tv BBC News at Six BBC News February 27, 2018 6:00pm-6:31pm GMT
heavy snow causes disruption across large parts of the uk amid warnings there is a lot worse to come. gridlock and accidents on the roads, as the coldest week of the winter blows in from the east. up to ten centimetres of snow fell in some parts today, and hundreds of schools have been closed. it's still snowing now, the roads aren't safe, and i just didn't want staff put at risk. this is the worst winter we've had for quiet a while. we'll be live in some of the areas most affected and have the latest on the travel situation — and the weather forecast. also on the programme tonight, the international trade secretary warns that trying to keep the uk in a customs union after brexit would be a sell—out. police say a mother and her two teenage sons are believed to be among the victims after an explosion in leicester that left five people dead. a surprise bidding warfor sky, as an american media giant offers more than £20 billion for the british broadcaster.
and coming up on sportsday on bbc news, swansea boss carlos carvalhal attempts to dump his former club, sheffield wednesday, out of the fa cup at the second time of asking. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. snow and freezing temperatures have caused major disruption across many parts of the uk today with warnings that there is much worse to come this week. more than 560 schools have been closed across england, wales and scotland. and the snow and ice has caused treacherous driving conditions, with 20 accidents in a space ofjust three hours on lincolnshire‘s roads, including a fatal crash which left three people dead. there've been big problems on the railways and airports too, with hundreds of trains
and flights cancelled. in a moment, we'll hearfrom danny savage in north yorkshire, but first to robert hall in ashford in kent. robert. sophie, ashford is right alongside the m20 motorway, one of the roots worst affected this morning. there are still lying snow across the eastern counties of england, and the temperature here intent is predicted to dive again to about minus six even lower tonight. we did get a bit ofa even lower tonight. we did get a bit of a lull this afternoon, a bit of a thaw, but the ice is forming again, and all of the signs are that getting around tonight and tomorrow be problematic. the east coast had time to prepare, but the snowfall sweeping in from europe gave travellers a taste of what this week has in store. lincolnshire police dealt with 20
accidents in a three hour period. three people died in a collision on the a15, and a schoolbus beard of the a15, and a schoolbus beard of the road elsewhere. in essex, a car passenger filmed 17 damaged or abandoned vehicles alongside the a120 close to colchester. in kent, where the county council had declared a snow emergency, gritters worked flat out to cover as many roads as possible. but like traffic overnight meant salt couldn't do its work. by the time the morning commute began, accidents and ice had closed a series of routes. tribe is posted video images of m20, where all traffic was brought to north of maidstone. —— drivers. up to ten centimetres of snow fell across kent, sorry and east sussex, where farmers helped to keep minor roads open. more than 300 schools were closed. this village was completely
cut off for a time as ice and compacted snow stranded cars and lorries. some of the locals here have been helping people move cars off the main roads, it has been very icy, and the sun has not had time to hit it, so, yeah, it has been an interesting day. landlord jason was among those who helped reopen the road. you have seen the forecast, are you worried about the rest of the week? it is going to be the same again tomorrow, i do believe, and thursday evening as well, so it will be the same again. norfolk also sought school closures, and that this primary schools the head teacher said she had no option. this primary schools the head teacher said she had no optionli felt it was an safe to open, i am here, but i can't look after 420 children. that was why i made the decision, it is still snowing now, the roads not safe, and ijust
didn't want staff being put at risk. across the eastern counties, traffic called and travellers waited for news on cancelled rail services. 0perators had run empty trains through the night to keep the tracks open, but for a while the defeated them. —— the snow defeated them. this afternoon, in the south—east, the snow was replaced by blue skies, but this is a lull. temperatures are falling again. travelling will remain unpredictable and hazardous in the coming days. robert hall, bbc news, kent. well, here in northern england, i think it's fair to say that many people woke up this morning to a bit less so than they had been expecting from the forecast. that is not to say that it didn't fall heavily in places, it was just quite patchy, and that there are weather warnings in place for northern england, scotla nd in place for northern england, scotland and other parts of the uk right through until saturday now, without to a0 centimetres of snow expected in some areas before the
weekend. there is a long way to go with this cold snap yet. in the parts of northern england where heavy snow was forecast, some of the most difficult conditions were in teesside. traffic came to a standstill on many roads through the morning rush hour, and several schools were closed. there is a little van stuck here, so i've got to go round it, so i'm going to hope there is nothing coming the other way. 20 miles further south, on one of the steep roads over the moors, negotiating sutton bank was like an uphill slalom. and as the snow came down again, things got worse. what this illustrates is just how little snow is needed to cause a problem. there's hardly any on the surface here, but it's frozen up, it's got really slippery. and it's caused chaos on this road this morning. in the towns and cities on lower ground, snow wasn't such a problem, but the freezing temperatures were. these homeless men in leeds haven't got shelter. even in this weather. i shouldn't be doing this, i know that. i've nowhere to go. nowhere to live,
so i've nowhere to go. so. . . it's all about survival. i'm out in the cold, nobody tends to help you, because people are skint. back on the hills late morning, and the clouds briefly parted to reveal stunning views. there is life, and trade, up here — carrying on as normal, despite the conditions. 2010 was the worst year i can remember personally, and it's not a scratch on that, really. but i mean, it's pretty — it's caused a little bit of disruption, but nothing major. yeah, it's more a bit of fun than anything. nearby, dave and cath wood were digging out their driveway. they're used to the conditions but expect it to get worse later in the week. just not much at all, we're clearing it now so that when the next lot comes, we don't have so much to clear after that, you see, because i don't want it padding down particularly. so no, it'sjust a light flurry. to be honest, this is the worst winter
that we've had for quite a while. last year, we hardly had any snow, but like i say, going back a few years, ijust couldn't believe the amount that we actually had. there was feet and feet of it. the last 2a hours of snowfall in the england has been patchy. well rehearsed plans have been implemented to keep roads open as this late blast of winter continues. danny savage, bbc news, north yorkshire. meanwhile, some rail problems were not caused by snow. network rail has apologised to passengers tonight, after it closed rail lines in areas where heavy snow was forecast to fall but then didn't. 0ur transport correspondent victoria fritz is at london bridge. victoria. hello, sophie, yeah, there has been some widespread anger from commuters today who had their services cancelled, only to look at the window and see belly a snowflake.
here at london bridge, south—eastern have cancelled more than 100 trains between london and kent. now, sudden and gatwick express were operating a reduced service earlier on today. —— southern. they have largely gone back to normal, but it has been the east of england that has borne the brunt of the disruption on the train network. we are talking great northern, for example, greater anglia, and c2c. when it comes to greater anglia, they have now lifted all distractions on the line after the snow fell about 20 miles further south than was originally predicted. when it comes to tomorrow, scotland is likely to see the heaviest snowfall, and that means that scotrail is now advising passengers that they could be last—minute changes to their schedules. so why are there all these cancellations in the first place? well, the track and signals operator, network rail, tries to operate on the basis that it wants to provide the safest and the most reliable network for the
trains that do run to run, and that means that compacted snow can turn into ice, that can affect points and stop them working, we could see freezing temperatures, so we don't even need any snow at all, that can make the rails freeze, which means that the signals don't change, so that the signals don't change, so that all these problems, despite these widespread efforts, really, to try and counteract this, we are talking about europe's busiest railway network, so do expect more disruptions tomorrow. victoria at london bridge, thank you. we will have a full weather forecast at the end of the programme. the international trade secretary, liam fox, says any form of customs union with the eu after brexit would be a "complete sell—out" for the uk. he said the uk should not let its future be determined by its past. but his former top official says leaving the customs union in the hope of getting better trade deals with other countries would be like "giving up a three—course mealfor the promise of a packet of crisps." here's our deputy political editor, john pienaar. they are the cabinet's true
believers. foreign secretary, does the uk need a very godmother? wishful thinking, say the critics, but senior ministers agree that all of britain, and northern ireland too, will stick together and win, despite all the obstacles and all the doubts. so today the international trade secretary said critics were wrong to say that britain should stay in a european customs union and give up the freedom to strike independent trade deals, notjust wrong... freedom to strike independent trade deals, not just wrong. .. we freedom to strike independent trade deals, notjust wrong... we would be ina deals, notjust wrong... we would be in a worse position than we are today. it would be a complete sell—out of britain's national interest and a betrayal of the voters in the referendum. but even before that warning, the critics we re before that warning, the critics werejoined by the before that warning, the critics were joined by the former head of doc cox's own department, and free to speak out, he is not holding back. we have a very deep trade relationship in goods and services
with europe, massively our most important market. we turn away from that, try and do more limited trade deals with much smaller markets, further away, with no service access, that is like giving up a three course meal for access, that is like giving up a three course mealfor a packet access, that is like giving up a three course meal for a packet of crisps. if we go to brussels and say, we want access to the single market, but we wanted on our terms, all of the benefits, and we will decide which obligations, no negotiator in the world can bring you that, you would need a fairy godmother. how would the trade secretary deal with that? is the greatest danger that brexit could lead to national self harm, or that there aren't enough true believers like you? we cannot afford to be bound by the practices of the past, we have to take opportunities available unfettered by those who would make the rules on our behalf. what we need is a hard—headed leader, not a fairy godmother. there isa leader, not a fairy godmother. there is a barrier to brexit transition on the north — south border in ireland.
dublin wants a british pledge, no border checks, even if it means a customs union. was borisjohnson a help today? no problem, he said, look at london's congestion charge. there is no border between camden and westminster, but when i was mayor of london, we and aesthetically and invisibly took hundreds of millions of pounds on the accounts of people travelling between those two boroughs without any need for border checks whatever. .. you can't any need for border checks whatever... you can't compare two boroughs of london with the kind of difference in the arrangements that would be in place between the uk and the eu. i think it is a relevant comparison. one thing brexiteer is our pledge of his belief, but today more doubts about whether brexit can work and hopes of a transition period. mr is, including theresa may, still setting out the path to brexit, but the journey is looking no easier, and so far a final route not much clearer. john pienaar, bbc news, westminster. police say a mother and her two teenage sons were among the victims of an explosion in leicester
on sunday night that completely destroyed a supermarket and the flat above it. the remains of five people have been discovered in the rubble. the other two victims were believed to be working in the polish supermarket at the time of the blast. from there, sima kotecha reports. mary ragoobar and her two teenage sons, sean and shane. on sunday night, they're believed to have been inside their home when the explosion happened. their flat and the polish shop below it were completely destroyed. police say they're missing, along with shane's girlfriend, 18—year—old leah beth reek, and 22—year—old viktorija ijevleva, who was working in the supermarket downstairs. today, the emergency services came to this conclusion. sadly, we've now come to a point where we acknowledge that we will not be finding anybody that's still alive. we've had search dogs here from the outset that would identify live casualties. we've got specialist listening equipment, we've got specialist cameras that we been using, and we've come
to a point now where finding any survivors just won't happen. up close, the devastation is immense. some have compared it to looking like a war zone. the building collapsed from top to bottom in a matter of minutes. we've been told today that most of the rubble has been removed and examined. officers say that the investigation now is very much focused around what caused the fire and why. family members have told the bbc there exhausted with grief and still can't quite believe what happened. sima kotecha, bbc news, leicester. the time is quarter past six. our top story this evening: heavy snow causes disruption across large parts of the uk amid warnings there is a lot worse to come. and still to come — more than a thousand lawyers
—— lewis gilbert, the man behind classicjames —— lewis gilbert, the man behind classic james bond films, —— lewis gilbert, the man behind classicjames bond films, has died at the age of 97. arsenal fans continue to rage at their manager after coming up on sportsday on bbc news, venting their anger at wenger — arsenal fans continue to rage at their manager after their side's passive performance in the league cup final defeat. police have launched a child protection investigation at a suspected unregistered school in essex following a bbc investigation. the synagogue says it's closed the school on its grounds while it examines allegations about the treatment of children. more than 350 schools in england and wales that are thought to be unregistered. the schools' regulator 0fsted says it lacks the powers to close them down. our special correspondent, lucy manning, has been investigating whether places offering exclusively religious education should even be considered as schools. young children on their way to school, except this one is believed to be unregistered.
five minutes to nine and a school bus arrives at the house in north london with the last of the children. we counted at least 30 going in. schools need to register if they teach more than five children for at least 18 hours a week. when we knocked at the door, we were told it was a club. suri, not her real name or voice, lives in stamford hill in north london. she says her son will be expected because of community pressure to enrolled in a different, unregistered school for 13— to 16—year—olds, known as a yeshiva. she's distraught about his education, or lack of it. we're living in britain. boys can't speak english. they're going to be dependent on benefits for the rest of their lives. it's just not giving children any choice. she told the council and 0fsted the school was unregistered. how did it leave you feeling that none of these people who you approached seemed to be able to do anything about this
unregistered school? it's really, really upsetting. i was really angry because i'd gone out of my way. i'm doing something i shouldn't be doing, and they turned me away. they told me they can't help me. madrasa hs and other centres providing religious education only after school don't need to be registered, but there is still concern about the associations of some. the qadria trust community and education centre in birmingham teaches children for three hours a day. during an event at the centre where some children are present, they sing the anthem of a pakistani militant group. its leader is said to be an inspiration for the killer of a glasgow shopkeeper murdered for his religious views. 0ne verse promotes an enthusiasm to die for the sake of religion. the centre said the singer had added his own words and they had strongly objected. last night, we reported
on a suspected unregistered school in south end where a teacher appeared to manhandle a pupil. the community here denied this was a school, but we've now discovered there was even a brochure advertising it. it says: the entire atmosphere at the school is one of love and personal attention. we understand the school has now been closed while the synagogue investigates. the bbc has obtained a copy of legal guidance which might help to explain why so few of these schools have been shut down. drawn up in 201a forjewish religious yeshivas, it's also known to have been cited internally by the department of education. it says places only providing religious education can't be classed as schools and therefore can't be shut down. the implication, the less maths and english taught, the easier it might be to escape inspection. we do not want kids growing up here who are only taught one religious way of thinking, and that religion
covers their whole way of life, from what they can work as, who they can be, what type ofjobs they can do, how they should treat women. that's crazy. so, even if it's technically legal, it's wrong. the department of education says it can't comment on legal opinions prepared by others. it says where a school is operating illegally, action must be taken, but thousands of children are still arriving each morning at suspected unregistered schools. lucy manning, bbc news. police investigating the deaths of at least three people in a fire at a house in county fermanagh have arrested a man on suspicion of murder. the 27—year—old was taken to hospital for treatment after being detained at the scene of the blaze in derrylin this morning. a local councillor has said those who died were members of one family. shares in sky have risen sharply today after the american media giant comcast made a surprise takeover bid for the british broadcaster, pitting itself against rupert murdoch's 21st century fox,
which had already agreed an £18 billion deal. 0ur media editor, amol rajan, is here. how significant is this latest bid for sky? hugely so. we have three active bids for the broadcaster. we have rupert murdoch's 21st—century fox trying to get full control, which is stuck in a regulatory quagmire because of concerns over media plurality was not the second is this fresh bid from the us giant comcast, a huge company, but unlikely to face the same regulatory hurdles. and then you have disney trying to take control of fox. they all share one thing in common in that they are part of a frenzy of deal—making going on in international media. if you are ray sky customer, it is good news because more companies want to give you more programmes. if you are rupert murdoch who set up sky in 1990 and now faces the prospect of
being a minority shareholder if you don't forks out more cash, this is hardly the hollywood ending he was hoping for. thank you. almost every criminal lawyer in england and wales has experienced failings in the disclosure of evidence in the past year alone, according to a bbc survey. almost a third of those questioned also said they believed the failings had led to possible wrongful convictions or miscarriages ofjustice. the findings come after several rape trials collapsed when it emerged that vital evidence had not been shared with defence lawyers. clive coleman reports. with you know, who could be dreaming up some sort of monstrous thing against me? william, a teacher for a0 years, has never been in trouble with the police. last year, he was accused of sexually assaulting a 17—year—old girl in a supermarket. he couldn't remember the incident but was convinced the store's cctv would exonerate him. but in interview, the police told him this cctv was poor quality and too far away to identify him. my lawyer wrote to the crown prosecution service six times, and thank goodness we got it before the trial, because our entire defence was based on that cctv. contrary to what the police had said, william
was clearly visible on the cctv. for legal reasons, the complainant is not shown. i never saw these two girls. i brushed past one of them, and that's what the cctv shows. based on the video, the court threw the case against william out. thames valley police told us its officers carried out a full investigation and followed standard procedures. now, 1300 criminal lawyers have provided a picture of widespread disclosure problems to the bbc. 97% had encountered disclosure failings in the last year. half of these were in the magistrates court. and nearly a third believed it had resulted in a possible wrongful conviction or miscarriage ofjustice. the snapshot provided by this survey blows away the idea that disclosure problems are limited to a few high—profile cases in the crown court. it paints a picture
of daily difficult in magistrates courts like these, where the majority of criminal cases are tried. we're facing a crisis around disclosure. the courts are not able to trust that the disclosure process has been completed fairly and accurately, they are not going to have faith in prosecutions, andl think we'll see that reflected in verdicts. the crown prosecution service said the bbc survey was likely to provide a skewed view, with lawyers applying their own interpretation of what a disclosure failing was. but it accepted some improvements were needed. for william, it'sjust a relief he finally got the evidence that proved his innocence. if people were at all doubtful of me, it could have destroyed my reputation with family and friends, and i'm just very lucky that i have the kind of friends who believe in me. clive coleman, bbc news. the film director lewis gilbert — the man behind some of the most
famous bond films, like the spy who loved me and moonraker — has died at the age of 97. he also directed michael caine in the iconic films alfie and educating rita. 0ur arts correspondent david sillito looks back at his life. that's it, it's fine. when lewis gilbert took on bond in you only live twice, he was already a director with 20 films to his name. he had directed 0rson director with 20 films to his name. he had directed orson welles and don't bogart, but 007 with its seemingly unlimited budget was new territory. at may 25 films and i've never been on one where this doesn't ever come up. never been on one where this doesn't ever come up. if i said today, i wa nt ever come up. if i said today, i want 5000 people flown in from tokyo, i'm sure they would be flown in. in the 50s, lewis gilbert had made his name with a string of tales
of stiff upper lip wartime british valour. and then in the 60s, a film that helped define a very different era — alfie. that helped define a very different era - alfie. my understanding of winning only goes as far as the pleasure. when it comes to the pain, i'm like every other bloke. i don't wa nt to i'm like every other bloke. i don't want to know. no, no, no michael, we are going right. onset, he was easy—going, charming, unflappable. a child of musical performance, yet spent his life in show business. and 17 years after alfie, he was reunited with michael caine in educating rita. i thought it was something serious. after that, another willie rosol adaptation — shirley valentine. —— willy russell. lewis gilbert, providing some of james bond's greatest moments. the film director lewis gilbert, who's died at the age of 97. time for a look at the weather.
here's darren bett. the picturesque but challenging weather, certainly, sophie. it's not going to be bad everywhere but there is more severe weather to come through the rest of this week, meaning more warnings for snow and ice. it means more travel disruption is likely, and for all of us, a significant wind—chill. the easterly wind is not too strong it by blowing in more snow showers this evening and overnight, particularly on the eastern side of the country. temperatures hardly got above freezing, and some places stay below all day, so a widespread frost. the snow shifts further north into scotla nd snow shifts further north into scotland tomorrow. it is one heavy snow shower after another, blown on bya snow shower after another, blown on by a strong to gale force easterly wind. further south, a scattering of
snow showers, and sunny spells towards the south—east. it might be dry and sunny later on in the afternoon. those are the maximum temperatures. lola and today, and add on the strength of the win, and it will feel much colder, more like minus ten. much stronger winds on the way tomorrow, continuing into thursday. 0n the way tomorrow, continuing into thursday. on thursday, this low pressure area moves up from thursday. on thursday, this low pressure area moves up from iberia, bringing wet weather and some more organised snow developing over the english channel, moving into southern england on thursday morning, then the main focus shifting more to the and wales. then something drier, fewer showers, back into those snow showers in north—east england and scotland, where the amber weather warning continues. this one arrives later in the afternoon the south—west, the next batch of heavy snow set to arrive. the wind is not changing much, still bitterly cold and easterly. wrap up warmly if you do have to go out. that's all from the bbc news at six,
so it's goodbye from me. this is bbc news — our latest headlines. forecasters have warned more snow and freezing temperatures are expected across the uk tomorrow, as severe weather caused widespread disruption today. international trade secretary liam fox has rejected labour's brexit proposals, in a speech, he said an eu customs union deal would be a sell out of british interests. police have named five people believed to have died in an explosion in leicester, officers also confirmed they do not expect to find further survivors. and almost every criminal lawyer in england and wales has experienced failings in the disclosure of evidence in the past year alone —