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 noticeably
cooler, 12—13. look at this swirling cloud across the atlantic at the moment. this area of low pressure will arrive tonight. it has been named storm hannah because of the intensity of the winds. it will bring rain across northern ireland, the midlands. some potentially damaging gusts of winds in excess of 70 mph, may be more on exposed west facing coasts. it is strong enough to potentially cause issues with the trees. saturday morning, 70 mph gusts of wind on west facing coasts, stronger winds moving east through saturday morning. also spiralling anticlockwise is the rain across southern scotland, northern england, north wales and the midlands. to the
south, brighter and in the north of scotla nd south, brighter and in the north of scotland it should stay dry. it will stay windy all day despite the severe gales. factor in that, the cloud and rain, what a difference one week makes. 9—13 at the very best. but storm hannah will move to the north sea and allow this high pressure to build, a better second half to the weekend. the exception, northern ireland, may be wales and south—west england. cloud but the winds are lighter. it is a degree or so warmer. winds are lighter. it is a degree or so warmer. if you have friends and family in the london marathon this weekend or you are thinking of watching, perfect weather conditions. cloud overhead but it will be largely dry and with lighter winds that is not too bad at all. a reminder of our main
story this lunchtime... police in northern ireland release footage of the suspected gunman behind the murder of the journalist, lyra mckee, in londonderry and appeal for help from the community. i believe the gunman will carry a very heavy conscience is the result of lyra mckee's murder. especially when you see the condemnation of his actions. that's all from the bbc news at one, so it's goodbye from me, and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. good afternoon, it's 1.30pm, i'm lizzie greenwood—hughes with your latest sports news. we're starting at the crucible where the second round continues in the world snooker championship. england's shaun murphy is still behind against australia's neil robertson. both are former crucible champions and on form — so this has been a tight match
with lots of safety play today. but murphy has just dropped another frame, so as they approach the interval robertson is up 9 frames to 6. the first to 13 frames will go through to the quarter—finals. meanwhile on the other table, amateur, james cahill is trying to cause another upset. after his shock win over ronnie o'sullivan in the first round, he's playing scotland's stephen maguire. but maguire has other ideas and is leading 5—3 — both matches resume this evening. there's was a bizarre incident in first practise at the azerbajan grand prix after a car hit a loose man—hole cover. causing the session to be abandoned. george russell's williams was damaged by the drain cover and then doused in hydraulic fluid after its recovery truck hit a bridge on its way back to the pits. baku is a street circuit so there are plenty of drains along the way. they're now all being checked before second practice starts this afternoon. they also need to make sure the bridge is structually sound.
second practise will resume at two o'clock. onto football, and there are just three games left in one of the most exciting premier league title races in years, can liverpool reclaim top spot tonight? they're one point behind manchester city and they play huddersfield at anfield later knowing it's out of their hands if city win all their remaining games. jurgen klopp is focused on making sure his side take the title race to the final day of the season. now it is clear we are one point behind city and we knew for a long time that if we win our last two games the next two games, the decision will be made in the last game, in the last match. that is pretty special. but we have to win the next two games it is difficult enough. we have to play the next one against huddersfield. and that is what we are concentrating on. manchester united's manager ole gunnar solskjaer says he thinks paul pogba will still be at the club next season but cannot guarantee it. united's most expensive player
was named in the pfa team of the year yesterday. he has another two years on his contract but has been linked with a move to real madrid. you can't guarantee anything in football. but i think paul is going to be here. i can assure you he is now very determined to succeed at manchester united. he is creating chances, scoring goals, doing lots of work. but his supporters, it is eve ryo ne we of work. but his supporters, it is everyone we look to paul, could he have done better? paul has done fantastic for us. nine players from the top three sides in the wsl are in the professional footballers' association's team of the year. england captain steph houghton leads a trio of manchester city players that also includes demi stokes and nikita parris. there are also three players each from chelsea and arsenal. bryony frost has been passed fit to ride just in time for the final jumps meeting of the season. frost broke her collarbone shortly
after making history at the cheltenham as the first female jockey to win a grade i at the festival over fences. she'll ride present man in tomorrow'a gold cup at sandown for trainer paul nicholls who will be crowned champion trainer. that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. that's bbc.co.uk/sport thank you very much indeed. cyclone kenneth has made landfall in northern mozambique, a country still recovering from another huge storm. mozambique's national institute of disaster management said 30,000 people had been evacuated from areas likely to be hit. last month, cyclone idai caused hundreds of deaths in the region. earlier the bbc‘s southern africa correspondent, nomsa maseko, gave us the latest. you are quite right to say that cyclone kenneth made landfall last night, but it has now been
downgraded into a tropical depression, winds are also dying down, but the fear now is that rain will still continue over the next four days, especially heavy rain. aid agencies have raised concerns about areas which are prone to flooding and mudslides. but the government in mozambique has said that tens of thousands of people have already been evacuated and have left their homes, because of possible flooding in that region. when you looked at cyclone idai, it sounded and even looked like disaster management was not prepared for the disaster that had happened. but this time around, they seem much more prepared, because they evacuated people out of their homes much earlier and there were earlier warnings in the area, but also what could help to lessen the impact is the fact that the province
where the cyclone hit is not as populated as in beira, where cyclone idai hit. what is also a concern is that that province is a difficult one to be working in, because of islamist insurgency, which could hamper help arriving and sorting out or helping people, or evacuating even the least that are still in that area. more now on the duke of cambridge's two day visit to new zealand where he has met with families of victims and survivors of the mosque shootings last month. during a speech at the al noor mosque, the duke of cambridge called the attacks an "unspeakable act of hate". now, when i woke up in london on the morning of the 15th of march, i could not believe the news. an act of unspeakable hate had unfolded in new zealand, a country of peace.
and it had unfolded in christchurch, a city that has endured so much more than its fair share of hardship. and when it was confirmed that 50 new zealand muslims had been killed, murdered while peacefully worshipping, again, ijust could not believe the news. i have been visiting new zealand since before i could walk. i have stood alongside new zealanders in moments of joy and celebration. and i have stood alongside new zealanders in the city in moments of real pain, after loved ones, homes and livelihoods have been lost after the 2011 earthquake. and what i have known of new zealanders from the earliest moments of my life is that you are a people who look out to the world with optimism. 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 in moments of tragedy, as i have today. what i have realised is that, of course, grief can change your outlook. you don't ever forget the shock, the sadness and pain. but i do not believe that grief changes who you are. grief, if you let it, will reveal who are. it can reveal depths that you did not know you had. to the people of new zealand and the people of christchurch, to our muslim community and all those who have rallied to its side, i stand with you in gratitude for what you have taught the world these past weeks. i stand with you in optimism about the future of this great city. i stand with you in grief for those who have lost, and with support for those who survived.
i stand with you in firm belief that the forces of love will always prevail over forces of hate. mps were back in parliament this week following the easter recess with no end in sight around the brexit deadlock. some say it has created unprecedented pressure in the workplace. in response, the mental health charity mind has written to all mps, to offer support. here's nina warhurst. order, order! i have woken up at four in the morning thinking about brexit. this horrid and torrid affair in british politics. it's been a massive strain. i can no longer sit for this party. it is probably having an impact on mp5 more than they would care to admit some of them. i could shut as loudly as anybody but let's try... in your 2.5 decades
in parliament, have you known mental pressure like this? no. when you take a battering time and again and again and again, then at some stage you start to think, whoa. but some people will watching and thinking, you signed up to this, you cannot complain about the pressure, it's yourjob. a lot of people suffer from stress, i know that. a lot of people listening to this interview will say, "hey, i've got a stressfuljob," but this has been stressful and over a long period of time. it has taken people, i think, to breaking point almost. we wrote to 296 mps asking them if they felt their mental health had been affected and, of the 57 who responded, 17 said it had and most of them asked for their comments to remain anonymous. "i've not suffered with depression for several years but it feels like a matter of time, being pitted against my friends and away from my family — it's isolating." "lack of sleep, cancelling plans, divisions between friends, mental and physical health is affected."
"i've never suffered with anxiety before but now i can feel my heart in my chest — it's stopping me sleeping." )=()the leader of the house andrea leadsom told us she is aware that mps are feeling the weight of brexit and that their health is a priority, pointing to the house of common's free helpline and counselling services. and, after conversations with several mps who are struggling, the mental health charity, mind, wrote to all of them offering support. there are certain types of workplaces, of which westminster is probably one of the best or worst examples, where the added pressure puts additional emphasis on your mental health. the visibility, the high—profile nature of the work, and then when you add in a particular crisis situation then that can all take its toll on workplaces. people are exhausted. people are exhausted, i think, mistakes will be made. this cheshire mp knows
what it is like to feel out of control. he suffered a breakdown several years ago and he is worried that mps are now being pushed too far. has this prolonged pressure taken its toll on your mental wellbeing? yes, for definite. i'm aware of some of the trigger points and how to manage that, but of course, if those that are controlling the environment and the business of the house of commons are not aware of it, it makes things a bit more challenging. the pressures is on — mps know thatjune will mark three years since the referendum, when the brexit process began. what they can't tell us is when or how it will end. nina warhurst, bbc news in a moment we'll have all the business news, but first the headlines on bbc news. police in northern ireland release new footage of the man they suspect is behind the murder of the journalist, lyra mckee in londonderry. debenhams names 22 of the 50
stores it plans to close at the start of next year putting 1,200 jobs at risk. britain's top civil servant demands co—operation with his inquiry into leaked discussions from a national security council meeting about the chinese telecoms giant huawei. afternoon. some business news now. debenhams has announced a survival plan. it expects to close 22 stores next year and it will try to renegotiate rents with landlords at others to allow them to stay trading. around 1,200 jobs are at risk. investors have been disappointed by a drop in profits at rbs, revealed a day after its chief executive ross mcewan resigned. profits before tax were £700 million down from £800 million for the same period last year. the government's facing more legal action over the way it awarded contracts to cross—channel operators ahead of a no—deal brexit. eurotunnel took the government
to court saying the contracts were handled in a secretive way. it settled for a 33m payout which it agreed to spend on upgrading its operations. now p&o the ferry operator says that's unfair because it's in effect a form of state aid. let's start with debenhams, the troubled department store chain. now under the ownership of its lenders, it's identified 22 stores that will close next year as it tries to stay afloat. they include outlets in canterbury, slough and wolverhampton. the full list is on our website. debenhans has also announced that its seeking a so—called company voluntary arrangement, a legal process in which it will try to negotiate with landlords to reduce rents in order to keep other stores trading. but it's stressed that negotiations are only happening with landlords, so suppliers don't need to worry about not being paid.
debenhams cfo rachel osborne spoke to our business correspondent emma simpson. i think it is no surprise that troubles on the high street and that is not unique to devens. what we're trying to do is making sure there is a sustainable future for debenhams. the rents and some of our stores are quite high and some of those stores will need to close over the next three to five years. we talked about this in october 2018 shouldn't be a surprise to anybody. no one likes to close its doors and indeed, something that none of us want to do, and we talk to our staff this morning. they have been briefed and we will do our utmost to minimise the 1200 jobs at risk of redundancy by trying to reply them —— redeploy them into other jobs. by trying to reply them —— redeploy them into otherjobs. there are no stores that are going to be closing in 2019, they are going to close in 2020. we are going to keep it there toa minimum.
2020. we are going to keep it there to a minimum. we are announcing the first 22 of that, that hasn't changed. what we have also announced today its plans to reduce our rent bill going forward. there has been i'io bill going forward. there has been no decisions about any further store closures beyond the 22. however, it will be important for us to have good conversations with our landlords to reduce the rent bill over the next weeks and months and that will determine whether we do close any more stores. now rbs, it's still 62% government—owned, a legacy of the bail out during the financial crisis. yesterday the chief executive of rbs, ross mcewan, resigned after five and a half years in the post. today it reported a £100 million pound drop in profits in the first three months of this year, £700 million against £800 million this time last year. what's the problem? tougher competition in the mortgage market for one. its investment bank also performed badly, doing a1% less business than last year when measured
in incomewhose going to take over from mr mcewan? the front runner is alison rose deputy chief executive. peter hahn is professor of banking at the london institute of banking and finance. is this a confluence of bad news? it seems a bit player claudius, the chief executive going, profits falling, is this a bit of an upset on the way? it is a critical moment for rbs. on the one hand, rbs results are good for rbs but you could say they're not very good for a bank. what we have the macro we have heard so many bad news about rbs and it is now back to being a bank. it is at a criticaljuncture in those two points you mentioned. its income was down, the new ceo, they've got a year to do it, it has
to be somebody who will find a growth area for rbs or somebody who will shrink it? right now, it looks like what they needed someone who is going to continue to shrink it. any thoughts about alison rose who is supposed to be the front runner? the search will be far and wide. who it is, it is going to send a strategic statement. there is going to be a lot of prejudice towards bringing in somebody from outside who is a reputation as somebody who can grow it or somebody who can shrink it. you think it's a person in question, they've got this to get the right person you don't think the mortgage market is just too tough, in investment banking, it is just to tell. if it is too tough then reinvesting their shares doesn't make sense. you think it should be
cut down? they should stripped down operations? you shrink, you pay dividends, you reduce the number of employees, it is a tough job for a leader because that leader has to build enthusiasm in an environment where there is going to be fewer employees and the business is getting smaller. it's the same thing, if you've got somebody who has a vision and a good plan for how they grow this bank and add to it. the market is tough but the growth in those businesses, new loans were less tha n in those businesses, new loans were less than 1%, it was less than the growth of economy. one question about when the company might go back to public hands completely, when the may sell off its stake. any thoughts? i've always wanted the government to sell it off as soon as possible, but the reality is the size of it, the government will have to do it in pieces over the next few yea rs.
to do it in pieces over the next few years. i hope it doesn't look too much at the share price because you can never guess the right time. i would expect three pound — five pounds million chunks. the royal bank of scotland, the markets have been nervous. the pound against the euro, a little bit weaker there. almost below 1.16. thus the business. unless you've been living under a stone somewhere, you'll know that prince harry and his wife meghan markle are about to have a baby. there are plenty of rumours about dates, names and plans for the royal birth. our royal correspondent sarah campbell takes a look at what we know, and what we don't.
we don't know how long the birth is going to take, unless you've been living under a stone somewhere, because nobody knows how long a birth is going to take when it starts. here's what we do know about the impending royal birth — and what we don't. we know very little actual detail. so the due date, they haven't given us, but that's not unusual. she's told somebody it's due end of april, beginning of may. do we know where meghan's going to have the baby? the simple answer is no, we don't. the options are a home birth, they've just moved into frogmore cottage. and although we think it's different from recent royal births, actually, traditionally, the queen had all of her children either in buckingham palace or clarence house. but if she didn't, a hospital might be seen as a better bet. in which case, frimley park hospital, which is very close by, which is sophie wessex had her two children. when you switch on the telly hoping to see the first pictures of harry
and meghan's new baby you might expect to see me and various other royal correspondents outside this hospital door, but you'd be wrong. we're not expecting this big photocall in front of banks of photographers, it's going to be very private. that's totally at the decision of harry and meghan. but there's something about harry and meghan, they have a stardust that appeals to people who maybe haven't even been that interested in the royal family before. so on the day, my klaxon will go off on my mobile phone, i'll rush to wherever we have to go. we would expect that to be in windsor, because clearly that's where the family's new home is. and you'll be seeing people like me standing in front of a load of trees and we will be waiting for the news as well of hundreds of millions, potentially, people around the world. do we know about nationality? we don't know about nationality. could have dual nationality. we don't know a name. meghan and harry probably have slightly more leeway. in reality, because he's seventh in line — he or she is the seventh in line to the throne. i don't want to say he.
because that sounds like i've got knowledge, doesn't it? and i haven't. i did get what the bookies said. they said the latest favourite name is grace. but diana is also in there for obvious reasons, as is elizabeth and there's alice and victoria for the traditionalists. if it's a girl. it's not automatically going to be a prince or princess. the queen, however, could decide that harry's children could have that title. it's not definite. we will have to wait and see on that one. they have kept things very private. i think not least because of meghan's difficult relationship with thomas markle, herfather, who is going to be this ba by‘s grandfather. we do know that for harry, he's had a very, very complicated relationship, i think, with the press over the years. he wants to protect meghan as much as possible. and he certainly wants to protect his child. now it's time for a look at the weather with louise lear.
that afternoon. so far it has been a day of contrast, some centring to be found and it feels pleasant out there. favoured spots have been eased but simmering that has been moving in from the west in the last couple of hours, pushing out of cornwell, pushing across wales, north—west england seeing some heavier bursts. using in northern ireland. we keep that wet weather out to the west, sheltered eastern area seeing the best of some sunshine along with northern scotland. we should still see those temperatures into the high teens, potentially. caught underneath the cloud and the rain, with a bit more ofa cloud and the rain, with a bit more of a breeze, disappointing feel at 12 or 13. a deep area of low pressure will move in, you can see it spiralling in. this is storm hannah and it will continue to bring some damaging gusts of wind in the
early hours of saturday morning. some heavy rain as it moves through north wales, the midlands and into the north of england. as the low pressure m oves the north of england. as the low pressure moves along the southern flank, down across wales into south—west england, is where we see the strongest wins first thing saturday. that is worth bearing in mind. with threes starting to come asa mind. with threes starting to come as a fully fit could be an issue. gusts of wind up to 70 mph. it is going to be a windy starter saturday, they will be simmering around as well, some of its heavy across north wales, the midlands, stretching into the north of england and northern ireland. pushing towards the scottish border. the far north of scotland should stay dry on saturday and they should be an improvement across southern parts of england with sunny spells but a noticeably cooler feel. that will be a shock to the system particularly
when you factor in those blustery winds which will continue through much of the day. as you move out of saturday, that area of low pressure will drift away. we see bridge building in. the further west you live on sunday, across northern ireland, the western fringes of wales, courtesy simmering. a quieter day elsewhere, central and eastern area drier.
hello, you're watching afternoon live. i'm martine croxall. today at 2: the man who police believe shot dead the journalist lyra mckee in londonderry — new images are released in an appeal for help. i believe the gunman will have a very heavy conscience, particularly when you see the public outpouring of support there has been and the public condemnation there has been of his actions. confess or deny — reports of an ultimatum to ministers as an investigation begins into who leaked secrets from the national security council. debenhams confirms plans to close up to 22 stores, putting 1,200 jobs at risk. coming up on afternoon live, all the sport with holly hamilton — the premier league title race continues. liverpool once again able to return