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a european arrest warrant is issued, as two russian nationals are named as suspects in the poisoning of former spy sergei skripal and his daughter, yulia. caught on cctv moments before the attack in salisbury — scotland yard says there's "sufficient evidence" to charge alexander petrov and ruslan boshirov over the attack. today's announcement by the crown prosecution service marks the most significant development in this investigation. we now have sufficient evidence to bring charges in relation to the attack on sergei and yulia skripal in salisbury, and domestic and european arrest warrants have been issued. this was a sickening and despicable act, in which a devastatingly toxic nerve agent known as novichok was used to attack our country. we'll have all the latest from salisbury and moscow. also this lunchtime: a gamechanger in child leukemia treatment. the nhs offers children an expensive new therapy that's been called the most exciting treatment advance for decades. former bank of england governor lord mervyn king attacks the government's
brexit preparations. he calls them "incompetent". and... tributes to bbc news presenter rachel bland, who's died at the age of a0. she spent the last months of her life on an award—winning podcast and blog, documenting her battle with cancer. and coming up in the sport later in the hour on bbc news. the european ryder cup captain, thomas bjorn, will name his four wildcards for the tournament. ian poulter is expected to be one of them. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. two russian nationals have been named as suspects in the attempted murder of the former russian spy sergei skripal and his daughter, yulia. police say there is sufficient
evidence to charge ruslan boshirov and alexander petrov over that poison attack in salisbury in march — and they are also linking them to the subsequent poisonings of dawn sturgess — who died — and charlie rowley. a european arrest warrant was issued, as scotland yard gave extensive background detail to the attack on the skripals. theresa may told the commons that the two suspects are officers of the russian military intelligence service. richard galpin reports. these are the two men, both russian nationals, who are suspected of poisoning sergei and yulia skripal with the deadly nerve agent novichok. named as alexander petrov and ruslan boshirov although these are probably aliases. and the police investigation has video footage showing their movements from the moment they arrived at gatwick airport on march the 2nd, two days before the poisoning. from gatwick, they travelled to east london, staying in a hotel where
investigators found traces of novichok, although those traces soon faded. on saturday march the 3rd, they travelled by train to salisbury where it is alleged they carried out reconnaissance before returning to london. on sunday, they gain travelled to salisbury by train and they were seen near the house of the skripals just before midday. they were seen near the house of the skripalsjust before midday. it they were seen near the house of the skripals just before midday. it is alleged around this time, the novichok nerve agent was sprayed on the door handle. later that day, they were seen at heathrow airport, where they boarded an aeroflot ﬂight where they boarded an aeroflot flight to moscow. alas —— salisbury was soon turned into a major crimes even after it was discovered in nerve agent had been right at —— had been used to try to kill former russian intelligence officer city trump and his daughter, yulia, but they survived and enough evidence has been gathered to bring charges against the two suspects. prosecutors from the cps counterterrorism division have considered the evidence and have concluded that there is sufficient
evidence to provide realistic prospect of a conviction and that it is clearly in public interest. putting alexander petrov and ruslan boshirov on trial in britain, there is no prospect of that. russia does not extradite its own nationals who are accused of crimes. in a moment, we'll speak to our correspondent, steve rosenberg, in moscow, but first, tojon kay in salisbury. six months on, this major development. yes, simon, six months on, rohingya's home at the end of this cul—de—sac is the scene of police activity, it is a constant reminder for people in this neighbourhood in a quiet city in the south of england of the extraordinary events of the last half year. and many people here had so many questions which have been unanswered that they wondered what progress was being made in this investigation. there were all sorts of rumours and theories, nothing
definite, rhys wondered how far police were getting. and now today, this blizzard of information, pictures, names, times, cctv, places, from airports and stations and hotels, from the streets of salisbury. all of a sudden, people here have an idea of the case, the information and they can maybe add to it. people being asked to study these faces, debased the beast two men in this cul—de—sac, on the street in salisbury, in london at this particular time? people have something to go on and they will find that reassuring. also, the pictures of the perfume bottle police believe was used. there is still a question of why was it, what happened to it will be —— between this apparent attack here in march and when it was found in a bin by charlie rowley injune. people will see the image of that bottle maybe and begin to get more details, more of that case can be built up. that is what the police will be hoping
for. so there is reassurance here in some way, what are people thinking today about dawn sturgess who has been described in the house of commons by the prime minister as an entirely innocent victim in all of this when she was apparently accidentally contaminated with the novichok in june. but accidentally contaminated with the novichok injune. but people here wonder when will this be over? six months on, they may have some names and pictures, but no real sense of and pictures, but no real sense of an end to this extraordinary case and investigation. from salisbury, thank you very much. and in the last few minutes and house of commons, the prime minister has been giving more detail and specifically about the two suspects. ican the two suspects. i can today tell the house that based on a body of intelligence, the government has concluded that the two individuals named by the police and cps officers from the russian military intelligence service. also known as the gru. and to steve rosenberg in moscow now. this ratchet things up considerably?
it does, i would describe moscow's reaction to the news as rather predictable. what russia was saying today is, we had nothing to do with this crime in salisbury. so the russian foreign ministry issued a short statement in which declared the names and of the suspects published in the media mean nothing to was, moscow, the ministry accused the british authorities of information manipulation and called for what it has described as practical cooperation between moscow and london, saying that the investigation of such serious crimes demands detailed work and scrupulous analysis. so russia's default position whenever accused of a serious crime and that is denial. we saw that after the novichok poisoning six months ago, russia denied any connection. we saw that after the shooting down of the malaysians owing in eastern ukraine, russia denied any link to that. we
saw that we hacking and accusations of cyber attacks, moscow continues to deny any connection. and although the british police have laid out detailed information, we saw cctv footage, details about hotel rooms, flights, visits to salisbury, it doesn't matter how many facts the british police come up with, russia will continue to deny any connection to the salisbury poisoning. from moscow, thank you very much. a former governor of the bank of england has condemned the uk's brexit preparations as "incompetent". lord king, who was in charge of the bank during the financial crisis, said ministers had left themselves without a credible bargaining position. our business editor, simonjack, is with me. he is of course a brexiteer, what has he said? he was sympathetic to brexit and i talked about what happened to him during the financial crisis ten years ago but the conversation turns to brexit and we
spent time talking about it and his view that with six months to go and the risks of a no deal rising, the government saying they are uncomfortably high, he says things like stockpiling medicines and using the 20 as a car park, emergency energy matters reflected very badly on those responsible for planning for that eventuality. it beggars belief that the sixth biggest economy in the world should get itself into that position. if the government cannot take action to prevent these catastrophic outcomes but whatever position you ta ke outcomes but whatever position you take on the eu, it issues a lack of preparation and it does not tell us whether the policy of the eu is good or bad, it tells us everything about the incompetence of the preparation for it. he fears that the tone of the debate around brexit is very base, people hurling insults, and in that noise, the biggest issues facing britain like elderly care and find —— funding the nhs and inequality have
been drowned out by this debate. and he said his majorfear is been drowned out by this debate. and he said his major fear is this will drag on for a long time. he does not feel either side is getting what they want and the referendum has not settled at sony years the strolling out of the big issues will continue for some time yet. simon, thank you. a major report on the british economy has called for a radical overhaul to put ‘fairness at the heart of the economy'. the commission on economicjustice was set up two years ago and includes the archbishop of canterbury — as well as representatives of business, trade unionists and economists. it's called for higher pay, more investment and a change to the way big companies are run. here's our economics correspondent, andy verity. do you feel better off or worse off than you did ten years ago? worse, definitely. it's more expensive, everything is. yeah, it isjust harder. it's harder. i think, on the whole, this country is still very, very fair. so many people are now struggling. fair for people with a bit of money. romford in essex. like most of the country,
it's spoilt with shopping centres and unemployment‘s low. yet few people feel prosperous living through what is expected to be the worst decade for living standards in 200 years. in the past 30 years, we've developed some unhealthy economic habits — like an addiction to rising house prices that make us feel better off so we borrow more and spend more than ever before. but servicing those addictions over the years has made us feel the effects — like house prices that are unaffordable to young people, who can now expect to be worse off than their parents' generation. the commission is saying the only way to restore the economy to good health is to break those habits. its members from across the political spectrum say we now need the biggest reforms since the second world war. we have this enormous challenge of saying, "can we reimagine the future of this country, so its foundations are in hope, based on justice and fairness? " the commission's proposals include... businesses like this specialist
coffee shop face another economic unfairness — the near—monopoly power of dominant companies. this one is succeeding in challenging them. we've had tad's for a year and a half now. we started with two of us, and we've got eight people now under my wing. i've saved up enough money to set up another place. but pravesh's start—up business is helped by space at this business centre — backed by local authority money. the funding is what fundamentally allows us to get these places running, and then our aim is to get them sustainable within x amount of years, usually between 18 months and two years. the government says it's helping with measures like the living wage and lower taxes, but the commission wants a much deeper change, away from shopping and finance
towards an export—led economy that is stronger because it's fairer. andy verity, bbc news, romford. it's being hailed as a turning point in the treatment of a rare form of childhood cancer, and nhs patients in england will be the first in europe to benefit from it. car—t therapy uses the body's own immune cells to fight the particular form of leukemia in youngsters. its adoption by the nhs comes just ten days after it was cleared by the european medicines agency — one of the fastest funding approvals in the history of the nhs. dominic hughes reports. you're fine, i know you're fine. they're some of the most vulnerable patients the health service looks after. children with cancer require special care. targeting the disease, while protecting the patient from the side—effects of treatment. the chief executive of nhs england, simon stephens, was in newcastle to witness that care first hand. and to announce a ground—breaking treatment for children with leukaemia would now be available on the nhs. nhs patients are the first in europe to get this new treatment.
and because we are at the beginning of a new era of personalised medicine, where cells from your own body are being reprogrammed to provide treatments for previously untreatable conditions. leukaemia is a form of blood cancer and, in most cases, is highly treatable. but some patients don't respond, so researchers have been looking at the potential for individualised therapies. this is cutting—edge science, and it's expensive. but within a few weeks, via the nhs in england, it could be available to up to 30 children and young people who otherwise have run out of treatment options. doctors in newcastle could be among the first to prescribe the new therapy. it's an amazing feeling to know that we are in a position where we can say to families in the worst situations, we can offer you something else. and not only can we offer you that treatment but,
hopefully, we will be able to offer it locally within the region. this is how the blood cancer treatment works. a blood sample is removed from the patient and then immune cells, known as t cells, are taken from the blood. these are then modified to detect and kill cancer cells. they're then grown in the laboratory and injected back into the patient. children with blood cancer, it's going to make a huge difference to them. but we can expect to see this type of therapy being rolled out in other blood cancers and in other types of cancers over the next few years. and for those families who have children battling cancer, today's announcement is a big moment. in the back of any parent's mind when a child is diagnosed with cancer, there's always the fear of relapse. and to know there is another treatment available should that happen, and we have seen it happen to many families we have been in contact with and got to know very well, then that is so reassuring for us. this announcement marks a big step forward for a form of therapy that many believe is game changing. after years of promise, personalised medicine
is becoming a major weapon in the fight against cancer. dominic hughes, bbc news. our top story this lunchtime. two russian men are named as suspects in the attempted murder of the former spy, sergei skripal, and his daughter in salisbury. theresa may tells the commons they are members of the russian military intelligence service. and still to come. britain s first—ever disabled air display team takes to the skies above hampshire. coming up in the sport in the next 15 minutes on bbc news: a tough test for the champion, but after five sets and almost five hours rafael nadal makes it into the us open semi—finals. the bbc five live newsreader, rachael bland — who was widely praised for her podcast describing her treatment for breast cancer — has died. she was a0. her family said that her death had left a huge hole that they would never be able to fill — and that her work had helped to reduce
the stigma around the disease. judith moritz reports. soi so i went to the doctor and she did the same thing, nine times out of ten when we refer someone it is benign so do not worry too much. as a broadcaster rachael bland was used to reading the news but her own story became the most important for the diagnosed with breast cancer she chose to share herjourney. the diagnosed with breast cancer she chose to share herjourneylj thought we would come back with a bang and talk about death. the reason we're all terrified of cancer coming back or getting worse and going that road is that the ultimately worry it will kill us. rachael wrote an award—winning blog which she started after her diagnosis and with two others she launched a podcast to put the subject out there. all three presenters had or have the disease
and they supported each other as well is their growing audience. and they supported each other as well is their growing audiencelj would well is their growing audience.” would not be able to talk will be able to function have the time is not for the support that she showed me. so i'm so grateful to her. i'm just so grateful to her for allowing me to be part of her life.” just so grateful to her for allowing me to be part of her life. i wanted to bea me to be part of her life. i wanted to be a party, do not wear black. the women were frank and funny, talking about cancer in a fresh way and so popular that yesterday they went to number one in the uk podcast charts. it confounded expectations of the bosses who put it on air. she came to me with an idea to do a podcast but i thought was not going to work and then i heard the first episode and thought it was the most important conversation i've ever about the subject. because it was so honest and so real and funny in places as well. she was not
frightened and that is why it worked. her impact has been huge and with tributes everywhere from the london underground to the health secretary said her legacy is a testa m e nt to secretary said her legacy is a testament to how much more needs to be done to beat cancer. she really wanted the podcast to punch through. and there are many tributes from those who worked alongside rachael at bbc radio 5 live. she really cut loose to find her own voice and to open upa loose to find her own voice and to open up a conversation that other people perhaps could not find the right words for but she managed to do that and did it in a really brave and bold way. this morning rachael's death was announced on the station where she worked for 17 years. our beloved colleague, 5 live presenter
and newsreader has died this morning. amongst the tributes the most poignant from her husband steve and little boy freddie. at the end they say even though her body was at its wea kest, they say even though her body was at its weakest, rachael's voice was at its weakest, rachael's voice was at its strongest and most powerful and she will always be an inspiration. president trump has dismissed a highly critical book about his administration, written by one of america's most respected journalists and authors, bob woodward, who helped uncover the watergate scandal. in the book, senior aides are quoted as saying they hid sensitive documents to prevent the president from signing them, and dismissed him as an ‘idiot‘. mr trump said the quotes were ‘made up' and a ‘con on the public‘. french and british fishermen are holding talks in london to try to avert further confrontations in the so—called scallop war. tensions flared last week when vessels from the two sides clashed off the coast of northern france — and stones and smoke bombs were lobbed at british boats. french fishermen have accused the british of depleting shellfish stocks in the area. britain's first—ever disabled
air display team has taken to the skies today. the three pilots were inspired by the world war two flying ace, sir douglas bader, who flew spitfires despite having no legs. one of the crew who has been a wheelchair user for 20 years — says learning to fly has been "like the light coming on again". our correspondent duncan kennedy is at blackbushe airport in surrey. this is one of those stories that is literally lifting, the story of the first ever disabled air display team in the uk. many people say they cannot understand why it has not happened before. the team used these cherokee aircraft and the message is simple but even if you are disabled, that should never prevent you doing what you want. mike, barry and alan. three men who live with disability, but who are all determined to reach for the skies.
today, they became britain's first ever disabled air display team, taking off over surrey in a unique triple formation. the fact that you may be disabled, you can achieve great things. barry hobkirk became paraplegic after a rugby accident, but was determined nothing would stop him getting airborne. from being told in 1990 that i would probably never walk again, and i'd certainly neverfly again, to being in a three ship formation team... yes, ifeel very proud, yes. the three men have been practising for three months, dealing with the stresses of formation flying without the full use of their limbs. mike wildeman lost the lower part of his leg in a motorbike accident, but says aviation can be an inspiration. at the moment we are flying in training aircraft which have been adapted for a training role here at blackbushe, but eventually
we'd like to be flying in aerobatic aeroplanes and doing close aerobatic formation work, just the same as other teams you see on the display circuit. archive: bader: tin legs and iron courage... the team was inspired by sir douglas bader, the world war ii spitfire pilot who flew despite having no legs. he was later shot down and became a pow. today's display involved several complicated manoeuvres. the aircraft feet controls are adapted to help the pilots, each one of which is hoping to send a clear, inclusive message about flying — put into words by alan robinson, who lost part of his leg in a motorbike accident. disabled people, once you get into an aeroplane, are as able—bodied as anybody else. there are no real limitations. this is believed to be only the second disabled air display team anywhere in the world. the setbacks of physical limitations set aside — in the freedom of the skies.
their next ambition is to get into acrobatics. they know that they will have to modify the aircraft themselves but there's no technical or legal reason why disabled people cannot take part in acrobatics. they note that there will be war stress on their bodies and it is very tiring but they say they want to get started as soon as possible on that and some are hoping to get into acrobatics in the next few months. for one player friday's cricket test at the oval against india will be a particularly emotional affair. it'll be the last time england's former cricket captain alastair cook will play for his country — having scored more runs and hit more centuries than any other englishman. he's been speaking to the bbc in the run—up to his last test. our sports correspondentjoe wilson reports from the oval. one last time... there are many of us who still struggle to imagine
an england cricket team without alastair cook in it. 12 years of record—breaking batting end here, in his final test match. the thing is, alastair, people have said the way you've approached cricket and maybe the way you've approached life, there won't be somebody who does it that way again, that in that sense you are irreplaceable. i mean, they're probably right, aren't they? i'm definitely not irreplaceable. there will be another very good player come along, i'm sure. but with the same attributes as you? it's not for me to say. all i can say is it's very hard when you're talking about it, and i'm determined to go and play well in this game, and it's very nice all the kind words everyone says, it's as if i've died and never going to be around again. but it has been a surreal couple of days, let's play well in this game and try and win 4—1. you've also played in an era where cricket has been coming concerned about its status, i suppose.
do you think cricket now is in a different place, a better place or a worse place than 12 years ago? it's just different now. you can see the change of mentality. it's definitely changed. i think it's changed for the better, in the sense that everything changes. everything moves on. if you stand still, things will overtake you, and i think it's only good that the game goes on. clearly the responsibility of the people in charge is to protect test cricket as well. maybe we'll play less of it. it's a form of cricket which is very special. it's said that when don bradman came out to bat for the last time 70 years ago, he struggled to see the ball because of the tears in his eyes. will that happen to you? no. definitely not? i don't think so. there might be tears afterwards in the changing room, but i'm determined to score runs. thanks for all your time over the years. nearly 30 years ago, tracey edwards skippered
the first all—female crew in a round the world yacht race. but when she discovered the boat they had used — the maiden — was abandoned and rotting away, she vowed to rescue and restore it. now she is about to lead a crew on a new global adventure. our correspondentjohn maguire has been to meet them. the last time maiden sailed out of the hamble boat yard after a major refit, she was about to circumnavigate the globe and become a record—breaker. her all—female crew was the first to complete the whitbread round the world race and her skipper, tracy edwards, became a household name. that was 1990. then last year, tracy discovered maiden was abandoned in the seychelles and made plans to bring her back to life. it's just an incredible feeling, really. it's very overwhelming. when we first got her back to the uk she was in such a dreadful state. and we never lost hope, but there were times when we did think, "what are we doing? !" since then, she's been made ready
for a new global adventure. this time a three—year voyage working with charities to raise awareness of education for girls. the full—time crew will have guest skippers, some of the best sailors in the world. dee caffari has just returned from the volvo ocean race. i grew up with pictures of this yacht doing a whitbread round the world race. and now having come back from this edition of the volvo ocean race to speak to tracy and she said, you know, "can you help me out?" i was like, "yes, with pleasure." and it's lovely to be able to have a great group of girls that have got this three—year project ahead of them. you know, and just help them and impart the knowledge that i've learned along the way to see if it can help them. four women will make up the permanent crew. amelia is the youngest atjust 21. i saw maiden come back on the ship and be lowered off in southampton. and i was out sailing and i thought, "oh my gosh, i've got to sail on that boat."
so i started trying to get involved in the project and hassling tracy, offering to volunteer to scrub the hull! and six months later tracy decided she wanted to employ me. and for tilly, who comes from finland, and clearly has no problem with heights, the maiden project gives her a once—in—a—lifetime opportunity. obviously the whole three—year trip around the world is pretty amazing for any sailor. but my background academically is actually in human rights. and i would never in a million years have thought that i could combine my two passions. but when this came up it was a no—brainer. the refit has seen maiden changed from a racing yacht to one that's slightly more comfortable and with the latest equipment. so after three decades, maiden is ready to set sail once again. even in her original colours. ahead of her this time, not a race, but an equally important voyage. john maguire, bbc news, hampshire. time for a look at the weather. let me gather my thoughts. so today
not looking bad at all, quite a bit of sunshine around across western parts of the uk but also a weather front approaching and that is bringing some rain into the west of scotla nd bringing some rain into the west of scotland and northern ireland. so here at some point we will need the umbrella but for most of the country not looking back. england and wales, in the sunshine and temperatures up to around 25 degrees in london. more like the high teens for most of us and still above average for the time of year. tonight a lot of clear whether around, some rain possibly moving across parts of england and scotland.