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think distinctly springlike across the majority of the uk by the time we get into the middle of the week. this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley. the headlines at three... thousands of people attend vigils across new zealand to remember the victims of the mosque attacks — as the country's prime minister says her office received a message from the suspected killer minutes before the shootings. stories of heroism are emerging from the attacks, as survivors talk of their shock that something like this could happen in christchurch. forget gun shots, even a simple quarrel is alien news over here. this is the most peaceful place on earth. theresa may calls on mps to make an ‘honourable compromise‘ and back her brexit deal — or risk never leaving the eu. police response times to the most urgent calls at two of england's biggest forces have become significantly slower in the past five years, according to figures obtained by the bbc.
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also in the next hour — investigating the effects of climate change. wejoin scientists in the arctic, where increasing rainfall is creating new problems for wildlife. and the click team visit japan to see how the country is using technology to help prepare for next year's olympics. good afternoon. new zealand's prime minister says her office received an email containing the far—right views of bra nton tarra nt just minutes before 50 people were shot dead in two mosques in christchurch on friday. butjacinda ardern said it contained no details of the planned attack — the worst mass shooting
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in the country's history. tarrant has been charged with one murder and is due to appear in court again next month when he will probably face more charges. from christchurch, rupert wingfield—hayes sent us this report. in christchurch on sunday morning, the outpouring of grief and solidarity has continued unabated. close to the mosque where the first attack took place on friday, the flower tributes continue to grow, many people overcome with emotion. in wellington, prime ministerjacinda ardern made her own emotional tribute at the city's biggest mosque. but amid all this grief there is also anger the attacker wasn't stopped before he could carry out his deadly plan. prime minister ardern today confirmed her office did receive an email copy of the killer's political declaration just before the attacks took place. i was one of more than 30 recipients
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of a manifesto that was mailed out nine minutes before the attack took place. it did not include the location. it did not include specific details. back in christchurch, a sports team has come to lay flowers. their goalie is among the dead. his coach has this message for the australian man suspected of carrying out the attack here, and anyone who shares his racist views. we are all one people. we are all one race. we are all human beings. we love each other. we have to love each other, otherwise this sort of rubbish happens. we have to love each other. ali and his father were inside the al noor mosque when the shooting began. his badly wounded father lay bleeding beside him, imploring ali to look after the family. the last thing he says to me was, take care of your mum and your brother and sister. his father is still in critical
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condition in an induced coma. this is an act of terrorism. it has nothing to do with what race or religion you are, this is what terrorism is and it is evil and it needs to stop and we need to change within ourselves to be able to live together as a community in peace. the name of this city, christchurch, will now forever be linked to the attack on the two mosques here last friday. but the people of christchurch want to tell the world that it does not represent them and they too are victims of this horrific crime. earlier i spoke to mazharuddin syed ahmed, who survived the shootings. he described how he took cover when he saw the gunman come through the main entrance of the linwood masjid mosque. i ran to the back side of the mosque. i don't know how but ijust ran towards there.
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there was a small storage area that has no door. ijust went in and took cover. then the shooter came into the main door and started shooting the people. people were falling down and he was shooting. i took cover and i was able to see the shooting and he was wearing those dirt bike helmets and i think it was like armour and he was shooting repeatedly. there was a woman right in front of him and she was screaming, no, no. he shot her then she fell down and he shot her again. at this moment of time, i was on his left side. he started shooting from the right. suddenly, at any moment
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he would turn left. i was trying to think, should i run ahead or take a twist or turn around? i was trying to think, what should i do? just then somebody pulled him from the back and i didn't see who'd pulled him. he fell down and i was still holding my cover. in that scuffle, he lost the control of his gun. sorry to interrupt you, just to be clear what you are saying. somebody tried to tackle the gunmen and they managed to bring him to the ground? yes, there was one of our companions — he was from afghanistan, he was a refugee. he brought him down and in that scuffle, he lost control of his gun. he got up and ran outside. this person who pulled him down, chased behind him, taking his gun.
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i believe there were no bullets. he emptied all of the bullets. at that moment, he ran behind with the shooter's gun. i think he couldn't operate and nothing happened so he ran chasing him and then because he was ahead, i believe that he was going to the car to collect the other gun. just then, this person threw the gun at him. he yanked the gun at him and that landed on his windscreen. while he was picking the gun, i believe, that scared him. and then he ran. police in greater manchester have made four arrests, after three separate incidents of alleged hate crime in which the new zealand mosque attack was mentioned. our home affairs correspondent tom symonds is here. tom, what do we know about the circumstances and what has been
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involved? this was a little trickle of incidents all in the greater manchester area. the first at 20 past midnight last night a taxi driver reported, or the police were called to reports of a taxi driver being abused by two people. a33—year—old man and a 34—year—old women were arrested in connection with a racially aggravated public offence disorder. and the allegation was that they were shouting about new zealand. an online case, a 38—year—old woman was arrested for online communications and a 24—year—old in connection with what the police are calling malicious communications, sending messages, that sort of thing. the police are having to deal with these incidents coming out of the new zealand attacks. also reports this afternoon of graffiti in oxford that has p°pped of graffiti in oxford that has normed up of graffiti in oxford that has popped up citing some of the things that the attacker in new zealand
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said. ithink that the attacker in new zealand said. i think we can expect the police to be busy dealing with this over the days to come. thank you very much. senior cabinet ministers, including the chancellor philip hammond, have suggested mps may not get a third chance to vote on theresa may's brexit deal — if she can't pursuade enough mps to change their minds. the warnings follow a plea from mrs may for honourable compromises to avoid a long extension to the brexit process, or the possibility it doesn't happen at all. here's our political correspondent jonathan blake. some things never change. theresa may went to church as normal this morning before a week when the stakes for her and her brexit deal will be higher than ever. she has again given mps an ultimatum, warning in an article for the sunday telegraph that if they do not back the deal, they risk a lengthy delay and perhaps no brexit at all. all this, she says, makes the choice facing mps clearer than it has ever been. if parliament can find a way to back the brexit deal
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before european council, the uk will leave the eu this spring. if it cannot, the prime minister writes, we will not leave the eu for many months, if ever. ministers are trying hard to change mps minds. support from the dup, who provide theresa may with a majority, is crucial. and the man who holds the government's purse strings did not rule out more money for northern ireland in exchange for the party's support. this isn't about money, this is about political assurance. look, we are coming up to a spending review... ah. and we will have to look at all budgets, including devolved block grant budgets in that spending review, of course we will. so it is not impossible that you are going to give them extra money in that deal in return for voting for the deal? well, we haven't even started to look at it yet. although a handful of mps who were opposed to the deal have now said they will back it, the chancellor admitted the government does not yet have the support they need and a third vote on the deal may not happen this week. if it does, it could also be a big
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test of parliament's support for another referendum. labour looks likely to back a plan to make mp‘s support for the deal conditional on it being put to a public vote. we will obviously decide on our whipping arrangements, but clearly we have had a very good discussion with them. the key thing is actually theresa may's deal has now been rejected twice by parliament. rumour has it she is bringing it back on tuesday for a third time, if that fails a fourth time after that. this is ridiculous. this thing has been defeated comprehensively and she has got to recognise that we have got to do something different. mr corbyn also hinted he would push for a vote of no confidence in the government if mps reject mrs may's deal a third time. if defeat looks inevitable, there may not be a vote at all. leaving big questions unanswered about where the brexit process goes from here. well, jonathan blake spoke to me a little earlier and had this update.
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this is an amendment which will be put down, it seems, if mps do vote for it again on theresa may's brexit deal this week, which is farfrom certain as we were just hearing. if they do, it will be put down which essentially says that mps will support theresa may's deal on the condition it is put to a public vote. so if parliament backs the deal, it will then have to be subject to what we call a confirmatory referendum. a significant change. it would see another referendum on that basis put to the public. what is not clear is what the question would be. theresa may's deal or remain? theresa may's deal or no deal? and that is unclear. yes, the multiple option some campaigners argue would be the fairest way but it could potentially make a quite complicated. in terms of who will support this, why isn't labourjust openly falling in behind it? after all, it is party conference let open the option of a referendum.
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there is not a majority in parliament for a second referendum, whatever the question is. or even any labour party. it is a contentious issue. you mentioned the conference last year it became labour policy to leave open the option of a referendum. jeremy corbyn has made no valiant push for that to happen, in terms of putting anything in parliament or whipping his mps to back emotion. last week, you wonder if there is any point in whipping. that is right. in all these votes to do with brexit, people have voted not necessarily along party lines. they have had to resign as a result, they have abstained and kept theirjobs. interesting times in parliament. jeremy corbyn did contradict that because he said he would not be backing theresa may's deal under any circumstances, which contradicts the
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idea of supporting that amendment as well. an interesting week ahead. police response times to the most urgent 999 calls for two of england's biggest forces — west midlands and greater manchester police — have got significantly worse in the past five years. that's according to a freedom of information request by bbc 5 live investigates. in the west midlands, the average response times for the most serious calls went up from 10 minutes to 19 minutes. the home office says police funding will rise by 970—million—pounds over the next financial year. adrian goldberg, the presenter of 5 live investigates gave more details about the response times of some of the largest police forces. forces like west midlands where the average response time to be more serious, most urgent crimes, has gone up serious, most urgent crimes, has gone up over a serious, most urgent crimes, has gone up over a five year period from ten minutes to 19 minutes. in greater manchester, from seven minutes to 12 minutes. in urban areas, the target time is 13 minutes of the greater manchester is our meeting their targets but west
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midlands are not. if you look at west yorkshire and south yorkshire, that target time has been missed by both on thousands of occasions and it is getting worse. the headlines on bbc news... thousands of people attend vigils across new zealand to remember the victims of the mosque attacks — as the country's prime minister says her office received a message from the suspected killer minutes before the shootings theresa may calls on mps to make an ‘honourable compromise‘ and back her brexit deal — or risk never leaving the eu. police response times to the most urgent calls at two of england‘s biggest forces have become significantly slower in the past five years, according to figures obtained by the bbc. liverpool are winning at fulham 1— nail. the last of the fa cup quarterfinals is under way. millwall are at home to brighton. it is
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currently goalless. they are just into the second half. celtic are ten points clear in the scottish premiership after a winner at dundee. it finished 1—0. lewis hamilton came second in the grand prix. his team—mate took the chequered flag in melbourne. i will be back with a full update in the next hour. see you then. brexit has been at the forefront of vince cable‘s final conference speech as liberal democrat party leader. speaking to members at the spring conference in york, sir vince talked about the effect the uk‘s decision to leave the eu has had on the country over the past three years brexit is dominating parliament and government and not in a good way. it is dividing families
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and communities, and indeed the united kingdom, and it is sucking all of the energy out of government. last week‘s farcical debates have diminished even further the standing of parliament. the really big issues that we ought to be grappling with, how we live sustainably, how we deal with ageing, how we deal with the new generation of technologies, all of these things are now being put on one side. postponed or ignored, neglected. it is not surprising that many people are now reacting with a combination of boredom and rage. they are bored because of the endless robotic repetition of the arguments. and their anger is because what they were told it was
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going to be very, very simple is now proving to be hideously complicated. now, i am very proud of the role that our party has played unapologetically leading the case for remaining. applause. and for pursuing an exit from brexit through a people‘s vote. and against all the odds and also the prevarication ofjeremy corbyn which you may have seen this morning, our cause is very much alive. we have been clear that the 2016 referendum, let‘s remind ourselves two
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and a half years ago, was not a good basis for leaving. it was undertaken solely to deal with a quarrel inside the conservative party. a narrow majority of voters, 37% of the total electorate voted to leave. the facts change and they have changed and we now understand much better the scale of the cheating and the lying that went on to secure that result. without a confirmation referendum, they would be no such thing as a settled will of the people. i remain astounded that some people claim any referendum would be undemocratic. why? | referendum would be undemocratic. why? i mean, what is democracy if it is not the right of a country to
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change its mind? i myself think describe this principle. i lost my seatin describe this principle. i lost my seat in 2015, two years later in another election people told me on the doorstep and the voting booth that they had changed their mind. i got back with a majority of almost 10,000. applause so twickenham has changed its mind. britain is now changing its mind on brexit as well. anybody who imagines that getting theresa may‘s deal through parliament at the third, fourth, fifth attempt, anybody who believes this will bring closure and stability i think is suffering from
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serious self—delusion. the withdrawal agreement which is just a divorce... we have just withdrawal agreement which is just a divorce... we havejust had withdrawal agreement which is just a divorce... we have just had the easy bit. if brexit is a political everest, we have so farjust got to the base camp. the brief, vague political declaration, it does not even tell us where the summit is, let alone how to get there. we are going to have years and years of frustration we keep being told, not least by the chancellor, once brexit is agreed and delivered, the fog of uncertainty will be lifted and there will be a surge to renew confidence and investment in the uk. investment will pour in and we will all live happily ever after. this is a triumph of political fantasy over
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economic reality. any well run business can see that chronic uncertainty will follow any endorsement of the withdrawal agreement. the cliff edge willjust have been postponed for 20 months, thatis have been postponed for 20 months, that is not a great offer. the outgoing liberal democrat leader vince cable speaking in york a little earlier. dozens of flood warnings remain in place this afternoon following persistent heavy rain across parts of england and wales our correspondent luxmy gopal has the latest from hebden bridge. well, like many people living in areas that are vulnerable to flooding, people here in hebden bridge in west yorkshire went to bed last night feeling slightly apprehensive. the flood siren sounded yesterday, bringing back memories of the terrible flooding that happened here back in 2015, affecting more than 3000 properties. back then, this river was completely flooded and where i am stood now
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was completely submerged. that flood siren was the prompt for people to move their furniture upstairs, to board up their properties with sandbags and flood barriers. overnight, fire crews were sent to various flooded locations in yorkshire to pump water out of the basements of homes and businesses. today, fire crews also visited a number of properties in tadcaster, about one hourfrom here, that are still flooded. now, the rail line that had been closed, which was between todmorden and rochdale, had been closed off. in the past half hour, northern rail say that service is up and running again. however, in north wales, police have warned motorists that some roads are still impassable and more than 30 flood warnings are still in place across england and a handful in wales today. warming airand sea temperatures are causing arctic glaciers to melt, and now the increasing rainfall is creating problems for animals, like reindeer.
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radio 4‘s today programme presenter martha kearney has travelled to the region to see the effects of climate change, with british researchers. this former mining village has the feel of a frontier village in the wild west. our posse headed out from the base on snowmobiles. i have joined a convoy of scientists heading across the tundra towards a glacier — one of the most studied in the arctic. this is the edge of the original glacier where the ice brought huge boulders down. but since 1900 it has been receding. we are heading towards its modern edge, a form of time travel. after a kilometre, we reached the snout where the glacier now ends. so starting around 1900, the glacier was all the way down the bottom of this valley and it has been rapidly retreating up in the last 100 or so years.
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more so in the last 20 or 30. the kind of changes that we are seeing are happening all across the arctic. this is... this is an emblem of what is happening in other places. it has a big impact on sea level. here on the top of a glacier which is 5,000 years old, you really do get a sense of the extent of the melting ice, of climate change. but scientists across the arctic are worried about a new threat which they have noticed here as well. and that is growing rainfall. this microbiologist has been coming here for 12 years to study climate change. i willjust use this probe to measure the depth of the snowpack and identify layers of refrozen rainwater within the snow. it has gone in easily.
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i‘ve hit a hard layer, that is one rain event. push through that and you can hear a hollow sound tapping onto a layer of refrozen rain. that is two now. through that... i think that is a third. and that is difficult to get through. the animals who live in the arctic, like reindeer, are suffering because of the increase in rainfall, which troubles bianca. what happens is that the rain ends up in the snow and percolates down through and forms an ice barrier. it is impossible for small herbivores to get through so they can‘t eat and the population crashes. for her, like so many scientists who have devoted their lives to the arctic, many of the new signs of climate change are mysterious and troubling.
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all this week, bbc news has been taking a look at life in bradford, reporting on the stories important to the city‘s diverse communities. today, shanbam mahmood examines the future of the city centre, and whether asian—style market places hold the key to reviving the high street. bradford city hall, a symbol of its prosperity and confidence but in the surrounding streets, that confidence has wavered. shops and offices are for sale or rent. large stores have migrated to new shopping centres. busy precincts are now lined with blank and dusty windows. but a couple of miles away, new business is booming. this is bradford‘s first licensed bazaar and they‘re springing up across the city. shoppers here experience an asian—style market similar to those in india and pakistan.
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generations after generations, like grandmothers bring their daughters in—laws and daughters even here. i think that‘s what we sort of like because it‘s more like a local community aspect. asian bazaars like this attract thousands of people from across the country every week from places like manchester and glasgow. but could what‘s happening here be a model forfuture development in the city centre? over the next 3—4 years, bradford‘s going to change quite dramatically. councillor alex ross—shaw says the asian community could play an important part in bringing these streets back to life. our young people who are entrepreneurs, they want somewhere to sell and succeed, they‘re very passionate about bradford as well so we want to create the opportunities for them here in the city centre, and absolutely these bazaars can play a role in that. it‘s not that easy, according to samir kader who runs one of bradford‘s oldest department stores, opened by his grandfather in 1967. the people need to be able to trade.
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there's still a good customer base? still a lot of travellers coming in, and i think the councils could be doing a lot more such as offering free rates rather than increasing rates in the city centre. the councils say help is available but it might be some time before the asian shopping scene finds a permanent home in the heart of the city. now it‘s time for a look at the weather with susan powell. after the turbulent weather across the uk in the weekjust gone, a breather for the week ahead. lighter winds. a drier story and some springlike temperatures by mid week in the south. still some shower clouds showing up here to the rear of that low that will bring downpours in the evening for england and wales. skies clearing and quite
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frosty across the eastern and northern parts on monday. “11 in scotland. west, more clout around here. that cloud will filter eastwards. persistent rain to the hills and the cost. generally quite a claggy look to the day. a top temperature here of 12 celsius in london. thousands of people attend vigils across new zealand to remember the victims of the mosque attacks, as the country‘s prime minister says her office received a message from the suspected killer minutes before the shootings. from the suspected killer minutes stories of heroism are emerging from the attacks, as survivors talk of their shock that something like this could happen in christchurch.

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