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behind the lorry attack in berlin. the man — said to be in his early 205 — is understood to have arrived in germany last year — documents belonging to him were found hidden in the lorry. following the attack in berlin, new security measures are put in place around buckingham palace. we'll have the latest on the manhunt in germany. also this lunchtime: a married multi—millionaire property developer is found guilty of murdering his escort girlfriend after she threatened to blackmail him. huge explosions at mexico's most popular fireworks market — at least 30 people are killed and many more injured. president obama bans offshore oil drilling in the arctic, in one of his final acts before leaving the white house. and after dozens of near misses with planes this year — plans for tighter rules for people who own drones. and in the sport on bbc news: michael vaughan expects alastair cook to step down as england captain after their 4—0 series defeat in india, but thinks he's right to take time over the decision. good afternoon and welcome
to the bbc news at one. police in germany have reportedly launched a nationwide hunt for a tunisian man who's believed to have carried out the lorry attack in berlin. his identity papers were found in the cab of the truck. it's thought he is a migrant who arrived in germany last year and was granted asylum in april. 12 people died and almost 50 were injured when the lorry ploughed through the crowds in the centre of berlin on monday night. christian fraser reports. amid the chaos and panic of the attack, the has man at the wheel slipped into the dark. the man arrested, a 23—year—old pakistani
migrant has been released without charge. now there is a new suspect, said to be a tunisian asylum seeker who is still at large. german yups carry pictures of a man called anis a. he said to be known to police and he was wanted on charges of assault. the truck, carrying 25 tonnes of girders had travelled from poland to berlin. the driver was a 37—year—old lu kasz urban, later found berlin. the driver was a 37—year—old lukasz urban, laterfound dead in the cab. his cousin, who owned the truck said they lost contact with mr urban in the afternoon. he was called yesterday to identify the body. there were stab wounds on the photograph i was shown. i learned about the gunshots wounds from
police. they said he is also shot. that struggle has left clues. there we re that struggle has left clues. there were papers found. where might the suspect have intercepted the truck? on monday mr urban arrived at the steel factory in berlin ready to unload. there was no space. at 8pm, the lorry ploughed into the crowded market, killing 12 people and injuring 49. the driver fled into the darkness, pursued by a witness who called the police. a 23—year—old was arrested, but there was nothing to link him to the truck in in those hours the real suspect had escaped. mr urban was kept alive, perhaps until the moment of the attack. a
gps tracker is said to have shown the truck move being erratically. the who had spots in the cab could be that of the suspect. police have checked all hospitals in berlin. eight of them are heavily injured, two of them died and we have now here in this hospitalfour two of them died and we have now here in this hospital four patients with severe trauma of the lower extremities and the pelvis. one of the 12 victims is said to be a 31—year—old italian. her phone and metro pass were found at the scene. there is no doubt the slip up in the investigation piles more pressure on to the chancellor, angela merkel and i won't help that the tunisian they're hunting i won't help that the tunisian they‘ re hunting seems i won't help that the tunisian they're hunting seems to have slipped into the country when she opened the door to refugees.
slipped into the country when she opened the door to refugeesm slipped into the country when she opened the door to refugees. in a way we knew this would happen. but there is a disconnect between what you know in your mind and how you react when it happens and how you prepare. this place was not protected enough. and the same goes for all the other christmas markets over germany and other things. you go to france and you see military in the streets, a place like this would have had armoured vehicles protect it. the germans said, we don't want to do this, which don't want our christmas feeling to be destroyed. that is an understandable way of looking at things. but it is the wrong way. things have to change. today, i think actually there is not enough police on the street. the anxiety that is felt in berlin will be shared around europe. the
simplicity of the attack, the background of the suspect, the clues that were missed and of course the difficulty in trying to stop them chl well our correspondent robert hall is in berlin. widespread reports about the hunt for the tunisian man, but no confirmation from the authorities? that's right. i think we need to be very guarded about this. one can say that the press reports are numerous and from different sources, they refer to the man himself, the circumstances which may have led police to follow a trail and to a police to follow a trail and to a police operation which some media sources are saying police operation which some media sources are saying is under way near a town up in the north—west of germany near the dutch border. a town that again it is said anis a may have connections to. that is a
developing story, perhaps, maybe we will get some confirmation later. here on the scene, all around me here the hub busyness of berlin. but not the church, still sealed off. the market stalls shut and every where shrines springing up. this area at christmas has become a place of solitude and remembrance. thank you. here scotland yard is bringing forward extra security measures for the changing the guard ceremony at buckingham palace in light of the berlin attack. roads around the palace were closed during the ceremony this morning. the restrictions are being introduced sooner than planned. our correspondent richard lister is at the palace. the changing of the guard ceremony is famous around the world and one of great tourist attractions for london and today there were at least a thousand tourists here, lining up
against the gates of buckingham palace and along the roads. those we spoke to said they felt safe and reassured by the presence of armed officers. this always has a heavy police presence. what is new and none of the people we spoke to noticed is that more roads were closed and for longer. traffic is being kept further from the front of buckingham palace during the changing of the guard. the road closures come into effect from 10.45 and are not re—opened until 12.30. that is a sub stan that will impact on “— that is a sub stan that will impact on —— substantial impact on this pa rt on —— substantial impact on this part of london and it will continue. a multi—millionaire property developer has been found guilty of murdering his escort girlfriend.
newport crown court heard that peter morgan had admitted killing georgina symonds after she threatened to blackmail him, but denied murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility. our wales correspondent sian lloyd reports. georgina symonds, a 25—year—old mother of one, murdered by the man who called himself her sugar daddy. she'd met peter morgan four years ago while working as an escort. the court heard that the 54—year—old became infatuated with her. during the trial, the court heard the property millionaire admitted strangling georgina symonds with baling twine, but denied murdering her on the grounds of diminished responsibility. this was peter morgan before he met georgina symonds. the footage of him restoring an old windmill was shown in court. it was one of the places where the pair would later meet. the married father of two paid her £10,000 a month, took her on helicopter flights and bought her expensive gifts. she later moved into a bungalow on the grounds of a ruined tudor mansion that morgan owned. police visited the property
when georgina symonds was reported missing after failing to pick up her daughter from school. this body—cam film records morgan claiming he didn't know where she had gone. but georgina symonds was already dead. peter morgan had hidden her body in the barn next to his home some 20 mimes away. he told the court that he had heard her threaten to blackmail him and then leave him. morgan has been using a bugging device similar to this one. it is disguised as a plug and he was using it to listen in to georgina symonds‘ conversations. inside there is a sim—card and a microphone. the property developer could activate from it his own mobile phone. over a two—month period, he called it 514 times and spent
hours on end listening in. this is the moment when he told police officers what he had done. once i attempted murder her he could have still gone and black mailed me. peter morgan had told psychiatrists that he was having a midlife crisis. the court was told that he had asperger‘s syrdrome, but that was not a defence. the murder of georgina symonds had been carefully planned. the european court ofjustice has ruled that the government should not retain internet data under a law which critics call the "snoopers charter". the home office said the government was disappointed with the ruling and would seek to overturn it. well with me is our legal correspondent clive coleman. this is the law that forces internet
companies to hold data for up to a year, so police, security services could look at it. what happens now? it isa could look at it. what happens now? it is a real headache for the government. we are talking about communication data, not content, but the who, the what, the where and the when of phone calls, text messages, e—mails and internet browsing. that can givea e—mails and internet browsing. that can give a personal picture of someone's life. the ruling said the blanket retention of that data is illegal and the only thing that can be justified is specific targeting of that data in relation to the combatting of serious crime. that is a problem for the government, because the investigatory powers act has an important part of it the power to retain that data generally forup to 12 power to retain that data generally for up to 12 months on any individual. so what is likely to happen here is that there will be legal challenges to this act, which came into force recently, so a
really big problem for the government. they have responded by saying they're government. they have responded by saying they‘ re disappointed government. they have responded by saying they're disappointed with the ruling. the case comes back to our court of appeal which referred it to the european court, they will be bound by the ruling and the government said it will put robust arguments there, but it says so important is the collection of data that it will continue to do it in a way that is compliant. the business organisation the cbi has called for uk firms to continue to enjoy "tariff—free" access to european markets post—brexit, after conducting the largest consultation of its members since the eu referendum. it's published a report urging the government to adopt a so—called "whole economy" approach to ensure that individual sectors don't lose out. our business correspondent john moylan reports. what parts of economy should we prioritise as we leave the e. u? dewe wa nt prioritise as we leave the e. u? dewe want finance or farming to get the best deal? how about the
creative industries? or even construction? after a wide—ranging consultation with firms, the cbi has concluded brexit needs to work for everyone. take farming, on paper it adds £9 billion in value to the economy, compared to 120 by finance. but farmers say the numbers don't tell the whole story. agriculture is seen tell the whole story. agriculture is seen as more tell the whole story. agriculture is seen as more important or less important depending on the size of its contribution to the economy, for me we have to be careful that, misses the other things we do, the environment and the landscape. we may be sacrificed for financial services or another sector and this is an industry we want afford to lose. the cbi says that businesses wa nt to lose. the cbi says that businesses want to make a success of brexit and it says there are key priorities that they all share. what we want to see is that every sector is able to
do three things. have continued tariff—free and non—tariff free access to european markets. second to access the people, and skills they need and third to have a set of rules and regulations where there is stability and certainty. those rule and regulations matter. our air space and defence industry is overseen on an eu basis to help with safety a nd overseen on an eu basis to help with safety and exports. setting up another regulator in the uk would come at a cost. not being a member of the european aviation agency would cost the uk government up to £40 million a year it would add unnecessary administration to industry and could minimise or make it more difficult for us to export to key markets around the world. the government says that it will deliver
the best possible access for uk businesses trading with europe. and that it wants a smooth and orderly exit that works for all sectors of the economy. police say victims in the national football abuse scandal could have been as young as four years old and that the number of potential suspects has nearly doubled to 155. officers now believe there are just over 400 victims. 148 football clubs, spanning the game from the premier league to amateur sides, are said to have been drawn into the inquiries. at least 31 people are now known to have died in a series of explosions at a fireworks market in mexico. footage shows a single stall catching fire, triggering a chain reaction of blasts. it's the third major blast at the market since 2005. our correspondent will grant sent this report. ca ptu red
captured on mobile phone footage. 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 this main fireworks market was always likely to have devastating consequences. most big celebrations in mexico involve fireworks so in the run—up to christmas, it was full of shoppers. local authorities have confirmed 30 deaths and 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 we re translation: we were in the area were there was an explosion at the end of the road and then we had a series of blasts. people started to fall down a lot, they started to run
and pieces of concrete and brick started falling all over the street. it was loud, we had 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 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. our top story this lunchtime.
german police are reportedly hunting for a tunisian asylum seeker who's now believed to have carried out the lorry attack in berlin. coming up. the 102—year—old scientist who was described as a health and safety risk by his university. he has now won his battle to keep working. coming up in sport at half—past. england rugby union captain, dylan hartley is likely to stay in the role despite his latest ban. head coach eddiejones says hartley "let down his country" but "isn't on his last chance". president obama has just 29 days left in office — but he has used the time left to bring in a ban on new drilling for oil and gas in most us—owned waters in the arctic ocean as well as parts of the atlantic. he's used a 19505 federal law to make the change — meaning that donald trump will have to go through the courts if he wants to overturn it.
our environment analyst roger harrabin reports. the oil industry has a bad safety record in northern waters. look back to 1989, the tanker exxon valdez aground in alaska. spilling hundreds of thousands of barrels of crude oil. polluting 1300 miles of coastline. some of the oil still endures and some animal species have yet to recover. northern waters are so cold, it takes bacteria much longer to break up oil products than it would in warmer waters. and drilling conditions are among the most challenging on earth. as shell discovered in 2014, its drilling rig also aground in the arctic‘s tempestuous seas. the firm later halted its arctic exploration programme. this is a win—win for common—sense,
it isa this is a win—win for common—sense, it is a serious move against the oil companies and a win for communities on the coasts who would have been devastated if they had been an oil spill. and a win for climate because we cannot afford to burn that oil. oil keeps the world moving, and the industry says we need more of it. but its co2 emissions heat the climate. scientists say we have already found three times more fossil fuels than we can burn without risking the planet. the arctic is already warming fast. scientists are very alarmed. president obama's drilling ban is good news for environmental protection there. if it lasts. president elect trump says he worried about climate change, he wa nts worried about climate change, he wants new jobs and worried about climate change, he wants newjobs and the oil industry and he wants to take the united states out of the world deal on
global warming. the decision by president obama to attempt to block up president obama to attempt to block up the arctic is part of his attempt to ensure his legacy on climate change. roger harrabin, bbc news. official figures show the government borrowed more money than expected last month. the office for national statistics says public sector borrowing reached £12.6 billion in november — around half a billion more than most economists predicted. our economics correspondent, andy verity is here. how worrying is this? it depends on whether your glass is half full or half empty. if it is helpful you will say at least the numbers are coming down, this is a lower number than we borrowed last year, £12.6 billion is the amount that had to be borrowed because the government is overspending its income. but it is coming down and looking at the year—to—date, 59 billion compared to a larger sum last year. but if your glass is half empty, you might say
even the softer targets set in the autumn statement of borrowing no more than 60 billion for the financial year, we are almost nearly there, just £10 billion left to borrow for the next four months. the chancellor could well bus through even a looser overdraft limit if something goes through —— goes wrong with tax receipts. spending is rising but tax money is running in faster than that so there is some good news. but glass half empty, the deficit was meant to be eliminated last year and it is still there. the government's proposing tougher controls on people using drones after dozens of near misses involving drones and aircraft in the uk over the past year. ministers are beginning a consultation on plans that include no—fly zones around airports, and exams to ensure that owners know how to use drones safely. our technology correspondent rory cellanjones reports. ..minutes after receiving the order... earlier this month amazon made its first delivery by drone to a customer in cambridgeshire.
just one potential use of an exciting new technology which the government says could soon be a big contributor to the economy. but, things can go wrong. this drone careered across an estuary in cumbria and almost clipped a road bridge. landing its owner with an £800 fine. and reports from pilots of near misses with drones have led to mounting concerns about safety. if people don't use drones responsibly and follow the rules and regulations which are in place, obviously that's a safety issue first of all. but it could also affect the long—term future of drones as well. there are already plenty of regulations. i couldn't for instance fly this here because we're too close to buildings and people. but while professional users of drones have to register with the civil aviation authority, anyone else could just buy one and start flying. the government is consulting on regulations which would mean new drones would have to be registered, users would have to pass a theory test,
much like that for drivers. and there would be tougher penalties for using drones in no—fly zones. these pictures were captured by an amateur drone user, peter galbevy, on holiday in australia. he says the rules there are far simpler than in the uk. and warns there is a risk in imposing a clamp—down. leisure users are the future employees and users of drones and other unmanned aircraft, for more commercial reasons. if you put regulations in place that are too complicated and they scare people off, then you're going to deny that future industry this pool of talent that we need. there'll be thousands of new drones owners this christmas, even before new rules come in, they're being told they will be safer if they follow the existing drone code. roy cellanjones, bbc news. we have been told that the queen has
cancelled plans to travel by train today to her private sandringham estate in norfolk. she is understood to be feeling unwell. nicholas witchel is with me now. what do we know? not a lot, the first thing to say is there is no cause for alarm 01’ say is there is no cause for alarm or there appears to be no alarm at buckingham palace. they are being very matter—of—fact. but it is the case she had been due to travel to sandringham today to begin the christmas break. she normally travels by train, a couple of hours, it was noticed this morning that she had not caught the train that she normally would catch to king ‘s lynn. and questions then of course we re lynn. and questions then of course were asked. it now transpires that officials at buckingham palace are saying she's feeling unwell, we do not know in what way. but as i said there is no suggestion of panic or alarm. at buckingham palace, whether
it isa alarm. at buckingham palace, whether it is a heavy cold or something else, i do not know. she was last seen else, i do not know. she was last seenin else, i do not know. she was last seen in public a couple of weeks ago at westminster abbey attending a service marking the 60th anniversary of the duke of edinburgh award. since then she had a number of private audiences. it was three yea rs private audiences. it was three years ago that she was last unwell, that was some kind of stomach disorder. at one stage she joked that doctors did not know what was wrong but it is scarcely interrupted her programme. so i'm sure at some stage this will tell us what the problem was. a 102—year—old scientist has won his battle to carry on working at an australian university, despite being described as a health and safety risk. dr david goodall was told he would have to work from home from the new year but the university in perth has now reversed its decision. our correspondent hywell griffith sent this report. after seven decades as an ecologist, david goodall says his natural environment is here, on campus, surrounded by academic life.
in august the centenarian was told it was no longer safe for him to come into work at the edith cowan university and he was asked to stay at home. but after his case won international support, the management has now relented and found him this new office. i have only been here one day, so it's a bit difficult for me to express any particular concerns. but i think that they will try to make me at home. the journey from home will be much quicker, reaching his old office involved a 90 minute commute on a train and two buses. the university says they've always had his interests at heart. first of all, it's closer to his residence, so it's easier for him to commute. secondly, there's an office very close to it, manned most of the time, so we will be able to keep an eye on him. that he is ok.
having been forced to give up his other love of acting, doctor goodall is determined to keep his mind active. at 102, he is not out yet. hywell griffith, bbc news. a baby gorilla which has been hand—rea red at bristol zoo since her birth has been reunited with the rest of the family in time for christmas. afia was born by emergency caesarean ten months ago. after her mother became too ill to ca re after her mother became too ill to care for her she was hand reared by keepers at the zoo and has now become fully integrated with the rest of the troop thanks to a surrogate mother. she spends 24 hours a day with them now. time for a look at the weather. stormy weather heading our way. it has arrived across the far west of scotla nd has arrived across the far west of scotland and we had some snow across
the highlands. but it is the wind thatis the highlands. but it is the wind that is the issue through today across the north west. the gusts in excess of 40 or 50 miles an hour at developing at the moment so some severe gales could be likely. at the same time we have a band of rain moving down into the midlands and gradually moving into the south west. but the real issue is those showers across the north west, involving some hail, sleet and snow put up feeling quite cool out there as well. the cloud and rain sit across the midlands and down into