tv BBC News at One BBC News February 1, 2019 1:00pm-1:31pm GMT
heavy snow sweeps gci’oss heavy snow sweeps across many parts of the united kingdom, causing widespread disruption. the winter weather can remain overnight across large areas of southern england, as britain suffered its coldest night in seven years. the conditions brought chaos on the roads as commuters tried to get to work, hundreds of schools were closed, and rail services disrupted. take extreme care, drive with caution, take everything nice and gentle, the throttle, the brakes, the steering. the road is very, very treacherous indeed. my advice, personally — stay at home. we'll have reports with the very latest conditions from our correspondents across the country. also this lunchtime: a newborn baby girl's found abandoned in a london park on one of the coldest nights of winter. tsb records losses of over £100 million as it counts the cost of last year's it meltdown, which caused chaos for thousands of bank customers. the three main health screening programmes in england
— for bowel, breast and cervical cancer — have failed to meet government targets. and rugby's six nations starts tonight, with wales upping the ante, saying if they win against france, they believe they'll take the tournament. coming up on bbc news, former captain alastair cook says england are still in the game going into day two of the second test against west indies, despite a disappointing batting performance. hello, good afternoon, welcome to the bbc news at one. we are live on
the bbc news at one. we are live on the m4 in wiltshire, just one of the counties in southern england where it has been snowing very heavily for hours now, causing widespread travel disruption. on the m4 behind me, they kept it open, highways england, but only by using snowploughs time and again on both carriageways. well, the disruption has been not only on the roads, where in cornwall hundreds of motorists have been stranded overnight, but also on rail services and some airports as well. hundreds of schools around the country have been closed, and in scotla nd country have been closed, and in scotland it was the coldest night for seven years, minus 15 celsius was the temperature recorded at braemar in scotland. let's get this report on the day's developments so farfrom jon donnison. it may not be a polar vortex but it's pretty parky. and for millions of people, a difficult, and for some, impossible journey to work. if you have to go out, take extreme care, drive with caution, take everything nice and
gentle, the throttle, the brakes, the steering. the road is very, very treacherous indeed. my advice, personally, would be stay at home. some, though, didn't follow such advice. overnight on the a30 on bodmin moor in cornwall, hundreds of drivers had to abandon their vehicles after being stuck for hours in freezing temperatures. we've been in the car since about apm, we left redruth, so we have gone about 30 miles in, what's that? nine and a bit hours. and in the last six hours we've probably moved about less than 100 yards or so. the famous jamaica inn opened its doors to those in need of shelter, making up beds in the restaurant and bar when all the rooms were taken. and at callywith college in bodmin, the snow forced students to make it their home for the night because the roads were too treacherous. so in the end we had aboutjust over 300 students staying at the college. everyone‘s fine,
and they have been fed and watered are and had a good night's sleep, fora teenager, i imagine, a are two or three hours! we were grateful to asda who donated of £800 of bedding to support the students and provide as cosy an environment as we could provide for them. and for many children it's a day off, with hundreds of schools closed across southern england and wales. earlier, an amber weather warning was in place from oxford down to basingstoke, but there's expected to be snow flurries across much of the country throughout the day. at heathrow, they've been de—icing planes, but more than 35 flights had to be cancelled. bristol airport had to close this morning, and there has been disruption at cardiff too. did you want a bread roll with that, my love? and spare a thought for the homeless. in bristol, where the council has launched its emergency
severe weather programme, they've been handing out hot food and drinks. i couldn't even sleep last night, i was that cold. you know? i had a sleeping bag, and i'm not being funny, i had to sleep in all of these clothes to keep warm, a pair of gloves on, scarf on, hat on, do you know what i mean? that's how it is, mate. but i think we kind of get used to it, it's a case of having to. and the winter weather is set to continue well into the weekend, with temperatures not expected to rise significantly until tuesday. jon donnison, bbc news. well, we heard how many motorists got stranded on the a30 in cornwall and had to be put up for the night at the jamaica inn and had to be put up for the night at thejamaica inn in bodmin. our correspondent robert hall reports 110w correspondent robert hall reports now from there. jamaica inn, a travel is‘ haven for
three centuries, last night once again the right place at the right time. sweeping snow across the bleak hilltops of bodmin moor had brought the busy a30 to a standstill, the lights of the inn a beacon to drivers with nowhere to go. the only way i can describe it as like armageddon. i have lived in norway for three months of the year for the last nine years, and i haven't seen anything like this, lorries jackknifed all up this road, vehicles everywhere. digging their ca i’s vehicles everywhere. digging their ca rs of vehicles everywhere. digging their cars of this morning, workmates richard and david, richard had set off to the inn on foot. it came to a standstill, decided to ditch it, we nt standstill, decided to ditch it, went to the jamaica inn a mile away, it was busy, they were setting up bids, getting lots of phone calls from people stuck, being really helpful. through the night, cold, hungry travellers trudged up the
hill to find warmth. staff gathered mattresses and bedding as chefs dug into their reserves of food. the staff have been amazing, jamaica inn, can't praise them highly enough. the roads are open, surprise guests on the way, but staff at the old smugglers' how to i know they may be needed again before winter leaves us. well, it is slightly a hint of a thaw, shall i say, but still pretty biting, so you can imagine how welcome the door was to travellers. david, you are the front of house manager, all of a sudden, quite thursday night, this happens, how did you manage to cope? it was quite an effort from all the team, we had two in the team, and everyone pulled together, we were soothing the mac serving food until the early hours then getting ready for the brea kfast, then getting ready for the breakfast, so it has been a good run through. what kind of state where people in? very windswept and snowy, just happy to have some shelter, bla nkets just happy to have some shelter, blankets and a pillow for the night.
from some guests i spoke to, you rated their bedrooms to get extra bedding. in all the bedrooms, we have extra mattresses and bedding, so have extra mattresses and bedding, so that was all stripped, the lower pa rt so that was all stripped, the lower part of the restaurant we set up as a bit ofa part of the restaurant we set up as a bit of a dormitory. enough food for everybody? just about! there was about 100, 150 odd people coming for food, so we started to run out towards the end. has this ever happened before? last year, there was a happened before? last year, there wasa similar happened before? last year, there was a similar thing happened, but this was the first time this year. because it is in the middle of nowhere, it attracts people from a few miles around when it happens.- least you know what you're getting into, well done to you and your staff, i know a lot of people are very grateful. all right, robert, thank you very much, robert hall reporting. that is the picture in cornwall. berkshire is another county that has been hard
hit by freezing conditions. duncan kennedy reports from berkshire. somewhere out there is the a34. we are heading north into amber weather territory. the black of the a road soon gives way to the white of a b road. this is the border between hampshire and berkshire, and where we meet our first person hampshire and berkshire, and where we meet ourfirst person in difficulty. what are you going to do? turnaround? smiling but struggling. we head on over the m4, where the snow into the hills are adding to the problems. how is it going? you have to concentrate very hard, it takes a lot of effort. i am considering turning back because of the hill. when i have done my work, cani the hill. when i have done my work, can i get back up the hill? i am thinking, shall i turn around? i thinking, shall i turn around? i think i will, actually. we leave him and head on down that hill. we have
been driving around berkshire and north hampshire now for several hours, and wherever we have gone, we have had the snow and wind, really laying it down thick across all the countryside and erodes that we have been travelling along. in this particular area, just north of the m4, the snow is maybe 5— inches deep. then it was on into the village of great shepherd, where getting out could be getting difficult. tim thinks this small settle m e nt difficult. tim thinks this small settlement might soon be hemmed in by the snow. you have got a big hill, you are concerned about being cut off. we frequently do get cut off, there is a steep hill with some towns, quite steep drop offs, it is not worth the risk, really. you are going to stay put? get peter morgan out, go into the hills, makes fun of it. -- get the toboggan out.
out, go into the hills, makes fun of it. —— get the toboggan out. drivers could move and wish they had not. a few hours in the life of the snowbound south. duncan kennedy, bbc news. and there is no continuing to fall really heavily in wiltshire where we are now, right along the m4 corridor this afternoon, so driving conditions really atrocious at the moment, and the motoring organisations warning people only to go out if it is absolutely essential. well, more details on the weather and a travel situation on our bbc news website throughout the day, and also from me throughout the afternoon on the bbc news channel. but from here in wiltshire now, back to you in the studio, kate. ben, thank you so much, ben brown there. a newborn baby girl has been found abandoned in a park on one of the coldest nights of winter. named roman by nurses, she was found in newham, east london, just after ten o'clock last night and taken to hospital. the police say her condition is now stable but are appealing
to the mother to come forward. we've heard from one of those who found the child last night. my mum, at ten o'clock in the evening, she was walking the dog, and she heard a noise coming out from the bag. she rang me up because she was too scared to approach the bag, and i came, ijust found a baby in a bag. and we phoned the ambulances and police. do you have a message to the mum? no, we don't, there's no words for it. you must hope she's ok. of course, this is terrible, it's unreal. tsb's blamed it problems for a pre—tax loss of more than £105 million. the bank says last year was its most challenging. our personal finance correspondent simon gompertz is here. many tsb customers will remember why. remind us all what happened. last april, they moved to customer
details from an old system to a new when the mac one, and it went wrong, meaning 2 million current account holders did not have access to their current account four weeks, and it affected branches as well. we are hearing today that the cost so far is around £330 million for dealing with that, a number which will scare other banks witless, and here is a breakdown of how they arrived at this. £125 million for compensation, nearly £50 million for frauds that we re nearly £50 million for frauds that were perpetrated during the chaos on customers, £122 million for the cost of recovering the systems, and then £34 million for charges that were waived during the period. now, set against that, they have said they are going to gain £150 million from the subsidiary looking after technology of their parent spanish bank, sub adele, and it is interesting they will get that
money, because it suggest that this technology operation from spain, which was behind the new system, is shouldering some of the responsibility. does it end there? it doesn't, because there are investigations, an internal one, one from mps that will report too, and most importantly from the financial watchdog the fca, in conjunction with the bank of england, and the last time they looked at something like this, they imposed a fine on rbs are more than £50 million, so this bill of more than £300 million is likely to escalate. simon, thank you for that. the uk has objected to gibraltar being described as a "colony" and its status as "controversial" in eu documents. the phrases appeared in new european legislation that would allow british citizens to travel to the eu without a visa after brexit. we can speak to our brussels reporter adam fleming. this was in a footnote, i understand. tell us more. yes, time to delve into the documents. in november, the eu published a proposal saying that
british citizens who want to the eu on holiday orfor work british citizens who want to the eu on holiday or for work after brexit would not need a visa, but this being the eu, it then had to go through a legislative process to be approved by the member states and the european parliament. what happened during that process was that the spanish government insisted a little footnote was put into the document where it describes gibraltar as a colony and said that its status was controversial. now, the british government found that language quite offensive, and this morning at a meeting in brussels the uk ambassador to the eu, he made an objection to his counterparts, and that will now be written down and added to the minutes of the meeting. however, the footnote is still in the document, it has not gone anywhere, and eight uk request to add a second footnote clarifying the situation was rejected by the eu. now, i know it all sounds quite complicated, a big fuss over what is written at the bottom of a page, not
evenin written at the bottom of a page, not even in the middle, but two things to ta ke even in the middle, but two things to take away from this. number one, the eu still wants to offer these free travel if you want to go on holiday to spain, france or germany in 2020 or 2021, number two, the spanish government will use any opportunity they can to talk about gibraltar. adam, thank you. our top story this lunchtime. heavy snow has swept across the west country and large parts of southern england and wales, as the uk suffered its coldest night for seven years. and coming up — why we're being encouraged to clear out our medicine cabinets. coming up on bbc news, last season's super league man of steel, ben barba, is sacked by his new club before even playing a game. his 28 tries helped st helens to last year's league leaders' shield. it's a week since a dam burst in brazil, sending millions of tonnes of mining waste across an area that engulfed the mine's cafeteria, nearby houses, vehicles and roads. 110 people are now
known to have died — with hundreds still missing. the tragedy happened in the state of minas gerais, and is the second dam collapse to have occurred there in recent years. the government's now raised grave concerns about other dams in surrounding areas, as julia carneiro reports. devastation as far as the eye can see. this is waste from iron ore mining engulfing houses, trees, trucks, and hundreds of people believed to be buried under the mud. the dam, owned by mining giant vale, collapsed in the brazilian state of minas gerais in the city of brumadinho. just over three years ago, another dam failed in mariana, only 120km away. now attention turns to neighbouring cities like congonhas, home to one of the biggest urban dams in latin america. this is the casa de pedra dam, owned by csn. it's right next to the city
and holds five times more mining waste than the dam that collapsed in brumadinho. when this neighbourhood here was built, the dam was a lot smaller but it was expanded over the years, growing closer and closer to the houses. it's just 250m from some of the constructions, and after what happened in brumadinho, residents here say it's either them or the dam — they don't feel safe here any more. translation: i'm terrified, i wake up scared, i have nightmares. ifear this could happen here too. we live right under the dam — i'm scared for everyone here. this activist says there's no dialogue with csn. the company did not want to comment on this report. translation: the lesson comes at a huge cost, with all the lives we lost, but it has to be applied to prevent other collapses. people here want a solution —
they don't want to live in doubt. structural problems were detected twice in the dam in the past six years, according to this prosecutor, and were repaired following judicial orders. at the time, csn said the demands had been followed, and the dam presented no risks for workers and residents. translation: it's a huge structure, very close to the city. if it breaks, it's going to be one of the worst accidents ever. mining workers here are concerned after the dam collapse. vale employees voted to interrupt their shift for two hours to mourn their colleagues in brumadinho. translation: if it's so safe, why don't shareholders live under a dam? we have to change the model of mining, and governments need to pressure private companies, instead of easing licences for mining. after two disastrous collapses, brazil's mining dams are under scrutiny, and people living under their shadows don't
want to be the next victims. julia carneiro, bbc news, congonhas, brazil. the united states says north korea has promised to destroy all of its uranium enrichment facilities, in a step towards denuclearisation. it comes as donald trump prepares for another meeting with kim jong—un. washington has called on pyongyang to declare all its nuclear and missile programmes, with the warning that it has contingency plans if the diplomatic process fails. in an interview with the new york times, president trump has dismissed ongoing talks in congress about funding a wall on the mexico border as a "waste of time". donald trump told the paper he'd all but given up negotiating with the democrats and would get the wall finished on his own. the democrats are refusing to agree to the $5.7 billion that mr trump wants for the wall. none of the three main health screening programmes in england — bowel, breast or cervical — met their targets last year, according to a report
by the national audit office. there were also delays in cervical screening results reaching half of women tested, with a backlog of nearly 100,000 samples. our health correspondent catherine burns is here. let's start with the figures around cervical screening. what's causing the delays. with those figures, in the worst month last year there were more than 150,000 rambles piled up in laboratories across england and waiting to be tested —— samples. there was a slight improvement, by the end of the year it was close to 100,000, but the build—up means there are delays in women getting there are delays in women getting the results through. the government expects the vast majority to find out within two weeks, that's just not happening, it hasn't happened since 2015. if you look at march last year, only one third of women we re last year, only one third of women were getting their results within a fortnight. again, there were some slight
improvements and now it's closer to a half, but still way off the target. then there's the question of why this is happening and that's been linked to changes in how the samples are analysed. in the long run it means we're not going to need as many laboratories doing this kind of work. what's actually happening is that staff in those labs are starting to leave, so there's extra pressure on the system and this isn't the only problem with cervical screening. it has targets for the percentage of women who are eligible for screening that are actually getting it. it's just for screening that are actually getting it. it'sjust not for screening that are actually getting it. it's just not hitting those targets. this isn'tjust a problem with cervical screening. the national audit office also find problems with breast and bowel cost neither is meeting accepted standard. the chair of the public accou nts standard. the chair of the public accounts committee has spoken about this and has said it is unacceptable and worrying, and says the powers that be need to get this fixed. the government says our screening programmes are among the best in the world and its working to resolve any issues. thank you. now unless you're one of those who have had a new year declutter — you might instead have old medicines
lurking in the back of a cupboard — and those packets of tablets can soon stack up. in north yorkshire, a "medicines amnesty" is under way, to encourage people to return drugs they no longer need. patients are also being encouraged to have an annual review — to make sure they are on the right medication. our health correspondent dominic hughes has been to harrogate to find out more. we've probably all got them tucked away in cupboards at home — old medicines and drugs we no longer use. but they can really pile up. so, chris, what have we got here? well, this is medicines that have been returned to us today from one patient. one patient! one patient, and it's approximately five to six months' worth of medication that the patient hasn't been taking routinely. so what are the implications of that? if patients aren't taking their medicines as has been prescribed then they're potentially not going to get the best outcomes from their medication. pharmacy staff have been busy collecting the treatments handed in at this gp surgery in harrogate, during what they're calling a "medicines amnesty".
these boxes and bags filled with old or unused tablets, creams and gels. the drugs amnesty here in harrogate has only been going a few days and they've already collected all these boxes of used and out of date medicines. now here they spend around £25 million each year on drugs — that's around three million different items. if they managed to save just 1%, that's £250,000 that could go straight back into local health services. but this is notjust about saving money. now, you're taking 14 medications, aren't you? that's right, yes. and i wonder if it would be usefulfor us to do a medication review today? it's also an opportunity forgps, like sarah, to talk to patients, like evonne, to look at all the medicines she takes every day. it is very important for patients to know that gps or pharmacists can review medications as a whole and ask the patient how they're managing. we can look at whether they're managing to remember the tablets, sometimes we can change how we prescribe the tablets,
change the timings of the tablets, or the type of medication, so that the medications get used in the way that they're designed. i need to make sure i'm on the right thing and anything that can be changed to make life easier is always a good thing. it's important that my tablets are correct and that i'm taking the right thing. the medicines amnesty and the chance to review what's being prescribed also presents a big opportunity for the wider nhs. we know that 8% of hospital admissions are medicines related. 30%—50% of medicines are not taken the way they're intended. these things are all designed to help you as the patient get the best from your medicine. the nhs spends around £20 billion each year on prescribed medicines, so even a small reduction in what's wasted would save a significant amount of cash while also improving care. dominic hughes, bbc news, harrogate. rugby‘s six nations tournament begins this evening with wales playing in paris, confidently
suggesting that if they can win there then nobody can stop them taking the title. but saturday's match in dublin also comes with huge anticipation. ireland — the team to beat — take on england. the english, remember, finished last year's six nations in fifth. joe wilson looks ahead. here is the best rugby union team in europe. commentator: well, these days do not come often. ireland raised the six nations trophy at twickenham last year, an unmissable statement, and they've beaten new zealand since then, but as they prepare to play england in dublin tomorrow, they are, apparently, apprehensive. a little bit of fear that you go in to games with and there's no doubt when you play england you have that little bit of fear as to what they can do and we saw a lot of it in the autumn. well, england have been written off against ireland, according to england. someone's kidding someone, aren't they? we don't really care, but the only thing we are aware of is that basically no one outside our camp thinks
we can win and everyone inside our camp thinks we can win, so we'll just wait and see what happens on the weekend. well, of course, we don't need to wait for the weekend, because wales are in paris to start the tournament tonight. now, wales won all of their autumn internationals last year, including victories against australia and south africa. if you want confidence, stay with wales. commentator: surely it is! i think we've got a good chance of winning the six nations. if we win the first game i think we can win the six nations, given that we've got a home game. so, i haven't contemplated anything about anything other than trying to win the six nations. and so to edinburgh. scotland play italy at murrayfield tomorrow, then ireland at home the following week. the six nations is about momentum and you get that through performances, you get that through results, and we do have a platform playing at home and not having to travel next week to really grab this opportunity. commentator: what a score!
well, this year's women's six nations comes at a fascinating time for the sport. france are the reigning champions, but england are now fully professional, and there's never been more invested trying to win this trophy. joe wilson, bbc news. and you can watch the opening six nations match on bbc one this evening, with coverage from 7:25pm. that's live from paris, france versus wales. the comedianjeremy hardy has died from cancer at the age of 57. as well as being a stand—up, he was a stalwart of radio shows such as the news quiz and i'm sorry i haven't a clue. in a statement, his publicist said jeremy hardy had retained to the end "the principles that guided his life, trying to make the world more humane, and to be wonderfully funny". here he is giving his thoughts onjogging enthusiasts. now they dress to impress — they need branded gear,
they need something high—vis in case they have to stop and do some construction work along the way. laughter. they've got to have a baseball cap and sunglasses — in what is surely one of the darkest countries in the world. they need to carry water, because half an hour in a freezing recreation ground without hydration — they're going to look like a camel carcass in the sahara. jeremy hardy, who has died at the age of 57. time for a look at the weather. here's philip avery. it's mixed fortunes for many people today, not least your children, who are currently tobogganing. today, not least your children, who are currently tobogganinglj today, not least your children, who are currently tobogganing. i hope, and a bit of homework, that's the beauty of computers, it can come down the wires, i hope you're listening at home. a good afternoon to you, wherever you may be. of course it isn't all doom and gloom.
once it stops snowing and the sun comes out it can looked like a winter wonderland. they are getting very arty on the south side of glasgow, that some ice balloon, —8 last night under clear skies. a bit further north, what a wonderful sighting of the aurora, but if you are on the move in rush hour, lying snow and ice will be a further consideration. disruption is distinctly possible because the weather front that brought so much chaos with in recent hours hasn't quite done with this just yet. certainly for the southern counties, further north, you have your own supply of showers if you fully exposed to the north—easterly wind, that's the north and east of scotland, the north—eastern quarter of england, and don't discount what's going onjust of england, and don't discount what's going on just as we speak