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rhodes the government has been ordered the government has been the brexit ferry fiasco — ordered to pay 33 million pounds to eurotunnel in an agreement now, the government has to pay to settle a lawsuit over extra ferry £33 million to eurotunnel. services in the event of a no—deal brexit. pakistan has freed an indian fighter pilot captured after his plane was shot down in pakistan—administered kashmir. a man who gave his girlfriend drugs the comnpany said contracts at a festival and filmed her for extra ferry services as she died has beenjailed if there's a no—deal brexit were given out in secret. for eight and a half years labour says the transport secretary for her manslaughter. chris grayling, must go. he stumbles from catastrophe the georgian authorities are asked to extradite jack shepherd back to the uk, to disaster and its just gross after killing a woman in a speedboat crash on the river thames. to disaster and it's just gross incompetence on an industrial scale and enough is enough and this man has got to be out of his post by monday. and a damning report today says probation reforms under mr grayling in a moment it will be as justice secretary cost taxpayers time for sportsday. half a billion pounds. but first a look at what else is coming up this also on the programme... evening on bbc news... eight—and—a—half years in jail for the man who filmed his girlfriend as she was dying after giving her drugs. the georgian authorities are asked to extradite we'll examine the repurcussions of today's decision that rules aimed jack shepherd back to the uk, at preventing illegal immigrants after he killed a woman from renting properties
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are "discriminatory" , in a speedboat crash and that they breach on the river thames. human rights laws. what do you want to see in the bbc‘s coverage of brexit with transport secretary, in the run—up to 29th march? we've been finding out, chris grayling, under pressure in your brexit takeover. and what exactly is under the surface of mars? a robotic probe is trying to find out. and coming up on bbc news... katarina johnson—thompson goes for gold at the european indoor athletics. she's leading the pentathlon after three of the five events. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. the government has been forced to pay £33 million to eurotunnel to settle a legal dispute over brexit contingency plans, in the event of no deal.
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the department for transport had given ferry contracts to three companies, including one with no ships and no port. but eurotunnel said the process had been "secretive and flawed". labour blames chris grayling, the transport secretary, who oversaw the contract process, and says he should resign. our business correspondent joe miller is at the eurotunnel terminal in folkestone. the department for transport has already had to walk away from one of its three no deal brexit ferry contracts but the government has now had to spend tens of millions of pounds to avoid a trial which would probably have uncovered how it went about awarding those lucrative deals in the first place. the beneficiary is the company behind me, eurotunnel, which has now secured public funding to upgrade its facilities. remember this? the brexit contract
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for seaborne freight, a company with no ferries, based at a port which isn't ready. in order to make sure these ferries are still sailing after a no deal brexit, the taxpayer is now facing a £33 million bill. rivals eurotunnel said they were u nfa i rly rivals eurotunnel said they were unfairly treated and sued the department for transport over what it called a secretive approach to awarding shipping contracts. the company which has won ferries in the past said it should have been considered as part of a no deal plan. labour says it's a disaster, calling on the transport secretary to resign. the country cannot afford chris grayling, he has got to go, for the credit ability of our nation and my goodness me, the people working for him must be pulling their hair out, he stumbles from catastrophe to disaster and it's just gross incompetence on an industrial scale, enough is enough and this man has got to be out of his post by monday. chris grayling was nowhere to be seen, at his
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house, or his office, or his department today. but the government says its £33 million deal with eurotunnel was necessary to ensure vital medicines get through after brexit. the contracts and the ferries that are going to be available are critical our contingency plans, so it's a good thing that the agreement has been made today. sources close to the case say the government felt it was being held over a barrel by eurotunnel and had it not settled, it could have faced seeing vital freight contracts cancelled and would have had to publiclyjustify why it only started no deal planning late last year. today, eurotunnel agreed it would spend some of the money on improving its terminal facilities here in folkestone. today, the eurotunnel agreed it would spend some of the money on
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improving its terminal facilities here in folkestone. but the scrutiny of mr grayling isn't over, his department will face an independent review and may yet be brought back to face the courts. joe miller, bbc news, folkestone. our deputy political editor, john pienaar, is at westminster. the eurotunnel payout, this is another apparent misstep for a beleaguered is to grayling? so it is, clive, to call chris grayling accident—prone would be to bend the laws of bob willis to, nobody is that unlucky, there have to be other explanations, and there are. take this eurotunnel story, the government was late getting going and it's no deal brexit planning, grayling was trying to get ahead and critics say he stumbled, also today, the westminster financial watchdog the westminster financial watchdog the national audit office is blaming chris grayling for failings in the national audit office is blaming chris grayling forfailings in his pa rt chris grayling forfailings in his part privatisation of the probation service, an extra £500 million cost to the taxpayer, rates of reported
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reoffending way up. all ministers run into trouble but chris grayling has a record of misadventures and missteps and mishaps, there was the prison ban which was overturned by the courts, there was the chaos with the courts, there was the chaos with the rail timetables, chris grayling was heavily criticised for that. now, today, downing street is telling us theresa may has full confidence in her transport minister. with brexit at a critical stage, theresa may would hate to lose a loyal colleague and hand a scalp to her enemies and make an embarrassing story was, to prolong it, not close it down. does that mean chris grayling is safe in his job? well, there was a surprise here that chris grayling survived theresa may's last reshuffle, if she gets her brexit deal through and if she goes on to have another cabinet reshuffle, and those are big ifs, there will be more surprise, and a lot of criticism from critics, if chris grayling is standing still at the end of that. john pina, thank
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you. a man has beenjailed for eight—and—a—half years ceon broughton supplied his girlfriend with drugs then flimed her as she was dying at the bestival music her family told winchester crown court they'd been torn apart by her death and their lives have been forever diminished. wee! festivalfairy, louella! louella, hours before her death. alongside her, her boyfriend, ceon. today, her mother described how the family's hearts and souls had been ripped out, her father said his daughter's life was cut cruelly short. regardless of the outcome of this harrowing trial, there were never going to be any winners. we began our life sentence on what would have been louella's 25th birthday. ceon's life sentence is knowing that he didn't help louella to live. the couple had travelled
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to bestival in dorset for her 25th birthday weekend. there, she took the drug 2cp, given to her by broughton, and suffered a fatal reaction to it. as she lay dying in this wooded area, broughton filmed her and failed to seek help until it was too late, despite the medical tent being just 400 metres away. sentencing him to 8.5 years, the trialjudge said broughton had only been concerned for himself and didn't want to get arrested — at the time, he had a suspended sentence for possessing a knife. a statement read on broughton‘s behalf said... finally, an apology — but there can be little comfort for louella's grieving family. today, her sister told the court that she tries every single day to understand why ceon didn't help louella. sarah campbell, bbc news.
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pakistan has released the indian fighter pilot captured on wednesday. he was handed over in darkness, at a border crossing in the north indian state of punjab. our correspondent sangita myska is in delhi for us this evening. two days ago the international community feared that two nuclear neighbours, india and pakistan, could be on the brink of war. every twist and turn in the fate of india's wing commander has been followed by millions. even when he was about to be handed back by pakistan after 60 hours in captivity, he was kept at the border for several minutes before finally being allowed to cross. his jet was shot down by the pakistani air force during a dogfight in the skies over the disputed region of kashmir. both india and pakistan have claimed kashmir should be theirs for 70 yea rs of. kashmir should be theirs for 70 years of. tensions have been rising
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between the two nuclear nations in the past two weeks. it follows a terror attack in indian administered kashmir carried out by an islamist militant group based in pakistan. it is not entirely clear what will happen next. but what we know is that because by the international community to continue to de—escalate tensions will carry on over the coming days. sangita myska, thank you. the prosecutor's office in georgia has told the bbc it's received a request to extradite jack shepherd — the man convicted of killing a woman in a speedboat crash in 2015 on the river thames. shepherd handed himself in to police in georgia in january after months on the run. our moscow correspondent, steve rosenberg, has been given exclusive access to the prison in the capital, tbilisi, where he's being held. on the edge of tbilisi, this is penitentiary number eight. a high securityjail with around 3000 prisoners. and one of them is british.
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jack shepherd. after months on the run, the convicted killer is behind bars in georgia, pending extradition proceedings. we're the first foreign tv crew to be allowed inside this jail. what we're not allowed is any contact with shepherd. and this is jack shepherd's prison cell, room 101. he shares it with two other inmates. shepherd sleeps on this bed here. the prison authorities tell me that for security reasons, shepherd is under 24—hour surveillance. jack shepherd and surrendered to georgian police after ten months in hiding. he'd fled britain to escape his trial for manslaughter. in his absence, he was sentenced to six years in prison for the death of charlotte brown. she'd been on a date with shepherd when his speedboat crashed
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on the river thames. today, georgian prosecutors confirmed to me they've now received the official request from britain for shepherd to be sent home. so, how confident are you that jack shepherd will be extradited? i'm very confident that mr shepherd will be extradited to the united kingdom. to this end, we will do everything, we will take every measure to convince the georgian judge that this person deserves to be extradited to the united kingdom. the authorities say that jack shepherd could be gone from here within a month. but until extradition is approved, this is where jack shepherd will remain, on remand in penitentiary number eight, under lock and key, in a georgianjail. steve rosenberg, bbc news, tbilisi. our top story this evening. the brexit ferry fiasco — now the government has to pay
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£33 million to eurotunnel. and still to come... more than a decade after sean rigg died in police custody, five officers are cleared of misconduct. coming up on sportsday on bbc news... brendan rodgers says he hopes celtic fans will forgive him as he begins life back in the premier league with leicester city. there's just a month to go before the uk is due to leave the european union, and there are still plenty of unanswered questions. so today, we've been finding out what you want to know about brexit and trying to analyse how all our lives might change. we've been giving viewers
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the opportunity to contribute to our coverage. our business correspondent, emma simpson, has been we do audience with some questions on brexit. how could brexit affect the food i buy? i think a lot of people want to know about this. here isa thing, people want to know about this. here is a thing, a third of our food imports come from the eu. if there is no deal, it is possible we might see delays at the ports, which could cause disruption for lorries delivering food. right now our food supply chain is really efficient, any added friction i doing customs checks and paperwork, will mean extra costs. the government's impact assessments released this week warned that some food prices are likely to increase. for instance, fresh produce like lettuce and tomatoes from spain. what will also affect prices is what tariffs or taxes are applied, as products across the eu— uk border. now the
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government could choose to lower tariffs or lose them altogether. that could mean cheaper food coming from other parts of the world. but you have to factor in things like a likely fall in the pound, which would make impacts —— imports more expensive. if we leave with a deal then things stay the same. that is because it will be a 21 month transition period as we try to figure out what our future trading relationship will be with the eu. how can brexit affect my holiday plans to europe? first things first, with or without a deal, planes will still fly to and from the eu after the 29th of march. that is something both european leaders and the government have promised. ferries, cruise ships, coaches and the eu rostar cruise ships, coaches and the eurostar are expected to keep going as normal. and if there is a deal, we will all be able to keep travelling as we do know for the duration of the transition period. but what if there is no deal? lots
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of people are worried that there could be hold—ups and that is hard to predict. we won't be entitled to use the eu lane any more when we get to passport control. as non—eu nationals, different border control checks will apply. what could be different once i am abroad? on driving holiday, no deal and a uk licence might not be enough, you might need to buy an international driving permit to hit the roads in the eu. using your mobile phone, british travellers will not automatically avoid roaming charges if there is no deal although some networks have already said they are not planning to bring the fees back in. but perhaps one of the biggest changes will be to the european health insurance card. carried by around 27 million british people. it lets you access state health care in eu countries but it will not be valid if there is no deal. the government is suggesting people make sure their travel insurance covers
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this time of thing instead. —— of this time of thing instead. —— of this time of thing. and you can find more information about today's events at the bbc and on brexit more widely at bbc.co.uk/brexit. five metropolitan police officers have been cleared of misconduct over the death of a man who died at brixton police station. sean rigg was being restrained while in custody in august 2008. a police misconduct panel found "none of the allegations are proved" against the five officers. the metropolitan police says it's sorry about mr rigg's death and that it had "fully scrutinised" all the facts. june kelly reports. sean rigg had mental health problems and hadn't been taking his medication. there was concern over the way he was behaving. he was arrested and officers restrained him lying on his front for seven minutes.
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today, the disciplinary panel said this wasn't an excessive amount of time. one of the reasons for the officers were cleared of gross misconduct. for sean rigg's sister, marcia, this was finally the end of a decade—long campaign to have someone held accountable for her brother's death. today's decision by the panel is the wrong decision. and my question is, if the officers apparently did the right thing, why is he dead? by the time sean rigg got to brixton police station, his physical health had deteriorated badly. he collapsed and died from a heart attack. one officer had talked about him feigning unconsciousness. the country's biggest police force says it has learned lessons from this case, especially in dealing with those with mental health problems. that has transformed in the period of the ten—and—a—half years since sean rigg died. we now work very closely with mental health trusts and with the ambition of making sure that if people have
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to be in police care and control, that that is for as short a time as possible. one of the officers, andrew burkes, has retrained as a church of england minister while waiting for the disciplinary process to get underway. the police watchdog has acknowledged it contributed to the delays. marcia rigg said that by never giving up their fight, sean rigg's family were the winners in this case. june kelly, bbc news. the high end fashion chain lk bennett has lined up an administrator as it struggles to stay in business. the retailer, which is famous for its kitten heels and counts the duchess of cambridge among its customers, has 41 shops in the uk with nearly 500 staff. salisbury in wiltshire has been declared decontaminated almost a year after the novichok poisonings, which left sergei and yulia skripal seriously ill in hospital. military teams have
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spent 13,000 hours on the clean—up operation at mr skripal‘s house and 11 other sites. the army says it's been "the longest running" operation of its kind on british soil. hundreds of pupils have been kept away from a primary school in birmingham by their parents today in protest over lessons on same—sex relationships. parkfield school, which has a majority of muslim pupils, says it's promoting diversity and inclusion. our midlands correspondent, sima kotecha, has the story. today, a quieter parkfield school. 600 fewer pupils out of a total of more than 700. it's been called a protest. some parents, most of whom are of muslim faith, are unhappy about the school teaching their children about same—sex relationships. telling children as young as four that it's ok to be gay, if you are a muslim, if you are a christian, itjust doesn't go with our beliefs, our rights. but there are same—sex couples in society, like there are people
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of different faiths and cultures. so why not allow your child to see what reflects society? i just don't think there is a need. it's not age appropriate. through its no outsiders programme, involving story books, students are introduced to characters from same—sex couples. the school wouldn't talk to us today but in a letter seen by the bbc that has been sent to parents, it says "at no point during any teaching would the school ever encourage children to become lgbt and at no point promote this as a specific way of life." it goes on to say, "no outsiders is all about saying that everybody is different in many ways and we should treat everybody equally, with dignity and respect." the children are due back on monday but some parents tell us they will permanently remove them if the school doesn't change its syllabus. relationship education is always going to be a hot topic for parents. and parents have got a right to have their voice heard.
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there's lots of different ways in which you can teach the equalities act. ofsted has previously said that all children must learn about same—sex relationships, regardless of their religious background. sima kotecha, bbc news, birmingham. scientists have begun the first ever exploration below the surface of mars. nasa landed a robotic probe called insight on the red planet late last year, and after several months of checks and preparations, research is finally underway. our science editor, david shukman, reports. it's a mission to mars like no other. a fiery descent last november that unfolded exactly as planned in this nasa animation. it's a hazardous journey that others have made before. but this time the spacecraft touching down on the surface has a unique job. so for mission control, getting there was a huge relief. touchdown confirmed. cheering and applause.
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amid all the celebrations, they've been checking that everything is working so the science can begin. nasa is not the only team exploring mars. others are busy there as well. amazingly, there are six spacecraft in orbit around the red planet, taking pictures and gathering data. three from america, two from europe and one from india. but only nasa has successfully got robotic missions down onto the ground itself. and the latest to touch down is very different from the ones that have gone before. called insight, here it is, it is getting its power from solar panels, like the others. but it has a completely new kind of mission. not investigating the surface of mars but what's inside it instead. and it's doing it with some very clever instruments. a sensor placed on the ground is detecting seismic activity — tremors from volcanoes, for example — to build up a picture of the internal structure of the planet. and a special kind of drill has another role —
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to burrow underground. the deepest ever attempted on another world, five metres down, to measure the heat flowing up from the interior. it's all part of trying to understand what has happened to mars. how it formed at the same time as earth but then ended up so very different. one of the key instruments, a seismometer, was designed and built in britain, at imperial college london and oxford university. the highly sensitive device can pick up the slightest tremor to help create a snapshot of the interior of mars. every time an earthquake goes off, it's like a flashlight illuminating the interior of the earth and you can imagine the same thing on mars. every time, if there is a big enough marsquake that we can see ringing around the planet, that would be very exciting because it would give us that quick flash of what the inside of the planet looks like. wind rumbles. this is what the wind really sounds like on mars. the first time anyone has heard it, picked up by the spacecraft
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soon after it landed. the hope now was that with all the instruments ready, there will be a lot more discoveries to follow. david shukman, bbc news. time for a look at the weather. here's chris fawkes. asjon snow as jon snow might asjon snow might have said, winter is coming! it has been quite cloudy today and we had sent david's day sunshine smiling down on the coastline of wales but further west the cloud has been gathering with rainfor the cloud has been gathering with rain for northern ireland and across the other side of the atlantic we are watching this area of cloud which is going to become storm frank, bringing strong winds are away towards the second half of the weekend. i mentioned the rain in northern ireland, that will push northwards and eastwards as we go through the night before clearing across western parts. it will be a breezy night, relatively mild with temperatures at 4—9d. the weekend prospects are unsettled, rain at
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times and strong wind. on saturday, after a bright start across england, scotla nd after a bright start across england, scotland and wales, the weather goes downhill in northern ireland with rain and the winds will strengthen all the while as we go through the day. mild but increasingly windy. as we go through saturday night, those winds could gust up to 55 or even 75 mph across the west of scotland. it will become blustery indeed through the night. we have another batch of windy weather coming in for the second half of the weekend. this is storm freya, this will explosively deepen on its final approach towards the british isles that is why it will get windy. on sunday the first signs will be this band of rain pushing northwards across england and wales and with the far north of scotland, a blustery day with sunshine and passing showers. quite mild across england and wales are 12 01’ mild across england and wales are 12 or 13 mild across england and wales are 12 or13 and mild across england and wales are 12 or 13 and could further north but later in the day on sunday we will see the wind is really picking up in strength. gusts on western coasts around 70 or even 80 mph and a
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swathe of strong winds will work inland. strong enough to cause localised disruption by the time it gets to monday morning. and that's the weather. thank you. now, a little earlier we told you about our brexit takeover, where all day bbc news has been giving viewers the chance to contribute to, and shape, our brexit coverage across radio, online and tv. in a moment the news where you are — but we leave you with some of the highlights from the day. first of all, welcome to guests and members of the audience. i feel i still don't know much about what's actually going to happen. if only we knew! i think the bbc should have been more positive on what we can get from the eu. i hope you guys have picked up a lot from it as well. we certainly have. i felt sometimes you were very biased with the presenters' opinions
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on brexit and things like that. but that's changed now. rachel is in the newsroom. rachel bergen... if there was one more thing you could say about the bbc's coverage you would like to see or a different kind of voice, what would it be? i think it would be really interesting for me to see where each and every fact comes from. let's not keep going to the businessman who is remain. i'm sorry, there's two sides to this. you are talking about positivity. where has the money gone and how has it been used? the eu has put some money into this part of the world. out of this we are going to make some telly.
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