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this is bbc news, i'm chris rodgers. the headlines at 7pm. police in londonderry investigating the murder of thejournalist, lyra mckee — continue to question two teenagers and make a fresh appealfor information lyra's killers have succeeded in only one thing, and that is in uniting the entire community in condemnation. over 750 arrests since monday, with police in london calling in extra officers from neighbouring forces as climate protests continue. the head of the force urges demostrators to move on. please go to the marble arch, where you can protest lawfully. stop your unlawful protest. and if you don't want to go to marble arch, then go home. the hottest day of the year — as temperatures soar to 25.5 degrees.
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and a goal from manchester city's phil foden sends the sky blues to the top of the premier league as they beat tottenham — we'll have all the reaction to that — and the rest of the sports news in sportsday. good evening. the detective leading the investigation into the killing of leera mckee in northern ireland, has warned a "new breed of terrorists is coming through the ranks". two teenagers have been arrested by officers who they suspect were involved in shooting dead the young journalist in londonderry. police say they believe the dissident republican group the new ira is behind the killing. the teenagers are being questioned in belfast, from where louise cullen sent this report.
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a journalist, campaigner, beloved partner and devoted daughter. the police today said they'd met lyra mckee‘s family, to try to answer their questions and they said the killing had united the community against the dissidents. my broader concern is that what we're seeing is a new breed of terrorists coming through the ranks. and that, for me, is a very worrying situation. there is a real sense that what happened to lyra marks a sea change and i want people to have confidence to come forward. the police were carrying out a search operation targeting dissident republicans in the creggan area of derry on thursday night when rioting flared. in cctv footage, a masked man stepped out from behind a wall. he disappears, then a few minutes later, a man with a gun fires shots towards police and onlookers. lyra mckee was rushed to hospital, where she died from her injuries. the police believe a group calling itself the new ira was behind the murder. one of the things that's worrying about this organisation
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is that they do have people who are experienced in the dark arts of bomb—making, when they were in the provisional ira, and some of those people have gone over to the new ira in the last decade or so. for friends of the journalist and lgbt activist, reality is just beginning to sink in. when i woke up this morning, i did think that i dreamt all this, it hadn't really happened. i'd dreamt the vigil, i'd dreamt everything and then i heard the news and i realised it wasn't some awful nightmare, it was true. and people across northern ireland are standing with lyra's friends and family, with books of condolence being signed and vigils held in a number of towns and cities. everybody should show their condemnation of this murder in some shape or form. we need to move forward. nobody wants to go back to those dark days, and that our children deserve the opportunity to never be brought up in that, the way we all were. the killing of a ceasefire baby has brought the community together to stand against that possibility.
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hundreds of extra police officers have been drafted in by the metropolitan police from other forces as it tries to clear climate change protestors from parts of central london. since the demonstrations began on monday more than 750 people have been arrested. the metropolitan police commissioner cressida dick has defended the handling of the protests and described the operation as unprecedented. jon donnison reports. the extinction rebellion has life in it yet. for a sixth day, climate change protesters targeted central london. yesterday's pink boat at oxford circus was replaced by a green hammock. their message, they are not going away. if there were a better way, please somebody tell us. because we've tried the suggested ways, we tried writing to mps, we tried doing petitions, we've tried just standing in the street with banners, it clearly hasn't worked.
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she was eventually arrested, as were others, but they are not making it easy for the police. some protesters had glued themselves together, with their arms encased with piping. a cheer goes up now, as one protester has been released here at oxford circus, the police are using bolt cutters, angle grinders, and special chemicals to break through the glue that protesters have used to stick themselves together. there were similar scenes at waterloo bridge. we are here to protect our kids come into protect our future kids, in their future kids, and you don't have to understand science to understand that. the metropolitan police have had to request 200 extra officers from neighbouring forces. but deny their struggling to cope, or that cells are full. it's been really challenging operation, they are using very dynamic communications, and very dynamic tactics,
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i think many people would say we haven't seen anything quite like this in this city or around the country before. by late afternoon, the last of the protesters at oxford circus had been removed, and traffic was flowing again. the demonstrators insist they will be back. john donnison, bbc news, in central london. let's show you the scene in central london now, this is waterloo bridge, protesters have been there since the protests began, although it's likely they are being joined by other protesters who have been disbursed at other locations. around 1500 officers a day are policing these protests. our correspondent simon jones is at waterloo bridge looking at the scene there now. simon, from that camera, it looks like there's a huge amount of police there. do you get a sense today that the police
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are trying to disperse these protests, trying to wear the protesters down, a re protests, trying to wear the protesters down, are we seeing an endgame here? you get a real sense of the patients of the police is being stretched, as are their resources . being stretched, as are their resources. at the protests on this bridge continue, causing disruption to traffic and people in the area. let's just show you the picture there. unlike oxford circus, which was cleared earlier, people are still here. they are making speeches, they are singing, we see cheers from time to time. but a bit like what happened earlier at oxford circus, what police have done is formed a circle around the protesters on the bridge to try and keep the numbers contained. what we haven't seen yet is them move in like at oxford circus, to try to ta ke like at oxford circus, to try to take people away. what protesters have been doing is lying on the ground, so the police are forced to carry them away from here. but the message from the police is people have had enough of this. this is stretching their resources, it's
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taking resources away from fighting other types of crime, and we really heard that usual plea from the commission at the metropolitan police saying please, if you want to protest, there is a lawful designated site. that is at marble arch. by remaining here, you are breaking the law, the police have gotan breaking the law, the police have got an order saying that people cannot be here. but the protesters are saying well, they are making their point, they are determined to stay here, and that's what we've got a bit ofa stay here, and that's what we've got a bit of a standoff. certainly the police are very keen to bring this to an end, but equally, you've got the protesters saying we are here for the long haul. particularly with a long bank holiday weekend, and often as people move away, more and more people, and replace them. so certainly although oxford circus has been cleared, we're certainly seeing a bit ofa been cleared, we're certainly seeing a bit of a success for police, we're not talking about the endgame anytime soon i think. simon, the protests have certainly had an impact on the police as you say, they've also had an impact on the public as well. how much disruption has there been
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in the capital today? well it's been disruptive, particularly for example for oxford circus. you've got shops that have had reduced number of footfall people not able to get in, 01’ footfall people not able to get in, or people staying away from the area. you've also had here for example this mean in london, people are sitting down in the middle—of—the—road. it certainly causing a lot of interest. if we just move over there, you can see nearby, people just watching the protests on the sunny evening. and a lot of people here as the main core of protesters, but a lot of people interested about what's going on. some supportive saying they understand the issue of climate change has to be raised, and has to be raised in this way that's going to get people to listen to get people to act. others saying they actually want london to try to get back to normal, and the point has been made. at the moment, the plea from the metropolitan police, for the protesters here to head down to the protesters here to head down to the designated site at marble arch certainly seems to be falling on
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deaf ears. simon, thank you for that update. that is the scene in the capital this evening. much more details on the bbc news website, and also much more coverage in tomorrow's papers. we will have a look of a head before they reach the shops of the usual times of 10:30pm and 11:30pm here bbc news. our guestsjoining me tonight are the columnist for the new european newspaper, and playwright, bonnie greer, and the broadcaster, penny smith. one of labour's most senior figures has apologised, after she was photographed drinking alcohol on public transport. diane abbott, the shadow home secretary, said she'd been drinking a can of mojito cocktail, despite a ban on drinking alcohol on london's transport network. she said she was ‘sincerely sorry‘. clashes have broken out between dozens of demonstrators and police in paris on the 23rd saturday of yellow—vest protests. dozens of black—hooded demonstrators have thrown rocks at police and some set fire to motor—cycles. police responded by firing tear
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gas and stun grenades. our reporter in paris, hugh schofield, has been watching the scenes unfold. the pictures you're looking at, assuming they are the ones i've just been looking at, are based around the place de la republique in the eastern side of the city, a place where it one of the cortez of the yellow vests has ended up. there were two marches planned today. the other one seems to be progressing peacefully, but the one at this point has decided to... well, part of it, has decided to, you know, break off and start confronting the police, smashing windows, setting fire to scooters and so on. we have seen,once again, the situation degenerate there. we have seen similar situations, and much worse ones, around the champs—elysees. the champs—elysees which was absolutely looted in the last big day of yellow vests protests about a month ago. after that, the government stepped in and said no more on the champs—elysees.
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the champs—elysees totally off limits now. the focus has shifted in aid of much more accustomed to protest, that is in the eastern part of the city. — around the place de la republique. we now have this stand—off between police and protesters which flares up every now and again with more that advise being started, -- little —— little fires being started. police baton charges, and tear gas being fired and so on. it does seem, once again, but among the yellow vests, they have been infiltrated by what they called the black bloc, people of really radical, anarchist, far left sympathies who have decided to make themselves part of the broader protest movement in order to make their point. again more on that on the bbc news website. now seven people were killed in an attack on the afghan ministry of information in kabul. an explosion was heard just before midday local time, and sporadic gunfire continued for over six hours before officials declared the incident over.
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a ministry source said one of the attackers got inside the building. the attack comes a day after talks between afghan officials and the taliban were suspended, but the taliban said they were not behind the assault. nearly 10% of heart attacks and strokes could be prevented in england and wales — if health checks were tailored to individual patients. currently people over the age of a0 are eligible for a heart check, every five years. but new research from university college london, suggests that high risk people should be screened more often — and low risk patients much less. our health correspondent, james gallagher reports. somebody‘s risk of heart attack or stroke and be worked out by looking at risk factors, such as their blood pressure, cholesterol levels, or family history. doctors use the information to give advice on lifestyle changes, or to prescribe drugs like cholesterol—lowering statins or for blood pressure. the study in the lancet public health followed 7,000 people to see how they risk changed over time,
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and then investigated whether there was a better way of performing routine checkups. currently people should be seen every five years, but the study suggests that the healthiest people could be seen every seven years, and the less healthy every year. the ucl team predict 8% of heart attacks and strokes would be prevented with tailored testing. that works out at about 5,000 fewer heart attacks and strokes a year in england and wales. the researchers say these personalised checks would not cost the nhs any more money. the british heart foundation said the approach could potentially save lives, but warned it may be hard to implement, and that too few people were having the current assessments. james gallagher, bbc news. the pop star adele has separated from her husband, simon konecki. the couple have been married since 2016, and adele gave birth to their son, angelo, in 2012. a spokesperson for the singer has said the pair are "committed to raising their son together,
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lovingly". a scheme to help people with mental health illnesses find a job, if they want one, is being expanded. england is rolling it out the individual placement and support scheme to 28 new areas, which means most of england will be covered by the scheme. employment specialists will offer coaching and advice, along with practical tips on preparing for interviews. it's hoped that within five years, it will help 55,000 people per year. a british computer expert, who helped shut down a major cyber attack on the nhs, has pleaded guilty to cyber crime charges in the us. marcus hutchins, from north devon, faces up to five years in prison, for his role in distributing malicious software, designed to steal online banking passwords. he says he takes full responsibility for his actions. the headlines on bbc news. police in londonderry investigating the murder of thejournalist, lyra mckee —
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continue to question 2 teenagers. police in london make more than 750 arrests in six days, as climate change protests continue in the capital. and temperature's in the uk reach 25.5 degrees — making today the hottest day of the year. let's get more and our main story 110w. detectives investigating the murder of thejournalist, lyra mckee, have suggested a "new breed of terrorist" is rising through the ranks in northern ireland. two teenagers have been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of the 29—year—old in londonderry on thursday night. police say they've had "unprecedented co—operation" from the public since the attack. detective superintendent jason murphy — who is leading the investigation — has appealed for help from the public to bring lyra's killers to justice. i have come from a very difficult meeting this morning with lyra mckee's family. as you can understand,
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they're absolutely devastated. lyra's family have a lot of questions. and today, i was able to answer some of them. but i need more help from the community to enable me to answer more of their questions, and to bring her killers to justice. shortly before 11pm on thursday night, 29—year—old lyra was murdered by terrorists. i believe that those responsible are the new ira. lyra was killed by shots fired indiscriminately. the brutal nature of that attack has sent shock waves around the world. the shots were fired in a residential area at a time when there were large numbers of people, including children, standing by. the gunman showed no thought for who may have been killed or injured when he fired those shots.
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this afternoon, i have a number of appeals to make. i know that a large number of people were in the area of fenner drive in central drive on thursday night. many of these people were clearly using their mobile phones to record footage of the disorder and may have captured vital footage on their mobile phones. i would ask those individuals to please come and speak to my detectives with regards to the events of thursday night, and to allow us to examine the video footage on their mobile phones. we do not need to hold onto the mobile phones, we have made a facility specially available to enable us to download the footage and return the mobile phone to you. alternatively, you can upload your footage to the major incident public portal, which is we have already received unprecedented support from the local community, and i would like to thank them
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for helping us to seek justice on lyra's behalf. i know that there will be some people who know what happened but are frightened to come forward. i want to reassure you that we will work with you sensitively. there is a real sense that what happened to lyra marked a sea change, and i want people to have confidence to come forward to help us. it is really important that those who killed lyra in this cowardly attack should never be able to do this again. the individuals responsible for lyra's murder continue to hide in the shadows. they attempt to justify their actions to each other. they have shown no courage to offer an explanation directly to lyra's family. meanwhile, the community continues to work together with alan and his local policing team to bring lasting and positive change to the community. this should be lyra's legacy. lyra's murder was not
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just an attack on lyra, but an attack on the fabric of this community. lyra's killers have succeeded in only one thing, and that is in uniting the entire community in condemnation. i would appeal to individuals who have information to contact us, no matter how small the information may be. contact my detectives on 101, or via the crimestoppers charity. that was detective superintendent jason murphy speaking earlier, much more about the latest developments regarding that story on the bbc news website. now young taxpayers are being warned by the government to be wary of fraudsters offering tax rebates — worth hundreds of pounds. the scams, mostly by text and email, are timed to coincide with the sending out of legitimate rebates after the end of the tax year. here's our business correspondent, rob young. the new tax year is just a few weeks old.
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this is the time of year when hm revenue and customs sends refunds to those taxpayers who paid too much last year. there is a warning that scammers exploit this. hmrc says criminals target the smartphones of young adults in an attempt to get hold of their bank details. in spring, con artists send text messages such as this one, pretending to be from the tax office. it offers an enticing £265 rebate, but anyone who clicks on the link could end up sending their bank details to a criminal. here is another example of a scam. this e—mail, which looks official, isn't. fraudsters might try to use the unwitting victim's card numbers, set up payments from their account, or take out loans. hm revenue and customs had 250,000 reports of attempted tax scams in april and may last year. they fear the problem will be worse this spring. they believe new tax payers who may not have much experience of the system, are particularly vulnerable,
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especially as they are more likely to manage their affairs on their smartphone. they say anyone who is due a genuine refund will receive it directly into their bank account or get a cheque through the post. rob young, bbc news. now, how's this for an un—bee—lievable story of survival. much of the roof and spire of notre—dame cathedral was destroyed in monday's fire, but its smallest residents survived. some 200,000 bees living in hives on the roof were initially thought to have perished. however, notre dame's beekeeper has confirmed that the bees are alive and buzzing and instead of the fire killing them, the carbon dioxide actually intoxicated them and simply put them to sleep. here's sibyle moulin — one of the beekeepers who cares for them. i was in my car going to see some friends near paris and i heard what was happening, i had friends sending me messages and pictures of the cathedral
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because they worked near there, and i was, i think like everybody in france and the rest of the world, without voice by what i could hear from people describing the scene. and i had no idea if i had to move the hives or if it was so hot there it was so full of water, i had no idea what could have happened to them. because it was the night, when it is night, the bees can't fly so they don't fly at night. we always see them flying but it's by day. at night they cannot do anything, they cannot have a way to find their way because when there is no sun, no way. the day after we had pictures taken by drones and i could see the three dots made by the roof of the hives and nothing was in front, nothing that looked like melted wax, so i had more hope about their health and then
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on thursday, nicola, my boss, met andre on the pavement and he said that he had seen bees going back and forth into the hives. i was at first very pleased, but i have faith in them. you know, they were on earth before us and they will be after us, i am definitely convinced of that. house plants do much more than simply decorate our homes, they can bring a sense of calm and help the environment. currently, plants which aren't considered food, are subject to full vat, but campaigners say that should be reduced. laura foster has more. becca had struggled with anxiety and depression for months. counselling didn't work, medication didn't work, but then she was given a house plant and from there her collection grew to more than 100 plants. the well—being you get
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is so immense. when you stop focusing on looking so far in the future because you have something to deal with right in front of you, it can really help. they take so much time to grow and change at it makes you accept that in yourself as well. becca isn't the only one. the popularity of house plants has skyrocketed in recent years, helped in part by social media. at the moment, plants are considered to be a luxury item and therefore we pay full vat on them in the uk. but in other countries in europe, the taxes are less. as well as benefiting the environment, it's thought that cutting vat could help more people manage their mental health, particularly individuals who don't have access to a garden 01’ green space. if they are feeling that the cost of acquiring those plants is prohibitive, i think that is a great shame. anything that makes plants more affordable will be a good thing. a lot of people will make a difference in a recovery
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from health issues. one business feels so strongly about the issue it's written to the government, calling for rates to be reduced. places like france, germany, italy, the rates of vat on plants is up to half what it is in the uk, and in some places more than that. some people might say, you're just saying this because you're a plant company. what do you say to that? i recognise that, but we have a much broader mission. they are notjust a nice thing to decorate one space with, but they are an important thing in a healthy lifestyle. the treasury said... but becca says the well—being you get from plants is so immense it's worth considering. it's been quite life—changing, actually. in a small way, but also in a really, really big way. laura foster, bbc news.
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it's turning out to be one of the hottest easter bank holiday weekends on record with temperatures reaching 25.5 celsius in hampshire today — the warmest day of the year so far. and there's more to come — with sunshine and high temperatures expected for most of the country tomorrow and monday. from sunny southport, olivia richwald sent this report. summer holidays scenes over the easter weekend. southport on mercy site has one of the biggest expenses of sand in the northwest, and the second longest in the country. ——pier in the country. the ice cream queues however are rather shorter than average this time of year. it's really hot and really sunny. what have you been doing? you make laying on the beach, and going to shops. it's been a lovely day here, very
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warm, obviously the sun is also warm for this time of year, so you've got to enjoy it while it lasts. days like this are few and far between. i've spent plenty of easter is reporting on unseasonal snow, but i have to say that southport and the sunshine is far more enjoyable, and this is just the sunshine is far more enjoyable, and this isjust the beginning, because it's due to be lovely tomorrow and monday. across the uk, most places have been basking in blue skies and sunshine, from the north of ways to the south, people were hitting the beaches. it was the perfect day for the european stone stacking championships in dunbar and scotland. when the mercury goes up, thousands go down to brighton. where the water skiers were enjoying calm seas. in lands, the boats were moving somewhat slower in militant teens, and on the thames where birds of all varieties were soaking up the sun. today, southport was hotter than seville and st. tropez,
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tomorrow's easter eggs will be served sunny side up. olivia richwald. bbc news, southport. very nice. before we get a live weather update for the bank holiday weekend, just wa nt to for the bank holiday weekend, just want to show you some of the scenes coming to us from west yorkshire. firefighters are dealing with a blaze on fifty acres of moorland above ilkley. crews were called to the fire just north of dick hudsons pub in bingley around lunchtime today and have been using beaters and water backpacks. we will keep you updated. when the weather is like this i often wonder if anybody is watching. all right then. go away. i have got news, continuing the sunshine and warmth for the rest of the weekend, the downside of the heat and the dry weather, the fires we have been seeing on the more land there, it's going to stay drive—through this weekend for most of us, but pick out a bit of rain
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here, from the western isles, northwest island, summer breaks of returning a bit heavier overnight. keeping the cloudier than into western parts of northern ireland, whereas elsewhere, it's clear, if you missed of fog and patches, where the dumpsters will get close to freezing, and the colder spots for perhaps a touch of frost in a few places. but i look at this for easter sunday, it is sunshine, just about all the way, but again northern western isles in scotland, further inland, more clouds, outbreaks of rain, a breeze, it's cooler here, some clouds to the western side of northern ireland as well. in the sunshine though, we are going to have the warmth. notice the breezy conditions in the far northwest, but like twins making it feel very warm indeed, we could well give the warmest easter sunday on record a run for its money. the temperature speaking again in the mid—20s. more of the same for easter monday, —— it does cool off though next


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