this is bbc news. the headlines at four. russian authorities say at least nine people have been killed in an explosion on the underground metro in st petersburg; at least 20 more people are said to be injured. there are many helicopters and ambulances and police here. all the injured people are now evacuated to the hospitals. the blast happened on a train travelling between two stations in the city centre. president putin said all possible causes were being considered, including terrorism. here, five people are charged after an attack in south london on a 17—year—old asylum seeker which left him with a fractured skull. donald trump says the us will solve the north korea nuclear threat, with or without china's help. madrid expresses surprise at britain over the gibraltar eu row and tells it to calm down. tackling soaring credit card debt. the financial watchdog says firms should do more to help customers persistently in the red.
and, why more than 20 million adults in the uk are classified as physically inactive and could be at risk of coronary heart disease. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. at least nine people are reported to have been killed following an explosion in the st petersburg metro system. another 20 people were injured, according to russia's national anti—terrorist committee. the committee also said a device had been found and made safe. an emergency services source said there was a single blast on a train between stations. the st petersburg metro system has now been shut down. russian president vladimir putin, who was in st petersburg for a meeting with the leader of belarus, said the cause of the blast was unclear and all possibilities including terrorism were being examined.
in the immediate aftermath, the passengers tend to the dead and injured who've been laid out on the station platform. while others mill around the scene, smoke from the blast hanging above them. it's reported the explosion happened as the train was travelling between two stations. and this is the damage it caused at 2. 2. aopm local time this afternoon. and once again, people trying to do what they can to help. this is the first incident of its kind on the metro system of russia's second city, st petersburg. it happened as president vladimir putin was in the city, holding a meeting
with the leader of belarus. translation: i want to express my sincere condolences to those close to the dead and injured. the law enforcement agencies and the special services are working in doing everything to find out the causes of what has happened and to completely evaluate what happened and the city authorities and the federal ones too are taking all necessary measures to support the families of those of our citizens who've been killed and injured. as the emergency services ferried the injured to local hospitals, the entire metro system was closed down. soon investigators found an explosive device at another station which they'd made safe. this an indication that what's happened here in st petersburg today was not an accident. richard gal pin, bbc news. 0ur correspondent farida rustamova
is in st petersburg now outside one of the stations and earlier she gave this update to my colleague, i saw many people. there is huge traffic now. the subway is closed. there are many helicopters and ambulances and police here. all the injured people are now evacuated to the hospital so yes, it happened about 14. 30. it was the exact time when the president, president putin met his counterpart from belarus, president lukochenko. he just
confirmed there was an explosion and people around here, they say that it's something terrible because i think this never happened in st petersburg but still people are used to that because many terror attacks on metro station happened in moscow and other cities. farida, you may be on your phone, but tell us what is happening around you, we have seen some police officers, are there still a lot of people around? yes. there are a lot of people here. a lot of ambulances. a lot of people around, a lot ofjournalists and police are telling people to leave the centre of the city and not to
leave their houses because it's quite dangerous now. do you want to just turn your phone around and show us the scene where you are? yes, yes, sure. just a second. that's fine, we understand that you have just rushed there and you are showing us what is at the scene. there we go. describe what we are seeing? so, this is, you see these yellow ambulance cars, this is the exact place, the entrance to the station, so you can see many, many cars here. you can see many, many cars here. you can see the ambulance cars, they are leaving now. the cars of rescuers, helicopters, many, many police. yes. you have shown us some of the ambulances. i think they said there we re ambulances. i think they said there were as many as 17. presumably in the minutes after the blast you
could hear sirens? yes, yes. i could hear sirens. .ic show you the rescuers. they are now leaving the station. so everybody has been evacuated now do you think? yes, yes, yes. everyone's now evacuated. it's confirmed. and they say that almost all the injured people are now in central hospitals. let's talk to our security correspondent frank gardner. unusual that st petersburg suffers an attack like this if it is a terrorist attack. the question is going to be, as always, who will be behind this? it's very hard to conceive that this is anything other than a terrorist attack. if there was shrapnel in the devices, there was shrapnel in the devices, there was no warning, it's hard the see how it could be anything other than a terrorist act. in fact, the prosecutor general was quoted as
saying exactly that, as he then withdrew it. because president putin hasn't said it's ditch intively terrorism. the fsb, the successors to the kgb are working flat out looking to see what the explosive rest due is. —— residue. there are really only two, possibly three likely suspects for this. chechen militants because they've struck three times in moscow. unusual for them to they've struck three times in moscow. unusualfor them to hit they've struck three times in moscow. unusual for them to hit st petersburg but they've got form when it comes to moscow. so—called islamic state, isis, you know, big possibility because of russian air strikes in syria. and criminal underworld. unlikely to be the latter because this is innocent people targeted. but, you know, the target here isn't just people targeted. but, you know, the target here isn'tjust the innocent who've been — well everyone is innocent when it comes to terrorism
— but somebody looking to embarrass the russian state. someone looking to get at the government would do this. reports of a second device found and disarmed, unconfirmed at this stage, but this is pointing to a huge operation now looking through surveillance cameras. what will they be doing? well, there is an unconfirmed report that the suspect has possibly been seen on cctv planting a briefcase which is believed to have contained the bomb. that's not confirmed. basically until the national antiterrorism committee and the fsb announce who it is, everything else is a little bit of speculation. so you have state m e nts bit of speculation. so you have statements coming out of the health minister, out of the regional governor, but until it basically comes from president putin's lips, orfrom the national counter—terrorism committee, i would treat everything with a degree of caution. they're pretty good at investigating this stuff. they've had a history of several years of combatting chechen attacks inside
the heart of russia. they'll have their own suspicions about who is behind this, they'll have rounded up a number of people and called in contacts saying, where is so—and—so, who do you think could be behind this. intelligence, the chatter that goes on, is that something they'll be looking at? chatter, you know, there's low—grade chatter which is just gossip, you know. i'm sure jihadists will be waiting to know, was this an act by them because they've got ample reason to want to hit back at russia because isis has taken a huge hit from russian air strikes in syria along with civilians. incidentally syrian civilians. incidentally syrian civilians. but it's by no means certain it's them thanked's been no claim so far. what do you read into the fact that president putin was this st petersburg this morning and it went off as he was scheduled to meet the president of belarus? it's certainly embarrassing for him because it shows the state is not in full control. the first duty of any
state is to safeguard the security of its citizens. in this particular case, it's failed to do that. it could though just be pure coincidence. st petersburg is not the capital, it's the second city. it's not somewhere that chechens have previously targeted which makes people think that this is, if it is terrorism, it's more likely to be so—called islamic state. frank gardner, thank you very much. five people have appeared in court in relation to an alleged attack on an asylum seeker in croydon. the teenager — who is of kurdish iranian descent — was set upon after telling a group of people that he was an asylum seeker. he is said to be in a serious but stable condition in hospital. our home affairs correspondent tom symonds reports. police are still looking for these two people. one man appearing slightly younger, the other older. they may have been part of the mob which attacked the 17 year code which attacked the 17 year old
student and his friends. detectives today said come to us before we come to you. this morning the officer in charge said that in total 11 people had been arrested in connection with what she said was a horrendous assault. this is powered by numbers so there there's been an incident outside a pub, they have obviously picked on three young men. there was no reason for this attack and i believe because of the numbers involved, people have just jumped on the back of it and this has turned into this violent brawl where somebody has been viciously beaten and is lucky not to have lost his life. the bus behind this is relevant‘s absolutely this is where it happened. people came from the pub and have attacked these individuals in the street and one was kicked and beaten on the ground. the victims two friends ran while he was chased by the group. he got as far as the street corner where he was found with serious head injuries. neighbours came to help, unlike billy said, some of his attackers who may not obstruct any
blows they did nothing to stop it happening. police said. at croydon crown court, five people in their early 20s are being charged with violent assault. darren and daniel davis, george and jack calder and barry potts all live a short walk from where it happened. the investigation continues. neighbours who were worried about giving interview said police had dusted cars for fingerprints. there is a constant police presence here. in an area where this attack has raised tension. 0ur correspondent ben bland is in croydon for us. details of the injuries quite horrific but the police investigation is moving apace? yes, it certainly is. in the last few hours we have heard police sirens, more than one police cargo past where we are, not entirely sure what they were looking into, but
certainly there was some activity going on. there's been a heavy police presence throughout the day. uniformed officers and officers in plain clothes given away only by noticing the handcuffs sticking out of their pockets. that is the bus stop where it's thought this attack took place. we know the name of the victim is rica ahmed, a 17—year—old kurdish iranian asylum seeker, a student here in london, he was out on friday night when he was set upon by this group. it was a group of it's thought ten people, continuing to kick him when he fell to the ground. those injuries that we've got more detail on were indeed horrific, fractured spine, skull and bleed on the brain. when you realise that, you realise why he's spent the weekend in intensive care. detectives earlier said they were hoping at some point today he'd be well enough to move out of intensive ca re well enough to move out of intensive care and to a general ward and then they'd want to speak to him to get
his version and recollections about what happened at about 11. a0 on friday when this atook took place. thank you very much. the headlines: latest reports suggest at least ten people have been killed and a7 more injured following an explosion on the st petersburg metro system. five people have been charged after an attack in south london on an asylu m an attack in south london on an asylum seeker which left him with a fractured skull. donald trump says the us will solve the north korea near threat with or without china's help. in sport, the football association are going to write to david moyes to ask for his observations after he told a female bbc reporter that she might geta told a female bbc reporter that she might get a slap. the sunderland manager says he deeply regrets the remarks made following a tv interview after last month's match against burnley. the england squad has been announced for the women's european championship in the netherlands. and the american golfer
lexi thompson says she didn't intend to break tournament rules. a four—stroke penalty incurred after a tv viewer spotted an infringement cost her her first major of the year. more in 15 minutes. ten people have been killed in the explosion between two underground stations in st petersburg. let's go to our correspondent who is in moscow. is there any clearer picture as to what has happened here? not so far. there's lots of information flying around, most of it is coming via sources. the national anti—terror committee said a second explosive package has been found and "neutralised" in the language of the anti—terror committee at another central st petersburg station. if that is true
then perhaps there is a scenario of a double attack which has been used so far in other european cities. this happening on the day president putin was in the city for a meeting with the belarus president? well, mr putin was far away from the centre and obviously the security surrounding russian leaders is very tight. but yes, he was there, speaking obviously with lots of journalists and cameras there. theoretically from a media coverage point of view, that's another pretext. but i must stress, investigations still not calling this a terror attack officially. mr putin says all options need to be investigated and a terror attack is the first among them. one is that it's domestic terrorism and one that it's domestic terrorism and one that it's islamic state, those are the theories? well, in russia these scenarios will probably be rolled into one. the islamic militancy in
the russian south has long before pledged allegiance to the so—called islamic state and, in fact, several of attacks against russian law enforcement or russian army have then been proclaimed as an islamic state attack. so this could be the amalgamation of radicalised russians and there's lots of them, as the security services remind us, and the international terrorism. moscow's been the target of this sort of attack before but not st petersburg? not st petersburg. the second biggest city in russia was spared so far. 0ther biggest city in russia was spared so far. other cities have suffered from terror attacks. the last known attack i think on public transport happened in a russian southern city in the last days of 2013. i went there on the day, a trolley bus in there on the day, a trolley bus in the morning exploded and there was
3a victims there. in the past few yea rs, 3a victims there. in the past few years, there was a lull. russian security services reported measures being taken to identify potential terrorists, to equip central stations, stations throughout moscow for example, with metal detectors. if you asked ordinary russians, they would be sceptical as to how effective that is or how well controlled the information from those detectivors is, but officially russian authorities saying all possible things had been tone —— detectors. i'm sure statements will come from this tragedy saying further increases in security are imminent. 0leg, thank you very much. donald trump has said the united states will solve the threat posed by north korea's nuclear programme. in an interview with the financial times, the president said the us would act alone if china wouldn't intervene. he made his comments ahead of a visit to the us by the chinese president this week.
with me is xenia wickett, head of us and the americas programme at chatham house. thank you for coming in. is this a bit of sabre rattling before the arrival of the chinese president or something more? i think this is donald trump making america great again — so the idea that america would need others to solve what is, as then president 0bama said, probably the biggest imminent challenge that donald trump was going to face when he took over as president of the united states, you know, the idea that he'd have to share that with somebody else, the idea that america would need somebody else, another country to help solve it is clearly anathema. he's found you cannot do this, not just without the chinese but you can't do this except as an international coalition. the difficulty for this president is it's going to be during his presidency that north korea most likely will have the very weapon
that they've been afraid of for so long? indeed. north korea, the intelligence services services suggesting they'll have the capacity to send a nuclear missile to the continental united states, of course sitting here in europe we have to remember that if it can hit the couldn't innocent of the united states, it could also hit europe and that will probably happen in president trump's first term. so the level of threat‘s increased dramatically, potentially in the coming years. at the same time, of course, the level of threat to china also increases at the same time as it does to the united states. so there is reason to believe that china and the us ought to be able to find some coalition in working on this with japan, with south korea, with some other nations, but it's going to be awfully hard. the fall—out and i use the word advisedly, if he does do something on his own, i mean, it affects south
korea, global places, do you think he gets that? let's take a step back for a second. can he do anything on his own? what are the options available to him? sanctions, they don't work on their own. they have to be imposed by the international community. we already have sanctions on north korea, the challenge is that actually china doesn't impose them the way that everybody else would like hence the problem. that needs china. what else? preemion is something he's talked about —— pre—emption. the community's made it clear that the united states will be unable to hit every single site and be guaranteed to get every single missile in north korea before north korea could respond in some form or another, most likely hitting south koreans. so that doesn't work. what could america do on its own? it can engage with north korea, it can build relations with north korea on its own. north korea's made it very, very clear that it wants to build
relations or wants to engage with the united states, if you will, possibly that's possible but it's not clear that donald trump believes really in engagement without a few sticks to go along with that. the one option that america might be able to do and make real progress because north korea wants to on its own engagement, is not one that we are likely to see donald trump pursue. before you get to the step of what that would look like, the reality is it's not feasible. thank you very much. the parents of a baby suffering from a rare genetic condition are today trying to persuade a high courtjudge to let them take him to america for treatment. connie yates and chris gard have now raised over £1.2 million for the treatment of their son, charlie, but doctors here oppose the move, saying there is no cure, and it is time to stop providing life support treatment. the court has been hearing detailed
evidence. throughout this evidence, charlie's parents have been sitting there, holding one of his soft toys. there have been otherfamily members and supporters in the public gallery to hear this. the background to the case is that charlie was born in august of last year and initially it seemed that he was perfectly healthy. by the time he was eight weeks old, he seemed to be getting wea ker weeks old, he seemed to be getting weaker and losing weight. he was then admitted to hospital. later he was transferred to great 0rmond street hospital and he was diagnosed with a very rare genetic condition which is a form of mitrochondrial depletion syndrome leading to progressive muscle weakness. he's being treated in an intensive care unit, he's on a ventilator and the hospital says there is no accepted cure for this condition, it now believes withdrawing life support treatment is in charlie's best interests, that he should be moved
to palliative care. charlie's pa rents to palliative care. charlie's pa re nts wa nt to palliative care. charlie's parents want to take him to the united states where they believe he could get treatment. today the court has been hearing evidence by telephone link from the united states from a specialist who would oversee charlie's treatment if that happens. he said he proposed a therapy which he said would provide a small chance of improvement in charlie's brain function. he said it may be a treatment but not a cure. he said charlie may be able to interact, smile and look at objects. he said he proposed trying the therapy for up to six months. he also said the case was uncharted territory. the the court is hearing more evidence this afternoon. aslef have rejected a vote. it
follows a vote that was initially put in february. this has been going on for weeks. they have been in talks for weeks. they have been in talks for weeks. they think they are own the line and think they have what will please their drivers then the drivers vote against it. 17 or 18 drivers vote the other way, it would have been passed. critically, what we are told by the union is they are not going to go away and call more strikes, so they are saying, we are going to go into more talks, we don't think this is the end of the matter. the company says it wants to keep talking as well. on the imminent horizon, we are not going to get more drivers' strikes but it's another blow in this dispute which is going on for ever. there are a number of disputes. here we have got southern, but there are strikes planned, they're southern, but there are strikes planned, they‘ re going southern, but there are strikes planned, they're going to hit the grand national because of the same issue. 0ther unions involved too. it's a messy picture? very messy. it's a messy picture? very messy. it's a messy picture? very messy. it's a big fight for the future of
the railways, basically, the automation coming into the trains, so you only need one person to operate them. it's a long—term battle. the rmt union, the other union involved, their strike action's never stopped. so april 8th, they are going on strike. mersey rail, arriva rail north as well. if you are going to the grand national, they'll put more services on around the time you want to get home but you are going to have to leave before the last races if you wa nt to leave before the last races if you want to go back on a northern train. the last one leaves liverpool at 6. 6. 30, so you need to check that out. aslef the drivers is different. they are not being as militant on this. they are not going on strike in other regions yet and they are not calling for more strikes on southern yet. when the drives go out on strike, that is when you get the devastating stoppages because you can't run a train without drivers. the rmt is more the conductors and it's all about staffing, it's about what the second person on that train does, it's about whether you need a second person at all, it's about the
safety stuff like closing the doors, which is a critical safetyjob. there was always a threat it was going to spread around the country. people buy new frains, they are more modern, the driver tends to do the safety stuff then the unions don't like that, they want the second person for safety on board. you said it was a tight result. talks go on, no more imminent strike action, that is the positive aspect? yes, no more imminent strike action from drivers, from aslef. so they could announce more strike days if they wanted, they have the mandate, but they are saying, look, we are going to go into more talks, they think they're very close to finding something that their members like and that the company likes and that they like, the rmt‘s a different story. they're much further away from agreement. it's the rmt that is striking in different parts of the uk. let us get a weather update. good afternoon. huge variety of
weather across the uk so far. lingering mist and fog in the south. inland, plenty of sunshine around. all the cloud in the north and west has been bringing rain to northern ireland. a couple of weather fronts will make their way eastwards, bringing some rain with them. a lot of cloud too. england and wales not as cold as last night. scotland and northern ireland will turn chilly with the clearing skies. some sunshine in eastern scotland, parts of northern ireland through tomorrow morning. a few showers coming in on the breeze. it will take all day for things to brighten up in the south—eastern corner. it's grey and damp into the afternoon. after a dull start, things should brighten up. through the evening, the rain fizzles out from the south—eastern corer. it turns chilly. 0n fizzles out from the south—eastern corer. it turns chilly. on wednesday it will be a dry day virtually everywhere with a bit of a breeze. variable amounts of cloud. if you
are lucky you will see a bit of sunshine. hello. this is bbc news with simon mccoy. the headlines at a.30pm: it's reported up to ten people have been killed in an explosion on the russian underground system in st petersburg. the blast is said to have happened between two stations. there are many helicopters and ambulances and police here. all the injured people are now evacuated to the hospital. five people have appeared in court in south london, charged in connection with an attack on a 17—year—old asylum seeker who was left with a blood clot on the brain. us president donald trump has said the united states will "solve" the nuclear threat from north korea, with or without china's help. prime minister theresa may has laughed off journalists' questions about going to war with spain following the gibraltar brexit row. it is time for sport. 0lly foster
has arrived. the football association is going to write to david moyes to ask for his observations about comments he made toa observations about comments he made to a bbc reporter last month. the sunderland manager apologised for telling vicky sparks that she might get a slap. he had taken exception to her line of questioning about feeling the pressure after their match at burnley. the remarks were made after their tv interview had fin irnd. —— finished. just getting a wie bit naughty at the end there. just watch yourself. you still might a get a slap even though you're a woman. careful the next time you come in. it was in the heat of the moment and i deeply regret the comments i made, but certainly not the person who i am and i accept it was a mistake.
i spoke to the bbc reporter who accepted my apology and hopefully we will all move on. luke shaw's manchester united career appears to be over. he only featured once for manchester united in the past five months. jose mourinho gave this brutal assessment of where he stands in his first team thinking at the moment. i cannot compare him with ashley and i cannot compare the way he trains, the way he commits, the focus, the ambition. i cannot compare. he is a long way behind. mark sampson has named his england squad for this summer's women's european championship in the netherlands, with few real surprises.
the top scorer from last season, chelsea's eni alu ko, is left out though. manchester city trio demi stokes, isobel christiansen and nikita parris, as well as chelsea's millie bright. steph houghton believes they'll be well prepared. it's important that as a squad we take the togetherness that we've got off the pitch on to the pitch and really prove to people that we're a winning england team and that's the next step now is to win as many football games as we can and announcing the squad early allows us to be the best prepared team in europe and we have ten weeks now to go and focus on the first game and to focus on the things that we could improve on and make sure every area is covered come the first game. england's first game will be against scotla nd england's first game will be against scotland in the netherlands. they announced their squad closer to the tournament. sheuey tournament. shelley kerr will take over the
euros. she said she is proud and honoured to be the next scotland coach. american golfer lexi thompson was left in tears after being handed a four—stroke penalty while leading the final round of the first major of the season and then losing a play—off to korea's so yeon ryu. a television viewer spotted this infringement during thompson's third round. i played amazing today and probably the best golf i played all week. i wasn't expecting that on whatever hole that was. i did not intentionally do that. so, to the officials or whoever called in, that was not my purpose. i didn't realise i did that, but i fought hard coming in and i didn't give up. i knew i could still win, but so many players played great.
that's all for now. i will have more in the next hour. 0lly, thank you very much. emergency services and armed forces in colombia are still searching for as many as 300 people who have been missing since a series of huge mudslides engulfed the city of mocoa on friday. more than 250 people are known to have died. 0ur correspondent anisa kadri reports. rescuers in colombia hunt for any signs of life. but hopes of finding anyone alive are fading, with hundreds already confirmed dead following the mudslides in mocoa. as bodies are lined up at this cemetery, families wait outside praying they won't find their relatives inside. translation: the really sad thing is when family members find their loved ones in this situation. it hurts to see it. we are lacking support here.
the fire service is always here, but we need a lot of support. roads and bridges were washed away and houses flattened, after more than a week's rainfall fell in one night. getting help to people living deep in the amazon basin isn't easy. but people in the colombian capital, bogota, who donated these supplies, including rice, water and medicine, hope they get there. troops and children work side—by—side to try to get relief to the injured. translation: the situation in a disaster area is very bad. we can feel the anxieties there, even here in bogota. we feel it is everyone's responsibility to help in the disaster area because the number of casualties and missing people is huge, and many families are looking for missing relatives. the colombian president has visited the area. his critics say he should have done more to protect it
from heavy rainfall, amid concerns about climate change. last night in a televised address he promised his government would support the victims and pay for the cost of funerals. translation: i know that the loved ones lost are irreplaceable. the pain will stay with us forever but it is possible to mitigate it. it is possible to recuperate. it is possible to overcome the tragedy. hope is possible. we are going to dedicate ourselves to bringing hope back to mocoa, to give them back their future. dozens of children are among the dead. for these survivors at a makeshift soup kitchen, food, drink and shelter will be the start of the process to rebuild their lives. theresa may has laughed off suggestions that a dispute with spain over gibraltar and article 50 could lead to military conflict. earlier, the spanish foreign minister said he was surprised by the british reaction to discussions about gibraltar‘s sovereignty.
the government in the territory had criticised the eu for including it in its draft of the brexit negotiating strategy with the uk. the foreign secretary, boris johnson, said gibraltar would remain british as long as its people wanted that to be the case. 0ur correspondent tom burridge sent this report from gibraltar. rush hour between gibraltar and spain. thousands cross on to the rock every day for work and there is some uncertainty about what brexit will mean. i'm overwhelmed says this woman because we don't know what will happen and whether we will be able to continue working here. maria tells us it is important that the arrangements at the border stay the same. do you think brexit will cause problems? no. why not? i think there is too much in both parties, it is not in both parties an interest
financially for there for there to be upheaval. this is currently an internal eu border but probably in two years that will change. this gives you a sense of how intertwined people's lives are over that side of the border in spain and here in gibraltar. the arrangements at the border will be part of the negotiation between britain and the european union about what brexit means here. the eu says spain's voice will be heard. spain has long complained that gibraltar‘s wealth is partly down to lower taxes on the side of the border. madrid kept relatively quiet this weekend compared to the rhetoric back home. this morning the spanish foreign minister said britain is overreacting. translation: the spanish government is a little surprised by the tone of comments regarding gibraltar
coming out of britain which is a country known for its composure. almost everything on brexit and what it will mean for gibraltar is for now speculation and theory. but speaking at a meeting the foreign secretary again said the sovereignty of gibraltar is not up for debate. i think the position is very clear, the sovereignty of gibraltar is unchanged and it is not going to change and it cannot conceivably change without the express support and consent of the people of gibraltar and the united kingdom and that is not going to change. but what is changing is britain's relationship with the eu and therefore gibraltar‘s relationship with spain. two neighbours who are not the best of friends. an ex—bbc producer has been found guilty of indecent assault.
southwark crown court heard that 71—year—old geoffrey wheeler assaulted the victim in a bbc production office when she was upset. mr wheeler, who's from milton keynes, was cleared of four other counts of indecent assault. with me is our home affairs correspondent danny shaw. what's the background to this case? well, this is a case that goes back to the early 1980s. jeffrey wheeler was working for the open university that was produced by the bbc at its office in milton keynes. and he took advantage of a woman who was very upset, according to the judge, advantage of a woman who was very upset, according to thejudge, she allowed him to comfort her when she was upset and he took advantage and touched her breast and he was found guilty on a majority verdict of ten to two of indecent assault. there we re to two of indecent assault. there were four other charges of indecent assault, but he was cleared by the jury assault, but he was cleared by the jury of those four other counts. it happened a long time ago. thejudge told him, "your past behaviour has caught up with you." he sentenced him to do 50 hours unpaid work, that's a community sentence. he will have to pay the victim compensation
and £500 towards the prosecution courses. thejudge said he and £500 towards the prosecution courses. the judge said he an exemplary record. he is a carerfor his wife who has alzheimer's disease and wheeler is suffering from cancer. thejudge and wheeler is suffering from cancer. the judge made and wheeler is suffering from cancer. thejudge made it clear there was going to be no custodial sentence. this was part of operation yewtree, where are we with that operation? it is almost coming to an end. there were 19 people who were questioned by detectives as part of 0peration yewtree and jeffrey wheeler is the sixth of them to be convicted. there is a further trial in regards to rolf harris and max clifford is launching an appeal, there will be a hearing in the courts later this month in regards to that, but six convictions out of 19 people who are questionedment within of the suspects died on the eve of his trial and the others were either cleared at trial or faced no further action after being interviewed by police.
danny, thank you. the financial services regulator is proposing new rules for credit card companies to help millions of customers get out of long—term debt. the regulations are designed to help borrowers whose failure to settle their accounts means they end up paying more in charges and interest than the sum they originally borrowed. 0ur personal finance correspondent simon gompertz reports. credit cards, so convenient, but the interest and charges rack up. some people are eventually paying £2.50 for every £1 they have borrowed. for the 3.a billion people who are in persistent credit card debt, we want to make sure they get help much sooner than otherwise done, and that they get it on a predictable basis. persistent debt means they are spending years are paying more in charges and interest than in repayments. so after 18 months the card company will have to prompt them to pay back faster. after three years, a formal repayment plan should be proposed, and if the customer cannot afford it, interest and charges could be waived and the card cancelled.
i think credit card companies should take on more responsibility to help people that may be more vulnerable. they shouldn't encourage people to have credit cards who cannot afford them. people do have to take responsibility for their own money, as well. the cost of being stuck in credit card debt can escalate, and in the end it is the card companies who are making money out of it. it's estimated that if these measures are implemented effectively, it could save the card users up to £1.3 billion a year. debt experts say that is treating the symptom and not the cause, which is that people are allowed to go so long without repaying. you look at the way that credit cards are structured. minimum repayments, people can take out a large—ish balance and repay it in very small amounts, which is trapping millions of people in persistent debt. so unless that is changed and the structure of products are at a more realistic repayment at the outset, we are likely to see more people falling
into persistent debt in the future. credit card companies say they will look at the proposals, which they welcome. use of the cards is rising rapidly, so pressure to help borrowers who find themselves with problems is likely to grow. a charity claims more than 20 million people in the uk are classed as physically inactive. the british heart foundation says the average person spends over 70 days a yearjust sitting. it warns that inactivity puts people at risk of heart disease, and presently costs the nhs more than £1 billion a year. here's graham satchell. harriet had no warnings, no symptoms. she was climbing the stairs at home when she had a heart attack at the age ofjust aa. it was like having the rug pulled from under your feet. i had a very young family, i had a demanding job, which i loved, really enjoyed, so then to suddenly be struck by such a traumatic incident was very difficult. i didn't make time for activity or exercise, so i think,
looking back on it now, i was fairly sedentary. harriet is not alone. research from the british heart foundation shows the most inactive part of the uk is the northwest of england, where a7% of adults do not take enough exercise, followed by northern ireland, where a6% are inactive. in wales and the northeast of england, it is a2%. london and the west midlands a0%, and in scotland 37% are too sedentary. we estimate that, on average, most of us spend 78 days of our life each year in a sedentary position. physical activity is important, but you also need to reduce the amount of time each day that you spend sitting at your computer, or whatever it is you do. harriet has now changed her lifestyle — regular exercise, walking, playing with her kids — but inactivity is fast becoming one of the leading causes of premature death. in a moment a look at how the financial markets in a moment
in a moment a look at how the financial markets in europe closed the day, but first the headlines on bbc news: latest reports suggest at least 10 people have been killed and at least 20 more injured following an explosion on the st petersburg metro system. five people are charged after an attack in south london on an asylum seeker — which left him with a fractured skull. donald trump says the us will solve the north korea nuclear threat, with or without china's help. hello. now a look at how the markets in europe have ended the trading session. a lot of treading water going on. the dax edged to a near record high
earlier, but fell back in later trade. financial stocks proved the biggest drag on the ftse 100 today — while energy companies higher remained resilient later in the session despite crude oil prices slipping after libyan output grew. let us focus on the energy sector in more detail now and focus on bp. news also came out today that it was selling the forties pipeline system in the north sea to the chemical and oil products company, ineos. the deal is worth £200 million. the pipeline system, one of the oldest in the sector transports about a50,000 barrels of oil per day — around a0% of uk production. burberry was the biggest riser in the ftse100 today after the firm best known for its distinctive check pattern and trenchcoats — annouced it was licensing its beauty business to us group, coty. the deal will bring in about £180 million, plus there will be royalty
payments in the future. and the chips are down for imagination technologies. shares in the uk chip designers fell by more than 75% earlier. they have recovered slightly but the news that apple is going to end a deal to use its products in 15 months to two years time is a severe blow for the company. let's get detailed analysis. is this an example of a company going the wrong way by putting all its eggs in the past? it has tried to diversify, but apple is their biggest customer. yes, so it will ta ke biggest customer. yes, so it will take a major knock in two years' time when apple say that they are going to be developing their own in—house software or chips. however, imagination think it will be difficult for apple to do this
because apple will infringe on their patents and so whether they can design the architecture and infrastructure in that short period, imagination are not sure. imagination are not sure. imagination are not sure. imagination are bullish, but the market doesn't think that and imagination had a huge amount of market share stolen by other chip designers as well over the last few yea rs. designers as well over the last few years. it has been a rocky few years for imagination. you say imagination appears to be more bullish, hinting that taking legal action, but that's going to be difficult against such a giant in the tech sector, isn't it? do you think we might see this firm gobbled up by another operator? well, it has been talked about that imagination could be taken over by apple. it seems as if apple aren't going to do this. with the shares down about 16% and there are plenty of other big chip designers around the world, they could be seeing this asa the world, they could be seeing this as a fairly low value and could, as you say, could decide to take them over. let's move on to bp and the sale of
its forties pipeline system. it has beenin its forties pipeline system. it has been in the bp family since 1975. so why do you think bp wants rid of it? well, what we have seen is a lot of the bigger oil and gas companies off loading assets in the north sea. bp has done this with another field a month ago and royal cap dutch shell off loaded assets recently. the north sea is seen as a declining reserve for oil, but it does make sense because the company runs grangemouth in scotland and the pipeline feeds into that refinery so for them it does make sense and i'm sure there will be a large costs for inios. burberry, it shows how important it is to build a beauty brand for many of these fashion empires given what it's selling in
this deal? yes. so, burberry actually took the licences and tried to do it themselves a few years ago as in build it all in—house, starting off from a small base. it doesn't seem to have worked out and it just seems as doesn't seem to have worked out and itjust seems as if it maybe better to off load to a specialist who does this for other companies. for burberry, it means in terms of costs it will be positive and it will allow burberry to focus on its traditional sector the coats and the handbags and they have been trying to develop their services. so they will focus on what they're good at the moment. that's all from me. there is a roundup of all the other top business stories on our website — bbc.co.uk/business victoria derbyshire has been keeping
a video diary of her chemotherapy treatment. following chemotherapy, victoria lost a lot of her hair and has been wearing a wig. her is her latest diary. ok, so it's time to stop wearing a wig, which i have been wearing since december 2015, since i had chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment. and probably about half my hair, maybe three quarters of my hair, fell out as a result of that treatment and i have to say losing my hair was the worst bit about cancer treatment for me. more so than having a mastectomy. don'tjudge me for that. it's just the way i felt. and i'm grateful to this wig actually because it helped me get on with things, go to work, live my life normally without worrying. but it is time for it to go. and this is my new hair.
this is about 12 months of growth since chemo finished. and it's come back as thick as it was if not thicker. as shiny as it was. slightly more ringlety than it was before. but i am actually apprehensive about it, about taking my wig off, because this is not me. but i know it doesn't really matter what my hair looks like. the point is this is proof, if proof were needed, that once chemotherapy is complete, your hair does grow back, and when you're in some of those dark moments during chemo, you do doubt that, as irrational and absurd as that sounds. but your body does slowly renew itself once chemo is complete and there's something really optimistic about that. victoria derbyshire. now the
weather. we have seen big con drasts across the uk today. a lovely shot from central london. blue sky and strong sunshine actually at the moment and high pollen levels, but it will be coming down in the next couple of days because towards the north and the west of the uk we have got cloud and outbreaks of rain and indeed, along the south coast we saw lingering fog here, but it is this weather front out west which is going to change the story a little bit over the next few days. it is a cold front coming in from the west. we saw 18 celsius in gravesend earlier. we will see lower temperatures as the weather front makes its way eastwards. it will bring cloud and rain with it. the cloud keeps temperatures up across england and wales, but they will be dipping away in scotland and
northern ireland. into the morning, not much rain left in wales and in the south—west of england, but it is grey out there. there will be low cloud over the hills, but dull and damp across the south—eastern corner. bear that in mind for the morning rush. further north, there is low cloud out there, so it will be grey over the hills. it does brighten upment some parts of northern ireland seeing some morning sunshine. breezy in the north and the west with showers from early on. we're going to keep the showers going on and off throughout the day in the far north and the west. it will take all day for that cloud and patchy rain to clear away from the saorn corner, but after a grey start for wales and the south—west, it should brighten up and we will see sunshine coming through for the afternoon. sunny spells too into northern england. top temperatures down on today's values, but around 14 down on today's values, but around 1a or 15 celsius. closer to ten or 11 celsius across the bulk of
scotland. to go through tuesday night and into wednesday, we have got high pressure in charge of our weather. it will stick around for sometime. bringing a lot of dry weather with it. notice the fair number of isobars, it will be breezy particularly across northern parts of the uk, blowing a gale for some, but the winds are lighter further south and west. underneath the high pressure system, cloud amounts are the real forecasting pressure system, cloud amounts are the realforecasting headache for us, but it looks like there will be afair bit us, but it looks like there will be a fair bit of cloud on wednesday. despite that, most places are fine and dry and there should be breaks in the cloud and sunshine coming through. 11 celsius in glasgow and 11 or 1a celsius in london. it might be chilly first thing this the morning. by the afternoon it's 12 to 15 celsius and there will be variable amounts of cloud. a lot of cloud. maybe a little bit of sunshine too. today at five, russian officials say at least nine people are dead, after an explosion on the st petersburg metro. dozens were also injured in the blast, which hit a train travelling between two stations.
president putin, who was in city at the time, says all causes, including terrorism, are being investigated. a second device has been made safe, found at another station in st petersburg, and in the last few minutes prime minister medvedyev claims they are terror related. we'll have the very latest from russia. the other main stories on bbc news at five... five people have appeared in court, after a teenage asylum seeker was badly beaten at a bus stop in croydon. president trump says america will "solve" north korea's nuclear threat, with or without china's help. the spanish foreign minister says he's surprised by the tone, of some of the comments, coming from britain,