this is bbc news. the headlines at 7: a murder investigation and manhunt is underway following a fatal stabbing onboard a train in surrey. police describe a "shocking and violent attack" which took place onboard the train in broad daylight, saying, "we know this was incredibly frightening for passengers travelling on the train." lam iamat i am at the scene here in surrey and we will bring you all the latest developments. new guidance says there is little evidence to suggest screentime is harmful to children and parents are the bestjudge of how long their children should spend on smart phones and other devices. the foreign secretary, jeremy hunt, warns russia not to use uk citizens as "diplomatic pawns" after a british national is held on suspicion of spying. police say there's evidence members of organised criminal gangs are seeking prisonjobs in order to smuggle in drugs. and, the couple who hit the jackpot!
they plan to share their good fortune after winning the £115 million prize. all the conversations about, "what would you do if...?" went out of the window, we sat there staring for ten minutes, we literally said nothing. good evening. a man has been stabbed to death in front of passengers on board a train in surrey. a search is now underway for the murder suspect who got off the train in the clandon area. our correspondent, richard galpin, is at horsley station, where the train came to a stop.
yes, well a major police investigation continues this evening and of course, big focus is trying to identify the man who carried out this brutal attack and of course try to find him because he is still on the run. throughout the afternoon police have been searching an area just a few miles from guildford to try and find the murderer who carried out this brutal attack. forensics teams have also been searching the train itself were a man thought a bee in his 50s was stabbed two death in what the bbc understands was a vicious fight. —— stabbed to death. the men had boarded the train at london road station in guildford just after 1pm this afternoon. a few minutes later at clandon,
the next stop on the line through waterloo, the murderer is believed too have got off and fled. the train went on two horsley station where ambulance crews found the victim dead. in a statement, detective superintendent gary richardson of british transport police said this was a shocking and violent attack which took place on board a train in broad daylight. he went onto say that we know this was an incredibly frightening incident for passengers travelling on the train. as the police continue their investigation this evening, the man who carried out this fatal stabbing is still on the run. the police are appealing for any eyewitnesses do come forward as quickly as they can and do contact the british transport police. as you said in your report, this happened just after midday, it must have been horrible for the other passengers on the train. we have heard from one witness who saw the incident and they tweeted, i was on this train, how those guards and especially the train driver went into action was nothing short of
incredible... what is the latest on the hunt for the suspect? the hunt continues, we have not had any word from the police on whether they are making progress. we expect a news conference by the police pretty soon. probably within the next half hour. we should get some development soon. keep up to date with us for all the latest on the manhunt and the murder investigation. the foreign secretaryjeremy hunt has said russia mustn't use british citizens as "pawns in diplomatic chess" after the arrest in moscow of a joint us—uk national on suspicion of spying.
paul whelan's family say he was simply attending a wedding. british diplomats are asking for access to mr whelan in moscow. here's our correspondent, sarah rainsford. this is paul whelan. just charged in russia as a suspected spy. a former us marine, the 48—year—old is also a british citizen. he arrived in moscowjust before christmas for a friend's wedding. the guests were staying at this prestigious hotel. on the day of his arrest he had been showing them round the kremlin just metres from here. his twin lives in canada where the two brothers were born to british parents. it's very hard for me to understand how anyone would consider paul to be someone who would be a lawbreaker and take those sorts of risks, particularly in countries where they are less maybe flexible about lawbreaking. paul whelan has run this russian social media page for over a decade. he last checked in on the day he was detained. some friends have military connections like him. this post congratulates them on defenders of the fatherland day. but all those we have spoken to say his behaviour
was never suspicious. mr whelan's lawyer says he is now in solitary confinement in this former kgb prison. ever since paul whelan was detained and brought here, russian officials have given very few details of what he is actually accused of. the fsb security service his implied only that he was caught red—handed carrying out what it called spying activities. outside russia is increasing speculation that this arrest is part of a far bigger political game. one theory links his fate with that of this woman. last month maria butina admitted to conspiring to act as an agent of influence in america for the russian government. president putin is among those protesting her innocence. so is russia trying to negotiate a swap? for now the british government is ruling nothing out. we need to see what these charges are against him, understand whether there is a case or not. we are giving every support that we can but we do not agree with individuals being used in diplomatic chess games. this arrest is bound to cool
relations between russia and the west even further. the charge of espionage against mr whelan carries a possible sentence of up to 20 years. let's speak now to dr alina polyakova, fellow on foreign policy at the american think—tank, the brookings instutite. she joins me via webcam from washington. so many questions, what do you think is the motive behind this, russian‘s motive? what we have learned about in the last few hours is he is not just the us and british citizen, he also holds passports from ireland and potentially canada, this adds
more mystery, and adds challenges to the case. it seems clear that this action on the part of the russian side was retribution for the us arrest of maria butina, charged as acting as a foreign agent in the united states, and this parity is very important to the russians, so no surprise they would try to arrest aus no surprise they would try to arrest a us citizen and now trying to set up a us citizen and now trying to set up what may likely be an exchange. talking so much about, there is now four countries involved in this, this becomes much more complex, the uk has come out and spoken out against what has taken place, does that put any more pressure on russia? absolutely, it is not clear what are the motivations for the arrest, if the kremlin was aware of, that he was notjust a us citizen but also held for various passports,
this makes it far more complicated for the russian side, if in fact they were trying to set this up as a one—to—one quid pro quo exchange for maria butina and now not. it is another case of the west against russia once again. in terms of the prisoner swap, a lot of speculation about it, how likely is it to take place? without knowing more detail it is difficult but it seems unlikely, the keys are well documented, well charged, we know very little about the russian motivation behind the arrest and it seems unlikely based on the information that we have, based on what we know about his background that he is an intelligence officer, it seems quite unlikely that such an exchange would take place, but of course, that remains to be seen. looking back at the letter, that
president vladimir putin wrote to donald trump, in the new year, speaking of how important russia us relations are, in ensuring strategic stability and international security, how important does russia view us relations? it is very important to the russian side to be seen as having an equal playing field with the united states, vladimir putin foreshadowed what we see happening today with this arrest in his press conference last year, when he said, tooth for a tooth, eye foran eye, he when he said, tooth for a tooth, eye for an eye, he said this clearly, it signalled the russians, despite wanting a better relationship with the united states are still willing to ta ke the united states are still willing to take these risks, not willing to stand down when a russian citizen is arrested on us soil, and they will ta ke arrested on us soil, and they will take retaliatory actions and they will take retribution as to what they see as an unfair politically motivated practice. president trump speaking live at the moment, talking
a lot about us china trade relations, what has been said about this arrest in moscow, from the trump administration? we have certainly heard the secretary of state mike pompeo make a strong statement initially when this arrest was announced, before we even knew paul whelan was a british citizen, but so far, the engagement on the us site has been quite muted. we have not heard much else to apart from a statement from the secretary of state and we have not heard the kremlin say anything, important to keepin kremlin say anything, important to keep in mind russia is at holiday, because of the orthodox holidays, until next week, so we will get more movement and information as the story develops next week. the us side has explained this very carefully, and i don't expect them to make any strong statements until they say more. now, a fire has broken out
at manchester's ivy restaurant. this video shows flames sweeping across the roof terrace as firefighters try to tackle the blaze. it's believed the fire in the three—storey building started from a patio heater on an outside terrace. the multi—million pound restuarant in the spinningfields area of the city centre opened in november. police say there's evidence that members of criminal gangs are deliberately getting jobs in prisons to bring in drugs. the warning comes after leeds prison introduced an "x—ray" body scanner to detect illegal substances. but prisoners are finding new ways for them to be smuggled in, including being given clothes soaked in drugs so they can cut the material up and smoke it! our home affairs correspondent, danny shaw, reports. stand up on to the two black marks. that's it. spin around and face me. just place one hand on to that. using x—ray technology to make prisons safer.
this is a demonstration of the first body scanner to be installed as part of a government programme to reduce drugs and violence in ten of the worst affected prisons in england. nearly finished. it is used on prisoners if there is intelligence they've hidden a package inside them. this is an image of an inmate found with concealed drugs on the first day the device was deployed. you can see the straight edges, which shouldn't be in the human body. the scanner operates in a similar way to a standard hospital x—ray machine, but the level of radiation is 400 times lower. that is a photograph of a normal—sized felt tip pen, that is a mobile phone alongside it, which is about the size of your thumb. this phone was smuggled into the jail, prisoners use mobiles to order drugs. there is no limit to the techniques they come up with to get drugs in. they've been soaking clothes in drugs, and then either smoking bits of cutup clothing or then using kettles, boiling drugs
out and impregnating them back into paper. the prison market for drugs is highly lucrative. one inmate, locked up for armed robbery, told me when prisoners get into debt, but he wasn't involved himself. lads are getting themselves into debt, can't pay their debt, they get beaten up for it. get yourself into drugs, buying drugs all the time, you can't pay, and the other lads can beat you up to show that if you don't pay that is what is going to happen. leeds is one of ten prisons where the government has promised to reduce drug—related violence by this summer, assaults have been rising since 2014, and were projected to increase in eight of the jails last year, though the final figures have not yet been compiled. a lot more availability, a lot more access to them. at the st george's crypt centre in leeds, i asked former prisoners if they thought the government plans would work.
if they want to solve the problem, they need to work with the social issues, the problems that are making people want to use substances in the first place. the drugs trade is controlled by organised crime groups, and now there is evidence some criminals are deliberately getting jobs in prisons to bring contraband in. the government minister who staked his political career on the prison reforms admits this type of corruption is a problem. it can happen, and the answer to that is searching, searching notjust in terms of finding a bad apple but also, if you have very good search procedures in place, it's much more difficult for a prisoner to put pressure on a prison officer. at leeds they've blocked off windows to stop drugs getting in. packages were dropped by drones or thrown over walls. the new scanner will help, too, but there's a long way to go. the headlines on bbc news.
a murder investigation is underway following a fatal stabbing on a train in surrey. police are describing this incident as a ‘shocking and violent attack‘ as they search for the suspect the foreign secretaryjeremy hunt warns russia not to use uk citizens as "diplomatic pawns" after a british national is held on suspicion of spying. new guidance says there is little evidence to suggest screentime is harmful to children and parents are the bestjudge of how long they should spend on smart phones and other devices. well, let's stay with that story. new guidance on children's use of screens, recommends that parents should set time limits, and a i hour ban before bedtime. but it says there's little evidence that using devices, is in itself harmful.
the report by the royal college of paediatrics and child health says parents should worry less about screentime being "toxic" to health. but it has drawn up a checklist to help parentsjudge if their children are using screens in a healthy way. some have criticised the research, saying the advice doesn't go far enough. here's our medical correspondent, fergus walsh. i think that is fine, i play on it, i always play on it. when i am not doing homework or
training, it is cool to spend time on my phone. how much screen time via smartphones, computers or tv is ok for kids? these children from beckenham in south london have strict limits set by their mum, including no screens before bedtime. if i think back too when i was younger, i think the thing for us was tv. you know, we were on tv too much, we watched tv. what was it going two do too us? i think it'sjust a new medium. i think tablets a new medium, it's this generation and this is how they spend their time. i don't think it's bad. nothing is bad in moderation. today's guidance says as long as children are active and healthy then parents are best placed to decide what screen uses appropriate and there's no need for a set time limits. there's not good enough evidence
for a particular threshold and it's really difficult two pick a number here. the second is actually applying a threshold is very difficult. what about homework? what about educational things? what about piano practice with your music on an ipad? it's very difficult two actually put these things in practice. and often what happens is itjust makes people feel bad about what are quite normal activities. many studies have shown an association between high screen use and obesity and depression. but the royal college says there's simply not enough evidence too show a direct causal link. it might be that children with those issues are more likely to use screens excessively. in its guidance, the royal college recommends families ask themselves four questions. is screen time in your household controlled? does it interfere with what your family wants to do? does it interfere with sleep? and are you able took control snacking during screen time? the child health experts say there is a need for better research, especially on the effects of social media. so this guidance could change in years to come. one thing they are sure of is that children should not use screens in the hour before bedtime because the light can slow the release of the sleep
inducing hormone melatonin. a child killer who was released from prison in 2002 has been sentenced to life for the attempted murder of a woman in peterborough. stephen chafer, who's now known as stephen leonard, will serve at least 17 years for attacking the woman last year after a row about a garden rake. in 1979 he sexually assaulted and killed 3—year—old lorraine holt in derby. now what a great way to start the new year, imeagine, matching seven numbers, and finding yourself nearly £115 million richer! that's what happened to frances and patrick connolly, from county down in northern ireland who say they've drawn up a list of 50 people whom they intend to share their euromillions win with. here's chris page, and there are some flashing images in his report. it's the time of year when lifestyle changes do happen. but they are very rarely as dramatic or unexpected as this. on new year's day frances connelly was knitting a jumper at home when her husband patrick looked up the lotto results online. checked my numbers and they all were ticked and i thought,
does that mean we have won? i went on the bbc website, i checked the numbers there, again a match. i then went on a third website and i checked again and they matched, so i turned the computer to frances and i said, "i think i've got some good news for you." and i said some things i shouldn't have said and accused him of lying to me and he said no, i wouldn't make a joke about something like that. he was shaking by this stage. welcome to tonight's special euromillions draw. francis and patrick were not dreaming. this machine had bestowed sudden and sumptuous wealth on the couple from the village of moira. it is the fourth biggest lottery prize ever won in the uk. how different do you think life will feel like for you? we are fairly well grounded.
we are notjoining thejet set life, you know? we want to help people, share the money, and when we've had a bit of fun and had a bit of travel we'll come back and we'll do some good. but at the news conference one reporter asked if they had new worries about personal security. i've never met anybody i wouldn't take down myself, to be fair. they have become fabulously rich in just a few seconds but what the connellys are most looking forward to is giving away money and making some more millionaires. the prime minister theresa may has spoken to the president of the european commission, jean—claude juncker, as she tries to win support for her brexit deal. she's seeking written assurances
on the controversial "backstop" arrangement to avoid a hard irish border. the house of commons is due to vote in the next fortnight on mrs may's proposals. and as our political correspondent, chris mason explains, the mood amongst mps over the prime minister's deal hasn't changed. the democratic unionist party, the northern ireland party that props up theresa may in government did not like the withdrawal agreement before christmas and guess what, they still don't like it and neither do a shed load of conservative mps, they don't like the so—called backstop, the insurance policy to ensure that the border between northern ireland and the republic remains open under any circumstances, the prime minister has spent christmas making telephone calls, on the call tojunkojunker of the european commission this afternoon but does not seem to have secured enough from them to persuade enough people here to change their minds and so still it looks like she will lose this big boat coming up in a couple of weeks' time. mps
comeback on monday, they will start debating we expect the vote to be one week on tuesday. one final fact, brexit is due to happen 12 weeks tonight...! france is increasing security along its northern coast around calais after a recent rise in migrants attempting to cross the channel in small boats. the british government has also announced that a navy patrol vessel, the hms mersey, will monitor the waters until two border force cutters working abroad can arrive in the channel. personal data and documents from hundreds of german politicians and public figures, including the chancellor angela merkel, have been published online. hackers posted data including credit card details and mobile phone numbers from a twitter account. politicians from all major parties have been affected apart from the right—wing alternative for germany. a government spokeswoman said that
no sensitive material from angela merkel‘s office had been released. the total number of people living with dementia in the uk is likely to exceed 1 million people by 2021 but at the moment there are no long—term cures. the cost of treating the condition is also rising. that's paved the way for a rise in more innovative methods to help patients tackle dementia. lucy vladev reports. henry is in the late stages of dementia, he can barely remember his carer's name. do you want your music now? i don't want my music. this is his reaction when he hears his favourite songs. # hey folks, here's a story about
minnie the moocher now that company behind this kind of therapy is in sussex, helping to develop playlists, for dementia sufferers like joan, develop playlists, for dementia sufferers likejoan, with a bit of help from her husband who visits every day. a song by barry white, the first, the last, my everything, thatis the first, the last, my everything, that is one of her favourites. i helped her compile the playlist, and i added one or two of my favourites to her playlist to try to educate her and improve her taste in music(!) did it work, joan? laughter i don't know...! music(!) did it work, joan? laughter i don't know. . .! the effective music on dementia patients is a research which is still growing but it has been found that music can help with symptoms such as depression, anxiety or regression. despite that, it is estimated that across the uk, only 596 estimated that across the uk, only 5% of care homes provide good
quality music programmes for residents even though nhs england point out it could be made available at very low cost. music can connect your emotions and memories together and those pathways are still intact, so, memories that may have been com pletely lost so, memories that may have been completely lost by somebody can be revisited with the music, free and live in. for the people here, knowing they have the chance to hold onto their stories, that little bit longer, is everything. now it's time for a look at the weather with ben rich. some of us got to see a lot of sunshine today but for many more, skies were grey and overcast. cloud will attempt to win out. it will stay largely dry but often quite cloudy, cloud feeling its way across the british isles as we go through tonight. clear skies across wales and the we st clear skies across wales and the
west country, a touch of frost, may be for eastern scotland and eastern england, elsewhere, generallya be for eastern scotland and eastern england, elsewhere, generally a lot of cloud and the mildest weather across the far north—west of scotland with wind coming off the atlantic. we start saturday, for most of us, actually but cloudy, best chance of any sunshine is across parts of the west country, also, north—east scotland and down the east coast of england. five to 8 degrees at best, a bit of rain to move through during saturday night in the north, sunday, again, a largely cloudy day, largely dry, those temperatures just a little bit higher. hello, this is bbc news with lu kwesa burak. the headlines. a murder investigation and manhunt is under way — following a fatal stabbing onboard a train in surrey. police describe a "shocking and violent attack" which took place onboard the train in broad daylight — we know this was incredibly frightening for passengers travelling on the train. the foreign secretary, jeremy hunt, warns russia not to use uk citizens as "diplomatic pawns",
after a british national is held on suspicion of spying. experts say parents are the best judge of how long their children should spend on smartphones and other devices, but do recommend no screens for one hour before bed. police say there's evidence members of organised criminal gangs are seeking prisonjobs in order to smuggle in drugs. it's the start of a new year, the weather is cold, and many of us are back at work after the break — invariably this is the time we start trying to plan a holiday in the sun. this though is a year with a big difference, with the uk due to leave the european union on march 29th. so — what impact is brexit likely to have if you want to book a holiday abroad? our consumer affairs correspondent colletta smith has been finding out. back home and back to
work after christmas. this is the moment people's thoughts turn to the next getaway, but this year is going to be different. it is a worry that flights will become too expensive, you know? do try to come home and see family and stuff three or four times a year and if that gets too expensive it is a bit of a worry. i think people will be worried about whether they are going to need a visa but that doesn't stop them travelling to other parts of the world. i don't know about brexit in honesty. does anybody understand brexit? because i definitely don't. the government say passengers can book their trips with confidence and the european union have confirmed even if there is no deal we will not need a visa to travel to europe. one of the biggest brexit impacts on holidays, whether or not there is a deal reached, will be on the price of them. the pound has bounced around loads over the last couple of months on brexit news and that makes it really hard to plan in advance,
to plan ahead exactly how much value you're going to get for the pound when you get on holiday. one impact could be on flights. they are likely to increase in price because most airlines buy fuel in dollars. and even if you have paid ahead for your holiday and bought my advice to customers would be to wait until they are ready to buy, just before they go away, and check the rate then. i cannot see it being any great increases in the rates like they used to be. so if you are going on holiday this summer it's about holding your nerve, then? yes, unless they have to go away immediately and you need your currency, then of course you need to purchase it. otherwise if you are not going until the summer i would wait. the easter break is just a few weeks after the brexit deadline and if there is no deal you will need at least six months left on your passport to travel to europe. you may need an international driving permit to hire a car. for now it is political
details on the ground in westminster that will decide. an mp who was found guilty of lying to avoid a speeding fine, and could face a prison sentence, has been expelled from the labour party. fiona onasanya won peterborough byjust a few hundred votes at the 2017 election. she's indicated that she won't resign as an mp. house prices last month rose at their slowest annual rate since february 2013, according to the nationwide building society. the average home was worth £212,000 — 0.5% more than the year before. the lender says uncertainty over the economic outlook appears to be undermining confidence. thousands of people in southern thailand are fleeing the path of the worst tropical storm to hit the area in 30 years. storm pabuk made landfall
in the early hours of the morning local time, sending trees crashing into houses. thousands of people have left the islands of koh samui and koh phangan. the storm is now moving across the south of the country, affecting popular tourist spots. over1 million british tourists visit thailand each year. our world affairs editor, john simpson, reports from the north of koh samui island. his report contains flashing images. this was just the start of it. super storm pabuk, meaning giant catfish, is, in the words of thailand's meteorological head, simply huge. it hit the two northerly islands hard early on in the day. by noon it was starting to close down the island of koh samui as well. the roads were empty of traffic and winds of 50 mph or more were blowing down trees close
to the sea. the emergency services were out in force though in the hours of daylight the number of injuries was still quite small and only two deaths had been reported. yesterday, thousands of visitors, thai as well as foreign, tried to get off the islands while they still could. but some stayed, either because they couldn't leave or perhaps because they wanted to see what was going to happen. sam and miranda from cheshire came to koh samui to celebrate his 30th birthday. we were able to get out and stock up pretty quickly so we filled the room full of food and got as much protective mattresses taped to the windows, doing whatever we can to keep the room safe. and reallyjust riding it out. to be honest, no one really knows what's going to be happening here in the next few hours. the weather seems to be changing all the time. the rain, which was drenching just a few minutes ago, has suddenly stopped but the wind
has come up pretty fiercely. tonight the storm proper is just about to hit koh samui. what is certain is that this super storm is highly unusual for this time of year. more evidence, people here believe, that climate change is starting in earnest. president trump has been holding meetings with senior democrats, including the leader of the house, nancy polosi to try and end the government shutdown as it enters its 14th day. legislation approved in the us to end the shutdown — which has left 800,000 employees unpaid. but speaking in the last hour, president trump said he won't sign it off — unless $5 billion is included for his border wall. so we had a productive meeting today
with speaker nancy pelosi and senator schumer. i thought it was really very good meeting. we are all on the same path in terms of wanting get government open. we are going to be meeting, i've designated a group and we'll be meeting over the weekend to determine what we are going to do about the border. really, i want to thank a lot of the border patrol people who came up yesterday, they had a tremendous impact ona yesterday, they had a tremendous impact on a lot of democrats frankly, but a lot of people. they we re frankly, but a lot of people. they were able to lay out exactly what the problem is. one of the problems described to me as an example, points of entry. we are going to agree with chuck and nancy that we wa nt to agree with chuck and nancy that we
want to make the ports bigger, more powerful, able to handle more traffic, have a very powerful drug equipment there. they make very good stuff now. we don't have it because of budgets and other reasons, but we are going to make ports of entry very powerful, very strong. we are going to have the best drug finding equipment anywhere in the world. they make it much better today than even two years ago. i explained to them the problem is we could have a wonderful port of entry, but you have 2000 miles of border between the united states and mexico. if you ta ke the united states and mexico. if you take a look and you see like we do through certain technology, including cameras in aeroplanes not just drones, you'll see vast numbers of vehicles driving through the desert and entering where you don't have a very powerful fence or wall. that happened this week, where a
wonderful young police officer, i spoke to his wife yesterday, where he was shot, viciously shot for simply stopping a person that came over the border illegally. got shot, killed. and take the most beautiful picturejust killed. and take the most beautiful picture just hours before, killed. and take the most beautiful picturejust hours before, christmas picture. we don't want that happening. but i was explaining, and i explain to people, you have ports of entry and great security at the ports of entry. then you may have fencing or walls up and down, left and right, east and west. but they stop because we don't have proper border security. these people have vehicles and they drive, they aren't going through where we have great border patrol officers and military.
i tell you, the military has done a fantasticjob. i tell you, the military has done a fantastic job. they i tell you, the military has done a fantasticjob. they don't stop. they go right to the easiest part and the wea kest go right to the easiest part and the weakest part, sometimes out into desert. but you have miles and miles of unprotected area. you can see where they drive over. you even have people walking it. that's a very dangerous trek. they bring children, or even worse they use children. children are the biggest beneficiaries of what we want to do. children are hurt more than anybody else. what they do with children, all because we have open borders, because they think they can get away with it. they don't come through the port where we have a lot of protection. they come in through empty areas, just like this terrible person came in when he shot officer. they come through these vast open
areas. you don't have a sign, there is no sign designating you've just entered the usa. there'sjust is no sign designating you've just entered the usa. there's just open space. that's donald trump speaking a short time ago. we're expecting a press conference from british transport police about that stabbing on a commuter train in surrey — we'll bring you that wehen we have it. just to let you know, if you are expecting to watch newswatch at 7:45pm, that programme will be replaced but played later at 8:45pm. we are waiting to hear the latest from superintendent paul langley on the stabbing which left one man dead. there is now a murder enquiry and a manhunt also under way for the suspect involved.
tomorrow is the 12th day of christmas — the time to take down our christmas decorations. in the uk we buy eight million real christmas trees each year, many of which end up in landfill — at a cost to the taxpayer. it's not environmentally friendly either. there are more unusual and helpful ways of getting rid of your tree, as olivia richwald reports. if you are anything like me, then four weeks ago you had the most beautiful tree in the world. now it is a prickly old problem, with my pine needle protection shield in place, i'm off to try and find a more environmentally friendly way of disposing of my old christmas tree. this is never going in! near harrogate, they love getting your old trees. this weekend, we have got rotary to pick up those of trees,
we will have a massive pile of them and them we will chip them all. the chips will be there for us to use and for customers to buy. the charity that provides work for adults with learning disabilities also brings out living trees. these ones have now served three christmases and were replanted today. but the best of the donated trees will be preserved as art, sprayed white and sold in november to christmas markets and shops. many old christmas trees end up at recycle centres to be chipped or composted. but there is an alternative. if you have the space, you can swap baubles for bird food to feed our feathered friends through the winter. finally, my tree is heading to ogden water near halifax. it is one of 2000 they are expecting this month. in the past ten years, the trees have been reused to create a natural fence around the reservoir. the pines provide a barrier to deter
swimmers in the summer, while also creating a habitat for rabbits, squirrels, rodents, birds and butterflies. a lot of the trees end up in landfill or go to the tips. this is actually giving your tree that you've had pleasure for another four or five years of decent life. a team of more than 100 volunteers will spend most of january reinforcing the reservoir‘s fence, turning christmas rubbish into new year treasure. the headlines on bbc news. a murder investigation is under way following a fatal stabbing on a train in surrey. police are describing this incident as a "shocking and violent attack" as they search for the suspect. the foreign secretaryjeremy hunt warns russia not to use uk citizens as "diplomatic pawns" after a british national is held on suspicion of spying. new guidance says there is little
evidence to suggest screentime is harmful to children — and parents are the bestjudge of how long they should spend on smartphones and other devices. let's go live to hear from superintendent paul langley with the latest details. you will be aware that british transport police and surrey police were called to horsley station at 1:15pm following a serious stabbing on—board a south—western railway train. it happened on the 12:58pm service from