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police release pictures of the man they believe killed the journalist lyra mckee in londonderry. he's described as a short, stocky man. detectives are appealing for help from the public to identify him. i believe that the gunman will carry a very heavy conscience as a result of lyra mckee‘s murder, and particularly when you see the very public outpouring of support there has been and the very public condemnation that there has been of his actions. the killing of 29—year—old lyra mckee has brought fresh attempts to restore power—sharing in northern ireland. we'll be live at stormont. also this lunchtime. confess or deny — reports of an ultimatum to ministers as an investigation begins into who leaked secrets from the government's national security council. debenhams confirms plans to close up to 22 stores, putting 1,200 jobs at risk.
an emotional address from prince william at one of the mosques in new zealand where worshippers were massacred last month. in a moment of acute pain, you stood up and you stood together. and in reaction to tragedy, you achieved something remarkable. i have had reasons myself to reflect on grief and sudden pain and loss in my own life. and in my role, i've often seen up close the sorrow of others. and coming up on bbc news, first practice is abandoned at the azerbaijan grand prix after a loose manhole cover causes damage to one of the cars.
good afternoon and welcome to bbc news at one. police in northern ireland believe this is the man who killed the journalist lyra mckee. the 29—year—old was shot dead while reporting on riots in londonderry last week. a group calling itself the new ira has admitted it was responsible. today, detectives released new pictures of the suspected gunman and they're calling on the local community to help identify him. our ireland correspondent emma vardy reports. about a minute before the shots were fired that killed lyra mckee, three men were seen on cctv, walking towards the rioting. in front, police say, a man carrying a crate of petrol bombs. with him, a man wearing a camouflage face mask and what police believe is the gunman. the man in the face mask is then seen lighting petrol bombs, and some time after the shooting,
what police believe is the gunman seen again during the rioting here. officers believe they are all in their late teens. police say they have had overwhelming support from people in derry during the investigation, but today reiterated a plea for people to overcome fears about coming forward, saying witnesses will be protected. i do believe that the community do have information that could help me to unlock the key to lyra mckee‘s murder. i'm not sure those individuals are necessarily protecting this individual but i do believe that they are frightened. the reassurance i want to give to people is that i am able to deal with those concerns and worries sensitively. all i am looking for is a conversation. the death of lyra mckee has prompted renewed appetite for reconciliation between northern ireland's deeply divided politicians. why in god's name does it take the death of a 29—year—old woman with her life in front of her...?
more than two years since the collapse of the power—sharing government, the words of lyra's local priest at her funeral, challenging parties to show unity, were given a standing ovation. one week on from the murder, today the secretary of state for northern ireland, karen bradley, was back in derry. later on, she'll announce new discussions to end the political stalemate. i think we need to make sure the politicians come together, do the right thing, do the right thing for the people of northern ireland, and get back into government. the events in derry which led to lyra mckee‘s death were a throwback to northern ireland's past. the question now is whether this tragedy can lead to real political change for the future. and let's speak to emma, who is at stormont. as you said in your report, lyra's death prompting renewed attempts to restore power sharing. what chance of success, do you think? well,
look, just to remind viewers that because of northern ireland's history of conflict, there is a special arrangement here in which unionists and nationalists must share power together, in a power—sharing executive at stormont. that collapsed over two years ago after sinn fein‘s martin mcguinness walked out after a row over a green energy scheme. since then, over the past three years, there has been repeated rounds of talks between the two biggest parties, the dup and sinn fein, arch political rivals, that have all failed to reach agreement. relationships between the two sides have become very, very bitter. in the meantime, that has caused all sorts of problems for civil servants here, running the country basically without a government, trying to run services ona government, trying to run services on a day—to—day basis for ordinary people in northern ireland without ministers in place to make decisions. there has been mounting public frustration over this. but now, in the wake of lyra mckee's
death, there will be an announcement this afternoon from the secretary of state for northern ireland, karen bradley, and from the irish foreign minister, simon coveney, about a fresh round of talks to take place the week after next after local elections. but despite all that fresh hope that has been brought out of that terrible event, big sticking points between the parties remain. the irish language act, the demand from sinn fein, and brexit, still big points of division. it isn't going to be easy but with lyra mckee's death bringing politicians together, there is a big desire from london and dublin now to give this a real push. thank you very much indeed, emma vardy at stormont. britain's top civil servant has demanded ministers co—operate with his inquiry into a leak of classified information from the national security council. sir mark sedwill has written to ministers and is reported to have given them an ultimatum that they either confess to or deny the leak about government plans to allow chinese firm huawei help build britain's new 56 network.
our political correspondent chris mason reports. look who happens to be in beijing today, talking up the prospect of business deals between the uk and china, the chancellor, philip hammond. back home, a row is raging, yes, hammond. back home, a row is raging, yes , over hammond. back home, a row is raging, yes, over a chinese telecoms firm but also over who did it, who, after a meeting of the national security council, where those there have signed the official secrets act, disclosed what happened? to my knowledge, there has never been a lea k knowledge, there has never been a leak from the national security council meeting before. therefore, i think it is very important that we get to the bottom of what happened here. it is not about the substance of what was apparently leaked. it is not earth—shattering information. but it is important that we protect the principal that nothing that goes on in national security council meetings must ever be repeated outside the room. the daily
telegraph reported that five cabinet ministers disagreed with the prime minister's assessment that a limited role for huawei in the uk's sg roll—out, the next generation of souped up mobile internet coverage, was a good idea. some argue that it would be a security risk. all five have since denied leaking the informational strongly criticising the leak. but there is fury that it has happened. how serious do you think these leaks are? this is incredibly serious, actually, complete outrage. i set up the national security council on behalf of the coalition government back in 2010. it is a very special body. the national security council is a senior committee of cabinet dedicated to particularly sensitive subjects and it is rather appalling that the lack of discipline should have extended to this body. i think my comment is, people need to get a grip and actually start treating serious subjects seriously. huawei has denied there is any risk of
spying or sabotage or that it is controlled by the chinese government. it is already working here and it already has an eye kept on it. what is called a cell was created, manned by british intelligence, paid for by huawei but manned by our people and answerable to our government, who monitor on a daily basis whether huawei is behaving themselves are not. so far, as far as behaving themselves are not. so far, as faras i'm behaving themselves are not. so far, as far as i'm aware, they have not found any obvious examples of abuse. that balance of risk clearly remains an active debate at the heart of government but it is now over to this man, the head of the civil service, sir mark sedwill, to try to get to the bottom of this leak. and we can speak to chris now. let's explore whether you think the man in charge of this investigation will ever find out who did man in charge of this investigation will everfind out who did it, who lea ked will everfind out who did it, who leaked the information?” will everfind out who did it, who leaked the information? i think it isa leaked the information? i think it is a very tall order for sir mark sedwill. why? he's going to ask these cabinet ministers, isn't he, if they had any involvement in the
lake. let's assume it does not turn into a confession and one of them does not say, "yes, it was me and this is the e—mail i should not have senfﬂ this is the e—mail i should not have sent". what could happen after that? there could be an exploration of trying to find out if there is a digital finger trying to find out if there is a digitalfinger print, trying to find out if there is a digital finger print, an trying to find out if there is a digitalfinger print, an e—mail sent, a phone call made, text m essa 9 es sent, a phone call made, text messages exchanged, that kind of thing. ministers are often very savvy and how they talk to people, and it is probably not as clear—cut as that. also, bear in mind this could have been pieced together in a way where no single individual has said a vast amount, and therefore can deny having leaked anything, but a journalist has managed to piece things together. in conclusion, is he likely to get to the bottom of this? i think it is vanishingly unlikely. chris mason, thank you, from westminster. this all comes as the chancellor phillip hammond is in beijing for talks on chinese infrastructure projects around the world. he's offered china british help with its so—called "belt and road initiative". the scheme involves reviving
ancient trading routes, but critics say it will strengthen chinese influence while burdening poorer countries with debt. our china correspondent stephen mcdonnell reports. shoulder to shoulder with dozens of world leaders, the chinese president arrived. this gathering is designed to sing the praises of xi jinping's signature policy, the belt and road initiative. and he was using the forum to bolster enthusiasm for his global transport infrastructure drive. president xi promised greater transparency, a clear shift from the opaqueness to date, with no published lists of projects or details of how they were chosen. the chinese leader says he wants broader international involvement. translation: we will enter into negotiations with more countries, to conclude high standard, free trade agreements and strengthen cooperation in customs, taxation and
oversight. under this initiative, china provides loans and technology so the developing world can build infrastructure to connect with the global economy. yet some analysts have questioned whether a lack of capacity for countries to make repayments could be used to draw them into beijing's sphere of influence. but despite any criticisms, many have decided it is better to be involved. in the case of the british government, there was praise for president xi's vision. but a warning you must de—deliver on the promises he has outlined. to be successful, it has to deliver the high standards of international transparency and governance but also environmental integrity. the president made a speech this morning in which he committed china to all of those things and set out his vision for the next stage of belt
and road and we will be looking very carefully about how that is made operational. the chinese government has mobilised considerable resources to make this forum a success, at least in terms of drawing the world's attention to the belt and road. but as the capital lights up, some will be left wondering just how much substance there is behind all the razzle—dazzle. stephen mcdonnell, bbc news, beijing. and we can speak to stephen live from beijing. how important do you think china is to britain in the post brexit world? well, the short answer is, a lot. the presence of the british chancellor philip hammond here should be seen through the prism of somebody with ni on the future free trade deal —— with one eye on. when we are weighing up his comments or indeed the comments of any other politician here, we should bear in mind that this is not a forum for
debate about the belt and road, it is not even a forum for rigorous suggestions in terms of how the initiative should run. the leaders have come here, on board with the concept and they are giving xi jinping a bit of face for what is after a ll jinping a bit of face for what is after all the chinese president's gift to the world, as he sees it. however, the absence of key european countries and also the usa and india shows that there is a fair bit of suspicion around about the real motives of beijing in terms of what it wants to achieve with the belt and road. ithink it wants to achieve with the belt and road. i think the chinese government has a lot of work to do to change those people'smines and get the government to come on board —— those governments to come on board with it. thank you, stephen. the authorities in sri lanka say they're hunting dozens of suspects linked to the islamic state group, still believed to be at large inside the country. sri lanka's president says the ringleader of the attacks died in the bombing of the shangri—la hotel in colombo. 253 people are now known to have
lost their lives in the blasts. another powerful cyclone has made landfall in mozambique, a country still recovering from a storm last month which caused hundreds of deaths in the region. thousands of people have been evacuated from areas most at risk. winds peaked at more than 200 kilometres an hour, and there are warnings that several days of heavy rain could cause serious flooding and landslides. debenhams has announced the closure of 22 stores by next year, putting 1,200 jobs at risk. the retailer says that all stores will remain open for the rest of this year, including the christmas trading period. the struggling department store chain was taken over by its lenders this month. our business correspondent rob young reports. debenhams is one of britain's oldest retailers, it traces its roots back to 1778. now, it's battling for its future. the crisis facing the high street has hit debenhams hard.
it has issued a series of profits warnings. a few weeks ago, the retailer went into administration and was taken over by its lenders. now, the company says it plans to close 50 stores. 22 will shut next year, about 1,200 workers could be affected at those. no one likes to close stores, it's something that none of us wants to do, and we've talked to our staff this morning, they've been briefed, and we will do our utmost to minimise the 1,200 jobs that are at risk of redundancy by trying to redeploy them into differentjobs over the next period of time. the list of stores due to shut is longer than expected. it includes places like canterbury, kirkcaldy and wolverhampton. many places have already lost other big chains in recent years. debenhams is a key store on many high streets, but it's failed to move with the times and keep pace with some of the big changes that have been buffeting retailers. sales at debenhams have been falling recently, but it seems many shoppers
still have a fondness for the brand. debenhams is also saddled with huge debts, and it, like many large retailers, say its rent and business rates bills are just too high. but, its restructuring plan is by no means a done deal. the majority of creditors have to vote in favour, that includes landlords, and many of them are being asked to accept painful cuts to the retailer's rent bill. the rent at some stores could be halved. i think it is very likely that the landlords will vote through this cva. it's very unusual for them not to do so, and in this particular case, debenhams are only asking for 22 stores to be closed, and the landlords know that to keep the rest of the business going and to have a long—term, sustainable future for the other stores, some stores at debenhams have to close. debenhams is the latest of several retailers to announce store closures. topshop is understood to be looking at its estate, too. the crisis on the high street is far from over and continues to affect
many once much loved big names. rob young, bbc news. the time is 1.18. our top story this lunchtime. police in northern ireland release footage of the suspected gunman behind the murder ofjournalist lyra mckee, in londonderry. coming up, the probation officer turned artist who's become an internet sensation. coming up on bbc news, liverpool get ready for the final run—in in one of the tightest title races in history. they play huddersfield later tonight. prince william has called on people to reject all forms of extremism. he was speaking during his visit to new zealand where he met survivors of last month's mass shootings, and relatives of the 50 people who died. in an emotional speech at one of the mosques that was attacked,
the duke of cambridge described the shootings as an unspeakable act of hate. hywel griffith reports from christchurch. reclaimed as a place of prayer, the al noor mosque is no longer a crime scene, but what happened between these walls has scarred every memory. the prince came to bring a message of hope that the unity shown here in christchurch would overcome the actions of the gunman. in a moment of acute pain, you stood up and you stood together. and in reaction to tragedy, you achieved something remarkable. i've had reasons myself to reflect on grief and sudden pain, and loss in my own life. and in my role, i have often seen up close the sorrow of others. that message of love overcoming hate does still resonate here for the survivors and the families of the victims — a message that they do belong here, that this
is their country. and that means something to the family of abdel fattah kasem, one of the 50 gunned down in the mosque. his wife and daughter felt the words were genuine. that means they are acknowledging that we are not left alone. they're acknowledging what happened to us and they're showing that they are sharing our feelings and they are supporting us. it's really appreciated. it's sharing, i guess, our grief from a really authentic and honest place. before leaving, the prince laid a wreath for the victims of the 2011 earthquake, a reminder that the city has been tested and overcome tragedy before. hywel griffith, bbc news, christchurch. two people have suffered minor injuries in an explosion at the tata steelworks in port talbot in south wales. the blast happened in the early hours of the morning and triggered a number of small fires.
it's thought to have been caused by a train carrying molten metal into the works. jordan davies reports. a huge blast, lighting up the sky above port talbot. the explosion shook people's homes. local residents say it sounded like thunder. lance lives above port talbot and managed to film the fire at the steelworks. massive explosion over port talbot steelworks. i thought it was thunder. he says he feared for his life because of the size and force of the explosion. ijust had tears down my eyes because the scale of the explosion was such... i can't explain how big it was and i honestly thought there were a lot of lives lost over there. if not, it's got to be a miracle. tata steel says the incident was caused by a spillage of a train carrying molten metal. bbc news has acquired these images
from inside the plant which show a derailed train lying on its side. tata steel says two people suffered minor injuries following this explosion and they have now been released from hospital. the company says its own fire service, supported by local emergency services, dealt with this incident. this union convenor says the injured men are believed to have been driving the train at the time and are thought to have suffered superficial burns, and that the explosions were a result of liquid iron coming into contact with surface water. production is on hold at the moment in the heavy end, the furnaces, four and five, until we check the integrity of the rest of the fleet. if there are no issues then we will resume production. the local mp for aberavon, stephen kinnock, says he has concerns about safety at the plant and has called for a full review. tata steel says it is carrying out an investigation and looking to minimise any impact on production. this steelworks dominates the landscape and the life of this town.
this was a serious incident without serious injuries. the liberal democrats are the party for remain. that was the message from its leader, sir vince cable, as he launched his party's european election campaign earlier. he reiterated his party's call for another referendum, saying there were serveral versions of what brexit is supposed to look like — and that the process has put the country in a state of paralysis. the world has become a more dangerous place since the referendum took place. we have got putin and trump, you know, running amok. it is much safer to be within the european union. now, what we will be arguing in these elections is that if you believe that, if you want to stop brexit, if you want to remain, you should vote for the liberal democrats.
a police cordon is in place around tiffanys in sloane square in london, after smash—and—grab raiders drove a van into the front of the store before making off with jewellery. the vehicle smashed into thejewellers before a number of people on mopeds stole items from the shop window. the thieves then fled, leaving the van behind at the scene. no arrests have been made. citizen's advice says people who miss a single payment of their council tax in england and wales are being punished by having to pay their whole year's bill in one go. it means families suddenly falling into thousands of pounds worth of debt. our consumer affairs correspondent colletta smith reports. unpaid council tax is a growing problem. it's the biggest issue for people contacting citizens advice with worries about debt, and last year, there was more than £3 billion worth of outstanding bills. good morning, everybody, would you like to come in? now citizens advice say the rules
for how the debts are calculated need to change to stop debts spiralling. in england and wales, if someone misses a payment, they become liable for the cost of the rest of the year's bill within a fortnight. that is exactly what happened to josh. i received a notice through the door that i had missed a payment and i was now liable for the full annual payment. pretty much within days, i had a bailiff at the door. i wasn't earning a huge amount. ijust started out in my career. and to get a bill like that would have eaten up a huge proportion of my... ..annual salary, let alone monthly salary. at this point in the financial year, an average missed payment of £167 can land you with a bill of more than £2000 within a few months. citizens advice say that debt can be crippling. last year, around £500 million of additional fees and
charges were added onto people's council tax debt. and for an average person who does fall behind, that looks like about £300 in fees and charges, which doesn't help the person repay their debt and actually doesn't help the council, because that money has to be recovered as well as the arrears that they owe. the local government association say that since 2010, councils have lost 60p out of every £1 that they had from central government to run local services. they say councils want it to be easier to recover money without having to go through the courts, so would be in favour of a review of the regulations, including whether to remove the requirement for the entire annual sum to become payable if one instalment is missed. citizens advice say at the moment, the 2 million households facing council debts are being pushed further into the red, rather than helped out of it. colletta smith, bbc news, manchester.
the artist christopher spencer, better known as cold war steve, has become an internet sensation. he creates digital collages, commenting on political issues of the day. theresa may, borisjohnson and donald trump all feature, as well as stars from the world of entertainment. colin paterson caught up with him as he created his latest work — with the help of teenagers. cold war steve started making digital collages on his mobile phone during his daily bus ride to hisjob in the probation service. it started as a coping mechanism for me and then the fact that it has become popular is fantastic. but overriding, i want it to be funny and amusing more than anything. he now has more than 160,000 online followers and produces a new work about life in brexit—dominated britain almost every day, normally featuring a mixture of global leaders, sport stars and figures from the entertainment world. and he has even used a topless dan walker.
one character who appears in every montage is the actor steve mcfadden, phil mitchell in east enders. he's used with complete reverence, really. he is me in them, he is the everyman in them, with his existential angst, yeah, looking bewildered or annoyed orjust... "can't take any more". his latest project at the whitworth art gallery in manchester is rather different — a collaboration with pupils from the fred longworth high school. they were inspired by his pictures to make their own digital collages on the theme of what it is like to be a teenager in britain in 2019. i focused on racism as a teenager in britain because, like, throughout my whole lifetime, i have been facing different questions that people do not think are racist but are racist. it's about loads of great british people, so it's got like winston churchill and bobby moore in it. but it is mainly about politics
so it is like saying a second referendum in brexit could sort everything out. i am a big advocate for mental health and students being pressurised into being perfect students. so i wanted to show it... and i am going to do it through a performance where i am going to be sticking a smile over my friend's screaming face to show that they feel they have to be fake, and show that they are not actually feeling stressed and angry. and then the making of a live montage... what i am doing is a dystopian post— brexit jeremy kyle. ..with the pupils suggesting who should go in. before long, mary berry had joined little mix and as for who was essential... definitely ali—a because he is a youtuber and i really like youtubers. it's just fun to see him being included with all the other mainstream celebrities. although cold war steve was thrilled at least one tv legend has crossed generations.
i was pleased to see that they all knew who noel edmonds was so that was a relief. colin paterson, bbc news, manchester. time for a look at the weather. here's louise lear. it couldn't last. that is only april so we it couldn't last. that is only april so we really do need some rain. i found you a beautiful picture in the highlands. most of us were looking out for this weather last weekend but there is a sign of a change. rain is on the way across northern england, wales and the midlands and there is some wet and windy weather coming later. in eastern areas, you will probably have some dry weather, may be beautiful sunshine in the north—east of scotland. in the sun, 16-17. north—east of scotland. in the sun, 16—17. further west, underneath north—east of scotland. in the sun, 16—17. furtherwest, underneath the rain and cloud it will be