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sweden considers whether to reopen an investigation into allegations of rape made against wikileaks founderjulian assange. it comes after his arrest yesterday over conspiracy charges in the united states. mr assange‘s lawyer said the move to extradite him there had set a dangerous precedent for journalists. he is obviously going to fight extradition undivided hard. this case raises significant issues about free speech. —— and fight it hard. also this lunchtime: tougher rules called for to safeguard thousands of children attending unregistered schools. ofsted reports appalling conditions and a lack of care. after the coup that toppled sudan's long—serving president, demonstrators want reassurance they will decide the country's politicalfuture, not the military. police unveil new technology in a bid to crack down on drivers using mobile phones at the wheel.
and heading the british charge at augusta, ian poulter is two shots off the lead, and it's all to play for. and coming up on the bbc news, leicester tigers prepare for a crunch match against newcastle falcons as both fight to avoid relegation from rugby union's premiership. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. sweden is considering whether to reopen an investigation into allegations of rape made against wikileaks founderjulian assange. he was arrested yesterday after ecuador revoked the asylum which had allowed him to live in its embassy in london for nearly seven years. the united states
is attempting to extradite him on charges of conspiring to hack into a government computer, but labour says he should not be sent to the us because he exposed evidence of atrocities in iraq and afghanistan. our home affairs correspondent tom symonds reports. julian assange has gone from self—imposed captivity at the ecuadorian embassy, which ended a bru ptly yesterday ecuadorian embassy, which ended abruptly yesterday as his hosts withdrew their support, to an actual prison. not only is he likely to be jailed for breaching his bail, he is also awaiting what promises to be a better extradition battle. labour's position clear — jeremy corbyn‘s tweet, extradition should be opposed. and this morning assange‘s lawyer set out the case for the defence. he is obviously going to fight extradition and fight it hard, this case raises significant issues about free speech, we have been warning about the prospect of an
extradition request from the united states since 2010, since i first walked into a police station in 2010, and he sought asylum in the ecuadorian embassy precisely because of that, and that is precisely what has happened to the moment he was pushed out of the embassy. at the heart of this is a question — is julian assange is a politically motivated computer hacker, revealing sensitive government information? 0r is hea sensitive government information? 0r is he a journalist receiving damaging leaks and making them public in the public interest? allowing us to see footage like this, the notorious killings of civilians and journalists in 2007. this is what assange told the bbc‘s today programme in 2010. we are a publisher we accept information, and we vetted, we analyse it and publish it, and that is what we do. the allegations are, in this case, that an intelligence agency walked out with the material on a cd, that is
the allegation. can you hear me? but 110w the allegation. can you hear me? but now it is clear the american allegations are that he encouraged the leaks allegations are that he encouraged the lea ks and allegations are that he encouraged the leaks and that he tried to crack a password himself, though u nsuccessfully. a password himself, though unsuccessfully. pray to gary mckinnon did hack us computers, and the government prevented his extradition because of concerns about his mental health. this morning, the shadow home secretary said assange has an equal but different case. in the end, we blocked the extradition of gary mckinnon for human rights grounds, andi mckinnon for human rights grounds, and i think there might be human rights issues in relation to assange, he is at the very least a whistle—blower, and much of the information that he brought into the public domain, it could be argued, was very much in the public interest. another crucial development — in gothenburg, sweden, prosecutors are now actively considering resurrecting the rape investigation into julian considering resurrecting the rape investigation intojulian assange, suspended when he entered the embassy. assange has support all
over the world. in 2016, these presidential hopefuls said... wikileaks, i presidential hopefuls said... wikilea ks, i love presidential hopefuls said... wikileaks, i love wikileaks! wikileaks! this wikileaks, i love wikileaks! wikilea ks! this wikilea ks wikileaks, i love wikileaks! wikileaks! this wikileaks is unbelievable. now he is president, and by yesterday something had changed. i know nothing about wikileaks, it changed. i know nothing about wikilea ks, it is changed. i know nothing about wikileaks, it is not my thing. the wikileaks, it is not my thing. the wikilea ks founder now wikileaks, it is not my thing. the wikileaks founder now has nine weeks to build his case against extradition to the us. tom symons, bbc news. well, laura podesta is in new york. an ever—changing story, what might happen next in terms of extradition? this is clearly a headlining story, kate, and this will be a lengthy legal process, so we can speculate what the british courts will do as far as the timeline of releasing assange and sending him back to the us, but we have been hearing it could take months to years, so this sagais could take months to years, so this saga is just could take months to years, so this saga isjust beginning. and the president, our president, for his
part, did not lend any immediacy to the situation, as you head on that report, when asked about assange's arrest yesterday, he said he didn't know much about wikileaks, which really deviates from what he said on the campaign trail, that he loved wikileaks for its release of thousands of clinton e—mails thanks toa thousands of clinton e—mails thanks to a hack of the democratic national committee. the information, we know, helped derail hillary clinton's presidential campaign against trump. i want to clarify that assange is not facing any charges relating to the hack of the dnc e—mail server, he is facing a charge for conspiracy here in the us for helping chelsea manning break into a top military computer in order to release classified documents and classified videos. laura, thank you, laura podesta there. thousands of children in england are attending unregistered schools, some of which are in appalling condition with exposed wiring, rat traps and open sewers, according to 0fsted. the schools inspections body says 6,000 children are taught in unregistered schools
and that english councils have spent tens of thousands of pounds placing pupils in the unregulated facilities. sarah walton reports. these are some of the rundown, dirty conditions where inspectors found children trying to learn. 0fsted visited 500 schools that were unregistered or suspected of operating illegally. they were shocked by what they uncovered. some of these places have like open sewerage works in them. holes in the walls. very poor electrical works. about a third have quite significant health and safety issues around them. and about a quarter of them have safeguarding issues for the children. so, people teaching them who aren't qualified teachers, who aren't registered with anybody to say they are fit and proper person to be able to work with children. almost 150 of the investigations were of so—called alternative provision centres, used for children who might have been excluded or taken out of mainstream schools.
0fsted says it found councils paying up to £27,000 per yearfor a place, even though the centres were not registered and some left pupils playing computer games all day. the education watchdog says the biggest concentration of unregistered schools are in london and the west midlands, with one in five having a religious link. but the local government association says they can be appropriate if properly run. mums and dads of children with very special educational needs, and children who have been excluded from every other type of education setting in the local area, may find themselves going to a therapeutic environment rather than a school. and the local authority would clearly fund that. but that is a very different situation from the kind of environments where we have concerns about fire safety, the structure of the building, concerns about whether children are being kept safe and educated by people who know what they are doing. last year saw the first ever convictions for running an illegal school, with a couple fined and given a community order for teaching more than 50 pupils on the first floor of this
office block in west london. but inspectors say they want more powers to shut down those that break the law. the department for education says it has provided 0fsted with £3 million to help stop illegal schools and will continue to work with them and the crown prosecution service to make sure illegal activity is uncovered and justice is delivered. sarah walton, bbc news. after the latest delay to the brexit process, political parties are gearing up to fight elections to the european parliament in just six weeks' time. under terms agreed with eu leaders, the uk has been given a brexit extension until the end of october, unless an agreement can be approved in the next few weeks. that means the uk is likely to have to elect new members of the european parliament on the 23rd of may, and for those who have to organise elections, it means a race against time to get ready. danny savage reports. that is a very, very dramatic map to show you, that's a map which tells the story
of ukip's advance... remember this? the last european elections the uk took part in. if brexit had gone to plan, they were never to be held again. but it now looks like the ballot boxes are coming to a sports centre near you — again. in york, the local returning officer is no stranger to snap elections, but there is a lot of work to be done. any short notice for any election causes us problems, it's around venues, booking the venues, we normally do 18 months in advance, staffing is well as a problem, short notice for staffing, getting people to work in the polling stations, and the count, which is a sunday count, is always a challenge. do you think you will be able to do it? yes, we have to do. if local elections are taking place where you live next month, you will have already had one of these through the post. well, stand by for more correspondence through your letterbox — this time
for the european elections. and as the parties hastily make their plans, what do voters think? i voted to remain. uh-huh. well, i do worry it's going to be a rehash of the referendum, but i'm personally going to vote. due to delays and unfortunate machinations that have been going on, we are actually saying, no, we will run in european elections, for what end ? will run in european elections, for what end? do you think it is a waste of time? absolutely. i've lost the will to live, to be perfectly honest. britain was such a proud country, worldwide, and now we are the laughing stock of the world. there will be around 39,000 polling stations popping up across the uk at the end of may. the cost to the government last time was around £109 million. but eu election turnout is traditionally low — just over 35% in 2014. political experts, though, say they've got to happen. the issue with the european elections is that if all member states do not take part, the new parliament essentially becomes an illegal organisation, an illegal body, so all members of the eu who will remain members
of the eu after the parliament has been constituted have to take part. there is a chance that the european elections still won't happen if the deal can be agreed in the next few weeks, but this latest delay to brexit has consequences, and this is one of them. danny savage, bbc news, york. and as campaigning begins for the european elections, former ukip leader nigel farage has launched a new brexit party. in a speech in coventry, he said politics was broken with a two—party system that can't cope with brexit. he said his party's mission was to change politics for good and would be deeply intolerant of all intolerance. this party is not here just to fight the european elections on the 23rd of may this year, this party is not here to ask people simply to express their anger by going to the ballot
box and voting for us on that day. no, no. the 23rd of may is the first step of the brexit party, our task and our mission is to change politics for good, to change all aspects of politics in this country. labour'sjohn mcdonnell has said he is hopeful of progress from the ongoing brexit talks between labour and the government. the shadow chancellor has been taking part in talks with government officials in westminster and said discussions so far had been constructive. reporter: any progress made today? talks are going on, constructive, so we're hopeful. positive. do you think anything can be sorted out during the easter recess? we're working out a timetable. there'sa fairamount of detailed work that will go on over the next week to ten days and then we'll see where we're at. police have unveiled a new device which can detect when drivers might be using their mobile phones at the wheel. thames valley and hampshire forces are rolling out the technology,
which can distinguish whether a phone is being used with a hands—free device or not. police also hope it will enable them to identify hotspots where motorists frequently use their mobile phones. peter cooke has more. he'd just signed paperwork for his company. kate goldsmith knows more than mostly devastating consequences of someone using a mobile phone while driving. her daughter amy, and amy's stepbrothers ethan and josh, and the boys' mother, were all killed by this man on the asa at berkshire in 2016. thomas croker had been scrolling through music on his phone when he hit a line of stationary traffic. he was jailed for ten years. thomas croker didn't go out intentionally to kill my daughter, but he is not the only one. he was driving a lethal weapon, effectively blind, because he was using his mobile phone.
and many other drivers are doing that. it's not a soft crime. kate is now supporting a new initiative by thames valley and hampshire police. theirjoint roads policing unit has become the first in the country to buy these devices to reduce mobile phone use. at the moment, the detector can identify when a passing motorist is using their mobile phone, but not on hands—free. the police will then use that information to target particular hotspots. those behind the technology hope that in the future they will be able to record registration plates and issue people with fines. the system involves a sensor which detects vehicles where there are active 2g, 3g or 4g phone signals. it will also recognise if people are using a bluetooth hands—free device and the warning sign will not flash. but it cannot record or distinguish if a passenger or driver of a vehicle is using a phone. tougher penalties for using a phone
illegally were introduced in 2017. drivers now face six penalty points and a £200 fine if caught. figures from the rac show 40% of drivers admit checking social media in traffic. statistics show that it's males aged between 26 and 45 are our targeted audience. this is a joint partnership working. i can't do it on my own. the mobile phone warning system is not a stand alone. this is just one tool that we, the police, use. four people in that corsa and it had been reduced to the size of a lorry tyre. drivers caught using their phone were given the chance to hear kate goldsmith‘s story. her family's lives forever scarred by a moment's distraction. a fate she says we can all fall victim to if our mobile behaviours don't change. peter cook, bbc news. our top story this lunchtime:
sweden considers whether to reopen an investigation into allegations of rape made against wikileaks founderjulian assange. coming up, is this the future of recycling? would you sort your rubbish into seven different bin bags? coming up on bbc news, arsenal have launched an investigation after a social media video appeared to show a fan racially abusing the napoli defender kalidou koulibaly at the emirates stadium in the europa league last night. sudanese military leaders have sought to reassure protestors that they have no ambition to rule the country long—term, after they removed president 0mar al—bashirfrom office. the head of sudan's military political committee said elections would be held in the country following a transitional period of up to two years. demonstrators who fear the coup leaders are too close to the former president, remain camped out in the streets of the capital
khartoum, and are calling for a more rapid move to democracy. paul adams reports. the revolution did not go to sleep. throughout the night tens of thousands of people defied a military curfew on the streets of the capital. the atmosphere was festive. yesterday saw the end of a 30 year dictatorship. but for all the song and dance, there is anxiety. the demonstrators are not willing simply to swap one military leaderfor another. willing simply to swap one military leader for another. 0nce willing simply to swap one military leader for another. once again, ordinary soldiers mingled and participated. the apparent support of rank and file giving the crowd to the feeling they are not alone. the new day brought no let up on the streets. the demand here is for real not cosmetic change.
translation: we want what the sudanese professionals association has said in their statement. we want a civilian transitional government as soon as possible. if it has to be the army who makes this happen, then we don't want anyone from their side who has been part of the regime in any way. translation: why isn't there a transitional government? all those people who died, have they gone in vain? we cannot accept this. height migrate seems the military may be listening. it says it won't tolerate chaos but is offering dialogue and a more rapid transition. we are the guarantor of their demands, the guarantors to help them achieve what they demand. there has to be agreement and consensus from all political groupings. all of us, we should work hand in hand. we are not against the demands of the people. we are for the demands of
the people. and we will help them to achieve them. but of the military says it won't hand over the former president. he has been accused of genocide and war crimes by the international criminal court in the hague. this morning the un urged sudan to comply. our position is very clear. we encourage the authorities in sudan to fully cooperate with the international criminal court. sudan's revolution remains delicately poised. this country of a0 million people still facing an uncertain future. paul adams, bbc news. overall levels of violence in england and wales are on the decline, in spite of a recent increase in knife and gun crime, according to a study of hospital accident and emergency data. cardiff university's violence research group analysed data collected from a&e departments, minor injury units and walk—in centres, and found that the number of people who'd been wounded during a violent incident had dropped slightly in 2018.
our home affairs correspondent, danny shaw, has this report, which does contain some flashing images. every day, there are more victims of knife crime. last year, more people were fatally stabbed in england and wales than at any time since records began after the second world war, but does this mean we've become a more violent society? a new study from cardiff university suggests not. researchers used data from accident and emergency departments to calculate the number of victims of violence. it was estimated that 187,500 people sought treatment last year for injuries after being attacked. that's down 1.7% in 2017, continuing a substantial long—term reduction. the study also found that fewer children and teenagers were treated in hospital after being assaulted. this really means that we don't, all of us, need to be more scared than we used to be. violence involving knives
is localised, it affects relatively small numbers of people, so overall the risk to us all has decreased. according to the survey, there was a small increase in the number of women who were attacked and injured, and a rise of more than 5% among men and women aged 51 and over. the reasons for that are unclear. overall, though, it seems hospitals are seeing fewer victims of violence but many more people who've been attacked with knives. danny shaw, bbc news. thousands of people, including stevie wonder and snoop dogg, gathered in los angeles last night, to pay tribute to american rapper nipsey hussle. the former gang member, who became a community activist, was shot dead in la last month. a letterfrom former president barack obama was read out at the memorial service, praising the musician's work to help the deprived neighbourhood where he grew up. stevie wonder also addressed the issue of gun violence in america.
it is so painful to know that we don't have enough people taking a position that says, listen, we must have stronger gun laws. it's almost like the world is becoming blind. the us military has begun implementing restrictions on transgender people, in response to demands for a ban which were first made by president trump nearly two years ago. under the new rules, transgender personnel must serve under their biological sex, rather than the gender with which they identify. the president said the reasons were financial and did not imply a prejudice against people who are transgender. the pregnancy and parenting club, bounty uk, has been fined £a00,000 for illegally sharing personal information belonging to more than 1a million people. the information commissioner says
the firm collected the data through its website and mobile app, and directly from new mothers in hospital, but then shared it with a number of organisations without being clear that it might do this. there were two new incidents of apparent racist abuse by football fans, at games involving english clubs last night. three chelsea fans appeared in a video showed them singing an abusive song about liverpool's mohamed salah, and arsenal have launched an investigation after a social media video appeared to show a fan racially abusing a player. our sport correspondent, richard conway, is here. what exactly happened ? what exactly happened? from the premier league to the parks, this is a spate of incidents that has got the football authorities worried. last night at chelsea three people prevented from entering the ground after a video came to light in which mo salah of liverpool was targeted with an abusive song. across london
at arsenal a social media video appeared in which a fan targeted a napoli player during their league match. arsenal site today they utterly condemn this kind of racist language. they are trying to identify the culprit, to take action. again, this is part of a wider trend of incidents we have seen this season. the list i have in front of me is just a flavour of it. racist chanting at several england players in montenegro. derby and wigan players targeted by players —— micro fans last weekend. watford players and the crystal palace forward wilfried za ha players and the crystal palace forward wilfried zaha pointing out this week
the abuse they get online. and raheem sterling targeted at chelsea. chelsea players as well in the europa league game. also at grassroots, within short time players broke off the pitch this week and an amateur ethic —— cup final being suspended last week because of racism from the crowd. many in the game looking and saying
that fans don't become racist as soon as they enter stadiums. is there a wider societal issue? that is not holding much stroke with the sports minister. she told parliament yesterday she wants to see more action from football's authorities and is expecting that in due course, in time for the new season. thank you. as concern grows over the impact the rubbish we throw away is having on the planet, authorities are trying to find ways to make waste disposal and recycling more efficient. lessons could be learned from one city in sweden, which sends very little domestic waste to landfill and has come up with a colourful way of sorting its rubbish. dougal shaw has been to find out
more. rainbow coloured rubbish. this is the colourful waste created by a swedish city with a unique recycling system. like many cities in sweden, eskilstuna has an impressive recycling record. it met the eu's 2020 target of recycling 50% of waste many years ago. but almost everyone who lives here follows a strict recycling policy at home. people are expected to sort
their household waste into seven separate categories, including food, textiles, cartons and metal. this is time—consuming and requires a bit of space in the kitchen. but what really makes this system a standout is the bright colour code. households are given a supply of rainbow coloured bags to collect waste. they also get recycled as part of the process. the reason for this becomes clear at the city's recycling plant. the bags arrive alljumbled up because they are collected all together once a fortnight from outside people's houses. but thanks to those bright colours, the bags can be selected and separated efficiently — though even these scanners can make some mistakes. the food waste in green bags is processed on site into slurry to make biogas, to power the city's buses. one of the benefits of this method of recycling is that there is less cross contamination, so more of the recycled waste can actually be used to make new things. we want to recycle much more
materials than are recycled today. and we like to change people's behaviour to do that. like the rest of sweden, eskilstu na is committed to sending zero waste from its citizens to landfill. waste that cannot be recycled is incinerated at a local plant to generate electricity. this reduces reliance on fossil fuels, but does create greenhouse gases. as countries around the world try to improve recycling rates, some may look to eskilstuna as an example to follow. as long as they think they can persuade their citizens to get busy sorting at home. dougal shaw, bbc news, eskilstuna, sweden. day two of the masters in augusta is about to get underway, and pre—tournament favourite rory mcilroy is hoping for a better performance after a tricky first day. as the action restarts, three—time major winner brooks koopka and fellow american bryson dechambeau share the lead, but britain's ian poulter remains well placed in fourth. andy swiss reports.
it was a day when the famous augusta scoreboard was working overtime. so many fluctuating fortunes, not least for maureen —— for rory mcilroy. after a poor start he rallied in style. the favourite finally living up style. the favourite finally living up to his billing. but having clawed his way up, he slipped back down. an error strewn finish and a frustrating first day. it was far better for frustrating first day. it was far betterfor tiger frustrating first day. it was far better for tiger woods. more than a decade after his first mate —— my last major title, some familiar flashes of brilliance leaving him four off the pace. the british challenge was led by ian poulter. he has never won a major. withjust two behind, he will believe anything is possible. it was an american duo that set the pace. brooks koepka and bryson dechambeau, who surely won the prize for a shot of the day. agonisingly close at the last hole, but a place in the top of the
leaderboard should be some consolation. with four americans in the top five, it was certainly a good day for the home fans. others, including rory mcilroy, will need a second round surge to stop their masters hopes slipping away. andy swiss, bbc news, augusta. time for a look at the weather now with mel coles. it looks very nice outside. yes, a lovely spring picture. it is a case of spot the picture as far as the weather is concerned. there are su btle weather is concerned. there are subtle changes. on the whole it is settled and quite chilly. it is settled and quite chilly. it is settled because high pressure is in the driving seat. anchored over scandinavia. low pressure in the atla ntic scandinavia. low pressure in the atlantic are trying to send rain our way. we are drawing in particularly cold air. evident along north sea coast in particular. to give you an idea of how chilly it is in some spots, 12 celsius is the average april temperature. some spots will