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tv   The Briefing  BBC News  March 15, 2019 5:45am-6:00am GMT

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good morning. welcome to breakfast, the crowd and a number with charlie stayt and naga munchetty. 0ur headlines today: throughout the crowd and a number at least 27 people are reported we re throughout the crowd and a number were moving from cathedral square in to have been killed after gun attacks at two mosques in the new zealand city of different directions, some ended up christchurch. at the city council, some took refuge and were held within the members of parliament's offices that i could hear screaming and crying, we re members of parliament's offices that were located nearby and that kind of thing. the central library as well andi is just opposite where the climate i could hear screaming and crying, and i saw some people, you know, strike was being held. we are drop dead. talking about climate change four suspects are in custody, protesters but we're also talking but police say there may be more. about children here. exactly. we're the prime minister is on her way to the scene. talking about 2000 or so children it is clear that this is one and possibly about 500 adults that we re and possibly about 500 adults that of new zealand's darkest days. were there supervising and attending with them, just to make sure that it was a safe space, that they could attend and to have their voice heard on such an important issue. how busy is the city in the middle of the day on a friday? it can vary.
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today was clearly very busy. all the car parking was full, throughout the cbd it was very difficult to enter because of the number of people in addition to those who have their on an ordinary friday. it was certainly very busy. these protesters are centred around cathedral square. just explain to our viewers where cathedral square is in relation to the al noor and the linwood mosque —— mosques. the al noor and the linwood mosque -- mosques. i've seen the bbc graphic on screen there, and it is in the centre of those two points indicated on the map. cathedral square is the social and cultural heart of the city. in that case, if we understand, from several reports, that, in fact, the gunman went from
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one location to another, it is possible that the gunmen went near cathedral square where the children we re cathedral square where the children were holding their protest. that became apparent possibly 20—25 minutes after the announcement. the initial announcement and the approximate location given, it was taken as being serious by the crowd, but there have been incidences of, you know, a moderate nature in the recent past. and emergency services and police have attended those extremely efficiently and there hasn't been cause for alarm for a wider area. so people were taking it in their stride. it has been eight yea rs in their stride. it has been eight years since a devastating earthquake hit christchurch. we have come to, i guess, deal with the shocking announcements and these emergencies initially with a deal of ease,
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concern. as more information became known, it raised the alert levels and pretty soon everyone was doing what they needed to do, contacted who they needed to contact when that was happening. how easy was it, sorry to interrupt, how easy was it for the children and indeed some of the adults involved in the protest to get hold of their parents? presumably the airways would have beenjammed presumably the airways would have been jammed at that stage? communications was still, i believe, very, very good. social media was happening as per normal, text messaging is a great medium during an emergency, because text messaging doesn't use a very large bandwidth. i don't believe there were many issues regarding communication. the best pa rt issues regarding communication. the best part about the climate strike
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was that all the participants had emergency contacts and people knew where they were on the day and there was always going to be a backup plan for whatever reason. it was obviously the worst event that could possibly happen. this is absolutely devastating. absolutely devastating. aaron campbell, a resident who was actually at the climate change protest just before actually at the climate change protestjust before being sent home asa protestjust before being sent home as a result of these mosques shootings. thank you very much. a woman who was driving near the mosque at the time of the shooting says she saw a number of people were shot and tried to help. says she saw a number of people were shot and tried to helplj says she saw a number of people were shot and tried to help. i heard and saw what i thought were firecrackers andi saw what i thought were firecrackers and i saw young fellas running down
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the street and then all of a sudden it got quite violent and i thought thatis it got quite violent and i thought that is not firecrackers. and they started falling. 0ne fell to the left of my car and one fell to the right. and for a few minutes' time ago stopped the car in shock. and i lea ns, ago stopped the car in shock. and i leans, either way, i ago stopped the car in shock. and i leans, eitherway, ithink left across the seas to try to avoid getting shot. and apparently a bullet when sailing over my car and struck the one in the back. he is all right, the guy. he was very good. we pulled up and i opened up my doors, my drive a's door, and got out and the guy in the black commodore came out and said are you all right? i said i commodore came out and said are you all right? isaid i had not been shot. and the poor man lying on the verge had been shot in the back. we opened my doors and we pulled him round behind and opened up the back as well to give us some protection. and he had a first—aid kit and he ran all the way back to get it. and he lifted up shirt and he dressed it andi he lifted up shirt and he dressed it
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and i put the pressure on and then a nice muslim guy came and gave me some help as well, because you have to put quite a lot of pressure on and my hands were shaking and i was scared i wouldn't be able to do a good job. and the worst thing was we could hear the ambulances, but they could hear the ambulances, but they could not get to us. and then a nice quy could not get to us. and then a nice guy on the other side, who was on the other side, he put three people in his carand the other side, he put three people in his car and took them to hospital. and the guy on the street, he was trying to bring his wife, and the other guy could see he was in bad shape. but i could not get to him. that was where the gunfire was coming from. and the guy i was compressing, he was trying to phone his wife. and i managed to get it andi his wife. and i managed to get it and i answered the phone and i said to her "your husband has been shot outside the mosque" i told her not
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to come through but to go to the hospital and wait for him. then i kept talking to him and telling him that she was at the hospital waiting and he was not to give up. and we just kept pressure on the best we could until we got him some help. and in the meantime the poor guy across the road passed away. and my car is still down there. that's so terrible. i am 66. car is still down there. that's so terrible. iam 66. i never car is still down there. that's so terrible. i am 66. i never thought in my life i would live to see something like this. not in new zealand. shocking test me there of an eyewitness who was there and narrowly avoided being shot herself, only to see a gentleman pass away at the other side of the road as she was trying to administer some first—aid to a gentleman that was, we hope, survive, and taken to the hospital. very much echoing the
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sentiments coming out of new zealand. from the prime minister, the police commissioner, eyewitnesses, that this is unprecedented. an unprecedented act of violence. unheard—of we had from a reporter in new zealand. unheard of for a situation like this to happen in new zealand. let us speak now to scott morrison and hear what he has to say. the attack that occurred today by an extremist right—wing violent terrorist that has taken the lives, stolen the lives in a vicious murderous attack that has claimed so many new zealanders. this attack reminds us of the evil that is ever present and would seek to strike out at any time. and i particularly want
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to convey my heartfelt sympathies, not only to all of the new zealand people, as i am sure all australians would join me in doing, but i particularly wa nt would join me in doing, but i particularly want to express my sincere prayers and thoughts for those new zealanders, and indeed australians of islamic faith today, who have been the subject of this vicious and callous right—wing extremist attack. i am not going to go through the details of this today, because that is properly done by the new zealand authorities. but the new zealand authorities are conducting that investigation. i have just concluded a briefing with our own authorities here, and agencies. and it is for new zealand, who are leading, obviously, an investigation to confirm details of any individuals and, certainly, the
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number of casualties. i will leave it to them to make those announcements. i have been in contact with prime minister doane. she is obviously caught up in many briefings today. she described it as the darkest day. and i agree with her. i agree absolutely with her. australian authorities have already put in place all the necessary responses and precautions that are necessary here in australia. our agencies are working closely with new zealand authorities and have prepared other capacities to be stood up to support new zealand as and when requested. i can confirm that the individual who was taken into custody, i have been advised, is an australian born citizen. and, obviously, that element of the investigation, australian authorities are involved in and they will proceed with their investigation, which has already been stood up involving all the releva nt been stood up involving all the relevant agencies. we will keep australians safe in every way
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possible we can. and we will work with our partners in the region, our family in the region, in new zealand, to do everything we can to support them, to keep their people safe as well. but right now there is a numbness. there isjust a still shock that has laid upon us all as we thought would be thinkable in a place like christchurch. but it has happened. it is such a sad and devastating reminder of the evil that can be ever present about us. hgppy that can be ever present about us. happy to take a couple of questions. but as i said, in terms of the details of the investigations they are properly addressed by the new zealand authorities. we are obviously being kept abreast of developments in those investigations and our participation in supporting those investigations. that is a scott morrison there, the prime
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minister of australia offering his heartfelt sympathies and confirming their that an australian citizen is in custody. we understand that four people are in custody. three men and one woman. we hearfrom scott morrison there that he has been in touch with jacinda ardern, the prime minister of new zealand. agreeing with her that this is new zealand's darkest day. and saying that he will offer as much support as possible and that the australian authorities are also taking some precautions. plenty more on this developing story on the website. stay with us on bbc news will use. hello there if you are heading outside of the next couple of hours the weather is blustery, cloudy for many of us. ran around as well. rain was persistent across england and wales but we have plenty of showers further north as well. through the rest of friday morning our band of
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rain trickle southwards but never really gets away from southern wales and south—west england where it will bea and south—west england where it will be a dull and damp day. the blustery north—westerly winds feeding plenty of showers, scotland, northern ireland, northern england, but at least there will be spells of sunshine coming and going. it will feel chilly in the breeze. 14 in london. not feeling too cold. as we go through friday night the band of rain returns across northern ireland, part of england and wales, turning to snow across the northern pennines for a time, high up in the hills. mild in the south. the colder air further hills. mild in the south. the colder airfurther north. for hills. mild in the south. the colder air further north. for saturday it isa air further north. for saturday it is a day of multiple hazards. heavy rainfor is a day of multiple hazards. heavy rain for some. there
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