going to come to a wolf. hello, this is breakfast, with rogerjohnson and tina dahely. a plan to introduce four new bank holidays — from labour if it wins the general election. the extra breaks would be uk wide and fall on the patron saint‘s day of each of the home nations. a cap on energy bills for millions of households is expected to be included in the conservative manifesto. good morning, it's sunday 23rd april. also ahead. tight security across france as voting begins in the first round of the presidential election. and this is the start line for the
37th london marathon. a lot of activity trying to get everything ready for the race, which starts at ten o'clock. there are 40,000 people expected to take part this year. also in the sport, chelsea are unstoppable, they're already top of the premier league, and now they're into the fa cup final. a rare sight on the railways this morning as four engines — including the flying scotsman — line up to celebrate the past, present and future of rail transport. and ben has the weather. good morning. quite a decent datacom for many of us today. there will be spills of sunshine, but there is a big change for the start of the week. something much colder on the way. all the details coming up. good morning, first our main story. labour is attempting to win over voters ahead ofjune‘s general election, with the promise of four extra uk—wide bank holidays. they would fall on the patron saint‘s day of each of the home nations.
the conservatives have responded by saying the british economy would be on a permanent holiday under labour. here's our political correspondent ben wright. good morning, everybody. good morning! working hard to get your vote. butjeremy corbyn thinks britain's workers deserve a break, and says if labour wins the general election he will try and introduce four new uk—wide bank holidays. bank holidays are a devolved matter in scotland. butjeremy corbyn says he would introduce four more in england on st george's day, st patrick's day, and st andrew's day, and st david's day, and he'll also suggest to devolved administrations they also have public holidays. labour claims the move would help bring the four nations of the uk together, as well as giving more people time off. the party said there was no definitive estimate of the economic impact of this proposal. a conservative source said that the economy would be on a permanent holiday ifjeremy corbyn got near downing street. the conservatives could be about to make their own retail offer to voters in the shape of smaller
energy bills for many families. the sunday times says that theresa may is about to order 0fgem to cap the gas and electricity bills for the seven out of ten households that pay standard variable tariffs, which are usually more expensive than other plans energy companies offer. labour has previously said it will force energy suppliers to put customers on their cheapest tariffs. ben wright, bbc news. ukip says its manifesto will include a pledge to ban the full—face veils worn by some muslim women. let's speak to our political correspondent susana mendonca whojoins us now from our london newsroom. this feels like an appeal to ukip‘s core base? i think very much so. if you look at
this idea of the burqa plan. that came out years ago, but back then they wanted to push for us to leave they wanted to push for us to leave the eu, but those things are happening. that question about what you get‘s purposes is quite difficult answer at this stage. if you look at the polling, there is evidence that ukip voters are switching to the conservative party. so they need something to appeal to voters, so you have this burqa ban coming back in and we are talking about banning shari law and postal voting, which they say fraud. first week of campaigning, although the parties trying to come up with policies that will appeal to their core fortress. the boyfriend of tv celebrity ferne mccann has been arrested in connection with an alleged acid attack in a nightclub. arthur collins, who's 25,
had been sought by police following an incident at the mangle club in hackney last week. keith doyle reports. the emergency services were called to the mangle nightclub in dalston in east london on easter monday, after reports that people had come into contact with a corrosive substance and had suffered burns. a 22—year—old woman and a 24—year—old man were both blinded in one eye. last night, the metropolitan police said arthur collins, who is 25 and from hertfordshire, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. he is the boyfriend of ferne mccann, who appeared in a reality tv show the only way is essex. he was taken into custody at an address in the town of rushton in northamptonshire, following an operation by armed officers from east midlands and the met‘s specialist crime and operations unit. the metropolitan police said a 21—year—old man has been charged with seven counts of grievous bodily harm in relation to the alleged incident. he has been named as andre phoenix,
who will appear before thames magistrates tomorrow. keith doyle, bbc news. polling stations across france have opened in the last hour for the first round of the country's presidential election. 11 candidates are running for office, with the race between the top four contenders considered too close to call ahead of the vote. 0ur europe reporter gavin lee is in paris for us this morning. 0ne one of the most unpredictable elections in french history. it really is. and in the last hour, the polling stations opened. if you early birds casting therefore this morning. some people have said, given the terrorist attacks, they didn't want to be on the streets later, but those are few and far between. already in australia, already in the french american
territories, already in hong kong, french voters who have the right to vote, have started casting their forward. the interesting system they have, the first projection to come m, have, the first projection to come in, by about eight o'clock tonight, we ta ke in, by about eight o'clock tonight, we take a sample of different constituencies around france and they pulled together a rough estimate of what they think will be the result. we should see on the tv screens are two faces who might make it through. there are four candidates out of the 11 that are pretty much neck and neck. we have marine le pen on the far right, jean—luc melenchon on the far left, we have macron and fillon, the conservative candidate. we have a lot of security, tens of thousands of police across france. the mobile operator three has
apologised for problems which stopped users sending texts yesterday. some people took to twitter saying their messages had gone to the wrong people. the operator says it is working to restore full service. emergency teams have been sent to emergency teams have been sent out to contain an oil spill on one an oil spill on one of the canary islands, after a ferry crashed into underwater fuel pipes. spanish authorities said 13 passengers were injured and five of the wounded had to be hospitalised. a two—mile—long slick is threatening the coast around las palmas, on gran canaria, and telde, further to the south. the former tennis player, ilie nastase has been banned from any further role in the fed cup tie between britain and romania after he verbally abused the british captain, anne keothavon, and the british number one, johanna konta. play was suspended when konta left the court in tears but she later came back to beat her opponent in straight sets. alex gulrajani reports. we're used to outpourings of emotion on a tennis court, just not like this. johanna konta was on top against romania's sorana cirstea,
but she wasn't her only challenge. both konta and captain anne keothavong felt the home crowd had overstepped the mark. romanian captain ilie nastase then got involved. already facing an investigation for comments he made about serena williams, nastase swore at the british pair and the officials before being escorted away. play resumed, but only briefly. konta, the world number seven, visibly distressed. she left the court soon after, as another romanian player, simona halep, pleaded with the crowd. after nearly half an hour, konta returned and wasted no time in finishing the match. konta will return, unlike nastase, escorted from the complex, his accreditation removed and banned from the rest of the matches. bleep you're stupid! later this morning more than 40
thousand people are expected to take part in the london marathon. 0ur reporter dan johnson is in greenwich for us this morning. after a ll after all the months of training, maybe people are feeling butterflies now? yes, you can feel the atmosphere building. people are starting to get ready. it has the feel of a starting to get ready. it has the feel ofa mini starting to get ready. it has the feel of a mini festival, there are such a big site, so much going on. these are the trucks that will take the runners‘ bags from the start line to the end, so they can pick up
the stuff. everybody sharing their stories about why they‘re here. let‘s chat to some people who are running this race. you might be medal winning rowers, running this race. you might be medalwinning rowers, but running this race. you might be medal winning rowers, but what about runners? are you aiming to win? winning against helen, maybe. we won't be winning the race today, unfortunately. how much training did you have to do? i think our fitness from rowing will see us through. are you nervous? a little bit, yes. it's a long way, we drove up here this morning. what would be a good time? i'd like to be under four hours, but hopefully closer to three hours and 45 minutes. add you done any
distance like this before? the longest i've gunners a half marathon. i'm really nervous. i didn't think i would be, but last night, asi didn't think i would be, but last night, as i was getting myself together, i realise what was happening and what was about to do. sol happening and what was about to do. so i got butterflies in my tummy anyone else. you get a medal. yes, and it's such a great atmosphere. i think it's great to have everybody who wants to come out here and read so who wants to come out here and read so much money for charity. i'm just loving the atmosphere, it's amazing. hugh is the man in charge today.“ everything going well? absolutely. we have brilliant weather for running, it‘s quite overcast at the moment, hopefully the sun would, to be too hot. what is the magic? just that it be too hot. what is the magic? just thatitis be too hot. what is the magic? just that it is a unique event, in that the everyday person can go on the start line with the best athletes in
the world, compete on the same stage at the same time, on the same road. that is unique in sport. we can‘t do it in football or tennis, but here you can do it. the crowds supporting people are amazing. they will you on to get to the finish. 40,000 people this year, that is a huge operation. yes, the logistical operation, it does take the whole year of planning. there are already conversations about what to improve for next year. in sport, it‘s always marginal gains, lots of little improvements to make big improvements. we like to see we‘re the greatest marathon in the world. all the best and good luck to you quys all the best and good luck to you guys as well. the wheelchair race will be first, then the women, then the men. it will be the duke and
duchess of gloucester who will be starting the main race, because their charity heads is one of the main sponsors. let's run through a few of your messages. emma says good luck to her friend who‘s running for farmers support two. graham treated good luck to rhiannon. simon howarth, your brother andrew has been in touch. simon is running for the british heart foundation the 50 helium balloons tied to him. each balloon will have a message about someone suffering from a heart problem. is added advantage? it might be easier on the knees. but then the drag of 50 balloons on your back is probably considerable. steve lockha rt got probably considerable. steve lockhart got in touch on our facebook page, adding a good luck to
security services, who will be making sure everyone is safe. fingers crossed. be back in london today. good luck to everyone taking part. you‘re watching breakfast from bbc news. the main stories this morning. labour says it will introduce for new bank holidays across the uk if it wins the general election, while the conservatives say they will cap energy bills for 17 million households. arthur collins has been arrested in connection with an alleged acid attack at a nightclub in east london. here‘s ben with a look at this morning‘s weather. it looking for older people taking pa rt it looking for older people taking part in sporting endeavours today? —— how is it looking for the people taking part in sporting endeavours today? i should think it‘s a perfect day by
that. this is how it started in kent. quite chilly start for some, but most of should get to see some sunny spells. rain in northern scotland, many other areas will be dry. northern ireland and wales and parts of the southee starting off with quite a bit of cloud. as already mentioned, for the marathon, it‘s a story of things gradually brightening up and warming up as we get into the afternoon. patches of cloud in east anglia down to the south—east, parts of wales as well. a mixture of patchy cloud and sunny spells. in northern ireland, things progressively clouded over, with outbreaks of rain. at four o‘clock this afternoon, patchy cloud and sunny spells in the south. high pollen levels today. there‘s just a
very small chance of catching a shower. temperatures up into the mid—teens. northern ireland and scotla nd mid—teens. northern ireland and scotland clouding over from the west. northern scotland will turn very windy and friday weight across the northern isles. that is the first sign of quite a big change, this area of low pressure, a cold front sinking southwards. 0pening the door to cold airbrushing in from the door to cold airbrushing in from the north, so temperatures really dropping away in the north of scotland. into tomorrow, the cold front continues its journey south with cloud of patchy rain. behind it, the sky is brighter, but wintry showers, a mix of rain, hail, sleet and snow. they may be persistent wintry weather in eastern scotland and northern england. very chilly in the north tomorrow afternoon. the
south would escape furlong, because the cold plunge will spread through all alias through monday night introduced equal to leave us with cold and frosty nights. sunny spells but wintry showers. temperatures in northern areas pegged back into single digits. cold weather is not unusual in april, but it will come as quite a shock to the system. american airlines has apologised to a passenger and removed an employee from duty after a video showing an onboard clash went viral. a passenger who uploaded a video of the aftermath of the incident said a mother had been struck with a pram as it was forcibly removed by the employee. this is the moment a fellow passenger stood up for the woman. let‘s talk to the independent‘s travel editor, simon calder,
who is in our london newsroom for us this morning. it's it‘s not exactly clear what happens before from that video that has been uploaded to facebook. how do you interpret the incident? the very sad issue, and just two weeks after the united air overbooking scandal, where a passenger was dragged physically from the seat he had booked weeks ahead and was sitting m, booked weeks ahead and was sitting in, from the plane, people may conclude its uncivilised. 0f in, from the plane, people may conclude its uncivilised. of course there are incidents like this anywhere in the world, but this really has two parts to it. indeed, over night, the association of
professional flight attendants, one of the big cabin crew union ‘s, has said we don‘t know exactly what the nature of the incident was that precipitated this struggle. but we do know that the large passenger was threatening the flight attendant. he‘s has seemed to say, bring it on, which is not appropriate, but certainly, a lot of people i have talked to have said, how was he allowed on the plane? you‘re not allowed on the plane? you‘re not allowed to threaten anybody and if you do, if you are abusive, if you disorderly, then you get taken off the plane. another distressing incident, but it does remind us all that there should be plenty of respect on both sides, from the airline to the passengers and vice ve rsa . airline to the passengers and vice versa. do you think we're hearing more about this, is it any coincidence we‘ve heard this after
the doctor was dragged off the plane, to tease and his nose were broken. they apologise for that. do you think we‘re hearing about these things more, though they were happening anyway? yes, and so many people have smartphones, which means that any incidents can be around the world before the airline has sorted out what is going to say. that‘s the new development. of course it‘s great we have a contemporaneous record of what happened, but i think there are limits, and it may well be that airlines start to say, if you read our terms and conditions, united airlines says you cannot fill or photograph anybody on the plane, crew and passengers, without their permission. they might start enforcing that, which may precipitate an altercation or two. interestingly, on tuesday night, i was flying from barcelona to heathrow. there was an issue over seating. the caption came out of the
ﬂight seating. the caption came out of the flight deck, she spoke to the passenger involved and explained the situation. all very courteous and professional. but all the way through, the passenger was filming her, the capital, on her phone. it‘s a little bit troubling, and certainly, the airlines will be looking more carefully at how they handle passengers. but ultimately, it‘s a very high pressure, time sensitive business, aviation, things are always going to go wrong, it‘s just a matter of people trying to keep their heads. even if rules come in to ban people filming on planes, iimagine it in to ban people filming on planes, i imagine it would be pretty difficult to enforce. simon, thank you very much indeed. the moral of the story is to be polite and pleasant to people. good morning, if you‘vejustjoined us. it‘s time for a look at the papers. the story in the times is ajeremy
corbyn is behind theresa may 0n the story in the times is ajeremy corbyn is behind theresa may on the nhs. normally labour is stronger 0n the nhs, but it has turned around. this throws a wobble into that. what‘s interesting is that neither of the leaders are trusted. if you look at the third graft down, it says 29% of people trust theresa may and 26% trust jeremy says 29% of people trust theresa may and 26% trustjeremy corbyn. three quarters of the population don‘t trust anybody. when it comes to
foreign affairs, teasing the foreign secretary regrets this photograph all those years ago? it's difficult to know with borders. the tories are divided over whether borders is an asset ordering embarrassment. they have decided that in the tory heartlands, people love him, but the further north you go, look less people love them. there was a story in the mailas people love them. there was a story in the mail as well, they see this election is going to be won on winning forts from white working class people in the north and that boris is not a good person to do that. that will keep them under wraps, because the more likely he is in public, the more likely he is to put his foot in it. he is coming down fast, isn‘t he? put his foot in it. he is coming down fast, isn't he? he certainly is. then i want to look at a fantastic piece in the observer. it
is four pages long. a huge piece about the impact of brexit on ireland. their writer, sean 0rtega, it‘s a very nuanced piece after the bold caricatures in the news. this isa bold caricatures in the news. this is a really subtle piece. he has spent days travelling along the whole of the border. he has and overcomplicated brexit is going to be for northern ireland. it is part of the details of brexit but nobody thought about. protestants and catholics alike are pretty united in feeling that the future is either bad or very bad. this view is that the paramilitaries will use the new border, whatever form it the paramilitaries will use the new border, whateverform it takes, as a focus for more military activity.“ indeed that is to be a border. we
still don‘t know. nobody wants a ha rd still don‘t know. nobody wants a hard border, but there has to be some kind of border if there‘s a difference between north and south in terms of eu. tell us about a unwilling candidate. this is a small story. this is the antidote to politics. that is a tory candidate in north lerwick in the shetlands and he‘s asking people not to vote for him. he is 73. is called thomas williamson and he says he was bamboozled into standing in the elections. his candidacy is in his words a clock up. he says the local tory party rang him and asked him to stand. he was just explaining why he wasn‘t going to and the forum was cut off. he said he wasn‘t going to stand, the line had gone dead and they hadn‘t hurt. the first thing they hadn‘t hurt. the first thing the new was when he saw his name on the new was when he saw his name on the official literature. tonight he‘s asking people not to vote for him. depending on the sense of
humour where he lives, they might vote for them and get in on a landslide just for vote for them and get in on a landslidejust for a vote for them and get in on a landslide just for a laugh. thank you for coming in. coming up in the next half hour... we‘re on track with the world famous flying scotsman and three other trains that have travelled in parallel this morning to celebrate the past, present and future of the iconic east coast main line. stay with us — headlines coming up. 0ctave and hello, this is breakfast with rogerjohnson and tina dahely. coming up before 9am, ben‘s got the weather. but first, a summary of this morning‘s main news. the labour party says it will create four new uk—wide bank holidays if it wins the general election. they would be on the patron saint‘s days of each home nation. jeremy corbyn said more holidays would bring the country together and give workers a well—deserved break. the conservatives said the british economy would be on a permanent holiday if the labour leader got near downing street.
it‘s reported the conservatives are planning to take action to limit the gas and electricity bills of about 20 million people on standard variable tariffs if they‘re returned to office. under the proposal, the energy regulator, 0fgem, would impose a cap on the deals which are among the most expensive offered by energy firms. the boyfriend of tv celebrity ferne mccann has been arrested in connection with an alleged acid attack in a nightclub. 25—year—old arthur collins was wanted for questioning by police and had been urged to hand himself in by the only way is essex star. a 21—year—old man has been charged with seven counts of grevious bodily harm in connection with the incident at the mangle club in hackney last monday. polling stations across france have opened in the first round of the country‘s presidential election. 11 candidates are running for office, with the race between the top four contenders considered too close to call ahead of the vote. two candidates from this round will go through to
a run—off vote next month. the mobile operator, three, has apologised for technical problems which prevented some of its 9.2 million customers from making calls and sending and receiving texts yesterday. some users took to twitter to complain that their messages had gone to the wrong people. the firm says calls can now be made and it‘s working to restore a full service. emergency teams have been sent out to contain an oil spill on one of the canary islands, after a ferry crashed into underwater fuel pipes. spanish authorities said 13 passengers were injured and five of the wounded had to be hospitalised. a two—mile—long slick is threatening the coast around las palmas, on gran canaria, and telde, further to the south. fans of coronation street will have a chance to own some of the best—known items from the long—running soap. the curlers, headscarf and pinny worn by the character, hilda 0gden are to go under the hammer. they are being sold by the family ofjean alexander, the actress
who played the sharp—tongued cleaner for almost a quarter of a century died in october last year. one of her great lines was when her husband asked her what her lipstick tasted of, and she said woman! let‘s move on to sport. good to see you. hgppy move on to sport. good to see you. happy days for chelsea. chelsea are on cloud nine. they beat spurs in the fa cup semifinal. but spurs in the fa cup semifinal. but spurs have lost the chance to wind a trophy, and they have lost again at wembley. the last nine times they have played there, they have only won once, which is worrying for fans, considering it could be their home stadium next season. the premier league team race is
hotting up. so, a great game at wembley between the two sides chasing the premier league title. twice, spurs had to claw chelsea back. a brilliant finish from dele alli levelled the game at 2—2 in the second half. and what was chelsea‘s response? this from nemanja matic. so, 4—2 the final score, and chelsea just one win from the trophy. it is great to fight for the title. it is great to reach for the final fa cup. a great competition. but, yeah, i am pleased for my players and i also love our fans. we dominated the game completely but they were more clinical than us. we played fantastically. we played in our way and philosophy. we tried to play like we normally play.
but it is true that they were so clinical. in the other fa cup semi—final, arsenal take on manchester city this afternoon. the scottish cup continues this weekend too, and there‘s an old firm derby at 12 o‘clock today. either rangers or celtic will face aberdeen who are already into the final. they were impressive yesterday against hibernian. this is the kick—off. look how quickly aberdeen got their opening goal — just 12 seconds by adam rooney. defenders still settling into position, i think. aberdeen went on to win the match 3—2, and reach theirfirst scottish cup final for 17 years. it has been a brilliant season so far. after the last disappointment and we wanted to move forward. we wanted to be here again come the end of the season for another trophy. so we are looking forward to it.
worrying times for middlesbrough — they‘ve lost again, and their chances of staying in the premier league look increasingly unlikely. they lost 4—0 to bournemouth yesterday. bournemouth move up to 12th in the table with the win. it‘s looking bleak for boro though, they‘re nine points from safety, and only five games left to play. there‘s been some incredible goals this weekend, just look at this from sam clucas from hull city. unbelievable technique. they beat watford 2—0 which does their chances of staying in the premier league the world of good, they‘re two points clear of the bottom three now. also in the relegation battle are swansea, but their survival hopes have been boosted. they beat stoke 2—0, which is theirfirst win in seven games. in yesterday‘s other premier league game, everton and west ham finished goalless. bad news for manchester united, their top goalscorer zlatan ibrahimovic is out for the rest of the season. as is their defender marcos rojo.
both have cruciate ligament injuries, which they picked up in the europa league quarterfinal on thursday night. ibrahimovic has got 28 goals this season, so you have to wonder where their firepower will come from now? united are at burnley this afternoon. liverpool are at crystal palace in the day‘s other premier league fixture. it‘s that time of the year where teams start moving up and down the leagues. swindon town were relegated from league one, and leyton orient have dropped out of the football league after 112 years. they‘ll be replaced by lincoln city. they‘re back after a six year absence, following their 2—1 win over macclesfield. the victory also secured the national league title, in front of their home supporters. promotion caps off a remarkable season for the lincoln, as they also became the first non—league side to reach the fa cup quarter—finals in more than a century. manchester city women have it all to do in their champions league semi—final.
they lost to the holders lyon, 3—i yesterday. the second leg is next saturday. there was drama in great britain‘s fed cup tie in romania. the host‘s captain, former grand slam winner ilie nastase has been banned from today‘s matches as a result. during johanna konta‘s game against sorana kerstaya, nastase was sent off for swearing at the umpire and being verbally abusive to konta and her captain anne keothavong. konta was visibly upset by the incident, and after some confusion the match was stopped with the briton 3—i down in the first set. after 25 minutes, play resumed and konta won the match 2—0. nastase was escorted from the venue. the tie is poised at 1—1. courtney tulloch has made history for great britain‘s gymnasts,
winning their first international rings medal with a silver at the european championships in romania. this silver adds to an impressive championships for gb‘s men‘s team, which contains none of the competitors from the rio 0lympics. it means a lot. i have come forth, and just missing out on the medals. idid not and just missing out on the medals. i did not want that to ever happen again, so! i did not want that to ever happen again, so i have gone back to the gym, trained so hard. i want to keep improving on the rings. hopefully some younger gymnasts can follow in my footsteps and we can become a great nation on the rings. saracens are still on course to retain their european champions cup title. they beat munster by 26 points to 10 in dublin to reach their third final in four years. both their tries came in the second half, the second for chris wyles, as they ran out winners at the aviva stadium. they‘ll face clermont auvergne
or leinster in the final in three weeks time — that second semi—final is played this afternoon. warrington wolves began the super league with six defeats in a row, but what a turnaround, they‘re now unbeaten in five matches. they came from behind to beat wakefield trinity, 20—18. tom lineham‘s try completed their comeback withjust two minutes to go. they‘re now eighth in the table. let‘s return to that tennis story. we don‘t want to see this behaviour. the former tennis player ilie nastase has been banned from any further role in the fed cup tie between britain and romania after he verbally abused the british number one johanna konta. the british captain, anne keothavon who was also sworn at, spoke about the incident shortly afterwards. what he said to the umpire and referee, you can ask them,
it was enough for him to be warned and then disqualified. but then what he said directed at bothjohanna konta and myself, it is not something i am going to repeat here. it is not appropriate to say to any other human in that particular way. that is not what we have come here for. we came to play a competitive match against romania in a fair environment. we certainly do not expect verbal abuse. let‘s speak now to our tennis correspondent, russell fuller, who is at the fed cup in romania for us this morning. good morning to you. i suppose the ultimate response to that verbal abuse was going back out there and beating her opponent comprehensively. she was very impressive after the suspension, which in itself caused a bit of controversy because billy nastase was injected whenjohanna konta was
trailing in the second set. she was emotional throughout that game. she did start to cry at the end of the game and the referee thought it was fairto game and the referee thought it was fair to order a suspension because of what happened. they had 25 minutes of the court. when she came out again, she played every inch the way you would expect the world number seven to do and she won five games ina number seven to do and she won five games in a row. she was calm and utterly ruthless. she is a better player and she showed it. if that match had been lost, then the tie would have been lost. as it is it is one match apiece going into today‘s to further singles, and potentially a doubles match to decide who wins the tide. extraordinary what happened, but also remarkable when you think how distressed johanna konta was, to come out there and be so strong mentally to do that. she is an individual competing in a sport, but what is the fallout from this, and what do you expect it to
be? the internationaltennis federation, they are in charge of the fed cup competition, they have launched an investigation. they did that on friday when billy nastase made comments about the future colour of serena williams‘s child. he speculated that the baby might be chocolate coloured with milk, so an investigation is already underway. now it is a wider investigation, is behaviour has been described as unacceptable. we wait to see what they do. they have issued many sternly worded statements, but people are now waiting to see what actions are taken. words are one thing. we will bring you up—to—date when we find out what that action is. apologies for the interruptions on the sound fair. later this morning, more than 40,000 people are expected to take part in the london marathon.
0ur reporter dan johnson is in greenwich for us this morning. how are the preparations going? not long to go now. yes, we are close to the start of the wheelchair race, then it is the women‘s, and then the masses set off at 10am. this is the moment the people who are running it for all sorts of reasons will set off. look at these costu mes, reasons will set off. look at these costumes, it is a strange band of interesting characters. there is a man in there with a washing machine on his back. he will have his work cut out. but all sorts of people who have got their reasons for doing it. lots of interesting stories behind this event. with me, a proper east end. adam, you are running this for the first time, aren‘t you? end. adam, you are running this for the first time, aren't you? yes, so it will be a personal best for me. we are raising money for the air and
dillons, —— air ambulance. we are raising money for the air and dillons, —— airambulance. we we are raising money for the air and dillons, —— air ambulance. we agreed to do it before somebody went and got run overand to do it before somebody went and got run over and had to be saved by the london air ambulance. that is what happened to you? yes, towards the end of september, i fractured my pelvis in a couple of places. he is playing that down. he had two days ina coma, playing that down. he had two days in a coma, he had a five hour operation, he had a fractured neck. it has been a ridiculous recovery. so running at all sounds like an achievement. i have been enjoying the training. i am just really excited to be here and to actually be doing it. the high with the fridge, he is smiling, but how can he do it? he is nuts. how has your training been going? it has been tricky. today will be the enjoyable
bit, but the training has been the tricky bit, trying to find enough time ina tricky bit, trying to find enough time in a working week to fit in an 80 mile run. it is an achievement. at my pace it takes a while. have you got a target? yes, to do it today. it will be a special moment nonetheless. we stick together? no. i think nonetheless. we stick together? no. ithinkl nonetheless. we stick together? no. i think i will see him for about ten feet, and then he will be gone. he will be gone. no, he won't hang around with me. if there are a lot of people around us we may stay together for a while. a mile or two, thank you. i am feeling generous. a chance to run through the streets of the proper east end. yes, it will be
andl the proper east end. yes, it will be and i am running past one of my friend's houses, so i might stop and have a photo with him. all the best, we wish you the best of luck. enjoy it. lots of people gathering, not long to go. everyone is getting ready, loads of great stories here this morning. thank you, enjoy the day. it looks like a fantastic atmosphere beginning to build in greenwich park. tina has gone to read the news over on bbc one, but thank you for all the messages you have sent for people running. charles is running for the charity debra, for children who have a painful skin condition. we have had a message to wish many people good luck. sarah is running for hearing dogs for the death. her sister has beenin dogs for the death. her sister has been in touch to wish her well. dash—macro deaf. good luck to all the runners taking
pa rt good luck to all the runners taking part in the london marathon today, or indeed the plymouth half marathon or indeed the plymouth half marathon or the black ball marathon. but what will the weather be like? i would say it is perfect running weather if you are taking part. quite a chilly start, but the day will brighten up, some sunny spells and temperatures approaching the mid teens. that is the story for many of us, that is how the day start across wales. a chilly start in places, but we will see some spells of sunshine. make the most of it because there is something called on the way. this is the recent satellite picture. quite a lot of cloud on the western side of northern ireland, parts of wales
and the south—east. thicker cloud across northern scotland, providing some outbreaks of rain. across england and wales, where you start off quite cloudy, that will tend to break up and you will see some spells of sunshine. this is how it is likely to look out 4pm. channel islands, southern england, wales, some patches of cloud. if you get a thick patch of cloud i can‘t roll out a light shower, but the vast majority will remain dry. a decent afternoon for northern england. northern ireland and scotland, the sunshine will tend to disappear with cloud coming in from the west. a lot of rainfor cloud coming in from the west. a lot of rain for the northern isles with gales for a time, courtesy of this area of low pressure. it is that that will bring a big change in our fortunes, with this cold front sinking south overnight. some really cold air, wintry showers and
temperatures below freezing with a touch of frost. not as cold over england and wales. the cold front moves south tomorrow with patchy rain across england and wales. eventually there will be a chilly field, some wintry showers, a mixture of rain, sleet, hail, some snow is specially over higher ground, but even fairly modest hills could see some snow and more persistent wintry weather across scotla nd persistent wintry weather across scotland and north east england. even in the south where you escape the chill, you won‘t escape for long. monday night into tuesday brings the cold air all the way south across the country. these northerly winds are coming from the arctic, leaving us with frosty nights as we move into the middle of the week. there will be some sunny spells by day, but also some showers. some will be wintry. cold weather is not unusual in april, but
after the springlike weather we have had recently, ithink after the springlike weather we have had recently, i think it will come asa had recently, i think it will come as a big shock to the system. ben, thank you. new powers to crack down on speeding drivers come into force next week after a review of the sentencing guidelines for courts in england and wales. speeding fines for the most serious cases in england and wales will rise by up to 50% from this monday. the higher penalties apply to those caught driving significantly over the speed limit, like those doing 41mph in a 20 zone, or over 100mph on a motorway. these new penalties will rise from the current level of 100% of the driver‘s weekly income to 150%. let‘s talk to the president of the aa, edmund king who is in our london newsroom for us this morning. thank you for taking the time to talk to us. i noticed that speeding is not as prolific now as it was ten
yea rs is not as prolific now as it was ten years ago. therefore, one would imagine that the amount of money raised in fines has gone down. is this therefore just about the government or whoever trying to make a bit more money? no, i don't think it is about money. we are still getting something like 1.8 million people convict did for speeding each year. the vast majority of those would be given a fixed penalty notice, which is £100 and three penalty points, unless they opt to go on penalty points, unless they opt to goona penalty points, unless they opt to go on a speed awareness course. what these new sentencing guidelines are about is actually showing that excessive speeding, dangerous speeding, actually ought to be penalised more, so it is actually raising the potential fines for those people who appear in court. really, there is no excuse for doing 51 mph in a 30 mph zone.
particularly if there are pedestrians and cyclists around. most responsible drivers will actually accept that those sorts of dangerous speeding probably justify the higherfines. dangerous speeding probably justify the higher fines. off on a tangent, you mentioned the phrase sentencing guidelines, one thing people expressed shock at is when somebody causes an accident because of speeding and the penalty does not seem to fit the crime. is there also a plan in place to review sentencing for more serious injuries or even a death as a result of speeding? yes, the government has already looked at things like causing death by dangerous driving. those kinds of aspects, and some of those sentences have been increased. 0bviously, aspects, and some of those sentences have been increased. obviously, the penalties need to fit the crime. they have also looked at drivers using mobile phones at the wheel.
from march the 1st, those fines increased to £200 and six penalty points. the kind of panelled billy macro punishments need to keep in line with public opinion, but the other factor here is the roads need to be policed and one of the criticisms is that there has been a decline in dedicated traffic police over the last decade or so, and when it comes to speeding, 0k speed cameras can lock people where there are cameras, but if you haven‘t got cops in cars it is difficult to stop the drink—drivers, the drug drivers and other forms of dangerous driving, so it needs to be a combination of punishment, but also the lease having awareness courses and publicity campaigns and it tends to bea and publicity campaigns and it tends to be a combination of those three which make our roads safer. our people well enough aware of this fine increase, and had printing the
fines in local papers help to increase awareness? i think people aren‘t aware of them yet, but there will be more publicity tomorrow. i do feel that when it‘ll get convicted if it is expressed in a local paper that someone was fined £1000 on that will send out a strong deterrent message. thank you for joining us. four trains from four different eras have been giving rail enthusiasts a rare treat this morning as they made their way along the tracks of the east coast mainline in what has been described as a "once in a lifetime event." 0ur reporter phil bodmer is on the platform at york station for us. it looks like you are not the only one eagerly awaiting their arrival. we can see the flying scotsman there. yes, indeed. that is the
world—famous there. yes, indeed. that is the world —famous flying scotsman, there. yes, indeed. that is the world—famous flying scotsman, and alongside that, that is another icon of the mainline, it is a deltic. if we come a little further to this platform we have got an intercity 125, a class 45. on the far platform, you can see the azuma 800 which comes into service next year. what a morning it has been on york station. thousands of people have turned out. my colleague was lucky enough to be on board one of the trains. well, they are calling this a once—in—a—lifetime event, and it is not hard to see why. this is one of the best seat in the house to watch this spectacular parade of east coast main line motor power. i am in the cab of a 19705 high—speed train. next to us is the intercity electric, the regular type of motor
power that runs electric, the regular type of motor power that ru n5 between electric, the regular type of motor power that runs between london, york and edinburgh. 0n the other side of that, what they hope will be the next generation that is talked about fondly, the class 800, or the azuma. it comes into service on this line next year. on the far side, mo5t people will be looking at the flying scotsman, the grand matriarch of this family tree of motor power. the first 5tea m this family tree of motor power. the first steam train to be officially clocked at 100 mph. the ride is absolutely thrilling. the weather conditions could not have been better today, clear blue skies. i am sure you can see from the aerial shots how significant a moment this has been. let‘5 the aerial shots how significant a moment this has been. let‘s talk to one person involved in organising this, dave hall, managing director of virgin train5. we knew this was going to be popular, but did you ever imagined this many people would turn out? absolutely no idea, it is
5o turn out? absolutely no idea, it is so early on a sunday morning. it was the only time we could do it because we have had to close the east coast main line to do it, and what a reception. the weather has been glorious, and it is great to see so many people turn out to watch it. why did you decide to hold this event today? is it because it is st george‘s day smart party, but also because it was a quieter day. this was a one of opportunity to bring together the flying scotsman, the new azuma and our two existing train5. very much a once—in—a—lifetime event. train5. very much a once-in-a-lifetime event. how big a logistical challenge has it been to get this all together? we have been working on this for a year. lot5 get this all together? we have been working on this for a year. lots of organisations involved. hitachi who made azuma, the national railway museum and other companies, so it has been a massive logistical challenge to make sure it runs 5afely challenge to make sure it runs safely and we can look after
everybody who has come out to sea at this morning. we are proud in yorkshire that the flying scotsman i5a yorkshire that the flying scotsman is a yorkshire build product. the new virgin azuma i5 is a yorkshire build product. the new virgin azuma is a transformation in rail travel, will they revolutionise the east coast main line? they are packed with technology. they are quicker than our existing train5, which is how we will cut journey time5 our existing train5, which is how we will cutjourney times when they come in. of course, being built in the north east, again we will keep that regional connection that has run all the way from when the flying scotsman was built at doncaster. people often complain about higher rail fares, people often complain about higher railfares, but is people often complain about higher rail fares, but is that as a result of this investment, that we are finally seeing on british railways? ye5, finally seeing on british railways? yes, the exciting thing as well is that azuma will give us more 5eat5, 5o that azuma will give us more 5eat5, so more cheap fares on this line when they come into service. it is good news for passengers. lot5 when they come into service. it is good news for passengers. lots of investment, and it will replace the
tired train5, some of which have done 10 million miles in the last 40 years, so they are due a rest. done 10 million miles in the last 40 years, so they are due a restlj would imagine today, it has been a huge success, but is there a chance you could repeat this in the future? thousands have turned out. this is a one—off event, it has taken a lot of planning and i am not sure it will ever happen again, that is what makes this morning so special. the weather has been really kind to us. we have got some fantastic shots of the trains coming to the countryside, i don‘t think we will repeat it. thank you for talking to u5. repeat it. thank you for talking to us. it has been quite a morning, and if you do get a chance to see these aerial pig is in particular, i urge you to watch them. this is a moment we are unlikely to see repeated any time soon. thank you. no rail enthusiasts more info enthusiastic than you! we saw some of those pictures that he
talked about during his report. a few more good luck for the london marathon. 0ne a few more good luck for the london marathon. one man is running his seventh marathon in as many days. thank you for all your good wishes. have a lovely day. dan and louise will be back tomorrow from 6am. they will talk to adrian dunbar, amongst others. goodbye. this is bbc news. i‘m shuan ley. the headlines at nine. jeremy corbyn says labour will create four new uk—wide bank holidays, on the patron saint‘s days of each of the home nations — if he wins the general election. the conservative manifesto is expected to include a cap on energy bills for millions of households. this is the scene live in paris where voters are going to the polls for the first
round of the french presidential election. the boyfriend of reality tv star ferne mccann is arrested in connection with an alleged acid attack in a london nightclub. also in the next hour — limbering up for the london marathon, a record number of runners are taking part in this year‘s race — now in its 37th year. 40,000 people gathering here, lots of