this is bbc news. i'm rebecca jones. the headlines at 8:00pm. the high court overturns a decision to free the serial sex offender, john worboys, known as the "black cab rapist", after a campaign led by victims and their families. just so happy that justice was served today and they realised they had made a mistake. and thejudge made the right decision, really, didn't he? a drunk driver is jailed for 13 years for killing three teenagers in a crash in hayes in west london in january. a viola player who suffered irreversible damage to his hearing wins a landmark high courtjudgment against the royal opera house. it's just been a very difficult time. you know, suffered an injury, lost my career. lost everything i'd worked for. and in the next hour, plans for a new deposit scheme to reduce consumer waste
and improve recycling rates. it means shoppers should get their money back when they return plastic bottles and cans in england. applause and thousands of fans of sir ken dodd join friends and family at his funeral at liverpool's anglican cathedral. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the serial sex offenderjohn worboys will remain in prison after two of his victims went to the high court to challenge plans to release him. the parole board's decision to free the former black cab driver after serving ten years
of his sentence has been quashed. worboys was jailed for offences against 12 women but police think he may have attacked more than a hundred. the head of the parole board resigned immediately. john worboys‘ future will now be decided by a different parole board. here's our home affairs correspondent, june kelly. john worboys, for so many years a sexual predator, once made money as a male stripper. a decade ago, the black cab rapist, as he's known, was finally convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting 12 of his passengers. but it's believed he had done the same to more than 100 more. i think a lot of women can actually sleep a little bit happier tonight. one of the two women who brought this case to keep him behind bars knew all his victims were standing behind them in support. he has conned the parole board and it is quite clear he has conned the parole board.
the fact he is still doing that and able to deceive people, is a clear indication he hasn't changed. that is what he was like when we got into that cab. at the heart of the case was whetherjohn worboys had shown true remorse for his crimes and acknowledged the scale of his offending. today's court ruling said the parole board had failed to examine these issues, and worboys‘ sudden repentance not long before his parole hearing. after the judgment, lawyers for his victims said even now more allegations were being made against him. i have been approached by numerous other victims of worboys. in excess of ten women who were attacked by him. many of them never reported it before. there was drama even before the court convened, with the news that nick hardwick, the head of the parole board, had been made to resign. in his resignation letter to the justice secretary his bitterness at being forced out was clear. one of the victims‘
lawyers was among those regretting his departure. that's very disappointing. it looks as if he has been scapegoated for something that is not solely the responsibility of the parole board. and even to the extent the parole board were wrong, it was a failure on the part of an individual panel which didn't have the benefit of a legal chairman. in the house of commons thejustice secretary who made him go was having to admit failings in his own department. a dossier on worboys‘ passed from the ministry ofjustice to the parole panel had lacked vital information. i apologise for that. but i think we also should be clear that the moj, working through the national probation service, recommended that
worboys was not released. for years, john worboys was the master manipulator as he manipulated and abused scores of women. his victims have now taken control of his immediate future. they have kept him behind bars and he will now have to face a new parole hearing. june kelly, bbc news. our home affairs editor mark easton explained the significance of this ruling for the parole board's future decision making. the high court made it clear today that it's absolutely not theirjob to decide if a prisoner is guilty of other offences or whether their sentence is long enough. and with worboys, they had to decide if he was the open and honest person he claimed to be. and their argument was that it was common sense that the parole board panel should look at the allegations that have been made against him, even if they hadn't resulted in a conviction. and so now, yes, we're going to see the rules being changed so that that evidence, other evidence not tested in court
will be included in the dossier and they may well consider it. some are worried that a prisoner, imagine, who is due for parole, they've served their time for the sentences they've been convicted and the parole board comes along and says there's a load of other stuff and you're not going to be let out. that would be unfair. others argue that the parole board panel, when thinking about public safety, should take account of all the evidence. the point is that none of this is easy. the rules are going to be reviewed, the process is going to become more transparent but the hard part is going to be devising a new system that deals with the shortcomings of the parole board without threatening its vital independence. and we'll find out how this story, and many others, are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:40 this evening in the papers. our guests joining me tonight are the journalist and author mihir bose and the former pensions minister baroness ros altmann. a motorist who knocked down and killed three teenage boys in west london has been sentenced to 13 years at the old bailey. jaynesh chudasama admitted causing death by dangerous driving.
he was more than two and a half times the drink—drive limit when he hit the boys in hayes as they walked to a birthday party. families and friends of the boys vented their anger and grief as they packed into the old bailey for his sentencing. our correspondent tom burridge has more details. amazing, happy, caring boys. lives cut tragically short. 16—year—oldsjosh mcguinness and george wilkinson and 17—year—old harry rice were killed on this stretch of pavement as they walked with friends to a party. their families read powerful statements in court today paying tribute to their boys. josh as a son was respected by so many. he was someone to look up to and he was only 16. because of his values, his beliefs, you know, he accepted people for who they were. he was the first to say thanks. you know, he was very grateful for anything you ever did.
he was just such a lovely boy. jaynesh chudasama was drink—driving when he crashed into the boys. earlier he admitted three counts of causing death by dangerous driving. today a judge sentenced him to 13 years injail. not enough for the victims‘ families, who have criticised the police investigation. i don't think 13 years is enough for all three boys' lives. they were just starting out on their life journey and it has been snatched away from them. chudasama was speeding and he had been drinking. he was two and a half times the legal limit. as he went to overtake another car, he lost control, hitting george, josh and harry head—on. chudasama then got out of his black audi and tried to run away. he was stopped by some of the boys' friends. government plans to introduce life sentences in england, scotland and wales for the most serious driving offences have not
yet been put before parliament. any change in the law will come too late for the families of three boys, who feel cheated ofjustice. two ulster and ireland rugby players have been cleared of rape after a nine—week trial. paddyjackson and stuart olding had been accused of attacking the same woman at a house in south belfast in june 2016. the pair had always denied the charges. mrjackson was also acquitted of one charge of sexual assault. an orchestra musician who suffered a life—changing injury to his hearing at the royal opera house has won a landmark high courtjudgment. chris goldscheider was playing the viola during a rehearsal for a wagner opera in 2012. he was sitting directly in front of the brass section when noise levels exceeded 130 decibels. our legal correspondent clive coleman reports. chris goldscheider was a virtuoso
viola player, seen here at the royal albert hall in 2005. but his brilliant career came to an end in 2012. he suffered acoustic shock when he was placed directly in front of the brass section at a rehearsal at the royal opera house's famous pit — a space smaller than this one. so, if you sit there... if i'm a trumpet player or a horn player... i would have been this close to you. and what sort of noise can the brass section generate? well, in this instance, it was near 130 decibels, which is a jet engine sound. the noise had a devastating effect on chris's hearing. i suppose the nearest analysis is if you imagine, for a normal person to walk on normal ground. then you imagine walking barefoot on grass. chris sued the royal opera house and today won his case — the judge ruling that musicians
are entitled to the same protection as any other worker. it's just being a very difficult time. i've suffered an injury, lost my career. lost everything i had worked for. so, this is a fantastic moment to have an acknowledgement of my injuries. hopefully, as i said, prevent anyone else being hurt. today's ruling is huge. this is the first time that a judge has examined the music industry's legal obligations towards musicians and it's the first time that acoustic shock has been recognised as a medical condition that can be compensated by a court. in a statement, the royal opera house said it was surprised and disappointed by thejudgment. some 60% of musicians say they have suffered hearing loss. this case will send shock waves through the music industry.
for chris goldsheider, playing in an orchestra is a distant memory. clive coleman, bbc news. shoppers in england could soon have to pay a deposit on plastic drinks bottles and cans in a bid to reduce waste and plastic pollution. the government scheme would see people reimbursed when they returned the containers for recycling. our environment editor david shukman reports. plastic bottles are suddenly getting political attention. 13 billion of them are bought in the uk every year. but at least three billion are never recycled. and this is were discarded plastic can end up, drifting in the oceans and polluting them on an ever—growing scale. ten years ago, i saw for myself how sea birds in the pacific can suffer from plastic waste. and some countries have responded
quickly to this emerging threat. in norway, for example, people returning bottles get a refund of the small deposit they paid while buying the drinks. germany and denmark have similar schemes. and they have massively increased the rate of recycling. british ministers think something similar could work here. other countries have got it right. we can learn from them. but there are particular circumstances in the uk. the way in which local government, for example, currently recycles material. the way in which our corner shops attract custom as well. we've got to make sure that this scheme works. already a lot of plastic does get recycled. in dagenham, essex today, the waste firm violia showed us they do with 300 million plastic bottles every year. some kinds of plastic can be used again. and they fetch good money. so this is just one example of how plastic can be recycled. old milk bottles brought in to be chopped up into these fragments, and then processed into these
pellets, which are the raw material of the plastics industry going on to make new plastic milk bottles. it's what they call a circular economy, and the deposit scheme should encourage it. but some key questions about the new scheme have yet to be decided. the types of bottles to be included, all drinks orjust some? where the collection machines will go. that could be tricky in small shops. and crucially, who will pay for the scheme? we asked people in birmingham about the deposit idea. recycling is a serious thing, especially where we are now in our day and age. the more incentives we can offer the public, the better really. yeah, it's worth a try. it might work. i'd do it. we're paying 5p for the bag charge, so we are used to it by now. but definitely if it means saving the environment, because plastic pollution isjust insane. in somerset yesterday, shoppers pulled theirfood out of plastic packaging. plastic waste is now a major issue and the government has clearly noticed.
david shukman, bbc news. the parents of a severely ill boy have lost their last ditch legal bid to prevent their son's life support being switched off. tom and kate james wanted to take 22—month—old alfie abroad for treatment. the toddler has an undiagnosed neurodegenerative condition, which has been described as "catastrophic and untreatable." judges at the european court of human rights in strasbourg ruled the submission "inadmissible". the couple have exhausted all other legal options in the uk. detectives investigating the hatton garden heist three years ago have arrested a 57—year—old man on suspicion of burglary. almost £14 million was stolen — the biggest burglary in legal history. six men have already beenjailed for their part in the raid, but a man caught on cctv and referred to as basil has remained on the run.
the irish government has set a date for the referendum on the country's abortion law. it will be held on friday 25th may. voters will be asked whether to keep or repeal the eighth amendment of the irish constitution, which gives an unborn child an equal right to life as a pregnant woman. the headlines on bbc news: the serial sex offenderjohn worboys will remain in prison after two of his victims went to the high court to challenge plans to release him. a drunk driver is jailed for 13 years for killing three teenagers in a crash in hayes in west london in january. a viola player who suffered irreversible damage to his hearing has won a landmark high court judgment against the royal opera house. sport now. and for a full round up, from the bbc
sport centre, here's will. a watershed day for australian cricket with three players punished and on their way home to an uncertain reception. there is a human side of this. they've made a mistake, as everyone, including myself, has made mistakes in the past. a young men and i hope people will give them a second chance. their health and well—being is extremely important to us. the team has been perceived quite negatively in recent times and there's a for us to change. the australian squad, what remains
of it, is holed up in this johannesburg hotel ahead of the first day's play, the fourth and final test match which begins on friday. this series will be remembered for one thing, the ball tampering scandal that has sent shock waves through the sport. today cricket australia announced the full ramifications of that scandal. we learned that the captain no less, steve smith, with his deputy david warner, who is accused of instigating the plot, have both been banned for 12 months from domestic and international cricket. they've lost the chance to play in the lucrative indian premier league this season. lucrative indian premier league this season. batsman cameron bancroft, whose attempt to tamper with the ball was caught on camera ‘s on saturday in cape town in the third test match has been handed a ban. smith and warner are already on
their way home, sent home in disgrace. all three are about to be cast into cricketing exile and i think that will be a very decisive and firm response, that's how it will be seen by the world of cricket. there was such pressure on the australian authorities, from public opinion but also in the game and from the government. they knew that they had to make a statement. will it satisfy the critics? some will be confused about howjust those three players were involved, how the bowlers didn't know about the attempt to alter the condition of the ball, how darren lehmann, the coach, remains. what will cause consternation is the revelation today that sandpaper was used on the cricket ball, not sticky tape as was claimed by smith and bancroft as they claimed in the press conference. the full gory details
emerging. manchester city beating a swedish team this evening, going into the game leading on aggregate. georgia stanway scored twice from outside the box. that's the second of two. that made it 3—0. jennifer beattie getting their fourth. it ended 5—3, manchester city, who go through to the last quarter of the champions league for the second successive season, champions league for the second successive season, and they will face lyon. chelsea are aiming to join them. looking good so far in the second leg against montpelier. chelsea opened the scoring after that quick thinking from fran kirby. chelsea scored a second. they have a two goal advantage from the first
leg so the league is 4—1 on aggregate. they are in the 59th minute. fifa are looking into alleged racist abuse directed at france players during their 3—1win over russia last night. manchester united's paul pogba, who scored in the game, and barcelona's ousmane dembele are said to be among those subjected to taunts. the world governing body say they are gathering different reports and looking at potential evidence of discrimination. the game took place in saint petersburg, a host venue for the world cup. that's all the sport for now. more in sportsday at 10:30pm. facebook says an overhaul of its privacy tools will make it easier for people to find and edit the personal information the company holds. they follow intense criticism of the firm after it emerged that data about 50 million users had been harvested and passed on to a political consultancy. however, facebook says the revamp was already planned ahead of the scandal in order to comply with new eu rules. we can speak to our technology
correspondent dave lee, who's in san francisco. tell us a bit more about what facebook has done. facebook, as you mentioned, are calling it an overhaul but it is more accurate to call it a tweak. they are adding simple options to the privacy controls so that users can have easier access to know what data is being accessed by third—party apps and what access is being gathered by facebook. they will make it easier for people to remove themselves from facebook altogether although they did not make that option part of their announcement today. what this is doing is making it comply with regulations coming up at the end of may, the general data protection regulations, being put in place by the eu. they are putting pressure on
tech companies to make sure that people who are on them can have more control of their data than they currently do. while the current scandal around cambridge analytica is adding motivation to get the tool out sooner, facebook is right to say that they would have had to do this a nyway to that they would have had to do this anyway to comply with the eu rules. interesting, facebook says it has been working on the updates for some time but there will be people who look at the timing and think it isn't a coincidence. absolutely, and it's not a coincidence, the fact that they've made such a big deal about doing this today. mark zuckerberg referenced it in a post of his own today. if not for the fa ct of his own today. if not for the fact that the scandal was ongoing, i don't think mark zuckerberg would be quite so public and prominent in announcing the changes. the more access facebook has today data, the more valuable it is. they have to provide these options but they wouldn't necessarily want to promote
them as heavily as they have done today, if not for the problems they are facing. since the news broke about cambridge analytica and the potential misuse of personal data, facebook is looking at a drop in its value of about $80 billion, so anything to show they are getting on top of the problem is good news for facebook in terms of protecting its value. the timing is interesting, it may not have been the reason for the tool is being made in the first place but they are glad to have it in place now. will the changes satisfy authorities in the us and the european union, both of whom are looking into facebook?” the european union, both of whom are looking into facebook? i think externally from facebook this will be seen as housekeeping as opposed toa be seen as housekeeping as opposed to a revolution in how it works. those investigations are looking at much broader issues than what privacy options people can change. investigations are looking at a
bigger problem for facebook, one that goes to the root of its business model, how it collects data on maths and makes it available to third—party people such as cambridge analytica —— collect stater en masse. it will not stave off any of the lawsuits that resulted since the news became public. facebook still very much has to deal with those in addition to what it has announced today. thank you forjoining us. north korea's leader, kimjong—un, has travelled to beijing to hold talks with the chinese leadership. it's his first known foreign trip since he took office in 2011, and comes ahead of planned summits with south korea next month, and with president trump in may. from beijing, robin brant reports. there were mystery motorcades and a distinctive but unknown train sitting in beijing's main station.
but it was only well after he left that china revealed it was kim jong—un who had journeyed west to meet president xi. starting with a guard of honour, mr xi ensured that his guest, 30 years his junior, was given a substantial welcome. we usually see pictures of others taking notes as kim speaks. this time though it was different. china is north korea's only big benefactor. it accounts for the vast majority of its trade. but the relationship has soured significantly over kim's nuclear weapons programme. this was about telling the world they are repairing the friendship. in recent years the divide has got wider and wider, because china appears to have lost its patience with its neighbour. that's mainly because of the type of reckless language it thinks north korea has been using in those very public spats with donald trump. but now there is a real chance of talks on the table, china wants to reassert its influence.
only china can provide him with a certain level of security. and of course if china can persuade others also to provide this kind of security, then so much the better. kim reiterated he is committed to denuclearisation. his country has long said that though. china conveyed a message to the white house after the visit. president trump, in his usual way, said he'd been told the meeting went very well, and that kim "looks forward to his meeting with me". one thing is very clear. as north korea prepares to sit down in the next few weeks with its neighbour in the south, and then president trump, china wants to have its say as those nuclear talks get closer. robin brant, bbc news, beijing. some breaking news coming into the bbc from the metropolitan police, it is an update into the complex
investigation into the attempted murders of sergei skripal and his daughter yulia, in salisbury. according to the statement from the metropolitan police, as a result of detailed forensic and i into thick examination, detectives now believe that the screen pals came into contact at their home address with the nerve agent —— is the highest concentration of the nerve agent has been at the front door of their home. the deputy assista nt door of their home. the deputy assistant commissioner, dean hayden, said that those living in the skripals' neighbourhood can expect to see officers carrying out searches as part of the investigation around that address but he was keen to reassure everyone who lives in the area that the risk remains low and that the searches
are precautionary. an update on the numbers, around 250 counterterrorism detectives are working around the clock on the investigation, as you might expect, supported by a range of experts and partners. officers are trawling through 5000 hours of cctv. we'll bring you more on that very shortly as we get it. the main news really is that the nerve agent that was used on sergei skripal and his daughter yulia, they are believed to have first come into contact with it at their home address in salisbury. more in the next half an hour. now, the weather. good evening. early morning heavy rain for many finally giving way to some breaks in the cloud and some sunshine. you can see just how cloudy it was. an improving picture into the afternoon to close out the day. however with those clear skies it
means that temperatures are likely to fall away through the night. a frost is quite possible. we may see some patchy freezing fog through the north and east. we keep the rain into the north but elsewhere with clear skies, temperatures falling below freezing. the only exception to that is down in the south—west and that's because there is another area of low pressure, with fronts spilling around that low, driving in more wet weather to the south—west across the channel coast and up into wales, central and southern england. the best of the sunshine looks to be in the north and west but not particularly warm with it. we still keep some showers across the far north—east of scotland. it looks as if we keep the cool theme for the start of the easter weekend but we see some rain at times, maybe even some snow on the hills. hope for some sunny spells. this is bbc news — our latest headlines... detectives investigating the attempted murders of a former russian spy and his daughter said they believed the pair first came
into co nta ct they believed the pair first came into contact with the nerve agent at their home address in salisbury. the high court overturns a decision to free the serial sex offender — john worboys — known as the "black cab rapist", after a campaign led by victims and their families. just so happy that justice was served today, and they realised they'd made a mistake, and thejudge made the right decision, really, didn't he? a drunk driver is jailed for 13 years for killing three teenagers in a crash in hayes in west london, in january. a viola player who suffered irreversible damage to his hearing has won a landmark high court judgment against the royal opera house. people in england may soon have to pay a deposit when they buy drinks bottles and cans in a bid to boost recycling and cut waste. the greatest stand—up comedian.
a genius. a humble man. just some of the tributes today, as liverpool said farewell to sir ken dodd. thousands of people lined the streets of the city, as his cortege made its way to the anglican cathedral for his funeral. members of the public were invited to join his family and friends — after sir ken died aged 90 — earlier this month. and stars from the worlds of comedy and entertainment were there too. andy gill reports. sir ken dodd lived in the same house in knotty ash for all his 90 years. today, it was the start for his final journey. his today, it was the start for his finaljourney. his cortege wound through the streets of liverpool, allowing his fellow citizens to pay their respects. he made everyone happy, didn't it, really. you know, you couldn't be sad if you are listening to ken dodd. he stayed
here when everybody else left, yes. thousands of members of the public came to the anglican cathedral too. we arejust here came to the anglican cathedral too. we are just here to show our respects for one of the city's most famous sons. and to say thank you. respects for one of the city's most famous sons. and to say thank youlj just famous sons. and to say thank you.” just really loved him, it is great that everyone has turned out to see him. as did sir ken's fellow comedians and actors. he is liverpool's hero, name them all, beatles, cilla, anyone you want communing them all come here is their hero. you can compare footballers, georgie best with messi, or anyone, you cannot compare ken dodd when it comes to comedy. he was the boss, he was the governor. he was a really kind man. from the 50s until today on merseyside, not just that, the world. when you saw him, you had to laugh. didn't matter what he did. the cathedral was full,
so despite the cold and the window in the rain, hundreds watched on a screen outside. during the service, more tributes. i loved to talk to him about the mechanics of comedy, andi him about the mechanics of comedy, and i learned so much from him. he came to several plays i did, and we pick the bones of how and why things work, or didn't. but this wasn't just a showbiz event. there were heartfelt farewells. we will never see the like of ken dodd again. thank you. thank you, sir ken. tatty bye. statues across the statute carried tickling sticks to mark the day, as ken dodd's coughlin left the cathedral, the congregation waved tickling sticks and diddy men joined
the procession. sir ken asked for people wanting to give donations in his memory should give to help the homeless on merseyside. andy gill, bbc north west tonight, liverpool. an update on that breaking news we have been bringing you, detectives investigating the attempted murders of the former russian spy sergei skripal and his daughter, yulia, say they believe that their first came into co nta ct they believe that their first came into contact with the nerve agent at their home address in salisbury. police are saying that specialists have identified the highest concentration of the nerve agent to date as being on the front door of their home address, and we will be talking to our correspondence about that in the next ten minutes or so, so that in the next ten minutes or so, so do stay with us for more news on that. the political battles over brexit have been furious. the negotiations are complex and fraught. but with a year until our departure, what do voters make of the brexit progress so far? we've been to coventry, a city where just over 55% of people voted to leave,
to meet a group, balanced between leave and remain. they were selected for the bbc by the research company, britain thinks. our political editor, laura keunssberg was listening in. i just thought it was a straight "out." you know? goodbye. i don't think anybody knows. i don't think the prime minister knows who's going to be the winner. we've left. so let's get on with the leaving. for all the political shenanigans, brexit was a decision taken by the public. what you're about to see isn't scientific but a slice of opinion — a flavour of the conversations that you, we, are all having around the country — about brexit, with a year to go. i think that they were really clever... yeah, it's clever because they chose the two biggest issues that bother us — the nhs and immigration. absolutely pummelled us all with that and then didn't give us enough information to stay in but they attacked us with the weaknesses,
if you know what i mean. i work with some fantastic nurses from eu countries — fantastic nurses and doctors. and, without them being able to move freely, we wouldn't have those staff. but, on the flip side, we're treating so many non—british patients — that's putting a strain on us. just not happy about it at all. and it worries me, like the future of kids. i put up with brexit because of the large companies threatening to pull out. if we go ahead with it, and this is going to happen, we're talking thousands ofjobs. so, it's ruined for everybody because it's notjust say a big company, it's all like the supply chain and it's a ripple effect. it's billions of pounds that we're still going to be paying into the eu when we've left. and they've done a deal and they're going to pay this or pay that. and you think, where's it all come from?
where does it go to? where is this eu market? simple things. they need to break it down. this is what we will do with the economy, the pound, the borders. we are arguing with 27 other countries who do not want us to leave. so how on earth are we going to get anything out of it that is advantageous to britain? it is nearly two years since we have been left. i don't know why we couldn't have left sooner than we have done. most of us have all got children and our main concern is their futures. by our main concern is their futures. by the time my children grow up, we will be a country on our own and what position will we be in western mark when votes are required, we are promised the world, but when we then
vote and someone promised the world, but when we then vote and someone comes promised the world, but when we then vote and someone comes into force, then nothing happens. toughen up, stand up for the people of the uk and what is best for them and the country. yeah, stand up to brussels and stop pandering to them. yeah, don't back down and start telling us the truth. and fight for the nhs. stop beating around the bush, be strong and what we have decided, be proud in what we are, who we are, we won't crumble, this is the uk. some pride, some fears but in patients as well. brexit was a promise but it is not straightforward to keep. and tonight at 11.30pm here on the bbc news channel, you can see more of that discussion, to mark one year before the uk leaves the eu. a national memorial service has taken place in france, in honour of the police officer who died saving the lives of hostages in the supermarket siege last week. lieutena nt—colonel arnaud beltrame was killed, after he traded places with one of the captives held by an islamist gunman. after a funeral procession,
which crossed paris, president macron led a ceremony of remembrance for a man who has become a national hero. lucy williamson was watching. france has honoured victims many times. today it was anointing a hero. from outside the pantheon, tomb of the country's national heroes, the cortege of arnaud beltrame passed below the ancient buildings of the capital's latin quarter. a chance for the nation he died protecting to pay their respects. colonel beltrame walked into a hostage situation alone. now for this last journey through his nation's capital, he's accompanied by 200 of his colleagues. he was, his colleagues said, a man who would do anything for his country. today his country is doing what it can for him. arnaud beltrame has become a nationalfigure since friday,
when he voluntarily swapped places with a hostage being held by a gunman near carcassonne. one of his friends, a former police officer, says that after so many attacks here his actions spoke to france. translation: he gave france back its honour, gave it to the people, to the gendarmerie, to the victims, because he chose to be a victim. he accepted that choice and in doing so, he gave us honour. i hope it won't be forgotten. in the courtyard of les invalides, colleagues from different military units carried his coffin in to join his family, his president, and his friends. the flag that symbolises freedom, equality, and fraternity, a final uniform. translation: when we heard what he had done, all of france felt a shiver, because one of our own had
stood up straight, lucid and brave in the face of islamist aggression. hatred and murderous frenzy. with him, the french spirit of resistance re—emerged. to his coffin, president macron pinned france's highest honour, the legion of honour. but protecting france is notjust thejob of soldiers. the nation united around arnaud beltrame today, but there are deep divisions over how france's leaders might prevent attacks conceived and nurtured on french soil. lucy williamson, bbc news, paris. still in paris, and thousands of people have joined a march to commemorate a woman killed in an alleged anti—semitic attack. the leaders of several political parties, including far—right national front leader marine le pen, took part in the march for mireille knoll, whose partly burned body was found in her paris home at the weekend.
the first funerals have taken place in siberia for some of the 64 people who lost their lives in a shopping centre fire on sunday. most of the people who died in the city of kemerovo were children. relatives claim dozens of other people are still missing. moscow has declared a national day of mourning. the headlines on bbc news: detectives investigating the attempted murders of a former russian spy and his murder say they believe the pair first came into contact with the nerve agent at the front door of their home in salisbury. the serial sex offenderjohn worboys will remain in prison after two of his victims went to the high court to challenge plans to release him. a drunk driver is jailed for 13 years, for killing three teenagers in a crash in hayes in west london, injanuary.
an update on the market numbers for you — here's how london's and frankfurt's ended the day. and, in the united states, this is how the dow and the nasdaq are getting on. let's give you a few more details on news that detectives investigating the attempted murders of the former russian spy sergei skripal and his daughter yulia say they believe the pair first daughter yulia say they believe the pairfirst came into daughter yulia say they believe the pair first came into contact with the nerve agent that poisoned them at their home address in salisbury. this has come about as a result of detailed forensic and scientific examinations. specialists have identified that the highest concentration of the nerve agent to date was on the front door of their home. senior national coordinator for counterterrorism policing deputy
commissioner deane hayden says those living in the skripals neighbourhood can expect officers to be carrying out searches as part of this, but he was keen to reassure people that the risk remains low and the searches are precautionary. about 250 counterterrorism detectives are continuing to work around the clock on that investigation, and we will have more on that investigation and the news that's been coming into us in the last half—hour at the bbc with our correspondence the next half—hour, so stay with us for that. let's return now to plans for an extra charge of up to 22p on bottles and cans, in a new recycling deposit scheme for england. the government say they hope it will increase recycling and cut waste. the deposit will increase prices, but consumers will get the money back if they return the container. alice ellison, environment policy advisor at the british retail consortium, the trade association for all uk retailers, welcomed the idea, but explained some of the concerns that they
had about the scheme. some of them are how it would sit with our current recycling system, which is kerb—side collection by local authorities. and that actually has a very high rate of return, particularly of plastic bottles, and how a deposit return system to take materials out of that. another is the cost. a deposit return scheme is very expert said to maintain and introduce, and it isjust important that that money is used effectively and efficiently in a scheme that works everybody. we would suggest let's be creative with a deposit return scheme, sometimes returning toa return scheme, sometimes returning to a shop might be the best option, sometimes it might be at a local authority site, it could be in a shopping centre for example. we want to talk through all those questions with government and work out the
solution that is best for everybody. that is one view. the charity, the worldwide fund for nature also welcomed the move but thought that the government could have announced more measures for tackling the problem. we certainly welcome any step that will keep plastic bottles out of our rivers and oceans, and protects the wildlife that live in our seas. but we do think there is a real sense of urgency here and we would urge the government to move quickly through this. there's a lot of evidence about how best to implement a programme like this, a tried and tested method, countries like norway and germany and sweden have been doing this for a long time, so we really need to move into the delivery phase quite quickly. but more than that, we can't stop here, this is a really important step of the problem of single use plastic goes far beyond plastic bottles. we wa nt goes far beyond plastic bottles. we want to see the uk governments be really bold about tackling this issue. that is why we would like to cnn 's to avoidable single use plastic by 2025, perhaps a ban, and we think i would really be a bold
statement by the uk that they want to bea statement by the uk that they want to be a global leader on this. a wounded police dog is preparing to go back on the beat, after suffering stab wounds during an arrest operation in nottingham, in which three police officers were also hurt. the dog — called quantum — was helping to catch a burglary suspect. mike o'sullivan went to see him as he recovers from his injuries. quantum, the police dog, is back in training at police headquarters around a fortnight after being stabbed. he's my hero, he definitely saved me from having some serious injuries. i ended up with a cut on my glove when i tried to grab the offender. so i think he definitely saved me suffering. quantum was helping his handler catch a suspect ata helping his handler catch a suspect at a burglary in nottingham helping his handler catch a suspect ata burglary in nottingham in mid—march. ata burglary in nottingham in mid-march. he was rushed to the vets because we were concerned about him having other wounds, but he was scanned. he was put to sleep while
he had eight stitches in his face. now quantum's case has prompted nothing in police commissioner to write once again to the home secretary, backing a proposed law which would bring in tougher sentences when a service animal is injured as a result of a crime. police dogs are part of the team. quantum behaved in an exemplary manner, sorted out a crime. they need to be protected, too. after cutbacks, nottinghamshire police are now looking to increase dog handlers to 17, and the number of dogs to 34. they are integral, they will save us money and time when we are searching for bomber above evil, stolen property or drugs. so they really are at the forefront of crime—fighting farce. are at the forefront of crime-fighting farce. after quantum's incident, there has been a charge of animal cruelty but the two—year—old german shepherd dog ross has made a good recovery. two—year—old german shepherd dog ross has made a good recoverym has gone really well, i have not noticed any difference in him
whatsoever. all he wants to do is work and play and please. he has just not been fazed by it at all at the moment. quantum is back on duty tomorrow night. it was once the bustling heart of britain's busiest fishing port, but for the last 30 years what's known as the kasbah in grimsby has become a ghost town. even many locals don't know the area exists, but now there are plans that could mean this historic part of town is saved from further decay. david silllito reports. the huge hydraulic tower was modelled on the architecture of siena. grimsby used to be our greatest fishing port. and this was its heart. known as the kasbah, these victorian streets are now a ghost town. hidden behind the fences of the port, many locals don't even know it exists. you've never heard of the kasbah? no, never. it's got shops, pubs... not in grimsby. ..houses.
not in grimsby, no way. born and bred, you've never heard of it? no, never. that's the first thing i said, never heard of it. no. and this is its greatest building. the old ice factory. it's rather a long time since i've been here. it's rather a shame it's in the state it is, really. mike sanderson was the last chief engineer. you were here on the final day this was operating? yes, iwas, yeah. and that feeling on the last day, how was it? pretty sad, really. yes, it was, really. in its heyday, the refrigerators would produce 1200 tonnes of ice a day. what can you do with this building? i don't know. i mean, it's not like an ordinary building. it was purpose—built. and it has now been declared by europa nostra and the european investment bank institute to be one of the continent's most endangered heritage sites.
the problem is saving decaying old buildings is ruinously expensive. but there has been a thaw in the once rather frosty relationship between the port, which wants to embrace the future, and heritage campaigners. this is an empty smokehouse, but... wow, what a smell! that's an odour, isn't it! and this tarred door is some real grimsby heritage. the residue of 100 years of some seriously old school smoked haddock. the heritage, does that matter to you? yeah, absolutely. i mean, grimsby is clutching on to the remains of the fishing industry. you care about grimsby, don't you? we all care about grimsby, don't we? 40 years on, there is then some hope that the long decline of this hidden heritage may be coming to an end. david sillito, bbc news, grimsby. this sunday, the royal air force celebrates its centenary.
since its creation at the end of world war one, it has continued to push the boundaries of aviation. now, though, it's looking to space for the future, as three women serving with the raf explain. i wasn't even aware that i could be a pilot. i thought that maybe i was not clever enough. i had this image in my head that people in the air force, in the military in general, were almost like superhuman — like super strong, superfit. so, i'd already put all these limitations on myself before i'd even found out anything about it. i went for the selection and i found out all the boxes i needed to tick i could tick. i feel like being a woman in the raf is almost no different from being a man. you still have physical selection tests you have to pass every year. you still have your flying tests. that's what matters, is whether you can get the job done. the air force is hugely supportive of families, of parents, and so i've got a two—year—old daughter and am about to have another child really soon actually. when i was young i used to really want to become an astronaut. when ijoined the raf it was something that was ignited again.
the candidates are facing a series of gruelling tests. initially, i was really apprehensive about doing this programme but, actually, i'm so glad i did it, because they were so many different tests and challenges that opened my eyes to all the different skills astronauts had. as soon as the astronaut selection opens for the european space agency, i will be applying. i'm quite an inquisitive person by nature and, when i saw what carbonite—2 was aiming to be — the first, full, high—definition video in space — ijust jumped at the opportunity and really wanted the position. you saw the launcher going up into space, and knowing that carbonite 2 was on board that one was such a surreal feeling. it was so tense in here. and the second they had that contact, everyone was so happy. space is definitely the future for the royal air force. it's a capability that we need
to exploit and i really hope this will be part of the next 100 years of the royal air force. i would certainly sign up to becoming the first doctor on mars. i have just come back from a month spent in the deserts of oman. we were there simulating a martian mission and i was the medical doctor providing medical care for the whole field crew but also specifically understanding the risks and developing the medical capabilities for the mission and monitoring the astronauts during each of their spacewalks. the raf is one of the only places to train people in aviation and space medicine. it's not your normal nhs medical specialty. this is a really exciting time to be involved, not only in the air force but in the aviation and space industry, as we develop new technologies and new ways of pushing human boundaries. more news now on that investigation
into the attempted murder of a former russian spy and his daughter in salisbury. our correspondence ben ando is here with the latest. yes, what we know now is the police have said they have found the highest concentration of the nerve agent that was used to attack sergei skripal and his daughter yulia three weeks ago around the front door of his home, suggesting that is where the poisoning took place. now, other areas that had been under investigation, the pizza restaurant at the shopping centre, the park bench where they were taken ill, and a cemetery in the city, have now been released back to the police and are no longer the subject. all the focus now is on the house on the outskirts of salisbury where mr skripal was living. he and his daughter remained critically ill in the hospital. they police officer who went to their aid has been discharged from hospital. this is a
huge enquiry and has had huge consequences, not least the expulsion of numerous russian diplomats from many countries around the world. we know that officers are trawling through more than 5000 hours of cctv, examining over more than 1350 exhibits and around 500 witnesses have been identified. but as you say, ben, it now looks like the highest concentration of the nerve agent to date was found at the front door of the address. many thanks for that. let's catch up with the weather now with louise. early—morning heavy ea rly—morning heavy rain early—morning heavy rain to many finally gave way to some breaks in the cloud and some sunshine. you can see just how cloudy it was, and improving picture into the afternoon to close out the day. however, with those clear skies it means temperatures are likely to follow way through the night, a frost is quite possible for is to fog, particularly further north and east. we keep the rain up to the north but elsewhere with clear skies temperatures falling below freezing,
except down into the south—west because there is another area of low pressure with france spilling around that low driving in more wet weather into the south—west across the channel coast and out into wales, central and southern england. the best of the sunshine looks likely to best of the sunshine looks likely to be further north and west but not particularly warm with it. it looks as though we keep that cool theme for the start of the easter weekend. there will be some rain at times, maybe even some snow on the hills, fingers crossed for some sunny spells. hello, i'm ros atkins, this is outside source. detectives investigating the attempted murders of a former spy and his daughter say they believe the russians first came into contact with the nerve agent at their home. a first foreign trip for north korea's leader — these pictures confirm he did visit beijing — china says kim jong—un is serious about giving up nuclear weapons.