good afternoon. a 17—year—old girl has been stabbed to death at a park in east london. the victim was found in harold hill last night. police have launched a murder investigation. no arrests have been made so far and the victim has not yet been formally identified. katy austin reports. police forensic teams have been examining this park in a quiet residential area of romford today, paying particular attention to the children's playpark. it was just before 9:30 last night that emergency services arrived to find a 17—year—old girl who had been stabbed. she was pronounced dead shortly afterwards. a woman whose house overlooks the park told me herfamily heard a commotion last night and she rushed out. she said there was a small group of young people and she was told one of them had been stabbed. she tried to help the girl as she lay bleeding. an ambulance arrived, but the teenager could not be saved. i'm quite shocked, to be honest, that someone died here, because i can
with my baby quite often to this part, and i thought it safe. but, from now, i don't think i am ever going to come ever. the london mayor, sadiq khan, said today he was devastated by the fatal stabbing. i've got a daughter aged 17 years old. many londoners, maybe around the country, will know people who are young and but for the grace of god, it could be one of our children who lost their lives last night. there are people who know who are responsible and the message to them is to please contact the police. it is really important that justice is done. the teenager has not been formally identified and no one has been arrested. but murder squad detectives are investigating the death of the first female to be stabbed to death in the capital this year. katie austin, bbc news. the american ambassador in london has urged britain to embrace us farming methods to help secure a post—brexit trade deal, saying fears over chlorine—washed chicken and hormone—fed beef were "myths".
in a newspaper article woodyjohnson compared food production in the eu to a museum of agriculture. our business correspondent rob young is here. why has he felt the need to say this and what's the reaction been? trade talks can start in earnest once the uk leaves the european union. if that is on schedule it is the end of this month. food could become a sticking point. us chicken washed in chlorine and beef produced with growth hormone have approved controversial in europe. but the us is clear that bigger agricultural access in the uk is one of its main aim when it enters into trade talks. the us ambassador has written he thinks there has been a smear campaign against us food, saying production techniques in europe i like the museum of agriculture. the uk government has set high standards will not be compromised in the pursuit of trade deals. the national farmers union says it says consumers
wa nt to farmers union says it says consumers want to maintain the current standard of food production here, but they said there was a huge risk foaming standard could be sacrificed as trade talks begin because the us has insisted in various trade negotiations that it wants to sell more food around the world. rob young, thank you. rob young, thank you. the us space agency nasa and the private company spacex have successfully launched an astronaut capsule from american soil for the first time in eight years. the spacex falcon blasted off from the kennedy space centre on an uncrewed test—flight to the international space station. spacex founder elon musk says it could be the first step towards opening space travel to commercial customers. pallab ghosh reports. three, two, one, zero, ignition, lift off. up and away, the spacex mighty falcon rocket. and on top the dragon space capsule. designed to take four astronauts
into space, but notjust yet. instead just a solitary crash test dummy wired with sensors in one of the seats. this uncrewed test is part of an ambitious nasa project to send astronauts into space from us soil once more. what today really represents is a new era in space flight, an era where we are looking forward to being one customer as an agency and as a country. it has been eight long years since the country that won the space race has been grounded. the shuttle was withdrawn from service because it was unsafe and nasa had to pay the russian space agency to send its astronauts to the space station on its soyuz rockets. but in 2014 nasa awarded spacex and boeing a combined £5 billion contract so that each could build their own spacecraft. we believe in the future of space
and it is important that we be up there among the stars. we want the things that are in science fiction novels and movies not to be science fiction for ever. we want them to be real one day. nasa hopes to use the vehicles to send astronauts into space by the end of the year. pallab ghosh, bbc news. with all the sport now, here's mike bushell at the bbc sport centre. good afternoon. the first of the weekend's derby matches is under way at wembley with plenty at stake for tottenham and arsenal. tottenham are trying to avoid a third defeat in a row as they try to keep alive their fading title ambitions. but they are behind. a brilliant breakaway goal from aaron ramsay as arsenal look to keep hold of the fourth champions league place. tottenham have had a goal disallowed for offside. england's women take on the world number one team, the usa,
in the shebelieves cup, live on bbc 2 tonight. england could win the tournament with victory if other results go their way. in the home of country to take on the host country, england hope they can provide the same track to success can provide the same track to success and in a world cup year finding your rhythm is everything. the headline act on wednesday was beth mead, her wonder goal win against brazil. it means england are now in touching distance of silverware. if they beat the usa and japan draw in brazil, there will be cram, she believes, champions, something well within their grasp according to one of england's most experienced players. the big games i what we look forward to and we want to play the big games because we know we have a chance of winning them and we can compete and play against these teams. standing in
their way are formidable opponents, their way are formidable opponents, the team everybody wants to replicate, and aside for this summer that england probably have to be if they want to win the world cup. the usa are top of the world. the usa i3 times and reigning world champions, dominating women's football from the dot. type was not much takes place at the side of the tennessee titans and the crowd here know how to host and the crowd here know how to host a showdown. hopefully it will be full and we will get their day drinking on and they're tailgating on and it will be a good atmosphere. it isa on and it will be a good atmosphere. it is a good to replicate something thatis it is a good to replicate something that is a bit on the line and with a rowdy atmosphere. come to know, like all the best country songs, england will be hoping at least americans will be hoping at least americans will be hoping at least americans will be crying into their beer. joe curry, bbc news, nashville. joe curry, bbc news, nashville.
a great build—up. the british team will hope to build on their brilliant start to the european indoor athletics championships in glasgow. their aim is to top the medal table by tomorrow night. katarina johnson—thompson and laura muir won gold in the pentathlon and 3,000 metres respectively. action is back under way in glasgow this morning with the start of the 60m sprint heats. defending women's champion asha philip is safely through to tonight's semi finals after winning her heat. so too is the defending men's champion, fellow brit richard kilty. he finished second in his heat which sees him safely through to this evening. england'sjodi ewart shadoff is just two shots off the lead going into tomorrow's final round of the women's world championship. four birdies in a bogey—free 68 third round have put her into contention and nine under overall for the tournament in singapore. katie archibald has been forced to withdraw from the madison race later today at the track cycling world championships in poland. archibald had initially been deemed fit to continue after falling
heavily in yesterday's omnium event but british cycling have confirmed today that she developed signs of concussion overnight. elinor barker will now partner neah evans. live action is about to begin on bbc one after this bulletin. four gold medals to be won this afternoon. there are full details on the bbc sport website — bbc.co.uk/sport. that is all for now. that's it, the next news on bbc one is at twenty past six, bye for now. hello. you're watching the bbc news channel with lukwesa burak. reports from the disputed region of kashmir say there's been a new violation of the ceasefire
along the line of control between india and pakistan. 0vernight, fighting appeared to have eased, following pakistan's release of the pilot of a downed indian fighter jet. wing commander abhinandan varthaman was handed over to indian officials on friday and is being hailed as a national hero. 0ur correspondent yogita limaye is injammu — in indian—administered kashmir. she said the shelling is still going on. we do know that there was a ceasefire violation, in the sector that is about 100 kilometres from where i am in the city ofjammu. i was there two days ago, and even at that time, i was witnessing intense shelling. late last night, we had a relative calm after 12 or 14 hours, returning to the line of control between india and pakistan. the indian side say that it was pakistan that fired up and india responded, but these kinds of claims, there have been multiple ceasefire violations along the line of control.
people have died in those, as well. yesterday, on the indian side, we had one woman and her two children who died in shelling, because the shell landed on her home. of course, there are expectations, that after the return of the pilot last night, that tensions might ease between india and pakistan, but you have got to remember that this is a very long running issue, and we have had the dispute of kashmir going on since 1947. this particular dispute is about india saying that there are terrorist groups operating from pakistan, with the help of pakistani authorities, who are attacking india, and that their air strikes in pakistan were a response to that. pakistan, of course, denying that they are helping any militant groups on the ground, there. well the rising tensions
between india and pakistan in the past week have led to the evacuation of people who live in the border areas of kashmir on both sides. well the rising tensions between india and pakistan in the past week have led to the evacuation of people who live in the border areas of kashmir on both sides. 0ur correspondent shumaila jaffrey went to muzaffarabad in pakistan administered kashmir to speak to people who have been caught up in the conflict. another family has arrived at this temporary camp set up in a campus of this university. they are residents of border villages, on the pakistani side of the disputed kashmir region. the families were uprooted from their homes, a cross—border shelling started on the line of control. this family also arrived here last night. we heard a loud explosion, first we thought that it is raining, then there was another bang. we realised it was shelling. everybody got up and started running to save their lives, but i could not walk. it was so difficult to reach here.
the centre was set up by the local authorities, where free food and shelter being provided to the displaced. as a0 families had been registered here so far at many are also going to their relatives' homes. people are still coming in, the situation is tense. they are moving out of the troubled area. since morning, i have registered around 50 people and more are coming. this man is a retired school teacher, he has sheltered 50 displaced people in his home. he says that he is hosting these people with the help of the community. there are four to six villagers with a population of around 10,000, they ran out of their homes and spent the night in the bunkers. they came down next morning, some children did not have their shoes on. here, there is nervousness in the air but many are still hope that sanity will prevail and that both the countries will refrain from a full—scale war. shumaila jaffrey, bbc news.
the headlines on bbc news: spacex's falcon rocket blasts off from florida's kennedy space centre. it's on a mission to show nasa it can carry astronauts into space. labour's internal row over anti—semitism has deepened with two of the party's most senior figures clashing over how to handle complaints. reports from the disputed region of kashmir say there's been a new violation of the ceasefire along the line of control between india and pakistan. as we have been hearing, the american space agency, nasa, and space x has successfully launched a capsule from us soil for the first time in eight years. earlier on, i spoke to andy bradford. he told me
that today's launch is an important advance for the space industry as a whole. a really important step that spacex whole. a really important step that s pa cex have whole. a really important step that spacex have taken today, and nasa, to get people going back into space, using a commercially built rocket, so using a commercially built rocket, so it is very important, and it has really good potential impacts for here in the uk, as well. white back so you are here in the uk, as well. white back so you are hoping to launch the same capability within the uk, are we talking about developing the rocket, the hardware, or more a launch area? what exactly are you in the uk hoping to develop? actually, it's all of those things. we are working with companies and consortiums who are developing a space court, currently in the north of scotland, along with a company called 0rbex who are developing a new type of rocket. spacex
who are developing a new type of rocket. spa cex started who are developing a new type of rocket. spacex started developing a small rocket that launched satellites into space. this is exactly what 0rbex are going to do, and are doing right now, with a view to launching the first rocket in 2021. so, we start small, we start getting rocket into space, and then getting rocket into space, and then getting payloads on those. there is no specific plans to get people into space, but this is taking steps that could ultimately lead to that. and are you hoping, when are you hoping you could actually take off? the first launch is scheduled towards the end of 2021. it is always difficult to get these things develop. it is hard. new things to go into space, and rockets, it is not easy, so it is quite an ambitious schedule, but we are on track to do that at the moment, and the people who are working on those key elements, the space court and the rocket, we have got plans in place, and they are developing these things, as we speak. i mean, the
first that we have seen, with today's launch, you are looking at a collaboration with the likes of nasa. there is a huge background to nasa. there is a huge background to nasa itself. you have got the government helping with that comedy history... is there any possibility that yourselves, would be collaborating with the likes of the european space agency? absolutely. spaceis european space agency? absolutely. space is an international business. the international space station is a very international thing. in the influx of international governments to collaborate to make it work. and, yeah, certainly manned space flight is almost always collaborative in some way, especially nowadays, the chinese are doing it mostly on their own, but the european space agency, nasa, and russia are collaborating. manned space will always be a internationally collaborative
industry. two senior labour figures have clashed over how the party handles anti—semitism. the general secretary, jennie formby accused the deputy leader, tom watson, of using a "vague parallel process" by asking labour mps to forward complaints to him. mr watson said people had lost trust in labour's ability to investigate allegations. 0ur political correspondent, nick eardley reports. chanting: enough is enough. allegations of anti—semitism have not been easy for the labour party — protests byjewish groups outside parliament, mps quitting the party accusing the leadership of failing to act, rows over whether it is even a problem. chris williamson, an ally ofjeremy corbyn, was suspended this week for claiming the party had been too apologetic. but now, a public row has broken out right at the top. this week, i've had 50 complaints... this man, deputy leader tom watson, wants labour to do more to address the issue. he wrote to mps urging them to contact him with complaints. last night, the party's general secretary issued a scathing reply.
in a letter to mr watson, sent to every labour mp and peer, jennie formby said... she suggested mr watson could undermine the work labour's staff are doing to deal with complaints. for labour, agreeing on how to tackle anti—semitism is proving far from simple. it's emerged that the son of former al-qaeda leader 0sama bin laden was stripped of his saudi arabian citizenship last year. it comes a day after the united states offered a $1 million reward for information on the whereabouts of hamza bin laden. it's believed he is now a rising figure of the terror organisation,
which is blamed for carrying out the september 11th attacks. more than 300 firefighters are battling a number of out—of—control bushfires burning in the bunyip state park in victoria in australia. the bushfires have put lives and homes at risk, as winds fuel the out—of—control fire. an emergency warning has been issued, with residents told it's too late to leave. it ended with no deal, no agreement, no warm words. the summit between donald trump and kimjong un in vietnam collapsed abruptly on thursday when talks between the two leaders broke down. president trump flew out immediately — but kim jong un stayed on for a whistle—stop tour of engagements before leaving vietnam on saturday. the bbc‘sjonathan head was in hanoi as events drew to a close. the trump caravan has gone. but the motorcade carrying his north korean counterpart could still be seen this morning, gliding through the streets of hanoi.
relations between these two communist—run countries have not always been good. but this was a chance to put their past differences behind them, and put on a show of well—choreographed socialist solidarity. both countries once fought the united states, and kim jong—un laid wreathes at a heroes' memorial, and at the mausoleum of vietnam's founding father, ho chi minh, a man his grandfather met the 1950s and 60s when north korea was the stronger partner. mr kim met several dignitaries, in striking contrast to north korea, this country is run by an almost anonymous collective leadership. he said he wanted to learn from vietnam's rapid development, but just how far down the path of market reforms and political engagement with neighbours is mr kim willing to go?
after the setback of his meeting with president trump, it is hard to guess. it has been a proud moment for vietnam, too. a country which rarely stands tall in international affairs. the summit may have failed, but it has shown vietnam's willingness to be friends with everyone. so they gave kim jong—un a grandiose sendoff. a grandiose sendoff as he boarded his train at the chinese border. no one quite sure where this once reclusive leader will next try to take his country. the abrupt and unsuccessful conclusion to the summit will have come as as much of a blow to the north korean leader, as it did to president trump, but mr kim, of course, controls his own media, and both here in communist ruled vietnam, and at home, his visit is being depicted as nothing short of a triumph, and mr kim get something else, as well, a rare opportunity to be seen as a statesman on the world stage.
the number of smokers in england and wales has fallen, while the number of visits to sexual health clinics has gone up, according to a report on council—run health services. the local government association is warning tough budget cuts are undermining future efforts on improving healthca re. but the government says authorities received more than £3 billion of funding this year. our health correspondent, dominic hughes explains. since 2013 in england, it is your local council that has been responsible for public health. that involves everything from helping people to quit smoking to treating sexually transmitted diseases. giving councils responsibility for public health was controversial, but today, the local government association says the evidence shows it has been largely successful. for example, the overall number of adult smokers has fallen by 1.6 million since 2011. teenage pregnancies are down by almost a quarter since 2013.
and since 2012, the suicide rate has steadily decreased, and among men is now the lowest it has been since 1981. since public health has come over to local government, in 2013, we've seen 80% of the key indicators either remain the same or improve. we're showing real success. that's despite a £531 million cut in the public health budget and 50% reduction in government funding for local government. so, overall, i can say that public health in local government is a success. one of the main tasks of public health is to prevent illness in the first place by encouraging a healthy lifestyle. today's report shows the positive impact an effective public health service can have. but there are warnings that without it, in the face of rising demand, an already hard—pressed nhs will struggle to cope.
more now on the news that a 17—year—old girl has been stabbed to death at a park in east london. police were called to a park in harold hill near romford at 9.30 last night. in the past few minutes officers have been giving an update on their investigation yesterday, a 17—year—old girl lost her life, and i want to express my deepest sympathies to her family and herfriends. her death is a tragedy. ican herfriends. her death is a tragedy. i can reassure them, and the whole community that we are doing everything possible to identify and bring tojustice, everything possible to identify and bring to justice, the everything possible to identify and bring tojustice, the person or people responsible. it's days like these that really highlight how we must continue to work tirelessly with our partners and the public to tackle knife crime. the victim was fatally stabbed at 9:25pm last night. friday the 1st of march, in a park, in harold hill. iam urging any witnesses, anyone who saw anything suspicious, or anyone with
anything suspicious, or anyone with any information about the incident to co nta ct any information about the incident to contact police and share what they know. there will be additional police patrols around the harold hillarea, in the police patrols around the harold hill area, in the coming days, and anyone with any information should speak with those officers. you can call detectives on the given number. if you wish to remain anonymous, please call crimestoppers. since the last year, we have seen some reductions in knife crime, particularly in relation to people under the age of 25, but we are not complacent. bearing down on violent crime on the streets of london is a top priority for the metropolitan police, and i and clear that the people of his reign, and across london, have a vital role to play. we need to hear from anyone who has information that could protect or
prevent crime. your information could take a knife off the streets, or save a life. there's been a big rise in the number of people receiving calls from scammers pretending to work at the tax office. hm revenue and customs is warning people to be vigilant about fraudsters mainly targeting landline users. here's our business correspondent, rob young. government organisations have cracked down on e—mail and mobile phone text message scams, but criminals are now increasingly targeting victims using older technology — the landline telephone. nearly a50 phone lines used by fraudsters have been shut down in the past year. despite this, hmrc says it received 60,000 reports of phone—in scams in the six months up to january. that is more than three times as many as in the preceding six—month period. hmrc says the conmen's purpose is to steal money from usually elderly and vulnerable people.
it says it will never call anyone and ask for their pin, password or bank details. age uk says, if you have any niggling doubts about a caller, hang up. the largest cruise ship to be christened in the uk has sailed into southampton ahead of its star—studded naming ceremony tomorrow. the msc bellissima was built in france at a cost the huge vessel is 315 metres long and 65 metres high. the surface of the deck is equivalent to size of 63 football pitches. time for a look at the weather. i would not fancy heading off on a cruise ship this weekend. we have got a big storm on the way. this is the pressure driving business for us
today. on the tail end of the system, we have another low developing, which is going to be called storm of prayer, and that will bring some stormy weather into sunday. sunshine in the east, rain elsewhere, very windy across west of scotland, and it will stay that way, through the evening and overnight, with some pretty frequent showers. could be thundery for a time. rain becomes persistent over southern counties of england by the time we get to the over night. that rain will start to push across. grey, wet prospects for much of england, but after a shower restart, the winds will ease across scotland and the showers will thin out. three sunday afternoon, overnight and into monday, we will see that low— pressure monday, we will see that low—pressure push the south—west of england, and eventually into the north—east, with winds up to 70 mph. keep that in the back of your mind