a pianist and fog patches to stop the day on wednesday, much of that will lift with sunny spells breaking out fairly widely. temperatures up to 19 in london, warmer in edinburgh at 15. some of the north sea coast will feel a bit cooler given the onshore winds. more of the same on thursday, another day with mist and fog patches, lots of sunshine on the cards. if anything, there's temperatures edge a little, 17 in edinburgh, 15 in belfast, heights of 20 towards cardiff. through friday and saturday we will probably see higher temperatures across much of the uk, could reach 2425 degrees in the uk, could reach 2425 degrees in the warmest areas but through sunday the warmest areas but through sunday the cloud will thicken across north—western areas and we may see some rain head across parts of the ukfor some rain head across parts of the uk for monday. it is debatable if it will reach the south—east but in the early pa rt will reach the south—east but in the early part of the easter holiday we will see the best weather for most
of us. let's return to the notre—dame fire and rejoin lyse doucet in paris. at moments like this, tragic moments that turn to greater hope, you understand how much history and heritage matters. the people still streaming here now at the edge of the river seine, some of them have been kneeling here in silent prayer, others, so many, taking selfies. many just looking, others, so many, taking selfies. manyjust looking, hoping, wondering, to be part of this extraordinary moment in french history, that this magnificent cathedral but took 200 years to build, that stood in the heart of paris for nearly nine centuries, how much of it was lost in a matter of others. and yet there is hope in what is one of the holiest weeks in the christian calendar which ends in the christian calendar which ends in the joy of easter. the hope that there could be the rebuilding of
this cathedral with the money pouring in, the pledges, then use that, come friday, the experts will go in and be able to retrieve some of the precious artefacts, the works of the precious artefacts, the works of art, the things which made notre—dame so great and be part of this move to make notre—dame great again. lyse doucet, thank you. we'll leave you now with images from paris, a city still in shock after the devastating fire at notre dame cathedral. the news today has been better than many feared, but for parisiens it was a very long night. from me, good afternoon. crowd sings hymn.
good afternoon. it's 1.30pm and here's your latest sports news. the rugby football union have had their say on billy vuniploa's online conduct. it comes after the england and saracens forward posted support for israel folau's controversial anti—gay views on social media. folau has subsequently been sacked by australia. vunipola has received an official warning.
our correspondent chris jones has more. the rfu say that billy vunipola expressed regrets and he understood the hurt and offence he had caused by the defence of isreal folau and adding in his own instagram post, that man was made for women to procreates. billy vunipola has also been reminded of his responsibilities as an ambassador for the game and for a sport that values inclusivity, although he has not yet deleted the post which suggests he does stand by his views, which come from his interpretation of his christian religion, although he does regret expressing these views. manchester united travel to barcelona needing to overturn a 1—0 deficit if they're to win their champions league quarterfinal. it will be the first time united manager ole gunnar solskjaer has played or managed at the ground since scoring the winning goal for them in the 1999 final
against bayern munich. patrick gearey reports. people cross the world come to visit barcelona. it attracts guests for its weather, its culture, it's sheer theatre. it's less welcoming if you need to win a football match in there. that's manchester united's reason for visiting. but then they have their own history here. in stoppage time in the camp nou in 1999, united scored twice to beat bayern munich and win the european cup. a defining night not least for the man who got the second and now manages them. what better place to re—connect to a glorious past? sometimes people have said to me it has to be our year because it's 20 years ago, i used to play with number 20, we're back at camp nou. but to go through, we have to perform and we have to deserve it. you can't just say we're just going to rely on faith, no. united's1—0 defeat at old trafford last week means they must come to this imposing place and win.
something no team has done in the champions league in nearly six years. plus, barcelona rested most of their stars at the weekend. so, the likes of lionel messi, perhaps the world's best, will be fresh. at least united can draw on recent memory. they beat paris saint—germain 3—1 away from home in the last round. we've seen ourselves against psg that we can get back from being 2—0 down against a fantastic team. of course, historically, barcelona is the best, say the last ten years, so we know it's going to be a massive effort. but the players have shown it before. in this cavernous place, they must do it again. united will need another famous night as they face one of football's greatest tests. barnsley have made a complaint to the english football league and fa following an alleged incident involving their manager, daniel stendel, and fleetwood boss joey barton. barnsley are assisting south yorkshire police with enquiries. it was alleged by barnsley player cauley woodrow on twitter that
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you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. that's bbc.co.uk/sport. goodbye for now. let's return to the fire at the notre dame cathedral. authorities believe it was an accident, not arson. the spire and much of the roof of the medieval cathedral collapsed during the fire, but the main structure was saved and emergency teams managed to rescue valuable artworks and religious items. this morning, cardinal vincent nichols, the archbishop of westminster, talked about his deep shock over the blaze. well, as i watched last night, i was very deeply shocked, very deeply shocked. and, you know, just felt alongside the people who lined the streets of paris and shared their tears actually, because here was a cathedral that, for 850 years, as it were, overlooked the whole life of paris, and of france, and stood for so much
and it was being consumed by flames in front of our eyes. so i was, i think, as shocked as people all over the world to see this moment of great tragedy and to feel so helpless. andrew tremlett is the dean of durham cathedral, which has a similar structure to notre dame. he says those in charge of the church are always aware of the risk of fire. it could happen but of course you do all you can to prevent it. one of the features of a stone cathedral like this with a wooden roof is that fires in the roof are not that uncommon. it happens every so often. but the roof burns away and what you're left with is the stone structure, which is exactly what happened in notre dame. so what you do is you put in place all sorts of precautions. you separate out the roof spaces. you create barriers between the roof space so that if you get fire in one part it then doesn't spread
to another party. part it then doesn't spread to another part. you have detection systems so that you can deal with it quickly and you run all sorts of exercises with the fire service to make sure that they know where they need to get to very quickly. let's speak to duncan wilson, chief executive of the government's heritage advisor, historic england. good afternoon to you. good afternoon. what is it about an incident like this, a disaster at an historic building that seems to get into our souls and affects us so? i think it is this sense of loss for everyone, the loss of worshippers, the loss of the french people, but a loss to humanity. it is a symbol. once immediate reaction is tragic
loss. one can only hope that something can grow out of this and that notre dame can be rebuilt in a way that retains its identity. at this stage it is impossible to know how much real damage has been done, presumably. yes, it is. the thing that makes my heart bleed the most is the thought of the loss of all that amazing medieval stained glass, but even that, fragile as it is, there are some signs that some of it may be salvageable, may have survived, so one lives in hope. the leader of the house of commons, andrea leadsom, has just leader of the house of commons, andrea leadsom, hasjust been talking about this. she is looking forward to the restoration programme at the house of commons and house of lords. what lessons does what has happened in paris have put something like that? one of the lessons is it is necessary... one of the reasons
for it is the unsafe wiring. you can't afford to let that fester with him for something to happen. it kind of underlines the need to do it. when it is being done, the need to make sure that every precaution is taken. what would you regard as the most comparable incident here to what has happened in paris?” suppose it was the tragic fire at york minster almost 30 years ago. that was caused by a lightning strike. one looks at the amazing restoration programme that has happened, so there is reason for hope. duncan wilson, thank you so much forjoining us. in a moment we'll have all the business news, but first the headlines on bbc news: france's president vows to return notre dame cathedral to its former glory after last
night's devastating blaze. it took nearly 15 hours to extinguish the flames, which destroyed the spire and two—thirds of the roof, of the historic building. emergency teams managed to rescue valuable treasures as hundreds of millions of euros are pledged to help rebuild. the business news: more than 100 climate change activists have been arrested for blocking roads in central london during protests which brought parts of the capital to a standstill. a second day of disruption is expected. police have ordered protestors to keep to the marble arch area. unemployment fell by 27,000 in the three months to february — the figure coming in at to 1.34 million. that's the lowest rate since 1975. average weekly earnings, including bonuses, rose by around 3.5%. that's in line with expectations.
jd sports has defied the gloom on the high street to post record annual profits of almost £340 million. that's up more than 15%. its chairman, peter cowgill, told the bbc the figures have been helped by a focus on younger customers. amazon's website is flooded with fake five—star reviews according to the consumer group which? it says thousands of the reviews were unverified, meaning there was no evidence the reviewer even bought the product. amazon says it's using automated technology to spot and remove false reviews. adam french is a consumer rights expert. thank you forjoining us. no problem. how bad is this problem? thank you forjoining us. no problem. how bad is this problem7m isa problem. how bad is this problem7m is a huge problem for people looking to do their shopping online with amazon. we looked at 14 of the most
popular technology products and found those listings with completely unknown brands that had very suspicious five star ratings. we looked at one type of headphone, it had more than 405—star ratings, they had more than 405—star ratings, they had been uploaded on the same day, so had been uploaded on the same day, so fake reviews which could be leading a lot of people to wasting a lot of their own money on products that just don't live lot of their own money on products thatjust don't live up to expectations. how can you as a consumerjudge if expectations. how can you as a consumer judge if the expectations. how can you as a consumerjudge if the review is fair? a good example is the headphones. if a lot of reviews have been uploaded on the same day, repetition within them, that is a big warning flag that those reviews are to be trusted. of course, you can go and look at independent sources of information online to verify what you're seeing on those customer reviews. who are putting those fake reviews up there? previously we have exposed the big problem with facebook groups which
we re problem with facebook groups which were encouraging people to leave positive reviews of products they we re positive reviews of products they were seeing online, particularly on amazon. they will offering things like cashbacks and incentives to people so they would leave 5—star reviews. it is a big problem. it's encouraging people to spend money on products that just aren't any good. you mention these facebook groups. what is the reason for doing it? are these not the companies themselves posting these reviews?” these not the companies themselves posting these reviews? i am much more likely to buy a product if i see it has got a really stellar review and i would imagine that is exactly the same reasoning behind what is going on here. the more 5—star reviews you see is a consumer the more likely you are to splash out on a product. you need to take those customer reviews with a pinch of salt until part with your money too easily. in other business stories we're following, the misery is continuing
for thousands of jet airways passengers and staff. the indian airline appears to be on the brink of collapse and its board is holding an emergency meeting after lenders refused to give it more cash. the airline has more than $1.2 billion in debt. lufthansa has announced it made a $380 million loss for the first three months of the year. the german airliner blamed higher fuel costs and rising competition, but it says it thinks it'll go back into profit in the next few months. bad news for the greetings card retailer card factory. annual profts fell 8% to just over £66.5 million. the company is struggling with higher costs and lower demand. the ftse has been holding steady, boosted by news of a healthy jobs market in the uk. jd sports doing well today
after news of record results. card factory is doing well despite a drop in profits. investors are encouraged by a surge in its online sales. brent crude is the focus of a lot of attention. there's lots of talk about opec cutting production. that's all the business news. offers of help have been coming in from around the world after the fire at notre dame cathedral. a little earlier my colleague joanna gosling spoke to pierre—antoine gatier, one of the chief architects of the historic monuments service in paris. he worked with teams throughout the night to preserve as much as they could. i don't know if i am exhausted, but i am devastated. it is such a loss. i don't think we would ever have expected something like this could happen with notre dame,
so we were all totally devastated, but we are very moved by all the sympathy, by all those messages we are receiving, so thank you to all of you. what has gone? obviously, it appears that all the upper part of the building, which means the woodwork, the timber framework, has disappeared. so, its medieval structure and also the 19th century wooden spire that was built at the centre of the roof. so, the woodwork has totally disappeared and also the roofing materials, which were the original materials, the lead, which is very frequently
used for cathedrals and it has also disappeared. what about the stained glass windows? so, i think we have to be controlled and analyse this, but it seems that this morning we have quite a positive understanding of the situation regarding the stained glasses, mainly the 13th century stained glass from the south rose, which is quite famous. but now it is a long process to control and analyse how it is exactly. so you're saying superficially it looks ok, but you will have to get up close and see if there are cracks?
exactly, exactly. and the artefacts inside, did they manage to take everything away? so, the situation is the woodwork is burnt and the major beam has collapsed over the vaults. the main spire collapsed and it went through the stone vaulting, so it means that we are facing destruction on the upper part of the building, but also the inside. obviously, we have to go through all the chapels, all the aisles and control which position are all those pictures and paintings and so on. you are the chief architect of historic monuments in paris.
this place must stand in a category of its own and what is there is irreplaceable. it can be reconstructed, but it can never be obviously fully restored. this is probably the major philosophical issue, will we repair notre dame cathedral, will be try to recreate exactly how it was before the fire, so the 13th and 19th century structures? do we have to phase it with contemporary techniques? that will be the debate that we will start to develop right now. do you have a favoured option at this stage? thank you for asking me the question, but it has to be
a global decision made by the french minister of culture. probably today we can say that it has such a symbolic value that probably there would be a movement to recreate it is very close to its originalfeatures, i guess. there was a restoration project under way and there has been a lot said about the state of disrepair of the building, controversy over funding, the desire not to close the building to the public. do you feel any anger about those issues? i mean, i'm not sure that i totally
understood your question. a large cathedral, it could be in great britain or in france, it is always under repair. these are such large structures that they have to be maintained every day. notre dame cathedral has to be repaired, it is a historical building, it is a place for worship and it has to be open to the public too. obviously, we are talking to you about yourjob, but it is clearly personal too. tell us your personal feelings about notre dame cathedral, your memories of visiting as a private citizen, as well as through the course of your work. notre dame is right at the centre of paris.
it is a historical centre and the geographical centre. i think it means so much for all of us and the global movement we are feeling since last night shows us that my feeling is shared by everybody. so, i mean it is our cathedral, it is the monument of paris. i am totally devastated. that is all i can say. now it's time for a look at the weather with chris fawkes. hello, again. although the weather is pretty cloudy today, it's set to get much sunnier and warmer over the next few days. yesterday, these were the kind of temperatures we had yesterday afternoon.
as we fast forward to saturday, you can see the warmth showing up on the maps and the temperatures really soaring, 19 or so in belfast. highs could reach around 25 degrees in the warmest areas. before we get there, today is a cloudy day. this weather front is stretched diagonally across the uk. that is continuing to bring outbreaks of rain. as the front has moved away from cornell, the cloud has broken up here and there has been sunshine. it is an improving trajectory with the weather south—west england with the south brighter skies moving to wales and northern ireland. the rain will turn heavier and western areas of scotland. for the reast of scotland and england, there will be clwyd but hazy spells of sunshine. overnight, things will stay cloudy in most areas,
the rain becoming lighter and patchier in north—western areas. some mist and fog patches to watch out for on the hills. on wednesday, we start to get the weather turning much warmer. that trend continues on into the easter break. looking at the weather in more detail, for wednesday, there could be mist and fog patches first thing, but that should thin and break with spells of sunshine becoming more widespread. that will help boost the temperatures, with highs up to 19 degrees in london, 15 in edinburgh. some of the north sea coasts kept fresher thanks to the onshore wind. a similar day coming up on thursday, patrick lloyd first thing in the morning but sunny spells breaking through widely and feeling pleasantly warm in the sunshine, with top temperatures in cardiff expected to see 20 degrees, 15 in belfast and 17 in edinburgh. it gets warmer still through friday.
a hello, you're watching afternoon live, i'm rebecca jones. today at 2. hundreds of millions of euros are pledged to return the notre dame cathedral in paris to its former glory — after fighfighters work though the night to save it from a devastating fire. a night of shock and despair in the french capital, but relief now that the main structure of the building remains intact. officials say they're treating the blaze as an accident, not arson. translation: the whole fire is out. now we are investigating and experts are analysing the structure is to