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church bells ring out across france to mark the exact time notre—dame went up in flames, as firefighters describe their nine—hour battle to save the cathedral. from marseille to strasbourg to chartres, at 6:55pm this evening, cathedrals all over the countryjoined in to show solidarite with notre—dame. more footage of the damage inside the cathedral, as firefighters who risked their lives spoke for the first time. translation: i went up into the towers. it was only when i got to the top that i saw how daunting it was. at some point we heard an enormous noise which must have been the spire falling down. we will have the latest from paris.
also on the programme tonight. at least 28 tourists have been killed after their bus overturned on the portuguese island of madeira. most are thought to be german. a new law to stop under—18s viewing porn. adult websites will be forced to verify people's age or risk being taken offline in the uk. the 14—year—old who took her own life while receiving private mental health care at the priory — it's been given the biggest fine of its kind. kieran trippier with the corner. all the way through, it's gone in! and an extraordinary night of football — seven goals in a thrilling champions league quarter—final as man city take on spurs. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news, another dramatic night in the champions league at the etihad. the fastest five goals in the competition's history. is this the one that clinches the semi—final place for spurs?
good evening. cathedral bells rung out across france at 6:55pm this evening to mark the exact moment when a huge fire broke out at notre—dame cathedral in paris on monday. today the paris fire brigade described for the first time how they saved the cathedral from collapse during a nine—hour battle with the flames. 100 firefighters were tasked with saving the works of art and treasures from inside cathedral, as the roof burned above them. lucy williamson is in paris tonight. i think with all the feelings of shock and relief that we've seen over the last few days, some of the core questions about the fire have been pushed to the back of many people's minds. like how it started, how the emergency response was handled and how the fire was ultimately put out. today, firefighters spoke for the first time about that operation and we've
gathered the first few details of who was working on site that day, and what they were working on. notre—dame today is a cathedral divided by the fire. marks of tragedy, surrounded by tranquillity. this video, given exclusively to the bbc, shows stained glass intact under a jagged hole where the roof used to be. polished pews, lined up before piles of charred timber. that so much survived is perhaps extraordinary. the local mayor said there was a moment that night when fire crews told president macron they weren't sure if notre—dame could be saved. it's a very difficult site to attack. they couldn't get there, up there, with their scales. the normal scales are not large, they're not tall enough. so they had to use other devices. they had to get into the building, they had to check the building was safe. they went in there and they did not have 100% certainty that they would be able to get down and get out. this is what firefighters
faced that night. today, one of them spoke publicly for the first time. translation: i went up into the towers. it was only when i got to the top that i saw how daunting it was. it was extremely hot and we had to keep moving back, moving back. it was spreading very quickly. at some point, we heard an enormous noise which must have been the spire falling down. investigators have so far interviewed around 30 people. early reports suggest the fire began at the base of the cathedral‘s central spire, where a major restoration project was starting. the main contractor involved in the restoration work told us they were the only ones in the building on monday and had been putting up scaffolding, not doing anything involving heat or sparks. they left at 5:50pm, he told us, turned off the electricity, and handed the keys to the caretaker. along the banks of the seine today, artists came to record a rare change
in the city landscape. the prime minister has announced an international competition for architects to design the cathedral‘s new spire. at churches across france tonight, bells rang out in solidarity with notre—dame. the sound of continuity after a crisis, that lets all of paris know they're not alone. lucy williamson, bbc news, paris. at least 28 people have died in a bus crash on the island of madeira. the bus, which was reported to be carrying german tourists, plunged off a road and overturned. there were around 50 people on board. the bus crashed just outside the capital city, funchal. it's feared pedestrians may also be among the dead. ben ando has more. the coach, which was carrying german holiday—makers, came to rest on its on its side after apparently coming off
the road on a tight curve and rolling down the mountain. exactly how it happened isn't clear. the bus is badly damaged, with most of its windows broken. it seems many of the victims were thrown onto the ground in the crash. local people quickly gathered, some assisting the emergency services as they helped injured survivors get clear of the wreckage. 55 people were on board the bus when it crashed in the early evening in the city of canico, east of the island's capital, funchal. madeira is one of a small group of islands off the coast of north africa that are part of the republic of portugal. it's a popular destination for those seeking early—season sun. tonight, work at the scene goes on. here, the foreign office says it's standing by to offer assistance to any britons caught up in the tragedy, but so for those involved appear to be german tourists or locals. ben ando, bbc news. a new law designed to prevent
children accessing online pornography is to be introduced from the middle ofjuly. the uk will be the first country to make it mandatory for all pornography websites to verify that their users are over the age of 18. those who fail to carry out what the government calls "robust age verification" could be blocked from operating in britain. the move has been welcomed by children's charities, but concerns have been raised by privacy campaigners. 0ur media editor, amol rajan, reports. like so many industries, pornography has shifted online in recent years, dragging with it concerns about who is using it. these changes are significant — but is there any prospect of them actually working? drew? hello, mate, lovely to meet you. good to see you. drew wylie uses pornography. at 23, he belongs to a generation for whom porn has always been instantly accessible. everyone can...basically now has access that from a very, very early age, so i think that the level of exposure is much more extreme.
but do you think that's dangerous? i mean, do you think a lot of young people are seeing stuff online that they shouldn't have? i do. it's dangerous, because young people are learning about sex through pornography which isn't... i don't feel that's how young people should be learning about sex. from july, users will have to prove their age using a variety of methods, such as with a credit card or passport, or with an age—verification card bought over the counter. the aim is to block sites that don't comply, but this will prove tough in practice. a generation ago, if you wanted to buy some porn, you probably had to go into a newsagent, reach up to the top shelf, and encounter some pretty awkward questions. what the internet specialises in is removing that human friction and replacing scarcity with abundance. but as ever with the web, there needs to be a balance between the gains and freedoms and convenience, and the risk of harming vulnerable people. that is what these reforms are aimed at. no wonder children's charities, who worry about the exposure of young minds, consider this new law an important step. what this piece of age verification
works to do is to try and prevent the accidental exposure of young people to this content, because we are particularly worried about young people seeing this when they're not expecting to see it. amid the impulse to project children, many adults wanting to view legal pornography will be terrified about data leaks in the future. this academic at sunderland university has two main concerns. young people won't be put off looking at porn. they willjust go into different spaces to find it, so they'll be moving away from the spaces that we have understood to be legal into possibly more illegal spaces. and, secondly, we have no idea what might happen to people's details, once it's entered into that database. there are grounds for thinking these changes may not work, at least immediately. younger internet users are often the most technically astute, able to circumvent blocks, and many sites in breach of the new rules will be based overseas, making them harder to reach and punish. amol rajan, bbc news. the priory, which provides
private mental health care, has been fined £300,000 following the death of a 14—year—old girl it was treating. amy el—keria killed herself while she was a patient at one of the group's psychiatric hospitals in east sussex in 2012. it is the largest fine of its kind imposed on a private health care company. 0ur health editor, hugh pym, reports. ijust remember her belly laugh, you know, how she loved her sisters. tania's happier memories of her daughter amy, but she won't ever forget the day amy died in the care of a private hospital. all i think about is when i met her in that hospital that night, amy el—keria killed herself while she was a patient at one and her laying there, pale, and i expected her to say, "hi, mum, i'm 0k," and she didn't. amy had a known history of suicide attempts. she was referred by the nhs to this mental health facility, part of the priory group. she was found dead in her room.
the company pleaded guilty to a health—and—safety offence. the judge, mrjustice dingemans, said the risks associated with patients like amy had not been considered and that staff had not been suitably trained to deal with emergencies requiring resuscitation. he noted that priory health care had worked hard to improve services since amy's death. amy's mother was highly critical of the company. public‘s eye have been finally been opened to what the priory stand for — profit over safety. today is an historic day in our fight for justice for amy. the priory group said it extended sincere apologies to the family and would carry out a review of all services for young people. it's not about money for me. it's about stopping these children and these vulnerable people dying unnecessarily. amy's death was avoidable.
the judge said any penalty imposed could never reflect the loss suffered by amy's family. hugh pym, bbc news, at lewes crown court. and for details of organisations which offer advice and support, you can find them online at bbc.co.uk/actionline. for a third day in a row, climate—change activists from extinction rebellion have been protesting in central london. a group gathered outside jeremy corbyn‘s home, while others glued themselves to a train carriage on the docklands light railway. others have spent the day camped at majorjunctions in london including oxford circus and waterloo bridge. so far around 340 people have been arrested. our home affairs correspondent tom symonds reports. this is normally one of the busiest bridges across the thames. extinction rebellion, a new direct—action protest group, hope to take control of this and other key london locations for up to two weeks.
but today police moved in and made more arrests. we have an emergency here, and i don't think we're causing any harm. using powers designed to balance the right to protest with the need to reduce disruption. the police are taking this extremely slowly, not least to keep the temperature under control, but also because they're starting to run out of police cells. we're here because humanity is facing extinction and ecocide. i'm here as a peaceful protester, the government must take action. their demands? the declaration of a climate emergency, radical cuts to carbon emissions. "we're sorry for the disruption," they say. the fact of the matter is that we have tried things that are less disruptive for over 30 years. people have been petitioning, marching, writing letters, and nothing's been done. but they also brought a busy rail line to a halt, the docklands light railway, using unusual tactics. cue angry commuters and this from london's mayor.
i am worried about protesters targeting public transport, because i am trying to encourage more and more londoners to use public transport because it's good for the environment. another target was oxford circus, used by 23 bus routes, as well as black cabs. it is hard getting about, people can protest, but i think for two weeks, i think totally too long. the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, received special treatment. protesters fixed themselves to his fence, demanding a plan to get rid of all greenhouse—gas emissions in six years. the government's considering a 0% target by 2050. the uk, under governments of different parties, has played a role in reducing carbon emissions and at the same time growing the economy, so we have shown that you can do both, but i think, yes, there is more to be done, and we need to make sure that we have a serious conversation about the role that britain can play. tonight, the protesters are camped out in central london — they're organised,
not planning to move anytime soon, and they say reinforcements are on their way. tom symonds, bbc news, waterloo bridge. scientists have managed to partially revive pig brains, four hours after they were removed from the body. the research at yale university could raise ethical questions about what it means to be alive and conscious. 0ur medical correspondent fergus walsh explains. the brain is the most complex organ in the body. it was always assumed it gets irreversibly damaged within minutes of blood flow stopping. now, a remarkable study in the journal nature challenges that view. the scientists at yale school of medicine used brains from farm animals bred for pork. in all, 32 brains were collected from an abbatoir. four hours after death, the organs were placed in specially designed tanks and synthetic blood was pumped round at body temperature for six hours. remarkably,
despite being dead for hours, cells within the brain started to function. there was activity in synapses, some brain circuits started to work. the brains began to use energy and oxygen, and blood flow was restored. this video shows some of the blood vessels of the partially revived organs. but there was no whole—brain activity that might signal awareness. what this indicates is individual neurones are viable, but are not capable of forming an organised global activity. this is not a functioning brain but a cellularly active brain. when the brains were tested, there was no global electrical activity on an eeg. researchers had been ready to anaesthetise and cool the organs if they had showed any signs of consciousness. they didn't, so the brains were not alive — a crucial ethical point. it looks like this technology, even if it could bring individual cells back to life, it can't bring the person
back to life. it can't make the brain function as a whole, in the way that we think is important. what is ethically significant about brain death is that the person who was there, their personality, their thoughts, their memories, is gone forever. so what might this research lead to? first, it gives scientists a new way of studying the brain, where it's been damaged by diseases like alzheimer's or a stroke. in the long term, it might allow them to revive parts of an injured brain. but it doesn't mean anyone declared brain dead can be restored to life. the idea of a brain kept alive and conscious outside the body remains science fiction. fergus walsh, bbc news. the ousted president of sudan, 0mar al—bashir, has been moved to a high—security prison, according to members of his family. months of protests against deteriorating conditions in the country culminated
in him being deposed in an army coup last week. and protesters are now calling for theirformer leaders to be held to account for their crimes, as our africa correspondent alistair leithead reports from the capital, khartoum. change has already come to sudan, but you wouldn't have thought so on the streets of khartoum today. in a place where dissent is dealt with through intimidation and torture, these people risked it all to stand their ground and now say they won't stop until they get what they want. and there's a long list of demands. all three of these protesters were picked up from home by the security forces at night and held for months in terrible conditions. abdullah isjust 21, an it student — he described being forced into stress positions all night and being tortured with an electric stick.
he saw a lot of other young people beaten many times. morua is a secondary school teacher, she's 32 and was held in custody for weeks. demands like arresting former leaders haven't been met, she says — the military‘s made promises, but nothing's been done yet, it's all talk and no action. junior officersjoined the protesters and protected them. the military remains split. the demonstrations started over the price of bread and other basics. it was anger over inflation which transformed into a movement against the president of nearly 30 years and his regime. cash is in desperately short supply. people really are struggling to get by. but life goes on, despite a protest in major parts of the city, as an old regime tries to hang on.
it's creating gridlock, and the longer the demonstrations continue, the more angry ordinary people could become. there's been a coup, a change of leadership, a whole series of sackings and reshuffles, but yet still thousands of protesters remain on the streets of khartoum. they don't trust the generals in the headquartersjust over there — they think it's just the shuffling of an old deck of cards, and are not moving until they see what they feel is going to bring real change to this country. alastair leithead, bbc news, in khartoum. peru's former president, alan garcia, has died after shooting himself when police arrived at his home to arrest him. his supporters reacted with shock, amid chaotic scenes on the streets of lima. mr garcia, who was 69, was being investigated in connection with the payment of bribes by a brazilian construction company in order to win lucrative contracts in several south american countries. he had repeatedly denied wrongdoing.
dozens of academics have told bbc news they've been harassed out of theirjobs and encouraged to sign non—disclosure agreements after making complaints about bullying, discrimination and sexual misconduct allegations. victims say such settlements mean they are silenced. figures obtained by the bbc show universities have paid out £87 million as part of the deals since 2017. universities uk, which represents institutions, says using ndas to keep people quiet should not be tolerated. the rate of inflation remained unchanged for march at 1.9%. fuel prices rose between february and march, but it was offset by a fall in food prices and the cost of computer games growing more slowly than this time last year. it's been one year since the windrush scandal revealed that incorrect paperwork had meant that people who had moved to britain decades ago from colonies,
mainly in the caribbean, had been denied the right to work, receive medical care, or even live here. although citizenship and compensation have been offered to the victims, replace the years of their life lost from the system as our community affairs correspondent adina campbell reports. i've literally lost everything. i have this anxiety now of going anywhere and being rejected. winston walker came to the uk from jamaica in the 1960s when he was 18 months old. but for the last ten years, life's been miserable. he's been made homeless, jobless and plans to marry, called off. isolation, you know, even thoughts of suicide, and things like that, i'm ashamed to say. you know, just despair, really. after losing his home and job, winston was forced to move around, eventually ending up in bristol,
where his friend tamara became one of the only people he could talk to. it's heartbreaking for me to think that, you know, having lived and worked so hard all his life, by the time he got to bristol, he was literally homeless. winston finally got his british citizenship six months ago, but it hasn't eased the pain. i don't even think it was given with an open heart. it was only given because the situation was exposed. i was the one who was going to be put on the plane. i'll never forget it. paulette wilson was on the brink of being deported 18 months ago. even though she came to the uk as a child and worked for more than 30 years. the 63—year—old grandmother was also held for a week in a detention centre, hours away from her daughter and the rest of her family in wolverhampton. the feeling that i felt, to know that she was going back
to jamaica after 50 years, and i probably wouldn't see herfor a year or so... i don't like to think about it. and you were away from your family for a week, by yourself, isolated. i couldn't eat. none of us could. couldn't sleep. it was terrible. can you close that chapter? that chapter, i don't think it'll ever be closed in my mind because it wasn'tjust me that's going through certain things. there's a lot of people, as my daughter said, a lot of people have died through this thing. one year on since the windrush scandal was exposed, the home office recently announced more details about its compensation scheme for victims. its pay—outs may cost more than £200 million. how do you feel about the way the government has handled this since the full scale of the crisis first emerged? there's no price you can put on my life. compensation ain't going to make my life better, anyway, so there's no price on my life. that's it. adina campbell, bbc news.
it's been an extraordinary night of football as manchester city took on tottenham hotspur in manchester for a place in the semifinals of the champions league. there were moments of high drama and a feast of goals. 0ur sports correspondent katie gornall was watching it all. a blue moon rising over manchester. for city's fans, this was a good omen. they'd been told to bring the noise for this crunch match. early on, they hit all the right notes. 1—0 down from the first leg, city had to score. after just four minutes, raheem sterling gave them the perfect start, with the perfect strike. but city weren't celebrating for long as spurs quickly struck back. son heung—min was the hero last week and he came to the rescue again, and again. two goals in the space of three frantic minutes. city now had to score three. bernardo silva made it 2—2 before sterling showed his value once again. with five goals in 20 minutes, this was footballing chaos.
at half—time, everyone a break. but there was no letup from de bruyne, who was pulling the strings for city and when they needed a goal, one man always delivers. aguero! thumps it in. incredibly, there was still time for a few more twists, as this, bundled in by llorente and upheld by var, had spurs through to the semis, before sterling looked to have snatched it at the death for city. his goal, however, was disallowed for offside. city's dream ended in the most dramatic of ways. and i think the city fans leaving the etihad now are in a state of shock, two huge team radio: decisions in that game, one of the most remarkable matches in modern football, city's dream of the quadruple is over. more straight
forward for liverpool in their quarterfinal, they won 4—1 against porto, a goalfrom mo salah setting themselves on their way to a 6—1 aggregate win, but even liverpool fa ns aggregate win, but even liverpool fans in porto will be talking about the game at the etihad, really an emotional roller—coaster from start to finish. it certainly was, thank you. now on bbc one it is time for the news where you are. hello and welcome to sportsday — i'm gavin ramjaun.
tottenham are through to the champions league semi—finals. after a dramatic end to their tie with manchester city. bring on barcelona. liverpool cruise into the champions league semi—finals beating porto 6—1 on aggregate. and manchester united are promoted to the women's super league in their first season since reforming a senior women's side. hello and welcome to sportsday. lots to bring you up to speed with, on one of the most dramatic evenings
in the champions league. tottenham are through to the champions league semi—finals — after an incredible finish to their game at the etihad stadium against manchester city. city scored in the dying moments, and looked to be going through — only to have the goal crucially ruled out... an emotional roller—coaster for the players and fans. no doubt too for our correspondent katie gornall — who's been watching the action. katie give us a rundown of the events. i'll do my best but i think we are still catching our breath, we cannot believe what we saw and i think some of the fans are feeling the same way, a real state of shock because they came into this game one note down from the first leg needing to score they got up to what was a perfect start, but then the spurs minutes later, i just perfect start, but then the spurs minutes later, ijust came through and so often the hero for them when harry is out injured like today, he scored two goals in a space of a few minutes, and that left them scoring
three and who did a turn to for important goals is sergio and he scored to make it 11—2 in this game. a very good strike and that really left spire scrabbling around as the match to on and on, he wanted that he wondered if they had never not but lorenzo managed to bundle the ball into the back of the night with you minutes to go, that gold was looked at through that the ar, but it was a proud, but then the spurs went through for the first semi finals, but unbelievably there was time for one final twist. had the ball in the back of the net with just seconds to go, i celebrated wildly, everyone thought that was it city was going through instead, but then another dar decision, and this time it was disallowed for offside, since if he thought they were through to semifinals but snatched from them because my remark about to psy—tu rvy from them because my remark about topsy—turvy game sprays waiting for