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this is bbc news. i'm joanna gosling. the headlines at 103m: german police hunt the killer who drove a lorry into christmas shoppers in berlin. vigils to those who died as police release their only suspect without charge and step up their investigation. they are following up more than 500 dimp leads. the christmas market behind me is still sealed off and still patrolled by armed police. in mexico, at least 29 people are killed and many more injured after a huge explosion at a fireworks market. the last rebel enclave in aleppo is evacuated as syrian government forces plan to take full control of the city. also, new figures detail the extent of police investigations into allegations of historical child abuse in football. detectives are investigating 155 suspects after a29 people came forward with allegations that they are victims of abuse.
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and new safety checks on people who buy drones are being considered by the government. good morning and welcome to bbc news. a manhunt is underway in germany after police confirmed the suspect they arrested following monday's truck attack in berlin had been released without charge. twelve people were killed and nearly 50 were injured after a lorry was driven into crowds at a christmas market. security has been stepped up in the german capital. the authorities say they are following up 500 pieces of information. robert hall is in berlin. well, there is still a sombre mood around this area. an area which is circled now by shrines and we will come
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back to those moments of remembrance later on. but here and across the city, indeed across germany, that police investigation is widening and intensifying. they say 80 of those 500 leads that they mentioned earlier are now regarded as positive leads which they need to work on and they need to follow up. a report bringing things up—to—date, here is catriona renton. this had been a place filled with festive joy. now, silence and sadness, as people come together to support each other. members of berlin's muslim community stood outside the nearby church, asking for peace. translation: we want to clearly distance ourselves from every person that attacks our society. germany is our home. we love germany, we want to live here. berlin is our city, and we won't allow our life to be threatened. it is still not known who crashed this lorry, or where they are.
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this was the immediate aftermath. 12 people were killed, dozens more injured, when the christmas market was attacked on monday evening. fabrizia di lorenzo's family in italy fear she may be one of those who died. the lorry itself is key to the investigation. it appears it was hijacked. it's owned by a polish man. he said his cousin, lukasz urban, should have been at the wheel. he was found shot dead in the passenger seat. police had arrested a man from pakistan who came to germany to seek asylum earlier this year. he was released without charge. the so—called islamic state group claimed the attack, but the person or people behind it are still at large. the director of the bnd, the german security service, warned only two or three weeks‘ ago that the christmas markets would be a likely target, and it was necessary to be vigilant, so it wasn't as if they hadn't
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thought this through. the area where this attack took place, is not difficult to block off to traffic during a market. it is surprising to me that anyone could get a lorry that close, a big 25 tonne lorry. it looks as if the german police and security services were somewhat slow. last night, berlin's brandenburg gate was lit up in the colours of the german flag. the city's mayor has urged residents to be vigilant, but not lock themselves in their homes while the search for whoever did this continues. one of the things is piecing together the journey of the truck and the sequence of events that led up and the sequence of events that led up that vehicle driving into the market at 8pm. the driver fled into the tiergarten
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park. he was pursued by a witness who called the police. after that, a 23—year—old pakistani man was arrested, but police do not think that he was involved. and the last fa ct, that he was involved. and the last fact, of course, a polish man who was found dead in the lorry‘s passenger seat, he was the registered driver, but police believe he may have been the victim ofa believe he may have been the victim of a hijack. obviously, information has been coming from the company that employed that driver. he has been identified. his are yousen has identified him. he rang his wife at 3pm that afternoon according to some newspaper reports, but wasn't heard of after that. there is records from the lorry‘s instrumentation which suggests at some point that during that afternoon it was started up repeatedly, but not driven off, but thenit repeatedly, but not driven off, but then it did travel the five
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kilometres across berlin to the location where the attack was carried out. it was at this location where the vigils were held yesterday. there have been candles lit on many of the closed down stalls and others lit at the foot of bmp stalls and others lit at the foot of lamp posts and around the security fencing that's been erected at the site. it is a symbol of the city coming together, not only to show its sympathy for those who lost their lives and were injured, but to show its intention not to be cowed, not to be defeated by an act of terrorism. amongst the crowd were muslims from berlin who were there to show their solidarity with the people of the city and their resilience in the face of such violence. in london, scotland yard is bringing forward extra security measures for the changing of the guard ceremony at buckingham palace, because of the berlin attack. roads around the palace will be closed during the ceremony. the restrictions are being
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introduced sooner than planned, but police say the change is "a precautionary measure" for the next three months, and is not based on any specific intelligence. our correspondent, richard lister, is outside buckingham palace. richard, tell us what they are doing there? the changing of the guard is one of the most famous ceremonies in britain and it attracts thousands of tourists every time which is every other day. they're gearing up for it this morning. you can see there are crowds building and it is an hour and 20 minutes until the ceremony is due to take place. what they are going to do from today onwards for the next three months is close all the next three months is close all the main access roads to this side of the palace, constitution hill, and the roads in that direction will be closed and access to the mall. so this area will be free of traffic
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for the first time and that will last from 10.45am until 12.30. so that's well before and for 15 minutes after the ceremony takes place. now, as you said, scotland ya rd place. now, as you said, scotland yard say that in conjunction with the royal parks they have been working on this plan for sometime. they were due to put this three month trial period into place, but they brought that forward until today in response to the attack in berlin. joanna. today in response to the attack in berlin. joanna. thank you very much, richard. let's go back to the attack in berlin. just in the past few moments the german president has been speaking. he has been paying tribute to medical staff. he said they were there before they were called. he has been visiting some of the injured who remain in hospital after that attack. we will have continuing
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coverage of the attack market in berlin here on bbc news and you can also keep up—to—date with the latest developments online on the bbc news. at least 29 people have been killed in an explosion at a fireworks market in mexico. emergency services said dozens of others were injured, and they expect the death toll to rise. it's the third major explosion at the site since 2005. will grant reports. the moment the san pablito fireworks market was engulfed in flames. within minutes, the entire site destroyed in a blaze of smoke, noise and deadly explosions. once the smoke cleared, the scale of the damage became clear. a fire at the main fireworks factory was always likely to have
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devastating consequences. most big celebrations in mexico involve fireworks. so in the run—up to christmas, it was full of shoppers. the local authorities have confirmed 30 deaths and many more injured. once nearby residents got over the initial shock of the blast, they did what they could to assist the emergency services. translation: we were in the area when there was an explosion at a shop at the end of the road and then a series of blasts came one after the other. people started to fall down a lot. they started running and pieces of concrete and brick started falling all over the street. it was very loud. there were several explosions and we saw the smoke. we thought it was the gas station, but then we saw it was the fireworks. we heard several very strong explosions and then the smoke came up. for the time being, the authorities say they are still investigating
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the cause of the tragedy, but whatever is behind it, for the time being, the authorities say they are still investigating the cause of the tragedy, but whatever is behind it, this isn't the first explosion at san pablito. in 2005, just before mexican independence day, the market caught light, injuring more than 120 people. at the time, the mexican government vowed to impose strict regulations on the fireworks industry, but many mexicans are angry that the rules are often never applied or never enforced, and that mexico state's market traders and shoppers lost their lives through a potentially avoidable accident. some breaking news on the investigation into the attack in berlin. one german newspaper is reporting that german police are looking for a tunisian man after they found an identity document in they found an identity document in the truck. so that is obvious lay significant development if they have indeed found an identity document in
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the truck. that is linked to the person behind the wheel when that truck was driven at speed through the christmas market in berlin. let's get latest from our correspondent damien mcguinness who is live in berlin. well, damien, they arrested one person and released him because they did not have the right suspect. we are hearing it seems potentially they know who they are looking for? yes, well, ithink they know who they are looking for? yes, well, i think the details are still quite vague. you're right, now it seems, they are possibly looking for a tunisian suspect. they don't know that many details about who they are looking for and about why they are looking for and about why the attack took place. yesterday, the attack took place. yesterday, the debate was about whether was this was an asylum seeker to carried out the attack. we knew a lot of details about this suspect, he was detained and questioned for hours, but there was no forensic evidence found on him. police say that makes it highly unlikely that he had
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anything to do with the attack or the lorry because it was a brutal murder of the original driver in that cabin of the truck that experts say it is unlikely that the suspect would have had no dna orforensic evidence on him. so now the hunt goes on. there is no real evidence who this might be. we don't know any identity of who they're looking for and we don't really know the motivation behind the attack because although it looks like a jihadi attack, it has all the hallmarks of one and it is very similar to. nice attack which also involved a lorry, officials are warning that actually that could indicate a copycat attack. also, so—called islamic state have claimed responsibility for this, but that doesn't necessarily mean they in fact carried it out. they claimed responsibility very late in the day, it was 2a hours after the attack had happened, experts say that's unusual. also it is quite unusual for a unusual. also it is quite unusual forajihadi to unusual. also it is quite unusual for a jihadi to flee the scene because many simply want to create
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as much havoc as they can rather than save themselves. so there is still a lot of questions around who carried it out and why they carried out it and until we know that, it is ha rd to out it and until we know that, it is hard to draw conclusions about what it means for wider society here in germany. on this report that an identity document has been found in the truck indicating that police are looking for a tunisian man. we have no independent confirmation that thatis no independent confirmation that that is the case, but if it is, would the german police be expected to put out the details because they have said previously, after they realised that the original suspect in custody did not seem to be linked to this attack in anyway, they feared there is somebody out there armed and dangerous and if they know the name, will they put it out? probably not actually. so privacy laws and privacy traditions are stronger here in germany than elsewhere. so it is actually very unusualfor a elsewhere. so it is actually very unusual for a suspect or even someone unusual for a suspect or even someone charged or even someone found guilty to have their surname
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released and let alone any further details. so it is unlikely until the police have evidence that they would release a name of someone, but also we have to be very careful because there are so many different, although having said that, if police feel they are sure that this is the man who did it and the name would help, then possibly, yes. of course, this in germany, it is a very delicate situation because we've had more than one million migrants and refugees over the past year—and—a—half coming here. so any indicator that someone who came in with that large wave of people might be responsible for an attack really does spark off quite a ferocious debate. that's why officials in germany have been cautious and warned against drawing conclusions too quickly about who might be behind the attack and what this might mean politically because i think it is probably too early to say whether this has anything at all to do with the large wave of migration that we have seen over the past year. it is not the case that
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this particular asylum seeker yesterday seems to have anything to do with the attack and a lot of international media were jumping to conclusions yesterday which german media weren't interestingly. so i think we have to be careful until we have concrete details before drawing too many early conclusions. thank you, damien. the german president has visited some of the injured in hospital, paying tribute to medical staff, saying they were there before they we re saying they were there before they were called, offering support to innocent people. they were off duty medics at the scene who were helping the injured. he said he was astounded at the sight of the market. he met some of the badly injured, including somebody who was injured because he had stayed to help. he said if he had stayed to help. he said if he had fled, he would not have been hurt. the headlines on bbc news. german police are hunting the man
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who drove a lorry into christmas shoppers. they're in it suspect was released without charge, there are reports they are looking for a tunisian man after finding reports they are looking for a tunisian man afterfinding an identity document in the truck. at least 29 are killed and many more injured in mexico after a huge explosion at a fireworks market. a european court ruling preventing the government from retaining internet data in what critics called the steepest charter is to be challenged by the home office. michael vaughan says he expects alastair cook to step down as england captain after their 4—0 series defeat in india, but that he is right to take time over the decision. the two time wimbledon championships petra kvitova will not hold a racket for at least three months. she has had surgery to her playing hand after a knife attack at her home. peterborough united will have a big tie at stamford bridge in the fa cup
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third round. they beat notts county 2-0 to third round. they beat notts county 2—0 to set up a meeting with chelsea. iam back chelsea. i am back with more on those stories just after 10:30am. the home office has said it will seek to overturn a european court ofjustice ruling which found the government should not retain internet data under the dripa law, which critics called the "snoopers' charter". the court's judgement said "eu law precludes a general and indiscriminate retention of traffic data and location data." this relates to internet companies having to retain the detail of the e—mail traffic there has been for a certain period of time in case it is needed, so tell us what the ruling has meant. this is a setback for the government. the actual quires internet companies to keep the medication is data for up to 12
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months in case the police, the intelligence agencies, need to access it. they don't require companies to keep the details of the communications, just who you called, when you called them. ministers argue that is essential in the fight against terrorism and organised crime. but as you mentioned, it has been dubbed the snoopers' charter, critics think it goes too far. what this ruling says is that this general and indiscriminate holding onto data in this way does go beyond what is allowed under european law. the government insists that it will ta ke the government insists that it will take this back to the court of appeal. it insists it has robust arguments. but it could require it to be rather more specific in terms of the amount of data or what kind of the amount of data or what kind of data needs to be retained. if it does not managed to overturn the ruling. this is something that
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theresa may pursued when she was in the home office, it is something ministers are keen to retain. if the ruling does go against them in the court of appeal, it will certainly bea court of appeal, it will certainly be a big setback. but the home office insisted that in the short—term nothing is going to change, and they also point out that when it comes down to specific requirements from the police and intelligence agencies to gain data ona intelligence agencies to gain data on a specific, ongoing investigation, they will be able to continue to do that. this is a ruling relating to eu member states, and we are leaving the eu, so what does that mean for this? there is an argument that the government could sit tight and defy the court for a couple of years. the government has said that while it is a member of the eu it will abide by the rules, but it will clearly strengthen the argument that says that we should be able to have the sort of regime in
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terms of countering crime and terrorism that we as a country want and should not be subject to these rulings in the european court of justice, although in this case it is a ruling which would still have to be considered in the british court of appeal. you can see argument on both sides in this instance. a bit more detail on the news we brought you about reports in germany that police are looking for a chillies ian suspect in relation to the truck attack in berlin —— a tunisian suspect. that follows the discovery of documents in the truck. it is reported that police are looking for a tunisian man who has been named, born in 1992 in tatooine. the report says documents belonging to him were found in the truck. a german news agency is
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quoting media sources, saying a document found in the cab was for a type of asylum status. those are media reports. we were talking to oui’ media reports. we were talking to our correspondent about how police might handle the information in germany, having reportedly discovered documents in the cab of the truck. there are strict privacy laws in germany, which would normally preclude details of a suspect being put out. but the caveat would be if there is some level of certainty and also a risk to the public. it seems now that one german newspaper is reporting part of the identity of the tunisian suspect that police are reported to be looking for. born in 1992, in tatooine. we will continue to keep you updated on that. judgments are due to be handed down
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in compensation claims against the roman catholic church. claims have been made against the diocese of middlesbrough. caroline is awaiting thejudgment. we have a small gathering of victims and their supporters ahead of this judgment at the high court in leeds. it isa judgment at the high court in leeds. it is a long—running civil case for compensation. this was launched in 2004. compensation. this was launched in 200a. they have waited 12 years for a judgment, due to legal wranglings over who should be responsible for paying this compensation. a reminder of the case. it relates to the saint williams approved school in market wheaton in which boys from across north of england were sent. this is historic sexual abuse cases that relate back to the 1970s, 80s and 90s. in total, we have 249 men who are suing the diocese of
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middlesbrough and the catholic lsl order. here at the high court in leeds, we have heard five test cases to start with. today the judgment in those five test cases will be heard. there have been three successful criminal prosecutions relating to abuse at the children's home. the former principal and the former chaplain at the home are both serving prison sentences now. but for these men here today, this is not just about compensation. for these men here today, this is notjust about compensation. for them, this is also proof, i suppose, that they have finally been relieved. many of these boys were sent there from troubled backgrounds, delinquents, petty criminals, if you like, and for that reason, they feel as though they have never been believed, and today will be for them proof that perhaps
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they can move forward. more reports about the potential suspect being hunted by police in germany after the christmas market attack. it has been reported in two different german publications that identity documents were found in the cab of the truck that drove through the market. according to the reports in bild and one other newspaper, the police are looking for a tunisian man who is known under three different identities. the identity papers found in the cab of the truck art a document that indicate that it was a migrant who
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had looked for asylum and had been rejected in that application. so he was potentially going to be expelled from germany. the document seems to relate to a rejected asylum application. it is being reported in two newspapers in germany that this is the latest on the police investigation, but the police are not confirming any of this. we will check out those reports. they did initially arrested man. and subsequently released on monday said there was no forensic evidence linking him to the attack. they believe they had the wrong man. one man initially arrested was released, now there are reports they are specifically looking for a tunisian man aged between 21 and 23. we will keep you updated. the number of figures ready to
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football sexual abuse has grown. 155 potential suspects have been identified. 140 troubled clubs spanning the breadth of the game, from the premier league to amateur sides, are said to have been impacted by abuse enquiries. the national police chief ‘s council says allegations are being acted upon swiftly, but are urging of the victims to come forward. the government had to borrow £12.6 pounds in november to make up the difference between its income and expenditure. that's more than what most economists were expecting. our economics correspondent andy verity gave me more details a short while ago. if your income is £1000 and you spend £1100, you have a deficit, you are overspending your income by £100. it is similar with the
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government, if they are outspending their income, the amount of overspend, they have to borrow. it is about half a billion more than most economists were expecting. only a bit down on what it was in the same month last year. in march the government projected that the deficit was going to come down very sharply. by something like 20 billion. more recently, in the autumn statement, the government accepted it would not happen, and it would only go down by a couple of billion. on these figures, there is a risk we may end up borrowing more than we did last year. this is all because they are projecting that the economy will grow more slowly. so, fewer transactions, fewer people employed, less income tax and vat, and so the government does not grow as fast, so it has to borrow more. it feels like a long time since the plan was outlined by george osborne
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to cut the deficit and get into surplus. looking ahead at the path that these figures indicate, what are the predictions? in the autumn statement, the obr said that even by five years from now, 2021/22, we would still have a deficit, we would still be outspending our income. a lot more pessimistic than it was six months before the budget, when george osborne said that by 2020 his austerity measures would mean that we are in surplus. the goal of getting the budget into surplus is now a room at prospect. you are talking about the day—to—day spending. when you look at the total level of debt, what is that? if you look at the debt in the year to date, you have an overspend of £60 billion, added to the accumulated debt that we have built up over the yea rs. debt that we have built up over the years. you are talking about £1.6 trillion. that is about 84% of the
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value of the economy, so everything we produce, every car, every haircut, every cup of coffee we buy, at that up, we are borrowing 84% of that, which is serious. the hope had been it would start coming down soon. been it would start coming down soon. it has been coming down as a proportion of the economy, but it keeps going up as a pounds and pence value. too many early conclusions. thank you, damien. good morning. the countdown to christmas is well under way. it is worth staying tuned to the forecast. there is some wet and windy weather on the way. it has started to ratchet up a gear today as far as the weather goes. we have got blustery winds and squally showers out there. some of these showers particularly over high ground of scotla nd particularly over high ground of scotland are falling as snow.


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