackers were shot by police and inve5tigator5 now believe they were pa rt inve5tigator5 now believe they were part of a terrorist cell of eight to 12 people, some of whom were in this house, 120 miles from barcelona the night before, when a blast killed one person and injured seven other5.
6:12 pm
it is thought explosive devices were being prepared, as well as the blueprint for barcelona's la5 rambla5 attack. nick and stephanie from lincoln were caught up in the panic. a white van ploughed into the path of hundreds of people. they run for cover into a nearby cafe. the only thing going through my head was paris, and the london attacks, where the attackers would come through restau ra nts a nd the attackers would come through restaurants and bars, shooting and stabbing people. ithought, we restaurants and bars, shooting and stabbing people. i thought, we are going to get shot, we are going to get shot. it felt like it was never ending. when we turned around, after the first bang, bodies everywhere, kids everywhere, people shouting. i can't seem to shift that from my mind at all. it is absolutely heartbreaking, what people have gone through here. you were running for your lives? absolutely. in sheer panic and terror. you don't
6:13 pm
understand what is happening. for probably about a minute or two. and then you see the people on the floor, you realise what has happened. police have released this image of four suspects. a young moroccan man, moussa oukabir, three others. his older brother was arrested and then released yesterday. more information is coming out about the victims, like bruno gulotta, 35 and from rome, on holiday with his wife and two children, a little boy and girl, now fatherless. there are concerns for julian cadman, who is seven and thought to have dual australian and british nationality. he has not been seen british nationality. he has not been seen since the attack. the spanish are resilient people. 24 hours after the blood—letting, this is las ramblas, where, a few hours ago, bodies lay, now there are flowers. on the boulevard where the white van eventually crashed, there is a
6:14 pm
shrine. so many have told us that life must go on, that the terrorists will never win. but lives have been changed here for ever. i should say that it isn't clear at this stage if any of the four suspects the police are hunting were some of those that were killed in last night's attack in cambrils. that was an attack that witnesses say was absolutely terrifying. five men ina say was absolutely terrifying. five men in a car, driving indiscriminately, knowing down bysta nders indiscriminately, knowing down bystanders and pedestrians that they came across. they were thought to be wearing viable suicide vests. later investigations suggested that they we re investigations suggested that they were fake. police are convinced that both attacks at cambrils and here, las ramblas, were coordinated and we re las ramblas, were coordinated and were planned carefully, and are linked. where davies has been speaking to some of those caught up in the attack. heavily armed police in this small tourist resort an hour and a half's drive south of barcelona. these are the same police units who in the early hours of this morning shot and killed five militants
6:15 pm
who had driven the car onto a crowded promenade. eyewitnesses said police had no choice as the car's occupants all appeared to be wearing explosive belts and had one intention — to kill and cause mayhem. there was a terrible noise as the car accelerated into the crowd, says local shopkeeperjuan dominguez, then lots of shots as people fled. one woman ran towards me, he says, saying a man was going wild with a knife stabbing people. the car, a black audi, flipped onto its roof, such was the force of the attack. it was removed from the scene today as visitors and locals reflected on what they had seen. among them a britishjuniorjudo squad training in the area, initially thankful they had missed the earlier attack in barcelona. first thing i did was call my mum. i said nothing's going to happen here, we'd seen a high police
6:16 pm
presence but then we realised that was for barcelona and then we said nothing will happen here and two hours later it goes and happens. you never think it's going to happen to you. a woman who was stabbed in the attack here later died from her injuries and although the explosive belts worn by the gang later turned out to be fakes, police say the attack was brutal and was very much part of what had happened earlier in barcelona. further down the coast there is now a massive police presence outside a house destroyed on wednesday which may have served as a terror base. one theory — it could have been a bomb factory that blew up accidentally, prompting the killers to bring forward their murderous plans. our security correspondent gordon corera is in barcelona. the police are now suggesting that
6:17 pm
perhaps a much bigger attack was being planned than what we saw in las ramblas and further down the coast. yes, yesterday we thought we knew what this attack looked like, an attack in which a lone attacker inspired by islamist ideology had taken his car and rammed into people, but over the last 24 hours the complexion has changed. the explosion looks like a group planning a bomb which had gone prematurely, perhaps killing one of them, so they then decided they had to act because they suspect that the authorities would get onto them. it led to them carrying out more rudimentary tax than they originally intended. all of this points to a much bigger cell and a much bigger network. the urgent question for the authorities now is how many people we re authorities now is how many people were involved? authorities now is how many people were involved ? have authorities now is how many people were involved? have they identified all of them? does the attack remain? and also how do they arrest them?
6:18 pm
that is the very latest from barcelona and with that, it is back to you. the mother of a soldier who died in iraq 12 years ago while travelling in a lightly armoured snatch land rover has received a letter of apology from the defence secretary, sir michael fallon. private phillip hewett was killed when an explosion hit his vehicle. now other families who lost sons in a similar way say that they should also receive an apology. here's our legal affairs correspondent clive coleman. sue smith's son, private phillip hewett, was killed by an improvised explosive device while travelling in a lightly armoured snatch land rover in iraq injuly 2005. sue hoped an inquest, due to last five days, would provide answers about the snatch and how phillip died, but it lasted just three hours. quite honestly, it was like a smack in the face. it was almost as if those three lives had been worth an hour each. it was almost like i was something under somebody‘s foot and they just wanted to get rid of me. it made me feel...
6:19 pm
didn't actually make me feel less determined, it made me feel more determined. in 2013, sue and two other families of soldiers killed in snatch land rovers won a landmark ruling the supreme court, enabling them to sue the mod because the human rights act was deemed to apply to soldiers on the battlefield. it was the publication here injuly last year of the report into the inquiry into the iraq war by sirjohn chilcot that changed everything. it gave a damning assessment of how, for years, the ministry of defence failed to replace the inadequate and lightly armoured snatch land rovers. almost a year after the chilcot report, sue's case, along with that of two other bereaved families, has been settled and she's received a letter of apology from the defence secretary, sir michael fallon, in which he writes... i felt it was bittersweet.
6:20 pm
again, it was for phillip. iraq's almost forgotten now. it's almost britain's vietnam. people don't want to remember iraq. but at least, the end of it, it was worth it. not his death, but for him to be remembered for what i've done in his name. major matthew bacon was killed in a snatch in iraq in 2005. his father, roger, who didn't bring a legal case, also now wants an apology. why didn't they think about all those other families that have suffered in the same way? the secretaries of state should now write to all of us and apologise for what happened. sue's 12—year legal battle with the army that sent her son to iraq is finally over. but her grief will endure.
6:21 pm
clive coleman, bbc news. in the last few minutes, breaking news from washington. donald trump's chief strategist, stephen bannon, has been fired from his post. let's go to washington and our correspondent. another high—profile departure. do we know what has happened? this extraordinary merry—go—round that is the trump white house and another player flung out. perhaps the most controversial of them all, stephen bannon was known with somebody with far right tendencies and sympathies even. he founded a far right newsagency, breitbart, and founded a far right newsagency, breitba rt, and was founded a far right newsagency, breitbart, and was brought into the trump campaign during the election and was widely seen as the man who formulated the strategy that got donald trump to the white house. he
6:22 pm
told donald trump to be himself more particularly on issues of race. but in the last week or so with everything that has gone on with the far right march and rally in cha rlottesville far right march and rally in charlottesville and the violence that followed and the fact donald trump failed to unequivocally condemn the far right, there was more focus on stephen bannon with many calling for him to be removed because of the influence he was having on the white house. in the end it was perhaps something very different that meant he left, simply he did not get on with other people in the administration in what is being seen as a factional war at the moment in the corridors of power. the corridors of power. police in finland say two people have died and at least six others have been injured after being stabbed in the city of turku. the suspect was shot in the leg by police and taken into custody. police have urged people to avoid the city centre. security has been reinforced at helsinki airport and at railways stations in response.
6:23 pm
the entertainer michael barrymore has won damages against essex police for his wrongful arrest in connection with the death of a man at his home. the body of stuart lubbock was discovered in a swimming pool after a party in 2001. michael barrymore is claiming more than £2 million in compensation. the bbc has announced the death of the award—winning correspondent liz mackean. liz mackean was a correspondent on newsnight for 14 years. in northern ireland, she won the trust of all sides and produced some of the most insightful reporting of the conflict. she was best known for her coverage of the jimmy savile scandal at the bbc. cricket now and england have passed the 500 runs mark on the second day of the first day—night test match against the west indies. there was also a double century for alastair cook as the pink ball is used for the first time in an international in this country. our sports correspondent joe wilson reports. replica pink cricket balls are available in waterproof plastic.
6:24 pm
useful. we had all weather at edgbaston. captured here, lunchtime lightning. still, many dressed undaunted but hold onto your sombrero. we started at two. perfect timing is alastair cook. minute after hour after year, does he ever make a mistake? don't rely on it. west indies' bowling was an invitation, ideal if you're starting your test career, and dawid malan made 65. he could and probably should have made more. we'd almost forgotten that wickets could fall. this happened just before lunchtime, which is at teatime for the purposes of this match. cook was heading for 200, and the way he got there was sadly symbolic of west indies in this match. well, anyway, cook just smiles and scores. he was batting past his bedtime last night. we're all still getting used
6:25 pm
to this day—night business. others felt ben stokes could've hit this anywhere, found a fielder, good catch but a missed opportunity and he knew it, but cook was still going. in his 130th over in the middle, he scored england's 500th run and had made 243 when there was an lbw decision and was finally out. it was a grand tradition of sheer concentration. england have declared on 514 and james anderson came in and took a wicket straightaway. west indies in theirfirst innings, 8—1 and may be quite glad that it has just started to rain. let's have a look at the latest
6:26 pm
it looks pretty changeable this weekend, but not as turbulence as today. thanks to this weather watcher, we saw a lot of rain in eastern and western areas of scotland. heavy thundery downpours developed quite widely. all of this was brought in on a pretty strong wind, particularly for wales and the south west. we could see gales on the south coast this evening. some dry weather by the end of the night for many and temperatures 12—13. it stays changeable into saturday, but not quite as turbulence as today. there will be fewer showers and some spells of sunshine. the showers most likely in scotland, northern ireland, northern england and wales. in many southern areas it should be dry for in many southern areas it should be dryfora in many southern areas it should be dry for a good part of the day.
6:27 pm
still breezy, but not as windy as it been today. no great shakes in temperatures for this time of year. the showers will fade away during saturday night and it will turn dry with clear spells. it will be cool and quite chilly. a bright start for many and in northern and eastern areas it will stay that way. rain will make an erratic process in across the south—west of england and wales and northern ireland. temperatures 17—20. is that wet weather moves eastwards, we see a south—westerly wind pulling in some warm and humid air in southern parts of the country. next week temperatures could get up into the mid—205, but there is a chance of rain in the north and west. mid—205, but there is a chance of rain in the north and west. back now to our top story and the death of sir bruce forsyth. he was 89. there is a special
6:28 pm
tribute to him tonight on bbc one at seven p: m. . tribute to him tonight on bbc one at seven p:m.. but now we leave you with some of the most memorable moments in his career. nice to see you, to see you, nice. # fly me to the moon # let me play among the stars # let me see what spring is like # onjupiter and mars tea service, a rug, two military fence. a blender, didn't she do well? just do the same thing, we are coming in now. right. # i coming in now. right. #iam coming in now. right. # i am putting on my top hat, messing up my white tie, dancing... #in
6:29 pm
messing up my white tie, dancing... # in other words, messing up my white tie, dancing... # in otherwords, in messing up my white tie, dancing... # in other words, in other words, i love you. fly me to the moon. hello — this is bbc news. i'm martine croxall. the headlines: sir bruce forsyth, one of britain's best—loved entertainers, has died. he was aged 89. the star passed away peacefully at home this afternoon, surrounded by his family. his entertainment career began when he was aged just 14, tributes have been paid from the world of showbusiness. nice to see you. to see you... nice. his famous catchphrase made him a household name to millions. former bbc one controller lord grade said he would be missed by the whole country. terribly sad day, the whole nation
6:30 pm
will be grieving because we have all grown up will be grieving because we have all grown up with bruce, i'm 74 and i grew up with bruce, i used to go and watch rehearsals at sunday night at the palladium when i was a school kid. in other news, spanish police say they believe a terror network behind atrocities in barcelona and cambrils may have been planning a much bigger attack. two people have died and several injured after a stabbing


info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on