this is bbc news. the headlines: public health england warns of a "middle age health crisis" with 80% of those aged a0 to 60 overweight, drinking too much or not doing enough exercise. campaigners for an early brexit write to business leaders across the eu to try to build support for a free trade deal. a search is under way for missing crew members of a fishing boat which capsized in the english channel off the kent coast. new figures suggest nhs hospitals in england are making more money than ever from parking fees. also in the next hour, russian officials admit, for the first time, to the existence of a widespread doping operation. in an interview with the new york times, officials say there had been an "institutional conspiracy" but deny it was state—sponsored. and fans and friends pay tribute to star wars actress carrie fisher, who has died at the age of 60.
good morning and welcome to bbc news. news just newsjust coming into news just coming into us at the bbc that there has been a multiple crash on the a40. details are scarce but what we do know is that we are getting reports that there has been four accidents within a mile and a half stretch on the a 40, with multiple casualties, we understand. -- a40. the multiple casualties, we understand. —— a40. the road is closed due to these accidents in both directions.
between the b4047 and the a415. i don't know exactly where these accidents happened but the road is closed in both directions, we understand there is four accident is within this mile and a half stretch, and there is multiple casualties. three ambulances are on their way to the scene, we are getting reports that there are some very seriously injured people involved in this accident. it is not yet known how many. we are getting reports that up to 20 vehicles are involved. the details that we have got at the moment. the road is closed, ba 40, due to separate accidents, four
separate accidents on the a 40. —— a40. that is between the b4047 and the a415. ambulances are on their way to the scene but we understand there is multiple casualties and up to 20 vehicles are involved. middle aged people are putting themselves at risk of serious health problems unless they take action to change their lifestyles, according to health officials. public health england says 80% of 40 to 60 year olds are overweight, drinking too much and not getting enough exercise. it says "modern life" is putting middle aged people at a greater risk of developing diseases like type 2 diabetes. here's our health correspondent robert pigott. v0|ceover: lee parker is running for his life. aged 41 and weighing 22 stone,
he was told by his seven—year—old son that he loved him even though he was fat. it was the nudge lee needed. since august, when he changed his diet and began to exercise, he has lost five stone. it was a case of, with us, should we just order a pizza tonight because we have food in but we could not be bothered cooking it. so i think you just become a bit lazy and a bit drowned out with the daily grind of routine. there are many people in lee's position. almost 80% of women aged 40—60 are either overweight, obese, physically inactive or drinking more than official guidelines. among men, almost 90% fall into the same category. among the potentially devastating outcomes of this accumulation of health risks is diabetes. it has doubled in this age group in the last 20 years and already costs the nhs in england an estimated £14 billion per year. we are ageing as a population but too many of us are ageing
with a number of chronic diseases. the reason why we are seeing these increases in chronic diseases, such as cancers, stroke and heart disease, is in a large part because of behaviours which are adopted during our 40— to 60—year—old age period. for example, still smoking, or not getting enough physical activity, or perhaps drinking too much alcohol. the big impact, of course, is that this is going to put a huge burden on health services. to get the message across, in march, public health england launched a health quiz as part of its one you campaign. it says more than a million people have now taken the quiz and now have a route map to change their lives. robert pigott, bbc news studio: penny henderson took the online health quiz on the public health england website and and says the results helped her turn her life around, she explained how she first came across the quiz.
i realised i had a problem when i did not give true answers to the quiz andi did not give true answers to the quiz and i thought, if you are lying to yourself, then you have a problem. you say this link came up in an e—mailto problem. you say this link came up in an e—mail to you, how did you become aware of the quiz?|j in an e—mail to you, how did you become aware of the quiz? i had originally registered through the nhs, andi originally registered through the nhs, and i saw a website and it said, if you want more information about health, you can register. i put down my e—mail, occasionally got the odd e—mail with some health advice. is that because you were feeling unhealthy? had somebody said something? why did you do that? feeling unhealthy? had somebody said something? why did you do thanm something? why did you do that7m which is curiosity, i think. i will register and i will see what advice comes. haven't got a problem, i will
see what happens for top it was just that point where i got the quiz and light to myself and i realised, something needs to change, i need to do something now. what were you not being honest about? alcohol, enough of alcohol you were drinking, i was not drinking a lot but i was coming home from work and feeling tired and i thought, the only answer is a glass of wine and put your feet up. i would automatically start getting into that habit of reaching for a glass of wine. when you add it up at the end of the week and you are truthful about it, it really does add up. you must have heard health messages like this before, and i wonder what it was about made the difference? i never thought it referred to me. i didn't think i had a problem. i didn't really have a problem, it was just a gradual creeping up of the amount iwas drinking. everything happens very slowly, and before you know it, you don't really think
there is anything wrong. these health messages don't apply to you. but i think that when i realised it did, and i had to do something, then that was when the quiz came in. tell me what the benefits have been? first of all, i downloaded an app, couch to 5k, ut starts you very slowly. a running app, it encourages you to walk, and jog, and then run. you start off walking, you feel better forjust walking, you get out there, you walk and you do a little run and then you walk again, it is so easy to do. starting that and progressing through that app, and i started eating better. having more nutritious food and less snacks. i stopped drinking in the week because i felt better for that, i would still drink on the weekend, i did not think i was giving up anything, it felt like i was adding to what i was doing. i did not have the sense that i needed to give up or sacrifice anything.
they view small changes, really small, but the benefits were enormous. i think my whole lifestyle changed. my whole energy levels increased. overall i felt so much better and i knew that i was healthy. studio: harrison ford has led tributes to carrie fisher, who has died at the age of 60, calling her "one of a kind". the hollywood actress, best known for her role as princess lay—uh in star wars, had beenin princess lay—uh in star wars, had been in hospital since suffering a heart attack on a flight from london to los angeles last friday. 0ur entertainment correspondent lizo mzimba looks back at her life. v0|ceover: clever and confident... what the hell are you doing?! somebody has to save our skins. ..0ccasionally caustic... will somebody get this big walking carpet out of my way? carrie fisher's leia wasn't your typical princess waiting to be rescued. for luck.
what appealed to me was that george lucas, who wrote it and directed it, didn't want a damsel in distress, didn't want your stereotypical princess, you know. the galactic princess grew up hollywood royalty, the daughter of ‘50s movie legend debbie reynolds. throughout her acting career she battled drug addiction and mental illness. writing about it was a form of therapy for her. people used to ask me, you know, right after i got sober, initially they'd say, so, are you happy now? i would say, among other things, happy is one of the many things, the many emotions i will go through in a day. an instantly recognisable face after star wars, from time to time there were appearances in other films, like when harry met sally. her mother has led tributes, saying... her star wars co—star mark hamill tweeted. ..
harrison ford said in a statement... 0n initially meeting carrie, i didn't see carrie fisher the actress but i saw princess leia before me. that was initially how i met her but i got to know what a kind and fun person she was to be around. in 2015 she reprised to her role as princess leia in star wars: the force awakens, and that's how millions will remember her. and star wars actor warwick davies
joins me now from woking in surrey. we are grateful for your time, joins me now from woking in surrey. we are gratefulfor your time, am i right that you were 11 when you first met carrie fisher? that's right, i was indeed, just 11 years old. i was in awe, when i first met carrie fisher as princess leia, and i have such fond memories of the whole experience but carrie does feature very prominently in those memories. what was she like to work with? she guided me through that particular scene, she was brilliant, she guided me through that scene. particular scene, she was brilliant, she guided me through that scenelj had never acted prior to working on the film, and she had had a lot of experience at that point, she really helped me through the process and was very relaxed, was always very
thoughtful, if ever i looked a bit hot, she would grab some chocolate milk and cookies from craft service, and have them standing by in case i needed revising. thoughtful, kind lady, fun person to be around, the life and soul of the set, really, kept spirits high, through long hours and long days. really wonderful. can you give us a sense of what it was like onset, you were involved with return of thejedi, third film in the series, presumably people knew each other pretty well by then, she was right at the heart of it all, was she? yes, i worked on the third star wars film, return of the third star wars film, return of thejedi, initially, the third star wars film, return of the jedi, initially, star wars the third star wars film, return of thejedi, initially, starwars was huge by that stage, and worldwide phenomenon. carrie was a big star but she never behaved in that way, there was no ego with her, she did not swan around like a big star. she was carrie. it is amazing to be able
to keep your feet on the ground in spite of that notoriety, and it is something she even did, even to the last time i met her, in this past july, when i interviewed herfor star wars celebration, in london. again, a very down—to—earth person, speaking frankly about her time on star wars, speaking frankly about her time on starwars, and speaking frankly about her time on star wars, and the character she played, and had a lot of fun. —— star wars celebration. a real thirst for life and enjoying herself, which was infectious. how comfortable was she with the fact that people really associated her with that particular role? she seemed to have embraced it, it is one of those things that you either embrace those iconic characters that you might have played or not. carrie chose to embrace princess leia, there was a lot of carrie in that character, feisty, gutsy, very much her own
persona. and personality. that helped her to embrace that, she was loved by millions of fans all over the world and enjoyed that, which is wonderful to see. the world and enjoyed that, which is wonderfulto see. he the world and enjoyed that, which is wonderful to see. he said that you interviewed her in july, wonderful to see. he said that you interviewed her injuly, had you keptin interviewed her injuly, had you kept in touch since the filming of return of the jedi? absolutely, when you work on a film like that, you become part of the family, the star wa rs become part of the family, the star wars family, and we would often see each other at press junkets, and premiers, and launches for products, and yes, it is always great to catch up, and talk about old times, which we often would do, we would relive memories of working on the films, etc, and, yes, it is really lovely that we see it other still. this year we also lost kenny baker, the
actor in r2d2, another iconic star wa rs actor in r2d2, another iconic star wars actor. thank you so much for sharing your memories of carrie with us, thank you. two crewmembers two crewmembers are two crewmembers are still missing after a fishing vessel capsized off the kent coast last night. 0ne one person was rescued from the upturned hull early this morning after being spotted by a passing boat and has been airlifted to hospital. two lifeboats are currently searching off north foreland. plans to issue new building permits for israeli homes in eastjerusalem have been cancelled by thejerusalem municipality. hundreds of new homes we re municipality. hundreds of new homes were planned to for construction in areas that were captured by israel and annexed to the city in the sixties. israel is still angry over the resolution approved by the united nations security council, demanding an end to settlement activity in the occupied west bank and eastjerusalem. joining us now from jerusalem,
middle east correspondent, yollande knell. why has this decision being taken? this was expected to be the first approval of new settlement homes in the un security council resolution calling for a complete halt to israel is adamant activity, saying this was necessary in order to salvage the two state solution. what we heard from thejerusalem local council committee for planning and construction is that it was now postponing the vote for what was expected to be the authorisation of nearly 500 homes in two settlements in the north—east and east of jerusalem. this is land that the palestinian want for future promised state. particularly angry about some
of the language condemning east jerusalem and construction in the statement that came out. 0riginally, the head of it was very defined and said that there would be an acceleration of plans for new settlements, but then we heard from one committee member that there was late intervention by the israelis promised a's late intervention by the israelis promised as office in which the prime minister indicated he did not wa nt to prime minister indicated he did not want to strain relations with the 0bama administration further, because the us did not use its veto power as it customarily does at the un security council to prevent this resolution going through last friday, and also because later in the day, we expect a major speech by the day, we expect a major speech by the us secretary of state, john kerry, in which he says he will lay out a comprehensive vision for ending the israel palestinian conflict. we must leave it there. thank you very much. the headlines: england warns of a
age health crisis, with eight in ten of those aged 40 to 60 either overweight, drinking too much or not doing enough exercise. a search is still underway for two missing crewmembers after a fishing boat capsized off the kent coast last night. south central ambulance service say there have been multiple casualties, some with serious injuries, afterfour accidents on the a40 near witney in 0xfordshire. sport now, and for a full round—up, here is hugh. russian officials have admitted for the first time, the existence of a doping operation which affected some of the world's major competitions. a report earlier this month claimed more than a thousand russians benefited from a doping cover—up between 2011 and 2015. in interviews with the new york times, officials acknowledged the programme but denied it was state—sponsored. the acting director general of russia's anti doping agency is quoted as saying it was an
"international conspiracy". former manchester united assistant manager ryan giggs is being heavily linked with the vacant head coach's job at swansea city after bob bradley was sacked last night. the clu b bradley was sacked last night. the club are second bottom of the premier league, with bradley having wonjust premier league, with bradley having won just two of his 11 games premier league, with bradley having wonjust two of his 11 games in charge. win now going to speak with david pritchard, bbc wales sports reporter, on the phone. bob bratina says that football can be cruel, but surely he will not be surprised by this decision? dafydd pritchard ——. he really cannot have many complaints, losing seven of the ten games in charge, experienced international manager but something ofa international manager but something of a rookie at club level, he had not managed in any viewer of‘s top divisions and when you look at the stats, swansea city conceding 29
goals in 11 games, the fans turned on bradley, they wanted him out of the club and that left the board with no other choice. -- dafydd pritchard. now there will be a number of names linked to the va ca ncy number of names linked to the vacancy including the big name of ryan giggs. that is the headline grabber, bookmakers always very busy when any manager loses his job, grabber, bookmakers always very busy when any manager loses hisjob, ryan giggs was interviewed for the job when bob bratina was appointed in 0ctober, he was overlooked on that occasion. we understand swansea are still keen on the manchester united legend. —— when bob bradley was appointed in october. the other candidates, wales manager chris, , former leicester city boss nigel pearson, and gary rowett, former birmingham manager, quite a few names in the frame, but ryan giggs is the new favourite. we will see who hugh jenkins am is the new favourite. we will see who huthenkins am the chairman, chooses. —— huw who huthenkins am the chairman, chooses. —— hquenkins. liverpool are up to second
in the premier league after a 4—1 win over stoke at anfield. they had to come from behind afterjon walters put stoke ahead but adam lallana pulled them back level before roberto firmino put them in front just before the interval. an own goal pushed liverpool further in—front before daniel sturridge added a fourth, which was liverpool's 100th league goal under managerjurgen klopp. they're now six points behind league leaders chelsea but for the manager, the important thing is keeping his players energised during the busy festive period. we need all of them, and especially daniel, of course. in four days, there is another game, hopefully they will all stay healthy and fit, and two days later, another game, a few days later, another game. we have enough opportunities for everybody who is fit, so hopefully, they are all fit. the fifa president gianni infantino
says the world's football federations are "overwhelmingly in favou r" of federations are "overwhelmingly in favour" of plans for a 48—team world cup. earlier this month, the head of the sport's governing body outlined his vision for an expanded tournament comprising of 16 groups of three teams. the top two in each group would progress to the knockout stages. a decision is expected in january but even if approved is unlikely to take effect before 2026. a century from david warner has helped australia close the gap on pakistan in the second test in melbourne. azhar ali's unbeaten double century moved pakistan to 443 before they declared. in reply, warner scored a run—a—ball 144 to see the hosts end the third day on 278 for two. usman khawaja is in 95. they trail pakistan by 165 runs.. that is all the sport for now, i will be back with more in the next hour. studio: campaigners for an early brexit have written to business organisations across europe to try and drum up support for a free trade
agreement with the european union after the uk stops being a member. the campaign group leave means leave wants a trade deal with no taxes on goods travelling to and from the continent. the government says it's working to secure the best possible deal. earlier, i spoke withjohn longworth, who's co—chair of leave means leave. businesspeople like myself talking to business people on the continent, to put pressure on politicians to be sensible and go for free trade. it is very important for the european union and the eurozone that are not performing well economically and have massive unemployment rates that they are actually able to continue trading freely with the uk, which is one of the biggest export markets. what response have you heard? the letter has only recently been issued, we are expecting responses after the new year. what responses are you expecting? certainly from the sessions we have had with european member states business communities, we have a lot of sympathy, particularly among businesses owned by individuals. private businesses, medium—sized businesses and so on. —— certainly from conversations. next year there will be general elections in the netherlands, france and germany, it is a very good time for business people
to make their voices heard in those countries and say, politicians, let's be sensible, let's have free trade. for us in the uk, we want free trade with the rest of the world, so why not the eu. next year there will be general elections in the netherlands, france and germany, it is a very good time for business people to make their voices heard in those countries and say, politicians, let's be sensible, let's have free trade. for us in the uk, we want free trade with the rest of the world, so why not the eu. u nsettled unsettled weather during the past decade has had a dramatic impact on the uk's wildlife, according to the national trust, with some of its sites recording huge falls in the number or bees and butterflies. the charity says a combination of milder winters and wetter summers have boosted grass growth, which has been good forfarmers boosted grass growth, which has been good for farmers making boosted grass growth, which has been good forfarmers making hay, but led to falls in insect numbers. 0ur correspondent tim muffett is in
tyntesfield national trust estate, near bristol, for us this morning. here in tyntesfield, talk of the end to the winter has been just that, talk, but over the last ten years we have seen a series of mild winters and generally wet summers, so what impact is this having on wildlife? each year, the national trust surveys properties across the uk, to see what impact the weather is having, this year, if you feel you have been mowing your lawn a little bit more often than you normally do, it is not something you have been imagining, it seems it probably has been true. v0|ceover: this year, beef farmer rob havard made hay while the sun shone and while the rain came and still, he's grass grows. we have seen a really good grass grazing through the season, a lot of grass on the ground at the moment and we are in early december and still grazing outside, everyday i can keep my cattle out of the shed i think it is better for them. why the rampant grass growth?
a mild wet winter was followed by a cold spring. and then came all mild wet weather in may and june, ideal conditions in which grass can grow. the rate of grass growth was in many places a third faster than normal, according to the agriculture and horticulture development board. conservationists are assessing the impact. excessive grass growth, why should anyone care? a lot of our more rare plants and animals, particularly insects, live in very short turf, if it is covered over by these coarse grasses, populations of those rare insects plummet. that has been an issue in 2016? definitely.
matthew 0ates has measured the impact on wildlife. the losers have been butterflies, bees, beatles, some grasshoppers, which require very short turf. wasps were hit very badly in 2012 and have not really recovered. we usually get a little wasp nesting on this bank, but i can vouch that we have not had any. surely a good thing, people hate was. they are a really important part of the food chain, they are really quite good at controlling a lot of pests and nasty little insects like black fly and greenfly. one thing that should be properly hibernating is caterpillars, butterflies and moths, when you get a mild month like this, they are not hibernating properly, they are out and about, that is not good for them, they burn off energy. as ever, there were wildlife winners in 2016, help in part by wind direction. it has been a fantastic year for migrant birds, strong winds from the east,
that helps a lot of migrating birds. we have had over 200 gold crests arrived one day, from the point of view of slugs, an excellent year, from a gardener ‘s point of view, it was disastrous! we keep getting these mild wet winters, and we keep getting short spells of good weather. we have not had a good summer since 2006. we are overdue! staff here at tyntesfield say that they have been mowing the lawn for a lot later than they normally expect. another winner this year, apples, very good year for apple growth, cider manufacturers say they have seen a bumper crop. will this trend for mild winters and wet summers continue? we will soon find out what january has concern. there is concern that the impact on insects, reliant on short grass, being overtaken by this excessive course ras growth, one of the big features of 2016. —— excessive course grass growth.
just to bring you some further news about that crash on the a40, we now understand from the ambulance that this that one person is being treated with various life—threatening injuries and another with serious injuries. that is after a series of road accidents on the a40 near witney in 0xfordshire. we understand six vehicles suffered significant damage. a thames valley police spokesman has