tv BBC News at One BBC News March 18, 2019 1:00pm-1:31pm GMT
a manhunt is under way in the dutch city of utrecht after a person is shot dead and several injured on a tram. armed police are on the streets, trains and trams have stopped running and schools have been asked to keep their doors closed. counter—terror police say it "appears to be a terrorist attack". we'll bring you the latest. also this lunchtime: new zealand's prime minister says she'll announce new gun laws within days, following the attacks on two mosques in which 50 people died. within ten days of this horrific act of terrorism we will have announced reforms which will, i believe, make our community safer. as the country mourns, pupils performed the ceremonial haka in tribute to the victims and for some the grief became too much.
three teenagers are killed after a reported crush outside a st patrick's day party at a hotel in county tyrone. theresa may is still counting the numbers as last minute attempts to get enough support for her brexit deal continue. and the teenage refugee who's overcome disability and prejudice to become a sporting success story. and coming up on bbc news: britain's richest man, sirjim ratcliffe, is expected to save team sky. it will be renamed team ineos after the broadcaster withdrew its financial backing. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one.
a gunman has killed one person and injured several others in an attack which is being described as a terrorist incident on a tram in the dutch city of utrecht. the country's head of counter—terrorism said there had been shooting at several locations and the attacker was still at large with a manhunt under way. security has been stepped up at airports in the area, with schools and mosques also told to shut their doors, as the terror threat was raised to the highest level. this is what the police had to say a few minutes ago. translation: this morning in utrecht there have been shootings at several locations. first and foremost, our thoughts are with the victims. at this moment a lot is still unclear and the local authorities are working to establish all the facts. what we do know is that the perpetrator is on the run and that means under the command of the local authorities, the police and other agencies‘ priority is finding that perpetrator.
our correspondent anna holligan has just sent this report from near the scene bring us up—to—date with what's going on? well, as you heard from the police, the city here in utrecht is essentially in lock down now. extra security has been put in place. in the hague, outside parliament, outside mosques. people in utrecht are being asked to stay inside. there is the sound of helicopters and drones and this is the tram where the shooting took place at around 10.45 local time. 9.4sgmt. a number of people injured. you can see the police tape and the police suspect it was a lone gunman who is still now at large. the
counter terror police here in the netherland have raised the threat level to 5, which is critical. that means a terror attack is expected imminently. the dutch prime minister, mark rutter, has convened an emergency meeting and all campaigning for wednesday's local elections has been halted. many thanks. ana holligan there. 0ur security correspondent gordon corera is here. police are treating this as a possible terror attack, what do we know about the security situation in holland? they are treating it as a potential terrorist attack. they have not confirmed that. but from the reports ofa gunman confirmed that. but from the reports of a gunman on a tram. the security level has gone up to 5. it was pegged at 4. so the second highest level already in the netherland. the
country has not seen large scale attacks in the past. but there have been concerns and a major potential plot was busted what last september, involving a large group of people. their annual threat warning warned of attacks from isis—inspired terrorists and from the far right. it is hard to know whether it is a response to the new zealand attack. we don't know much about the per traitor, other than it is one person on the run. thank you the prime minister of new zealand, jacinda ardern, has said she will announce tighter gun laws within days, after her cabinet agreed to new restrictions following the shootings in mosques in christchurch in which 50 people died. police say the attacker used military—style assault weapons modified to make them more deadly, something which is legal under current laws. australian brenton tarra nt,
who describes himself as a white supremacist, has been charged with murder. 0ur correspondent richard lister reports. christchurch has been overwhelmed by the tragedy, but there is also an outpouring of compassion. some of the first responder who had to deal with the aftermath. none were prepare ford what they found. there was a river of blood coombing coming from the mosque. we ended up having to... lift the... lift the bodies over the top of other body. these are some of the dead men, women and children. the youngest was three yea rs children. the youngest was three years old. new zealand's prime minister was among thousands signing
books of condolence and she said she will announce new gun controls within days. the clear lesson from history is so make our community safer the time to act is now. i believe that the vast majority of gun owners will agree that change needs to occur. under new zealand's gun laws, police check the criminal and medical history of those who wa nt and medical history of those who want a and medical history of those who wanta gun and medical history of those who want a gun licence. but figures shows almost everyone who applies gets one. some of the five weapons we re gets one. some of the five weapons were bought from this store.“ gets one. some of the five weapons were bought from this store. if we allow him to make changes in our
ideology, in our behaviour, he's woi'i. ideology, in our behaviour, he's won. a teenager has been charged with circulating video of the attack, but police say there was only one gunman and the key suspect is in custody. 0n the streets of christchurch a show of defiance as teenagers performed a traditional haka. well our correspondent phil mercer is in christchurch for us. the time to act is now, the words of new zealand prime minister, jacinda ardern. she held a cabinet meeting today, promising tough new legislation around gun control. as it stands, you can be 16 and own a gun here or 18 to own one of those
military—style semi automatic weapons. the authorities believe the laws are too lax and they need changing. all gun owners are licensed here. but most individual weapons don't need to be registered. that sets new zealand apart from many other countries. the prime minister is promising new legislation in a week's time. there will be also a national inquiry into the actions of the agencies leading up the actions of the agencies leading up to the atrocity here in christchurch on friday. did they do enough, did they know enough about the suspect who is in custody, that will all unfold during the inquiry. the police investigation is continuing. here in christchurch there has been a stream of people leaving flowers at this makeshift memorial at the botanic gardens. 31 people remain in hospital. nine are in intensive care. we understand a
girl offour in intensive care. we understand a girl of four airlifted to hospital in auckland remains in a critical condition. thank you. well, the attack happened on friday, and today is the first day children have had to return to school after the tragedy. 0ur correspondent rupert wingfield hayes is in christchurch and has more now on how local people are coping. at the cashmere high school in christchurch, it has been a grim return to class today. two children from this school are among the dead from friday's attacks on the city's mosques. one is 16—year—old hamza mustafa. his family fled the war in syria. they arrived here in christchurch only last year. principal mark wilson has spent the morning helping his students understand what has happened. it is not an act of nature, in particular this was an act of you know human hatred and ignorance and aggression and i think that does mean that the nature of what we are dealing is with sometimes harder to comprehend and harder to actually understand that somebody could actually do and behave in this way.
as schools broke up this afternoon, hundreds and hundreds of students from across the city gathered in a park opposite the al noor mosque where the first attack took place. after the horrific events, it's great to see we are not turning to hatred, we are not turning to darkness, but we are uniting for love and peace. we're letting everyone know, letting the communities know, letting the nations know that these horrific events do not define who we are. as we learn more about the victim of this terrible crime, we found they age from 77 to just three years old. they came from bangladesh and pakistan, egypt and somalia, some were even recent refugees from the war in syria and they all chose to come here to christchurch for the very reason that it is so safe. at a house on the outskirts
of christchurch, nadeem khan is welcoming friends and neighbours. he escaped the massacre by a minute. mr khan's nephew abdullah has agreed to speak to us. his father and older brother were both killed at the al noor mosque. abdullah says political leaders around the world bear responsibility for what happened to his family. people give hate speech, all it does is just create division and when people like donald trump and people in leadership positions support that in their comments, all that does is reaffirms people's beliefs and if they can justify being prejudiced against certain groups and it's not ok. standing close to the al noor mosque, the city's students lit candles to represent light overcoming darkness, love overcoming hate. once again, christchurch is showing the word it will not be defined by the horrific crime committed on friday.
well, today new zealand's prime minister questioned whether social media companies are doing enough to stop and contain the sharing of violent videos after the gunman livestreamed his attack on facebook. our technology correspondent rory cellan—jones is here. what are the social media firms doing? well what we have been getting over the weekend is an idea of the sheer scale of the number of people trying to put this video online, share this video. facebook has released figures, saying in the first 24 hours they removed 1.5 million videos. of those, 1.2 million were actually blocked as they were uploading, so never went online. that shows there technology that can begin to spot this stuff. but it is farfrom begin to spot this stuff. but it is far from perfect. begin to spot this stuff. but it is farfrom perfect. 300,000 videos we re farfrom perfect. 300,000 videos were up there for a while. youtube has been talking to the washington
post, an executive said they worked through the night and removes tens of thousands of videos, but as quickly as they took one down, another would appear, as often as one per second in the hours after the shooting. but the pressure from politicians is growing? yes, questions are being asked, such as should facebook have a live platform, where anybody can broadcast whatever they want. the new zealand prime minister said there are further questions to answer, but said it is an international question. and in the uk more pressure from politicians and we expect a white paper later this month to deal with online harms, which plays into this. thank you. a girl of 17 and two boys aged 16 and 17 have died after a crush at a st patrick's day party
in county tyrone. police believe there was a crush at the front door of the greenvale hotel in cookstown, where the event was taking place, and that some people fell to the ground. 0ur ireland correspondent, emma vardy reports. last night confusion and disbelief over how a group of young people trying to enter a disco ended in disaster. terrible, just chaos. young ones hysterical, the whole night, ijust cannot believe what has happened. just after 9:30pm emergency services were called to reports of casualties outside the hotel. it was soon declared a mjaor incident. one of the teenagers died at the scene, two died later in hospital. absolutely stunned and shocked. there we have people out enjoying themselves on st patrick's night and it ends up in tragedy.
the hotel had been hosting a party to celebrate st patrick's day. police believe a crowd outside had been pushing to get in but are still trying to work out exactly what happened. preliminary investigations show that was a crush towards the front door of this hotel and in the crush people seem to have fallen. we are examining now to see if the people who have fallen are those who are deceased. there was a little struggling going on to get people up off the ground and that might explain also why there are reports of fighting. 0fficers think there were a few hundred people waiting outside the party when the incident happened and they are relying on eyewitness accounts to try to establish why some teenagers ended up on the floor and are looking at cctv from outside the hotel. there is a deep sense of shock and loss in the community here and our first thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who lost their children last night.
three young people have lost their lives so tragically and i cannot even fathom as a parent how those families are feeling this morning. youth centres have opened their doors to offer teenagers counselling and there are calls to look at what lessons can be learned from this tragedy. and we can speak to emma now. what more do we know about the event at the hotel, and how it was organised ? please say they do not believe this was an event specifically for young people, so the police are also looking at how under 18 is going to be there. clearly there will be a lot of questions about how this event was advertised and how that crowd outside was being managed. we understand the number of young people who arrived last night were dropped off on buses and as soon as reports of the accident emerged, police began appealing for parents to co nta ct police began appealing for parents to contact their children and to come and collect them. it was by all
accou nts come and collect them. it was by all accounts an extremely distressing experience for all of those young people involved. 0ne teenager spoke toa people involved. 0ne teenager spoke to a local paper last night describing how he was pinned to the ground unable to get up for some time after that crash happened. we have been hearing from the emergency services who have described it was immediately clear when they arrived there were serious injuries and they tried to resuscitate casualties here at the scene. we have not yet heard anything official from the hotel itself. we also know there are a number of pieces of video and photos that were taken last night and police have appealed to people not to upload those to social media but to upload those to social media but to bring them forward to officers so they can help with the investigation. of id. of id. our top story this lunchtime... a manhunt is under way in the dutch city of utrecht after a person is shot dead and several injured ona tram. armed police are on the streets
and schools have been asked to keep their doors closed. and coming up... meet the latest addition to plymouth‘s theatre royal, a 10—tonne bronze statue of an actor "breathing life into words". coming up on bbc news... rory mcilroy believes his best golf is still to come after winning his first tournament in a year, the players‘ championship in florida, heading into the masters next month. theresa may is continuing attempts to persuade the democratic unionists and dozens of conservative mps to support her brexit deal this week. but she has to overturn a huge majority opposed to her withdrawal agreement. borisjohnson, a key leave campaigner, has said it would be "absurd" to hold a third vote on the deal before securing concessions from eu leaders. chris mason reports. the prime minister returned to downing street this morning with one
question to answer. can she persuade enough mps to finally back her deal? i think the mood in my constituency is changing very quickly. they voted for brexit, they are worried that if this issue is protracted, if there is a major extension to article 50 we could lose brexit. so there is one who has changed his mind. here just maybe is another. so no deal is better than a bad deal? no deal is better than a bad deal but a bad deal is better than remaining in the european union in the hierarchy of deals. jacob rees—mogg says he is waiting to see what northern ireland's democratic unionists decides to do and so far today they are keeping quiet so they are not persuaded yet. there are others who appear unpersuadable. if it is rammed through parliament at the last minute, everyone will have buyer's remorse. you have got people saying they will hold their noses against the stench of this deal and vote against it.
how can this deal be the path of the future for our country? the former foreign secretary borisjohnson in the daily telegraph says he still does not like the deal and also in here 23 conservative mps say no deal next week would be a precursor to a very good deal indeed. meanwhile, the government is still trying to sound optimistic about getting its deal through. i think sound optimistic about getting its dealthrough. i think there sound optimistic about getting its deal through. i think there are some cautious signs of encouragement. you have got people like matthew elliott who led the league campaign, norman lamont, strong critics of the deal, who are now saying they will support it. but there is a lot more work to do. everywhere you look there are alternative visions for brexit. labour is toying with backing a plan hatched from backbenchers to put the prime minister's deal to a referendum with remaining in the eu as the other option. this is the moment where we have to put our country moment where we have to put our cou ntry forward moment where we have to put our country forward and to those mps and
people watching those who find it difficult, i am sorry, but we are in this mess and we will not get out of this mess and we will not get out of this mess and we will not get out of this mess by business as usual and we will have to involve the public one more time to get us through it and have a definitive end to the brexit nightmare. if you are concluding from all of this mps still seem to be kicking around every possible brexit option the week before our scheduled departure, well, you would be right. chris mason, bbc news, at westminster. chris mason, bbc news, at westminster. let's speak to our assistant political editor norman smith. the big question, is the prime minister going to get the numbers to get a deal through? it is looking pretty tricky, it is like decision time on the high diving board. theresa may has already had two goes at it and it has ended in painful belly flops. does she risk a third? u nless belly flops. does she risk a third? unless there has been some softening in brexiteer opinion figures like jacob rees mogg sounding a bit more
wobbly, they are hoping the dup can be brought on board, but there still seems to be this solid block of brexiteer asthma, the redoubtable refuseniks who, if anything, seem more determined to vote against theresa may's deal partly because they do not think she has got anything new to say, and in part because many of them were incandescent with rage at the newspaper article she wrote at the weekend suggesting those voting against her deal were not patriotic, and in part because some feel they are within touching distance of living with no deal. their argument is that if theresa may's deal gets voted down and the eu insist on a lengthy delay, and parliament is likely to vote that down as well, which means the default option would remain leaving without any deal next friday. so where we are at the moment, frankly, is the stakes for
number ten are truly daunting, a bit like, iam number ten are truly daunting, a bit like, i am afraid to say, that high diving board. norman smith. eurostar is again telling its passengers only to travel from paris to london " if absolutely necessary". services have been hit by work—to—rule industrial action by french customs officers and several trains have been cancelled again today with the company saying there are long queues and delays. scientists in yorkshire have come up with a creative way to tackle problems with water quality in the humber estuary. the yorkshire wildlife trust has re—located hundreds of oysters from a loch in scotland in the hope that it will introduce more marine life into the area. a huge bronze sculpture, believed to be the largest in the uk, has arrived outside the theatre royal in plymouth. the 10—tonne sculpture of an actor rehearsing at the theatre is called "messenger" and was designed by the artistjoseph hillier. john maguire has more. surfing into plymouth
on the morning tide. messenger as she is known struck an incongruous and imposing figure. seven metres tall and nine metres wide, messenger rotate residency outside the theatre royal in the city of plymouth. she is the uk's largest bronze sculpture, she represents a young actor, the dynamism, the energy, the message that an actor gets across when they are on stage. the statue has been created using both ancient and modern techniques. she is assembled from cast bronze segments formed using robots and computer—aided design. her stance is based on an actor rehearsing for the shakespearean play 0thello. if you think about most victorian statues in towns, they are of men standing motionless but she is very dynamic and that is something i was very keen to capture. 0nce messenger was safely delivered by sea she then took to the air and was lifted onto dry land, ready to take her place outside the theatre royal and at the centre
of plymouth‘s cultural ambitions. just look at her, she is beautiful. she will make an impact on the city and hopefully people will come for many years to come to see her because she is rather special. 0riginally based on the character bianca, a courtesan in 0thello, the subject matter that has led to some bemusement in the city but as she takes up a permanent place outside the theatre it is hoped she will become a magnet for visitors and plymouth residents alike, a messenger that will be heard far and wide. the special olympics world games are taking place in abu dhabi and dubai, giving more than 7,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities the chance to compete in sport. a record 200 countries will be competing at the games, in sports ranging from bowling to badminton. all the competitors have overcome obstacles and challenges to get
there but few more than teenage refugee malaki. stuart pollitt has followed his story. the nyarugusu refugee camp, western tanzania, one of the biggest in the world. malaki and his family fled burundi to here. but once in the camp he wasn't free to leave his own home. as i walked in i couldn't believe my eyes. here was this youngster completely silent, staring basically straight into the wall and chained. i noticed that they had basically treated him like a thing. translation: because he was mentally sick that is why he was tied up. he was shouting, fighting people and biting them. i have a wound myself after he bit me. intellectual disability is associated with a bad omen, with a taboo, and bad things.
there are places where a person with an intellectual disability is not allowed even even to step in. nils asked malaki's mother to free him and sent staff from the special olympics africa into the camp. they discovered a talent for sport. translation: life has changed since they came to pick me up. now things are ok. translation: what made him happy is that he was given clothes and a ball, that made him happy. matches like this one for athletes with intellectual disabilities are now a regular occurrence here in the camp, allowing the likes of malaki to compete not just with his fans here, but now with athletes from around the world. tanzania!
malaki lead out the tanzanian team in front of thousands at the special olympics world games opening ceremony last week. today in dubai he got to compete in front of a crowd, free to run in the 200 metres. translation: i am happy to be here because i have met a lot of people rather than being alone. being here in abu dhabi i am doing sport with people like me so i am happy. less then two years ago malaki was alone and chained in his own home. today he might not have won a medal, but he has gained a community and a brighter future. stuart pollitt, bbc news, dubai. for a look at the weather here's nick miller. it has been a horrible weekend, is it going to get better?
all change. things are quite turning down after the stormy weather we have seen. it will not be flat calm or bone dry, but it will be much less stormy and we will see a bit of sunshine occasionally as well, lifting temperatures a bit higher, and later wins. it is all down to what the jet stream has been doing. it has been coming right at us, but this week it has lifted into the north, allowing more of the uk to fall under the influence of high pressure. looking at this radar picture we are not there yet. there is rain in many western parts of the uk, not as heavy as it has been, and showers are developing in the east. it will change this afternoon and sunshine continues across the fine north east of scotland in the northern isles. temperatures between 9-12, northern isles. temperatures between 9—12, fairly average for this time of year. overnight we will keep