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three men in their 805 have been murdered in exeter in what police described as an unprecedented event. two of the men are twins. the third man was found a mile away with similar injuries. i can't understand why it happened to them. they didn't go out causing trouble or... you know, like some people. they just kept themselves to themselves. a 27—year—old man has been arrested and is being questioned by police as they try to establish a motive for the attack. inflation falls to a two—year low, easing the squeeze on household budgets, as wages rise faster than prices. the shoreham air crash that left 11 people dead — the pilot speaks publicly for the first time as he gives evidence at his trial. the global trade in dogs bred for illegal fighting — we track down one of the dealers after a year—long undercover investigation. is it right that the dogs that you put into fights get injured and killed? and back and heading to the track — horseracing resumes after a six—day
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shutdown because of equine flu. and coming up on bbc news: we'll be live at wembley as spurs host german league leaders borussia dortmund in the champions league last 16. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. a man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the bodies of three men in their 80s — two of them identical twins — were found in exeter. police say it is an unprecedented event in the city. the bodies were found a mile apart and all had sustained similar levels of injury. police are now trying to establish a motive, asjon kay reports. this is the large detached house in the exeter suburb of cowick
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where the 84—year—old twins were found dead. the brothers have been described by neighbours as private and eccentric. they've been named locally as dick and roger carter. they were such nice, quiet men. sylvia told me she'd lived near the twins for nearly 60 years. she said they once ran a grocery shop and were always kind. they were so nice. you just... i just can't understand why somebody would do that to them. no, i can't understand it at all. police found the twins‘ bodies at the house yesterday afternoon. we did think it was unusual for the gates to be open. moments earlier, colin summers had noticed the property was unlocked. my wife and i, we sort of walked past it. we came back and thought, it's a bit unusual, because the gates were open, and you'd never see them open. it's the first time we've actually seen inside that garden for the 30 odd years i've been here. a mile away, another house,
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another crime scene. 2a hours earlier, on monday afternoon, police were called to this terraced property, where they've now erected an investigation tent at the front. here, they found the body of an 80—year—old man. police say, at the moment, the only thing linking the men at the two addresses is the level of violence used against them. i know that this news will cause significant and understandable concern, given what is an unprecedented event in our city, which has shocked us all. i know that everyone‘s immediate concerns will be for the family and friends of the gentlemen involved in this incident. tonight, officers are reassuring the community in this cathedral city, and also appealing for information. well, a 27—year—old man has been
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arrested on suspicion of murder and is in custody tonight. police are bringing in extra officers from across south—west england and they are stressing this is a fast moving and complex investigation, and they say they are keeping an open mind. sophie. prices are rising across the country at their lowest rate for two years. falling energy and fuel bills contributed to the drive down in the rate of inflation. forjanuary this year, inflation, otherwise known as the consumer prices index, sat at i.8%, below the bank of england's projection of 2%. wages are now going up faster than prices and so people's pay packets are going further every month. but is it all good news? our economics correspondent andy verity reports. at home in bolton, melanie and jason are among millions of households who have benefited from cheaper bills. asa have benefited from cheaper bills. as a sales executive for a
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successful packaging company, jason says scene is successful packaging company, jason says scene is wages successful packaging company, jason says scene is wages rise faster than prices for five years, allowing to buy more with his pay, and other elements of the cost of living are getting more manageable. it's still expensive, but cheaper, and we are charging too much for fuel as a country. but petrol, i would say, andi country. but petrol, i would say, and i can't really think of much more that's been a lot cheaper. yes, certain foods. pay rises have been s0 certain foods. pay rises have been so weak for so long. the average rise out of 3.3% is the highest since 2009. compare that with prices, and your spending power, the gap between the two, is growing faster than in five years. we still spend carefully, but i am living a co mforta ble spend carefully, but i am living a comfortable life. while the energy price cap played a part in driving
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inflation down, there is another factor, a global slowdown. the more people around the world want to buy and sell and trade goods and transport them around the world, more oil they need to do it and, if there isn't enough to go round, those who want it most will pay for it, pushing up the price, but when the world slows down, that goes into reverse , the world slows down, that goes into reverse, there is plenty of oil and the price drops, and with it the price of energy. cheaper bills are making life more affordable but, for now, at least, the global slowdown they have helped. will it last? in they have helped. will it last? in the past, what boosted our spending hours in each worker producing more power than before. —— more per hour. fawley inflation means the gap between wages and prices is as big as it was on the eve of the eu referendum for the first time, which is great news, but it can only be short term. for the gap to get
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bigger, we need improvements in productivity, which have been lacking for too long. cheap oil and energy may have helped to boost living standards, but it's a by—product of the economic slowdown. the silver lining in better living standards is accompanied by a big, grey cloud. the deputy prime minister, david lidington, and the brexit secretary, stephen barclay, have held talks with the shadow brexit secretary, keir starmer, to discuss labour's brexit proposals. the prime minister is facing a huge challenge tomorrow in a key brexit vote, where eurosceptic conservative mps are threatening to rebel over her proposal which they say would commit the uk to avoid leaving the eu without a deal. our political editor laura kuenssberg is in the house of commons for us tonight. all eyes on parliament then? how important is the vote tomorrow going to be? it's not going to be some enormous showdown, the grand finale of this long process, but it is important, as mps put forward
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different ideas, whether there could be enough referendum, whether mps could try out different plans for brexit in the house of commons itself. it's important in theresa may's politicaljuggling act. right now, with some talks going on in brussels about trying to find a twig, a change to her brexit deals, it's important for her to be able to show the eu that she is capable of winning here in parliament. part of her plan has been to show that gradually, bit by bit, she is able to stitch something together after what was a whopping defeat of her plan at the end of last month. as you suggest, as things stand, her trickiest customers are the brexiteers on her own backbenches, and they are not, as things stand, planning to support her in that vote tomorrow, which means she may well end up losing again, just at the moment, when as far as negotiations are concerned, she really needs to be showing the european union that
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she is capable of a victory. however grudging and difficult it may well be. new footage has emerged of the hull university student libby squire on the night she disappeared. the cctv images show the 21—year—old near the welly club music venue in hulljust after iipm on the 31st of january. police are continuing to search an area close to oak road playing fields, near the last known sighting of libby. a pilot accused of killing 11 people in a crash at the shoreham airshow in 2015 has dismissed claims that he had a cavalier attitude to flying as he begun giving evidence at his trial. it's the first time that 54—year—old andrew hill has spoken in public since he was pulled from the wreckage of his hawker hunter jet. he denies manslaughter by gross negligence. daniela relph reports. andrew hill has not spoken publicly since the crash in august 2015. but today, he began to give his version of events. on a perfect summer's day, he had been at the controls of this vintage jet fighter at the
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shoreham airshow. but, during a loop manoeuvre, the prosecution say he was too low and too slow, with devastating consequences. the plane hit the busy a27 road — 11 people died. 0ne expert witness for the prosecution told the court andrew hill's flying had been about as negligent as you could get. but in his defence, mr hill described his extensive experience from the raf to british airways. his barrister asked him: andrew hill replied: asked by his barrister about shoreham's catastrophic end,
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andrew hill spoke about his attitude to risk. he said the primary aim of the display had been to avoid risk. the trial has already heard from medical staff who treated andrew hill — he told them he had blacked out during the flight. he continues his evidence tomorrow. daniela relph, bbc news, the old bailey. our top story this evening: three men in their 80s have been found murdered in exeter in what police described as an unprecedented event. and millions use it but what impact does it have? we hear from a group of young people about the way social media influences their lives. coming up on sportsday on bbc news: anthonyjoshua will fight in the us for the first time injune. the venue — madison square garden. his opponent — an unbeaten new yorker known as big baby. they're dogs that have been trained for illegal fighting —
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underground matches that result in many being killed and seriously injured. a bbc undercover investigation has found that they're being traded around the world, including britain, for thousands of pounds. 0ur year—long investigation was originally based on evidence from the charity the league against cruel sports. tonight it has called for tougher policing of illegal dogfighting and tougher penalties. a warning — tom symond's report includes some distressing images of animal cruelty from the start. for more than an hour, this dog has fought for his survival... ..until this. he died the next day. they call this a sport, but it's illegal in most countries. the injuries are horrific. this is an italian investigator, who's been working undercover for us for months. she was sent this video by one of the men who attended the fight.
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bulgarian ivaylo nikolov wants you to think he's delivering pets around the world, but one of his dogs chewed through the bars of its cage. we've been told he was involved in the trafficking of fighting dogs. the uk charity, the league against cruel sports, had been watching him. we found 29 countries across four continents where he is selling dogs. 29 countries? 29 countries, in four continents. that's big business. yeah, big business. bulgaria — this is where he lives, and where many fighting dogs are now coming from. 0ur undercover investigator made contact, interested in buying one. he took the bait. he said he could get us "tested dogs, match winners." we used specialist pedigree websites to examine which dogs had been bred from his. it turned out, ivaylo nikolov shipped one of his champions
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to britain, where it bred this dog. clues in the picture helped us identify its owner. he is kerry evans, who was convicted of dog fighting offences in 2014. this video was filmed in his back garden. nikolov‘s bulgarian bloodline extends to britain. and now, he's keen to do a deal with our investigator. he's offered us a fully grown fighting dog. the price is 3000 euros, and we're on our way to meet up with him. the dog is tested, ready to go. previously, he said, "keep it private". but he seems to trust us. he's now sending voice messages. a very greatjoy for me, when i meet people with such a great desire. and i'm not talking about sales, money or anything else, i'm only talking about the true, pure love for the game. but this is the game.
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he sent us this video. the lighter dog is the one we're buying. by the end, both are covered in blood and the men have blood on their hands. it's time to meet, on the way to picking up the dog. he's made preparations. in his car, there's a box forthe dog, and... hello, ivaylo, we're from bbc news. but we're not about to give him money. so... we'd like to talk to you about your dogs business. the dogs you're trading around the world, how much money do you make from that? how much money are you making from it? nothing. nothing? no. you're not making anything? you're not trading fighting dogs around the world? no. yes, you are.
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we've been watching you for some time, ivaylo. no. we know what you've been doing. is it right that the dogs you put into fight get injured and get killed? no. so, why do you do it? are you going to answer our questions? i don't know you, i don't want to talk to you. back in the uk, the scottish society for the prevention of cruelty to animals recently seized these dogs. with police under pressure when it comes to animal cruelty, charities lead the way. the crime is horrific and it leads to such dreadful injuries to the dogs. i think we've to get much tougher with their sentencing than where we are at the moment, with six months and a fine. as for ivaylo nikolov, we've heard nothing, butjust after we confronted him, his online social media profiles disappeared. tom symonds, bbc news. a woman blamed by the accused, for killing six—year—old
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alesha macphail, on the isle of bute lastjuly, has denied being involved in her death. toni mclachlan, here on the right, was giving evidence at the trial of a 16—year—old boy, who denies abducting, raping and murdering alesha. the teenager, who cannot be named because of his age, claims ms mclachlan killed alesha. the trial continues. a ao—year—old man has been found guilty of the robbery and manslaughter of a 100—year—old woman in derby. polish born sofija kaczan, a holocaust survivor during the second world war, died of pneumonia just days after being mugged for her handbag. her neck was broken in the attack. artur waszkiewicz from london had denied the charges. 0ur correspondent sima kotecha was at the trial, and has this report. she survived the horrors of the nazi prison camps and chose to make her home in derby, but 100—year—old sofija kaczan's life was cruelly ended by a senseless attack. the man responsible — artur waszkiewicz, a heroin addict who was desperate for cash, so he could feed his drug addiction. today, a jury unanimously convicted him of robbing and killing her.
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it was late may, just before nine o'clock in the morning. sofija kaczan was walking along here, making her way to church. she was approached from behind. waszkiewicz knocked her to the ground, snatched her handbag from her with such force that he ripped off its handle in the process, and then he left her bleeding, on the road. her neck and cheekbone were fractured. days later, her condition deteriorated and she died from pneumonia, which was brought on by the injuries. it was just terrible to see. she couldn't lift her arms, she couldn't feed herself, you know... it was terrible, really. a frail, vulnerable woman, killed for a drug habit. waszkiewicz will be sentenced tomorrow. sima kotecha, bbc news, derby crown court. millions of children and young people are using social media every day — everything from instagram
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to snapchat, facebook to twitter. and they're using it a lot, which has led to concerns from many quarters about the impact it all has on their lives. the family of 14—year—old molly russell, who killed herself after viewing images of self harm and suicide, say they partly blame instagram for her death. her suicide has opened up a wider debate about social media. 0ur correspondent ashley john—baptiste has been talking to a group of young people in birmingham, to find out how it influences their lives. a group of people in their 20s. they're from different parts of the country and have never met before. they've come to birmingham to share their experiences of social media. how has social media enhanced your life? for me, social media created what i am today. i run my own business, i've been doing that since the age of 11. being so young and starting that out, i didn't learn that from a textbook.
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i didn't learn it from being told by my family. it was all learnt online. it's introduced me to people from all over the world, and they can be from anywhere. i mean, i've got in touch with people from the philippines, i've got in touch with people from vietnam. tenika, you have multiple sclerosis. how has social media helped you with your condition? it's helped me a lot. for example, on instagram all i have to do is type in hashtag ms and so many things pop up, and people. i can find out about diets, what's worked for certain people, what sort of things trigger their symptoms. i think when you use social media properly, it can be really good. for me, i was exposed to a lot of content of self harm images. it became a habit for me to still view this content. i was in this mindset, this really dark place. eventually, i actually started self harming myself. so, i started cutting on my arms and on my legs. i got to the point where ijust had to delete all of my social media. how's that been for you?
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i think it's unfair to say that social media caused me to feel really down and depressed, but it didn't help. i feel since deleting all of my social media, i feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. do you guys feel safe on social media? i feel totally safe on social media, just due to the fact that i only follow what i want to see. for me, it's to do with the mindset. because if your mind is strong enough, then you can overcome anything. social media's got its good and its bad points. it's brilliant, people like yourself, who can then reach people all across the world, but then we're increasingly disconnected from the situation we're in right now. like, you go out for food with your friends and you're all on your phone are not actually taking in the atmosphere. can you relate to that? yeah. i can't relate to that. you can't? yeah. go on. just due to the fact that if you're with your friends, it's a moment with all your friends, so there's no need to be on your phone, unless you're trying to capture a moment. whilst views differ on its impact, what they all agree on is social
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media cannot always replace the benefit of meeting face to face. ashleyjohn—baptiste, bbc news. if you're upset about any of the issues raised in tonight's report and would like details of organisations which offer advice and support — go online to bbc.co.uk/actionline, or you can call for free at any time to hear recorded information 0800 066 066. british horse racing has begun again after a six—day shutdown because of the highly contagious equine flu. there were four fixtures today at musselburgh, southwell, kempton park and plumpton, where richard conway has spent the day and sent this report. racing has finally found its remedy for the flu, and thoroughbreds are once more permitted to run. stringent procedures on vaccinations and documents are now in place, with officials on watch at plumpton today, to ensure their new rules are enforced. they're simple measures with putting in place,
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to ensure that when the horses do arrive at the racecourse, there's not the risk of a horse which may be symptomatic entering and mingling with other horses. not every trainer is permitted to racejust yet, given a backlog of flu tests in need of analysis — something some feel is an overreaction. but anxiety over a long—term stoppage has now receded. we are self employed, we need to race, we only get paid to ride out there competitively. so, we wouldn't want any more and we don't want any more in the future, so it's just good to get back. acey milan on the far side from colditz castle... and get back he did, holding on to win the first race. ..showing great stamina and forges on to win it in the end. the racing is back to winning ways, this has been a short—term stoppage and that is a relief both to the sport and those who rely on it to make a living. 0ur race days are vitally important to us a more locally, there some pubs around, there is a village shop, there's the train station that's manned that has lots of people coming, taxis, local accommodation.
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i think it has quite a far—reaching effect. meanwhile, for those enjoying a day out, it was also good to be back. it's just that we planned a weekend, a couple of days away and we booked a hotel and everything and thought, "what are we going to do if there is no racing?!" what have you been doing for the last six days, has it been agonising? i've been doing overtime, saving up for today. what else can you do? racing holds a special place in britain's sporting life. a six day lay—off due to equine flu has, in many ways, reinforced that position and reminded many of its unique appeal. richard conway, bbc news, plumpton. time for a look at the weather... here's nick miller. some sunshine, spring is in the air, surely not, it's february! it's knocking on the door. 16 degrees, how does that sound? nice, pretty good. not everywhere will get as high as at
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that temperature is widely above normalfor that temperature is widely above normal for the that temperature is widely above normalfor the time of that temperature is widely above normal for the time of year and the feel of the weather, helped by more sunshine in the next couple of days, already in the channel islands and that will develop more widely as we go through the rest of what's left of this week. where is the air coming from? further south than the channel islands, the canaries. milderair channel islands, the canaries. milder air wafting our way and coming with more sunshine. there is a drier component to the air, meaning less cloud. there has been cloud today and i still will be overnight in northern england and northern ireland. the clearer skies, where we have the cooler colours is where we have the cooler colours is where we have the cooler colours is where we will see a hint of frost in places. especially parts of east anglia and south—east england, in the countryside at or below freezing. but look how mild it is in the western isles to start the day tomorrow. it will be damp the further north you are in scotland to begin with. another look at the bigger picture. the air coming all the way from here. we have that weather front delivering some cloud and also patchy rain initially, but
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even that gets shunted away northwards as we go through the day tomorrow. whilst we start with cloud in scotland and parts of northern ireland and northern england, some sunny spells developing through the day. what is left of the cloud and rain willjust hang around shetland. in england and wales, some sunny spells. it is quite breezy, maybe not as windy as it has been today. those are some of the temperatures we are expecting, could see 111—15 around the moray firth. 0n we are expecting, could see 111—15 around the moray firth. on friday, plenty of sunshine to begin with, fairly chilly to start the day. some cloud edging into the west of northern ireland and the west of scotland. some patchy rain coming back that more 145 and on friday we could see 16 or 61. when it's down mild into the weekend? this is an early taste of what we are expecting. the temperature is still in double figures. more cloud on saturday, some patchy rain spreading gradually southwards and then on sunday, some sunny spells coming back. we talked about spring knocking at the door, there is your
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evidence. it surely can't last that nice whilst it does. thank you. a reminder of our main story, three men in their 80s have been found murdered in exeter in what police describe as an unprecedented event. two of the men are identical twins. the third man was found a mile away with similar injuries. that's all from the bbc news at six hello this is bbc news with clive myrie. the headlines: a man's been arrested on suspicion of murder, following the deaths of 3 men in their 80s in exeter, two of whom were believed to be twins. inflation has fallen to 1.8 %, its lowest level for two years. the prime minister faces the threat of another defeat in parliament on her brexit deal tomorrow, as some conservative mps threaten to rebel. a man is found guilty of killing a 100 year—old woman in derby, who died after he stole her handbag.
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a pilot accused of causing the deaths of 11 people has started giving evidence at his trial — andrew hill denies manslaughter by gross negligence. we 100 days gives us the... what will happen if nicolas maduro refuses to step down as venezuela's president. he met with the colombian president at the white house. the home secretary says social media companies should be made to take more responsibility for cracking
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down on content that feels knife crime at. and at 1040 and 1130 tonight our guests on the papers will be the political editor of the daily mirror and the political correspondent at the times. lots to look forward to. hello and welcome to sportsday. wembley waits, it is the big european night. spurs host dortmund, for the champions league.
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