this is bbc news. the headlines. the duke of edinburgh is to voluntarily give up his driving licence, buckingham palace has said this evening. no ships and now, no contract. the government cancels a controversial agreement for extra ferries in case of a ‘no—deal brexit‘. the democratic senator, elizabeth warren, launches her bid to become the party's candidate for 2020 — promising to champion ordinary, working people. millions and millions and millions of american families are also struggling to survive in a system that has been rigged, rigged by the wealthy and the well—connected. counting the cost of knife crime, the number of young victims admitted to hospitals in england has risen by more than 50 per cent in 5 years. and in the six nations, ireland beat scotland 22—13 at murrayfield. and one of the world s greatest sports stars, billiejean king talks to the bbc‘s sue barker on a range
of topics from her sexuality to her struggle for social justice. that's a special programme — billiejean king: born to lead — at half past eight. the duke of edinburgh has voluntarily given up his driving licence. in a statement this evening — buckingham palace said that prince philip had made the decision "after careful consideration". prince philip, who is 97, was involved in a crash near the sandringham estate last month in which a woman suffered a broken wrist. norfolk police have said that they will return the licence to the dvla and that the investigation file for the collision had been passed to the crown prosecution service for their consideration. our royal correspondent, jonny dymond told us more about the events that led to this decision.
it is, what, just over three weeks since the collision between the duke's car, which overturned and ended up on its side and another car, just beyond the sandringham estate, leaving two adults injured and the duke of edinburgh himself very severely shaken and the news comes from buckingham palace that he has voluntarily given up his drivers license. the palace says the decision was entirely his own and that he surrendered the license today. it would have gone back to the driver and vehicle licensing agency, along with the declaration of voluntary surrender. now, the duke of course is reported to have said, and we have had no official confirmation of this, i am such a bloody fool, after he had the crash, which some people will see as an acknowledgement that the crash was his fault and that would lead on perhaps to the decision now made, three weeks later, to hand in his licence. worth remembering as well,
that two days after that crash, he was seen at the wheel of a replacement car. there was a fair deal of criticism for the fact that he was driving so swiftly after the collision and that may have played a part, the public reaction may have played a part in his decision to yield up his licence. let's speak now to james brookes, royal correspondent and commentator at the royal central website — hejoins me via webcam from sheffield. thank you forjoining us tonight. the decision we hear from thank you forjoining us tonight. the decision we hearfrom buckingham palace was a prince philip pozmack, but he was under quite a lot of public pressure after the events. he was indeed. you probably remember, days after the crash, especially as johnny said there, the fact that he was pictured not wearing a seat belt, on a public road, heading into
the sandringham estate, caused a backlash. it will have featured in his decision. he will have seen the newspapers at sandringham and he will have heard the criticism, but i do not necessarily think that this decision has been made because of that. the duke is a strong willed individual who knows his own mind. he will have had chats with other members of the royal family, i very much think he will have chatted to the queen about the next steps going forwards, but as johnny was saying, we are getting the impression that he has made this decision himself. he wants to enjoy his retirement, going forwards, but he was very shaken after the crash, it was very serious and most people say it was a miracle that he did not come off worse than he did. he has now taken that on board and then, if i am going forwards, i do not want to be involved in something like that again. so, you mentioned there that he obviously wants to enter his ——
wa nts to he obviously wants to enter his —— wants to enjoy his retirement. his life has changed since retiring, because he will have been driven while he was attending public duties with the queen and that is something he does not do any more. yes. for most of his life, particularly whilst he was with the queen or on official engagements, he had a chauffeur taking him to and from engagements. he is a strong—willed individual who likes to drive himself and be involved with activities on the estate. we have seen for years him doing his own carriage driving and i think that will continue, i very much doubt he will continue, i very much doubt he will give that up, but the public road element of this is what i think surprised quite a few people. not many people would realise prince philip was out and about on public roads and people could now be thinking that this is for the best going forwards. you cannot blame him just because of his age, i do not necessarily think that is very fair,
but it will have played a part and he will know that his reactions are getting slower as he gets older and we know from previous concerns in the royal family, prince charles has previously voiced concerns about his father driving as he gets older. now has the time, he has given his licence back and he will be for ever driven. and do we assume that the palace will now hope this has drawn a line under the affair?” palace will now hope this has drawn a line under the affair? i would have thought so. that is why we have had the statement. we understand that the duke gave his licence in earlier today and that is why the statement has come out and now it will be a case for the duke to draw a line under it. he has apologised to the individual involved in the crash who was injured and he has said he is sorry for his part in the crash and we wait to see whether any more action comes from the crown prosecution service. yes indeed. we will have to leave it there. james brooks, thank you forjoining us. and we'll find out how this story
and many others are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30 and 11:30 this evening in the papers. 0ur guestsjoining me tonight are nigel nelson, who's the news editor for the sunday mirror, and sunday people, and the political commentator, jo phillips. a company, controversially awarded a multi—million pound deal to ensure ferries would keep crossing the channel in the event of a no—deal brexit has had its contract cancelled by the government. the original deal had attracted widespread criticism after the bbc found that seaborne ferries did not actually have any ships and had never run a ferry service before. our business correspondent rob young reports. preparations have been under way for weeks. dredging started at ramsgate port at the beginning ofjanuary. seaborne freight was due to run regular services to 0stend in belgium in the event of a no—deal brexit. once it got hold of some ships. but the company has now been stripped of its contract. the £14 million deal was controversial from the start. the contract‘s cancellation
has intensified the criticism of ministers. we first flagged problems with seaborne freight in april of last year. and we've been tracking it since then both in terms of its attempts to find vessels, which have all failed without exception, largely because this port is very small. the government has defended the checks it carried out on seaborne. it says the company's main backer, arklow shipping, has pulled out, meaning seaborne could not meet its contractual requirements. it wasn't paid any public money. ferries haven't operated at ramsgate since 2013. the government hopes new services from here could help reduce congestion at dover if there are delays come the end of march. but there is now a big question mark over whether ramsgate will be used if there is a no—deal brexit. the department of transport says it's in advanced talks with other companies to supply freight services, possibly from ramsgate.
with less than two months to go until brexit, timing is tight. it is a disappointment. i don't know the commercial reasons why arklow have pulled out. but i want to make sure this port is ready for brexit resilience. however the cash—strapped local authority is considering a cut to the port's funding which might prevent a ferry service starting in the future. rob young, bbc news. the left—wing democratic senator, elizabeth warren, has announced that she's standing for the us presidency in 2020. mrs warren, a former law professor at harvard university, is expected to make the fight against economic inequality the centrepiece of her campaign. she's been speaking at a rally in the city of lawrence in her home state of massachusetts — at the site of a historic labour strike in 1912 that was led by women and immigrants. look at any other major issue in america. gun violence.
student loan debt. the crushing cost of health care. mistreatment of our veterans. a broken criminaljustice system. an immigration system that lacks common sense and under this administration lacks a conscience. cheering and applause. 0verwhelming majorities of americans want action. huge crowds march on washington demanding change. letters, phone calls, protest, but nothing happens, nothing. why? because if you don't have enough money and you don't have enough connections, washington does not want to hear from you. booing. when government works, only for the wealthy and the well—connected, that is corruption, plain and simple and we need to call it out. joining me now from new york
is the pollster, john zogby. good evening. thank you forjoining us good evening. thank you forjoining us here on bbc news. how well—known known is elizabeth warren? she is very well known. right now in the polls she is not known as well as former vice presidentjoe biden, bernie sanders, the democratic socialist he made quite a run for the presidency in 2016, but she is probably the third best known and she shows up in double digits in the polls, which is respectable. she was up polls, which is respectable. she was up in terms of recognition or approval? in terms of the horse race, joe biden in first place, bernie sanders in second and elizabeth warren third, meaning she is in the pack and in the crowd. she comes from the left wing of the
democrat party. what will she stand for in the minds of people? she will stand for combating inequality, as you heard, but also medicare for all, which is a single—payerform of health care, in addition to that, she will be very aggressive on the environment as well. favouring the united states re—entering the paris pa ct united states re—entering the paris pact on climate change. so, that will probably have a considerable amount of appeal among women, particularly young women. she has also been involved in a spat with the president about her heritage. yes, a very silly one that she got herself into, claiming years ago that she was part cherokee native american, which led to candidate and then president donald trump referring to her as pocahontas and
really nonstop over the last two yea rs, really nonstop over the last two years, she foolishly did a dna test which showed that while there is some cherokee blood in her, it goes back centuries and centuries and that anger and of course, the cherokee tribe saying, you are not a tribe member and she kind of got into a foolish dispute. is that something that has stuck with her? it has stuck with her. hard for her to get on message, in this pre—announcement period. she could have been spending time rallying around her issues, setting the table for this announcement today. instead, there is this announcement that following a fairly long period of ridicule. just looking more widely, how many candidates do you think are going to throw their hat
in the ring for the democratic nomination? believe it or not we may have as many as 30. with the caucuses at the beginning of the primary process, it is just a little under a year now, some will fall by the wayside, some will be discouraged, not being able to raise any money, but democrats know victory and they recall bill clinton and barack 0bama who were not household names, winning the presidency when no one thought that they had a chance and it is wide open, why not run? fascinating stuff. we have got to leave it there. thank you for your time. the home office says it's concerned about the large increase in young people who are becoming victims of knife crime. figures from nhs england show the number of people aged between 10 and 19, who've been admitted to hospital with stab wounds, has gone up by more than fifty per cent over the past five years. our home affairs correspondent, danny shaw, reports. the youngest victim to die
in a knife attack this year. jayden moodie was stabbed to death after being knocked off a moped. an 18—year—old man has been charged with murder. jayden was just 1a. doctors say they're treating increasing numbers of people for knife wounds, and the victims are getting younger. what has changed is we are seeing a lot more adolescents and young people who have severe injuries. and that used to be an occasional occurrencem and that's now the norm. i expect to admit somebody of school age under the care of our service this week, as a matter of course. the figures for hospital admissions for injuries from knives or sharp objects show there were almost 5,000 people treated for stab wounds last year. over 1,000 of them were aged 10—19 — that's a rise of 5a%, compared with five years earlier. another trend doctors have observed is that more girls are involved in knife crime. some victims face threats that
footage of their stabbing will be posted online. there's a shift in what we're seeing. in that i'm seeing young women who've come in having had their mobile phones taken off them in an attack, and having their attack filmed, as part of a humiliation. "this is what's going to happen to you if you say anything, we'll put it on the internet." doctors say the rise in knife crime is putting extra pressure on emergency services. the home office has set up a serious violence strategy to tackle the problem and has launched a review of the links between violent crime and the trade in illegal drugs. danny shaw, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news... the duke of edinburgh is to voluntarily give up his driving licence, buckingham palace has said this evening. the government cancels a controversial agreement for extra ferries in case of a ‘no—deal brexit‘. the democratic senator, elizabeth warren, launches her bid to become the party's candidate
for 2020 — promising to champion ordinary, working people. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's holly hamilton. good evening. another great day of six nations action, and it's wales who top the table — for 2h hours at least — after a 26—15 win over italy. it equals their record run of 11 straight wins, but with ten changes to their side, it wasn't without its flaws. hannah lupton was watching. wales changed ten players for this match, but one thing stays consistent, winning. they were aiming for their 11th in a row. having left it late against france, it took only 60 seconds to get up and running against italy with dan biggar kicking them ahead. wales struggled to break through the hosts' resolute defence, but at the other end managed to bulldozer over for
the only first—half try. despite that, wales had a five—point cushion at the break. the tempo was about to pick up. the men in red got the breathing space they needed whenjosh adams burst through from the left. then gareth anscombe's chip set up 0wen watkin for his first try in a wales shirt. once that was converted, wales were 16 points ahead. their lead was cut back when italy crossed over for a second time. warren gatland says his team have forgotten how to lose, and no wonder that is 11 wins in a row. the first time they have done that for more than a century. ireland recovered from opening—day defeat by england to beat scotland 22—13 at murrayfield. the grand slam champions were behind early on, but tries from conor murray and this one from jacob stockdale put the visitors ahead. sam johnson went over for the hosts to narrow the gap at the break. but keith earls' second—half try sealed the win
forjoe schmidt's side. i think we just muscled our way through it, to be honest. it wasn't the prettiest game. we got a peach of a set—piece try. and a couple of broken field running tries. i think we restricted them to an intercept try. from their perspective especially in the first half, we were in 22, 34% of the time in their half for about 72% of the time. that was a massive effort. even the intercept was on our advantage. we kind of went to sleep a little bit there. we have got to be better than that. 0ne match in the women's six nations tonight. a seven o'clock kick off in lecce. wales women led italy 3—0 at half time. wales finished bottom in the 6
nations last year. they only had one win. they will be looking to improve on that. last week they were beaten by france and they are looking to do much better in italy. rob and wilkins put the only points on the board, 3—0 there. you can follow via the red button, as well as the bbc sport website and app. to the day's football, where liverpool responded to back—to—back draws and falling behind manchester city at the summit of the premier league by beating bournemouth 3—0 at anfield. jurgen klopp said he wanted his side to be convincing, and they could have won by more. sadio mane, georginio winaldum and mo salah with the goals. city can overtake liverpool tomorrow if they beat chelsea. cardiff city paid their respects to emiliano sala before their match with southampton today. a minute's silence was held before kick—off. it was a dramatic end to the match too, with southampton equalising in stoppage time before kenneth zohore's winner. manchester united are up to fourth after a 3—0 win at fulham.
arsenal and watford also won, whilst crystal palace drew with west ham thanks to wilfried zaha's strike. in the late kick off, burnley beat brighton 3—1 to climb out of the relegation zone and up to 15th. it's scottish cup weekend, and kilmarnock have held rangers to a goalless draw. rangers missed a golden chance to take the lead when daniel bachmann saved james tavernier‘s penalty in the first half. then in the second, it was joe worral‘s turn to have his head in his hands as his free header went wide. the two sides will meet in a replay at ibrox on the 20th of february. and at the fed cup, joanna konta is level at 1—set all aleksandra krunic in the second singles rubber after katie boulter put great britain ahead in the tie. it tookjust under an hour for konta to win the first set against the serbian. gb are battling for a place in april's fed world world group 2 play—offs.
she has just lost the second set 6—3 so into a decider we go. another day in the caribbean. another day where england's batsmen have struggled against west indies. they lost the toss and were put into bat and lost keatonjennings cheaply early. rory burns and joe denly both departed with the score on 69. jos buttler and ben stokes have rallied though to take england to 157 for the loss of 4 wickets. coverage from the cricket social and live text commentary is on the bbc sport website warrington beat hull kr 28—14 to move to the top of the table. meanwhile, the catalans dragon have beaten huddersfield giants in the super league. despite going behind early to a matt frawley try, the dragons rallied back to win 27—10, with a double from brayden wiliame and tries from lewis tierney and sam tomkins. that's all the sport for now.
you can find the latest from the cricket in st lucia as well asjo konta at the fed cup on the bbc sport website. the owner of topshop sir philip green paid a female employee more than one million pounds to keep quiet after she accused him of kissing and groping her according to the daily telegraph. the paper says the senior female employee which it hasn't named for legal reasons was one of five members of staff who signed gagging orders after being bullied or harassed by sir philip. chi chi izundu has more. aggressive and intimidating. sexual harassment and racism. those are the accusations making headline news on the front of today's telegraph newspaper.
details of the allegations against sir philip green, one of britain's best known businessmen involving five employees were published in the paper after a judge allowed him to drop action against it, which lasted six months. the allegations include one senior female executive at the arcadia group, which owns shops including, topshop who was allegedly called "a naughty girl" by sir philip. he's accused of slapping her bottom and kissing her face. the telegraph reports how sir philip allegedly drew attention to the dreadlocks of a black employee, in front of other staff, and referred to him as "still throwing spears in the jungle". both are said to have received payments of around £1 million. the telegraph says the payments were dependent on the employee signing a non—disclosure agreement, which means they weren't allowed to talk about what happened or the money, and now sir philip is threatening legal action against them. in general confidentiality agreements can be legally binding, there are some circumstances in which they will not bite. for exxample, they can't prevent reporting a crime to the police, and in some cases they can't report other reports to other individuals, the media and regulators, but on the whole they may still be binding. sir philip says the newspaper has pursued a vendetta against him and his employees, and denies any wrongdoing. he told the paper he categorically
denies any unlawful sexual behaviour and any unlawful racist behaviour. in the last hour, humberside police say its been granted more time to question a 24—year—old man who was arrested on suspicion of abduction following the disappearence of libby squire. the 21—year—old hull university student went missing on the thirty—first of january after getting a taxi home following a night out. it is thought that police are examining cctv footage of a man getting in and out of a car, minutes after libby was last seen. a man and a woman, who were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence afterfour children died in a fire at a house in stafford have been released on bail this evening without charge. the three boys and a girl who died on tuesday were aged between 3 and 8. two people have been arrested in northern ireland on suspicion of murder after a man's body was found in county tyrone.
the body was discovered in an alleyway at mccrea park in clogher at about eight o'clock this morning. a 23—year—old man and a 33—year—old woman, who've been arrested, are being questioned by police. a protester taking part in the so called yellow vest mass demonstrations in the french capital paris is reported to have lost his hand in violent clashes. thousands of people have been marching through paris for the 13th consecutive saturday, and riot police hve been out in force. security forces have used tear gas and engaged in baton charges, and protesters have thrown missiles. demonstrators are voicing a raft of grievances about the cost of living and the policies of president macron's government and are demanding more direct democracy. the british horseracing authority says it hasn't received news of any further positive tests for equine flu, which has forced the cancellation of races across the country. many more samples are still being examined however, and the millfield school stables
in somerset believes it may have a case. lizzie powell reports from somerset. thousands of tests are being carried out this weekend on any horses thought to have been in contact with those testing positive for flu. here at millfield school equestrian centre, a case has now been confirmed. they have released a statement saying that the horse in question was fully vaccinated, as are all of the horses that are stabled at the school. however, the yard has now been quarantined. all races have been suspended since thursday, including one this weekend. fergal 0'brien is a trainer in gloucestershire and is hopeful that racing will resume next week. this is horse flu. it is not a herpes virus, it is not something that is detrimental to horses. the bha have got to be sensible and recognise the trainers will only do what is best for their animals and for their horses, racingwise. they have tried to get a handle on it and hopefully they will have a handle on it
at the weekend, and then i hope that things will proceed like we hope they will on wednesday and racing can go on again. coughs and colds are rife at this time of year and for horses it is no different. the problem with this new strain of flu is that it is overriding the vaccine. there is no risk to humans and horses are expected to make a full recovery. however, the key is to stop it spreading. it is just five weeks until the cheltenham festival is due to get under way. so, it is a tense time this weekend as trainers wait to find out whether or not races are going to resume next week. this is all crucial training time ahead of the festival. the british horse racing authority are due to make a statement on monday. lizzie powell, for bbc points west at cheltenham racecourse. 50 years ago today the "boeing 747" took to the skies for the very first time ? heralding the start of what was dubbed the "golden age of travel".
thejumbojet offered more space, more seats and greater luxury than ever before. it transformed aviation, making far—flung destinations within easy reach, as adam woods explains. newsreel: thejumbos are coming. 1969 and the jumbo jet is unveiled to the world. newsreel: 0ne observer commented that it seemed as though the qe2 had taken to the sky. bigger than anything else at the time, it transformed air travel for millions of people. newsreel: the jumbo jet has brought a new dimension to air travel, space, more room for more passengers. more seats meant more tickets, it shrank the world. america, africa, australia — now all within reach of the masses. the 7117 was a massive risk for boeing — it nearly bankru pted the company. orders for the new plane were slow to come in. but half a century later it's still in service and more are still being built. yet thejumbo's days are numbered.
british airways plans to retire its fleet within five years. all airlines in america have already grounded theirs. smaller, quieter, more efficient planes are now the future passenger flight. instead, jumbo jets are finding a new life ferrying freight. the queen of the skies for 50 years — and, perhaps, a few more to come. aaron woods, bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather with tomasz schafernaker. well, i think it's mostly good news on the weather front in the days ahead. having said that, sunday is looking a little mixed, both sunshine and rain throughout the day, but i think most of the time it should be a decent enough day. so this is what it looks like through the early hours.