tv BBC News at Ten BBC News February 27, 2018 10:00pm-10:31pm GMT
tonight at ten, heavy snow causes serious disruption across large parts of the uk as bitterly cold weather takes hold. in southern england up to 10 centimetres fell in some places and hundreds of schools were closed across the uk. on the roads, driving conditions were treacherous with dozens of accidents reported. we will have the latest on the snow and icy conditions with tonight already looking much worse than last night. also tonight... brexit and the irish border — downing street categorically rules out any return to a "hard border" after a leaked memo from boris johnson. a ceasefire in the syrian suburb of eastern ghouta collapses, meaning the un can't deliver aid to hundreds of thousands trapped there. a man wrongly accused of assault is saved by this cctv evidence, but why was it only disclosed to lawyers at the last minute? supposing you didn't go that far back, that's right.
and the film director lewis gilbert — the man behind bond films like you only live twice — has died at the age of 97. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news... no old boys routine for swansea city boss carlos ca rvalhal, as he looks to knock his former club sheffield wednesday out of the fa cup. good evening. snow and freezing temperatures have caused major disruption across many parts of the uk today with forecasters warning that there is much worse to come this week. more than 560 schools have been closed across england, wales and scotland. driving conditions were "treacherous" in some places — in lincolnshire there were 20 accidents in the space ofjust ofjust three hours,
including one which left three people dead. there've been big problems on the railways, with more than 300 cancelled by southeastern and greater anglia. dozens of flights were cancelled too. in a moment we'll hear from danny savage in north yorkshire but first this from robert hall from ashford in kent. the warnings had been clear, but the snow which swept in from europe still gave travellers a taste of what this week as in store. 0n still gave travellers a taste of what this week as in store. on this motorway in kent, is drivers filmed traffic gridlock as ice and snow closed roads. the county declared a snow emergency but the freezing weather overwhelmed the efforts of the gritting teams. police reported dozens the gritting teams. police reported d oze ns of the gritting teams. police reported dozens of accidents. these images are from the a120 in colchester, littered with damaged and abandoned
vehicles. in lincolnshire, three people died in a collision on the a15 near baston. elsewhere, school children escaped unhurt when their bus veered off the road. across the worst affected southern counties, traffic crawled and journeys lengthened. as is always the case, the greater hazards lie away from main roads, where there is less traffic and the snow has had time to settle and freeze. that has brought a series of accidents which began before dawn, it has disrupted bus services and caused the closure of dozens services and caused the closure of d oze ns of services and caused the closure of dozens of schools. the village of leeds near maidstone was complete the cut off for a time as ice and compacted snow stranded cars and lorries. landlord jason tharp helped to clear the road. you have seen the forecast, are you worried about the rest of the week? yes, it will be the same tomorrow, and thursday evening as well. it will be the same
again. norfolk also saw school closures. at mulbarton primary school, the head teacher said she'd had no option. i felt it was't safe to open. you know, i'm here, but i can't look after 420 children, so that was why i made the decision, it's still snowing now, the roads aren't safe, and i just didn't want staff being put at risk. tonight, rail operators who had done their best to protect timetables are reflecting on a day of cancellations. temperatures have dived again. and more snow has fallen. travelling will remain unpredictable and potentially hazardous in the coming days. robert hall, bbc news, kent. 0n high ground near the east coast of yorkshire tonight, these are typical driving conditions. few are venturing out. earlier, some of the biggest problems 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 him, 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. but i've nowhere to go. i've nowhere to live, so i've nowhere to go. so. . . it's all about survival. i'm out in the cold, and 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. dave and kath wood were digging out their driveway. they're used to bad weather but expect it to get worse later in the week. 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. with lambing already underway in some areas, these are not conditions farmers need at the moment. weather warnings for snow and ice are in place until at least saturday for the vast majority of the uk. plenty more of this is to come. and the snow has been falling
steadily this evening across large parts of northern england and kent as well. as a result, there are scores of roads now closed because of stranded vehicles and police are appealing on twitter for people not to travel unless absolutely necessary. anticipate a much worse rush hour tomorrow morning than we had today. a0 centimetres of snow expected in some areas by thursday evening. temperatures as low as —15 celsius. more problems to come over the coming days. sophie. studio: danny savage, thank you. train services were badly affected today — though not all because of snow. network rail had to apologise to passengers after it closed rail lines in areas where heavy snow was forecast but then didn't fall. our transport correspondent victoria fritz is at london bridge station. those cancellations and severe
disruptions were met with incredulity and even some anger from commuters trying to get into work today. perhaps not even seeing a single snowflake when they started their day. in terms of the amount of disruption on the network, south—eastern, for example, operating trains in out of london bridge here saw cancellations of more than 100 services between kent and london today. southern also had and london today. southern also had a reduced service. and the real big pa rt a reduced service. and the real big part of the transport story today was on the east of england, talking about greater anglia, great northern, c2c, they are all focusing their efforts on trying to get as many people as possible through the arterial train routes and into london and into cambridge. we are going to see lots more disruption coming up later on this week. there isa coming up later on this week. there is a brief reprieve from people
working on the train lines and also for passengers across england tomorrow. it will be scotland that is affected by high wind, high snowfall. we will see big snowdrifts and anyone travelling on scotrail is like to see severe delays tomorrow. the later part of the week will fit the biggest part of the network around south—western, south—eastern and seven. when it comes to disruptions, the worst may be yet to come. downing street has categorically ruled out any return to a "hard border" between northern ireland and the republic after brexit. it comes after the leak of a letter from the foreign secretary boris johnson to the prime minister in which he appears to contemplate the possibility of future customs border checks after the uk leaves the eu customs union. earlier today the international trade secretary liam fox warned against remaining in a customs union with the eu saying that would be a "complete sellout". here's our deputy political editorjohn pienaar. they are the cabinet's
true believers. foreign secretary, does the uk need afairy foreign secretary, does the uk need a fairy godmother? brexit‘s wishful thinking say the critics today, but no, senior ministers agreeing that britain, all of britain and northern ireland, too, will stick together and win, despite all the obstacles and all the doubts. applause 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... we would be in a worse position than we are today. it would be a complete sell—out of britain's national interests and a betrayal of the voters in the referendum. but even before that warning, the critics were joined by the former head of dr fox's own department, and free to speak out, he is not holding back. if we go to brussels and say we want access to the single market, but we want it 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 there are simply not enough true believers like you? we cannot afford to be bound by the practices and the patterns of the past. we have to take the 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. what else could block the brexit plan? dublin wants a written guarantee of no north—south border checks, even if that means a customs union. tonight, downing street has had to restate, there will be no hard border, after borisjohnson seemed to suggest, in a leaked paper, one might return. even though very few checks need to take place. he is now saying no—one wants border checks, but was it even helpful earlier to compare the border to managing traffic through the congestion charge zone in london? there is no border between
camden and westminster, but when i was mayor of london, we and aesthetically and invisibly... aesthetically and invisibly. .. took hundreds of millions of pounds from the accounts of people travelling between those two boroughs without any need for border checks, whatsoever... come on, you cannot compare two boroughs of london with the kinds of difference in the arrangements that would be in place between the uk and eu. i think it is a very relevant comparison. either way, the path to brexit is still being mapped out by ministers from theresa may down, and it is anything but clear. today the government's brexit ambitions have been attacked as the stuff of fairy tales. labour wants borisjohnson stuff of fairy tales. labour wants boris johnson sacked stuff of fairy tales. labour wants borisjohnson sacked for what stuff of fairy tales. labour wants boris johnson sacked for what the opposition is calling his brexit at all costs approach to the border. dublin has demanded britain signs up to staying in the customs union as a last resort could yetjeopardise hopes of a transition period. the
prime minister has budgeted talk about when she sets out her latest thinking ina about when she sets out her latest thinking in a big speech on friday. studio: john pienaar, thank you. our europe editor katya adler is in brussels tonight. a big day in brussels — a draft of the brexit treaty is being published — setting out the terms of the uk‘s departure. explain what it is and how significant this moment could be. let me start off by saying what is not in the document will stop its not in the document will stop its not about a future trade relationship between the eu and uk, and that's because those negotiations have not yet started. this document is about the european commission looking into legally binding texts the agreements so far reached between the sides. those divorce issues, citizen ‘s rights, the so—called brexit bill and the irish border, and also the transition agreement. that is what will be in the 120 page document. when it goes in black and white like this, it'll be interesting to see to what extent the uk government and european commission are on the same
page. when it comes to issues where no final agreement was reached, such as political hot potato is like the future role of the european court of justice, or the irish border, well we will hear from the commission what its fallback position is. when it comes to northern ireland, that is controversially keeping it inside a customs union within the eu as pa rt a customs union within the eu as part of the single market to safeguard, says the commission, the good friday agreement. that is likely to cause uproar tomorrow inside and outside government circles. but we must remember it is a d raft circles. but we must remember it is a draft legal text that will still be discussed and amended by the other 27 eu countries and will then be passed to the uk government for negotiation, and i am sure they will have a lot to say about it. catty adler in brussels, thank you. more than a thousand defence lawyers in england and wales have reported failures in the disclosure of evidence, by police and prosecutors, in cases they were involved in. 97% of the solicitors and barristers who responded to a bbc survey said they'd experienced problems in the last year.
the former director of public prosecutions, lord macdonald, has described the situation as a crisis in the criminal justice system. clive coleman reports. 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 the 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, 1,300 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 difficulties in magistrates' courts like these, where the overwhelming majority of criminal
cases are tried. we're facing a crisis around disclosure. if courts are not able to trust that the disclosure process has been completed fairly and accurately, they're not going to have faith in prosecutions, and i think we'll see that reflected in verdicts. in a statement, the crown prosecution service said it had serious concerns about the bbc survey, which presents a highly skewed and one—sided picture. but it acknowledged that there are systemic disclosure issues across the entire criminal justice system. 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. a mother and her two teenage sons are believed to be among the five people who died in an explosion in leicester. mary ragoobeer and her sons, shane and sean, lived in the flat
above the shop on hinckley road, which was destroyed in the blast on sunday. the other two victims were thought to be working in the polish supermarket on the ground floor. a 27—year—old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after three people died in a house fire in northern ireland. police, who were called to the rural bungalow in county fermanagh early this morning, believe the fire was started deliberately. the three victims are thought to be members of the same family. fighting has resumed in eastern ghouta, the rebel—held suburb of syria's capital damascus, despite what was supposed to be a "humanitarian pause." it was hoped that the daily five hour ceasefire, ordered by syria's ally russia, would allow civilians to leave, but the united nations says it collapsed before it was due to expire. nearly a00,000 people are trapped in the area, which has been besieged by government forces since 2013. our middle east editor, jeremy bowen, reports. it was supposed to be a chance
to get some aid into eastern ghouta, but the temporary ceasefire, at best, was ragged. no civilians left down the newly designated safe corridors. once again in syria, the russians are setting the pace. this russian officer, stationed in the humanitarian corridor, claimed armed opposition groups were stopping civilians leaving. the day turned into a demonstration of russian power in syria. theirjets were in the sky and their soldiers, alongside the syrians, were on patrol and they showed off clinics for displaced people. the humanitarian pause was president putin's decision, not the un's. he seems to have put aside the un resolution calling for a 30 day ceasefire. the people of eastern
ghouta are being failed by international diplomacy. eastern ghouta is big, about the size of manchester, a mix of farms and concrete suburbs. the a00,000 people there have spent most of the last week in cellars. the russian humanitarian pause won't be enough to silence critics of their military operations in syria. the plan to suspend shelling from 9:00am in the morning to 2:00pm seems to have broken down on the first day. persuading civilians it's safe to leave will be difficult. the un ceasefire is not close to coming into effect. it's supposed to last for 30 days, right across syria. jihadists like al-qaeda are excluded, but the russians have said that all armed opposition groups are terrorists. the ceasefire resolution has no start time, at russian insistence, and that is a fatal flaw.
this was eastern ghouta today, filmed by a local resident. humanity, love, asserts itself in the most desperate places. and this was 2a hours earlier. another assertion of humanity, white helmets civil defence risking their lives to rescue children after an air strike. war is the reality in syria. since it started, every ceasefire has failed, and nothing suggests the latest attempt will be any different. jeremy bowen, bbc news. 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
are thought to be unregistered. the schools' regulator, ofsted, says it lacks the powers to close them down. here is our special correspondent, lucy manning. young children on their way to school, except this one is believed to be unregistered. 8.55am, 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 enrol 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 ofsted 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 that 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. one 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 southend where a child was man handled and another appeared to be slapped. police have now launched a child protection investigation. 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." it's 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 for 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 for 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. 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 made an offer.
our media editor, amol rajan, is here. something of a surprise, is this a game—changer? something of a surprise, is this a game-changer? i think it is, sofie. there are three separate bids for sky. the first is the 21st century fox from rupert murdoch's family for full control of sky the 61% they don't know. the second bid from comcast, the us cable giant. a key difference between the two bids. rupert murdoch's bid, the fox bid, is stuck in a quack mire whether the murdoches have too much power. there isa murdoches have too much power. there is a separate bid from disney for fox. the reason all these bids are happening is because there is a frenzy of deal making an consolidation going on in international media where basically the owners of great content, the programmes, the ideas and the stories, arejoining programmes, the ideas and the stories, are joining forces with the owners of the distribution channels,
like sky, who have access to 23 million customers in europe. it's good news if you are a sky customer. a third massive company that wants to give you great programmes. fantastic news if you are a minority shareholder in sky. if you are rupert murdoch and you face the prospects of becoming a minority shareholder unless you fork out more cash, that isn't the hollywood ending that rupert murdoch was hoping for. amol, thank you. germany's second biggest city, hamburg, is going to start banning older diesel vehicles from april following a landmark ruling. a federal court says german cities can stop the most heavily polluting diesel cars from using their streets in a bid to tackle air pollution. the german government and its powerful car industry have always opposed a ban. jenny hill reports from hamburg. time to clearup germany's dirty secret. on this hamburg street, all but the knew newest diesel cars are to be banned at certain times. it's a first for the country, and charlotte's delighted.
we are worried about our health. i've got heart problems and i realise it's getting worse. there are some days, you know, when the pollution is higher than other days and you can really notice it. in court today, an historic moment. the judges can't order reluctant cities to impose diesel bans, but the environmental lobby is ready to try. after all, 70 cities regularly exceed eu air pollution targets. translation: there's a whole range of measures — develop public transport, build bike lanes, but they only work in the long—term. we have an acute problem for the population now. the only immediate solutions are a driving ban or lowering the speed limits. more bad publicity for germany's beleaguered car manufacturers. diesel sales slumped after the emissions scandal.
angela merkel, who opposes diesel bans, widely seen as a bit too close to the industry. "most german cities", she said today, "don't exceed pollution levels by much. but, she added, she'd work closely with those that do. in a country where the car is king, today's ruling is controversial. people living along this stretch of road worry that by banning diesel vehicles here, the problem is simply sent elsewhere. those who really want to clean up this country's air believe that what's needed isn't a court decision, but a change in culture. jenny hill, bbc news, hamburg. the british 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 directed more than a0 films during his long career, including alfie and educating rita
starring michael caine. david silito looks back at his life. that's it, that's fine. when lewis gilbert took on bond in you only live twice, he was already a director with more than 20 films to his name. he'd directed orson welles, kenneth moore, dirk bogart, but 007, with its seemingly unlimited budget, was new territory. i've made 25 films and i've never been on a film where this doesn't ever come up. if i said today, "look, i want 5,000 people flown in from tokyo", i'm sure they'd be flown in, you know. cover up. 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