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storm emma meets the beast from the east and wreaks chaos across the uk. at least 3,500 drivers were stranded on the m62 across the pennines, some managed to get to shelter. we landed in manchester airport about two o'clock yesterday, and we have been trying to get home since then, just going round in circles around the m62. cars were at a standstill in the south—west of england too, with drivers stranded overnight. passengers were forced to sleep on a train stuck in the new forest. other routes are closed tonight. around the uk the military has been drafted in to help, in scotland, getting hospital staff to work. our other main story on the programme tonight: theresa may sounds a note of pragmatism as she outlines her plans for brexit. finally we both need to face the fa ct finally we both need to face the fact that this is a negotiation and
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neither of us can have exactly what we want. but i am confident that we can reach agreement. and coming up in sportsday on bbc news, can katarina johnson—thompson bring home a gold medal from the world indoor athletics championships? she is well placed going into herfinal events. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. storm emma has collided with the beast from the east, resulting in disruption across much of britain. heavy snow is causing crashes, closing schools, stranding rail and air passengers as well as motorists. the m62 across the pennines is still shut. at one point at least 3500 cars were stuck on it in the snow. hundreds of drivers were forced to shelter in community centres. the military has been called in around the uk to help. but the most severe red
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weather warnings, meaning there's a threat to life, have now been lifted. yellow warnings remain in place for much of the uk, with snow and ice causing serious problems in scotland and the south—west of england. there's been major disruption to transport, with over 1,200 flights cancelled. rail companies are running reduced services, with many ending services early this evening. south eastern trains has told passengers not to travel at all. heavy snow closed several key routes on the road network overnight at both ends of the uk. danny savage is live in country durham. what is it like there? fiona, it is absolutely freezing and conditions have been causing havoc again across the uk. the worst problems have been on the roads. the automobile association estimates there have been more than 13,000 accidents in the last few days in the snow and
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icy conditions. you are about to see several of them. for the last 2a hours, the m62 between west yorkshire and manchester has been a disaster zone. multiple pile—ups litter the carriageway. 0ne driver filmed this early today. dozens of vehicles written off. more than 3500 motorists were stranded on this road overnight. most had been moved by this morning but hundreds were taken to emergency shelters. we landed in manchester airport about two o'clock yesterday and we've been trying to get home since then. i've been stuck 12 hours, since last night, ten o'clock. from yorkshire to the scottish border, nearly every route linking east and west was closed. somewhere under here is the a66 in cumbria. even the gritters are not venturing out this far. this should normally be a busy dual carriageway over the pennines, but it's been shut for days. it probably won't open for days yet. and it's all because of these gale force winds just blowing the snow constantly across the carriageway.
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police are patrolling the roads to discourage people from ignoring the closures. these conditions are some of the worst i've seen for many years. the a66 is always a problem area but today this is particularly bad. trying to get this open is impossible at the moment. in hampshire, the 17.05 waterloo to weymouth train last night unintentionally turned into a sleeper service. passengers were stuck on board for 13 hours as the train lost power. the heating then failed in the freezing conditions. they managed to restore power so we had lights, but we had no heating, and things like the buffet car had run out of food and drink earlier in the evening. so it was a pretty cold night. in shropshire, huge snowdrifts blocked country roads, as an army of farmers set out across britain to try and clear them. neighbouring worcestershire also saw several inches of snow. across the border into wales, three people were rescued
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after getting buried by drifts in their car near cowbridge. they had to sound their horn to guide searchers in. and in ebbw vale, firefighters were called in to dig their way into this house. back in the high pennines, keeping livestock fed was a priority. keeping them watered, though, is a problem. the water's frozen, that's the main thing, in the house and out of the house. so just watering animals is a big chore at the minute. trying to feed up and get to the sheep that are three miles away, just trying to get there is fun and games at the minute, really. delivering supplies by any means possible will be normality in much of britain this weekend. there's no obvious sign of a thaw yet. danny savage, bbc news. the experience of motorists stuck on the m62 over the pennines was one repeated around the country. several major routes have problems caused by the heavy snowfall. worst hit was the south—west of england where the main a303, which runs from the m3 through the heart of
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the west country, ground to a halt. among the stranded motorists was our correspondent robert hall, who sent this report. going nowhere. on one of the most important routes to the west country, storm emma's collision with the siberian blast was closing the a303 section by section. 0urjourney had come to an abrupt halt in the village of chicklade, where hundreds of cars and lorries had been defeated by a series of steep hills. travelling tonight from east to west is absolutely horrendous. if i put the window down, then hopefully you can see that it is driving snow. i don't know. we've probably got six, seven inches here. with trapped vehicles blocking half the roadway snowploughs struggled to clear the drifts. and still the snow fell, driving into the faces of those awaiting rescue. hello. bbc news? trying to get to an old peoples home
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to try to get the heating on. and i've been stuck out here since three o'clock this afternoon. ahead the welcoming light of the village garage, and a night manager doing all she could to lend a hand. we don't usually get snow down here, not like this. do you think you're going to get out of here? yeah, of course we will. there's worse trouble at sea, granny would say. after six hours the traffic crawled onwards, but the nextjam was barely two miles away. we weren't told what had caused it, and as the night sky brightened patience was wearing thin. i want to ask you what you think about the response of the emergency services overnight here. it's obviously not good enough. we've got no idea what's actually going on. wiltshire police, who declared a major incident this afternoon, said their officers had been at full stretch. by then, 16 hours after we had joined the queues, most of the a303 had been reopened. tonight, as snow settles again,
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drivers may well be thinking a journey that could end in an unwelcome adventure. robert hall, bbc news, wiltshire. the extreme weather has affected emergency teams too, with south western ambulance service telling people not to call unless there is a threat to life. across the uk, many doctors, nurses and support staff have walked through snow and ice in an attempt to ease the pressure on services. from the royal devon and exeter hospital, jon kay reports. this is the road to exeter‘s main hospital, serving nearly half a million people. how are you getting on? in a&e eight—year—old anna has come off her sledge. have you got a headache now? are you hungry at all? and she might need a scan. her doctor is one of many who have struggled into work. she should be fine. 0k, great, thank you. how did you get in? i cycled on a mountain bike, that's about five miles,
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there was a lot of pushing, just trying to get a bit of traction in that snow. junior doctor chris is helping debbie who has slipped on the ice. wait until you hear about his journey to work. i walked about ten miles from exmouth into hospital. and then you're going to have to walk ten miles back? yes. just like last night. did it cross your mind to call in and say i can't make it today, i'm going to have a snow day? no. a0 staff slept in the hospital overnight after a critical incident was declared here. phil also stayed over. he couldn't move his iced up car after visiting his wife on the surgical ward. more than 100 relatives were given a place to sleep. it's been absolutely fantastic. i can't thank the people enough. could not have wished for a better stay. you make it sound like a hotel! well, it is. no trafficjams in this city today, but emergency crews have struggled to reach casualties.
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south western ambulance say only call 999 if it were life threatening. among the walking wounded, plenty of breaks, sprains, and cuts, most of them weather—related. pete fell in the snow. it could have been much worse. there are other people in here who had a lot more incidents than i have. after a tough winter, and an exhausting 48 hours, there are more weather challenges to come. you are local, aren't you? the hospital's chief nurse now has to fight extra staff for the next few days. —— has to find extra staff. we are calling out now for registered nurses in particular. if they are able to get here, could they come? particularly this weekend so we can get through the weekend. back in casualty, anna's making progress after her sledging accident. her dad is a localfarmer and tonight he will be clearing roads with his tractor, so the hospital can keep running.
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john kay, bbc news, exeter. in scotland, the worst of the weather may be over. but days of appalling conditions is having an impact on local communities. 0ur scotland correspondent lorna gordon reports from auchterarder. the rolling hills of renfrewshire, picture postcard pretty but the conditions making it increasingly challenging for the people who live and work here. the best way to reach this farm, by foot. the herd here are hundreds strong. they are doing their best to get milk out but they have had just one tanker in and they do not expect another. use either snowdrift coming down the road yourself. it is above my shoulders. a lorry cannot get in. we can't get the milk vans out, the milk tankers m, the milk vans out, the milk tankers in, we cannot get feed stuff in. you don't know where to turn. because
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the tanker had such an issue getting in this morning he will not come in tomorrow. these cows produce 2000 litres of milk every day. this farm is not alone in facing challenge is getting its milk to the shops. it is thought a significant number of farmers here in scotland are now having to dispose of their milk. in local shops, some essentials are in short supply. i came with my studs on all the way down the road to get milk, and there was no milk. no milk anywhere. we've come back and there is none anywhere. apparently there is none anywhere. apparently there is not much left anywhere, so we did the right thing. the snow on roads has caused problems in many places but the hope is that once it melts, stock can reach the shops once more. this farm has gone to enormous efforts, delivering extra milk by hand, to keep their business afloat and there and also live. lorna
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gordon, bbc news. the latest on the travel disruption in a moment. 0ur transport correspondent victoria fritz is in waterloo. but first let's cross to our wales correspondent sian lloyd in the vale of glamorgan. is that a car next to you? it is indeed. there have been huge problems with snowdrifts here in the vale of glamorgan. if i scrape that off, that is a car. earlier today, three people had to be dug out of a similar vehicle. they had been stranded for 12 hours and an sos was put out locally. we have towed out a vehicle recently. this road is com pletely vehicle recently. this road is completely blocked, and it is one that people in the county use particularly a lot. there was 51 centimetres of snow in this county last night, the highest recorded anywhere in the uk. we are not
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expecting so much tonight, but there isa expecting so much tonight, but there is a warning for ice here. the roads across wales are absolutely treacherous and many have been closed. a lot of travel companies have cancelled their operations. and there is more sleep and snow to come later, so more disruption ahead. victoria, you are inside waterloo station. what is the latest? it is still very cold in the station as well. when it comes to the trains, 26 out of 27 train companies are operating severely disrupted lines, including those that go in and out of london waterloo, europe's busiest station. lots of train companies have been saying to people, do not travel unless it is absolutely essential. south—eastern trains, which operates out of waterloo east is saying do not travel. ice on the
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conductor rails means it cannot connect to the power for the trains. for south—western services, leaving behind me, they are trying to wind up behind me, they are trying to wind up services by 8pm. the station will close after the last service, which is 2145. when it comes to flights, this is the worst day for flight cancellations all week. 0ver this is the worst day for flight cancellations all week. over 1200 cancellations all week. 0ver1200 flights cancelled across the uk and ireland. heathrow, the majority of them. we know that birmingham has temporarily suspended flights and the runway at london's city is currently closed, although lots of uk airports remain open. that is a severely disrupted service right across the airport and train network. and there'll be all the latest on the impact of the weather where you live on bbc one straight after this programme. our other main story tonight. theresa may has outlined her vision of britain's future relationship with the european union.
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she repeated the uk would not be part of the eu's single market or customs union — and said both sides would have to accept ‘hard facts' and that no one will get everything they want. 0ur political editor laura kuenssberg was watching the speech. roll up, roll up. rollup, rollup. a roll up, roll up. a hot ticket for a certain kind of audience. ministers and diplomats are rising for a speech. can unite the party? that would affect us all. and it matters to her survival, too. with controversy to her survival, too. with c0 ntrove i’sy never to her survival, too. with controversy never far away. the first message, no more promises after brexit, we can have it all, to tradejust as we after brexit, we can have it all, to trade just as we do now or be com pletely trade just as we do now or be completely free from the european courts. i want to be straight with
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people, because the reality is that we all need to face up to some hard fa cts . we all need to face up to some hard facts. we are leaving the single market. but it's going to be different. accessed each other‘s markets will be less than it is now, so we markets will be less than it is now, so we need to strike a new balance, but we will not accept the rights of canada and the obligations of norway. —— access to each others'. even after we have left the jurisdiction of the european court ofjustice, eu law and the decisions ofjustice, eu law and the decisions of the ec] will continue to affect us. out of the single market and the customs union, she confirmed, yet no new answer to one of the hardest parts. we have been clear all along that we don't want to go back to a ha rd that we don't want to go back to a hard border in ireland. we've ruled out any physical infrastructure of a border or any related checks and controls. but it's not good enough to say we won't introduce a hard order if the eu forces ireland to do
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it, that is down to them. —— hard border. we chose to leave and we have a responsibility to find a solution. we cannot do it alone. it is for all of us to work together. more details on how she wants much of the economy to stay closer to the eu, but the prime minister wants the right to pick and choose when and how. the commission has suggested that the only option available to the uk is an off—the—shelf model. we both need to face the fact that this isa both need to face the fact that this is a negotiation and neither of us can have exactly what we want. fact is, every free trade agreement has varying market access depending on the respective interest of the countries involved. if this is cherry picking, then every trade arrangement is cherry picking. last, in answer to claims her plans are too vague and unreal. my message to oui’ too vague and unreal. my message to our friends too vague and unreal. my message to ourfriends in europe is clear. we
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know what we want. we understand your principles. we have a shared interest in getting this right. so let's get on with it. thank you. applause do you accept now that we cannot haveit do you accept now that we cannot have it all as we leave? secondly, you have outlined today you want to pick and mix even though the eu is repeatedly rejecting that approach. what is it do you think you can say to your eu leaders that will actually change their minds? i'm confident as we sit down together we will be able to show that mutual interest, that mutual benefit, from the proposals i have put forward. after weeks of internal tory wrangling the prime minister has made gathered tory grandees contempt. this is about finding a way through that will work for everybody. why have you spent so long saying we could have everything? you said we could have the same benefits? i said that is
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the same benefits? i said that is the aspiration. what were aiming at here, and what the pm said clearly, is that we want to have a tariff free arrangement. we want to have mutual recognition. all those things, notjust in our interest, they are in europe's interest and thatis they are in europe's interest and that is why we will get them. what happens the european union says no? i think the invitation that was made to the speech of the pm was to apply a cool hand to some very important, mutual problems, but also opportunities. an outbreak of tory unity? the foreign secretary was grounded by snow but gave a thumbs up grounded by snow but gave a thumbs up and brexiteers and remainers followed suit, for now. 0thers, up and brexiteers and remainers followed suit, for now. others, like the bank of england governor, less keen to give their verdict. the opposition, unimpressed. there is yet more confusion on the road to complications. what we need is a set of objections which means we can ——
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objectives which means we can protect jobs objectives which means we can protectjobs in this country. objectives which means we can protect jobs in this country. they wa nt protect jobs in this country. they want more detail and realism. that could make a difference to the next steps of this lengthy tangle. but there are plenty of audiences making demands of theresa may, you will still demand yet more. —— who will. we'll speak to laura in a moment — first our europe editor katya adler is in brussels. how did the speech go down there? the reaction in brussels has been muted and wary. the chief brexit negotiator, michel barnier, went on twitter to thank the pm on her clarity and to say that confirmation that the uk would be leaving the single market and the customs union and it was heading for a free trade agreement with the eu. privately eu diplomats appraise the prime minister's more realistic tone, they said, admitting both sides cannot have exactly what they want but they said they could not find much new in her speech and they lamented the absence of a workable solution, they
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said, to the irish problem. manfred webber, very close to angela merkel and the leader here at the european parliament, said the uk was still burying its head in the sand. tonight we have working groups from all of the 27 eu member states who are poring over the detail of the prime minister's speech. 0ne diplomat said he hoped he would find coded messages to the eu in theresa may's speech that would then become much clearer once they sit down again at the negotiating table. he said something similar happened with the last brexit speech back in autumn. thank you. laura — was there enough detail in the speech and was it enough to keep the different factions within the tory party happy? for today, yes. probably for this week, yes. the medium and long—term, nothing is guaranteed the conservatives staying on the same page over europe. warning the party on public that compromises lie ahead isn't the same as them swallowing those compromises when it actually
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comes to them being agreed. most importantly today, for number ten, was the message to the eu that while theresa may has no intention of being a pushover she does now recognise very publicly that the uk cannot get everything its own way. that there will have to be compromises. there will have to be sacrifices. in terms of what the british government towards the message to be, that was absolutely crucial. they believe that is what the european union has really been after in the last few months. they hope that by the end of this month there will be a test that proves positive at the crucial european summit. they hoped at that point all parties will be able to agree the transition, the implementation phase, but, you know, in terms of keeping the eu and her party onside at home it is an almost impossible task for theresa may. today's speech has been warmly welcomed, sort of, by those in her party, but it
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doesn't mean the longer term contradictions or arguments have gone away. thank you. a 21-year-old man who tried to kill a woman because she was wearing a hijab has been found guilty of attempted murder. he later told his half brother that he had done it for britain. he was also convicted of using his car to seriously injured a 12—year—old muslim schoolgirl and will be sentenced later this month. two moorman had been arrested in connection to the exclusion in leicester which five people dead on sunday. both are from east anglia. there are now five in custody. the police have appealed for witnesses to come forward to explain how the explosion happened. let's return to our main story — and the snow that's brought chaos to much of the uk this week. amid the misery for many — stuck in cars, on trains, struggling into work — there've also been stories of great heroism and of those who've gone out of their way to come to the aid of others.
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sarah campbell reports. an out—of—control car ends up on the wrong side of this edinburgh road. a collision seems inevitable. but it did not happen is thanks to the quick reactions of the bus driver. to me it looks worse on the video then i felt at the time. i did get a fright but i managed to avoid it, luckily, and then ijust got on with myjob after luckily, and then ijust got on with my job after that and luckily, and then ijust got on with myjob after that and i totally forgot all about it until i got home and my husband asked me if i had seen and my husband asked me if i had seen this video. he did not know it was me who was driving. born in fife, despite the village being all but cut off midwives made to the month to help with the delivery and local farmers cleared the roads to get both mum and baby safe to the hospital. across the uk people have
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refused to let the weather get in their way. this is a paramedic, part ofa their way. this is a paramedic, part of a cycle response team for the london ambulance service. and stranded drivers on the k one were treated to cream cakes and muffins handed out by a fellow motorist who happened to be a delivery driver for a bakery. —— on the a1. this businessman bought 12 hotel rooms and offered them to the homeless. businessman bought 12 hotel rooms and offered them to the homelesslj just and offered them to the homeless.” just thought for the sake of 20 quid we would get a few people off the streets. lewis, a patient at great 0rmond street hospital tweeted his heartfelt thanks to the stars who made him his very own snowman. —— do the staff. and stuck in skegness without an event to go to, the bbc‘s concert 0rchestra offered their services as a wedding gift to fellow hotel guests on their big day. when they started it took your breath away. very unexpected. amid the
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freezing temperatures, the warmth of human kindness has resonated. sarah campbell, bbc news. some great stories. the man of the hour is here. tell us all about the weather. what is to come? more of the same. 0ur weather watchers are still out there, capturing the scenes right across the length and breadth of the british isles. we are not out of the woods yet. everything has been focused on the progress north of this band of continuous snow, gradually working its way as we speak across the southern half of the british isles. further north, not much change, plenty wintry showers on that biting easterly wind. whilst this band of what is around, one to five centimetres quite widely on the ground, but over to the west it could be up to 15 centimetres on top of what is
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already lying around, and being blown around by a noticeable wind. this band of weather will get up into the north midlands, lincolnshire, and perhaps across the humber. we have the first signs of somewhat mild hair trying to get into the southern counties of england and wales. —— mild air. the south has milder conditions coming, and still the risk of some snow. watch out in the south. having had a cold night we bring in some rain, perhaps to some areas, so that could lead to a widespread problem with ice, poor visibility, fog. lead to a widespread problem with ice, poorvisibility, fog. further north, not much change on saturday, still that biting south—easterly wind, and the prospect of more snow showers. the weather front gradually moves into the northern part of britain through sunday. and across the south, by this stage, the problem of some ice in the early pa rt problem of some ice in the early part of the day as temperatures just begin to pick up. there will be problems with fog, as well. in the
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north, you were pretty much stuck with what you have, and for the rest of the weekend. thanks very much. that's it. now on bbc one we can join the bbc‘s news teams where you are. good evening. this is bbc news. time for the latest headlines now. fresh warnings for travellers to avoid unnecessary journeys as snow, unnecessaryjourneys as snow, ice and strong winds continue to wreak havoc across the uk. at least 3,500 drivers were stranded on the m62 across the pennines last night, with more roads remaining closed throughout today. a66 is one that is a problem area but as you can see this is particularly bad and they are trying to get this open. it is impossible at the moment. airand rail at the moment. air and rail transport have been widely disrupted and people have been advised to avoid all be
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