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police release new images of the man they believe killed the journalist lyra mckee in northern ireland last week. officers are asking the public to help identify this man who they believe fired indiscriminately into the crowd — hitting the journalist. the 29—year—old was observing riots in londonderry when she was hit. her death has prompted politicians to step up their efforts to restore powersharing in northern ireland. lyra symbolised the new northern ireland and her tragic death cannot be in vain. we'll be asking whether the new round of talks could finally break the political deadlock at stormont. also tonight: libya says the brother of the manchester bomber, salman abedi, was about to be extradited to britain — but that's been halted because of heavy fighting around the capital, tripoli.
debenhams in slough — it's one of 22 of the company's stores being closed, putting 1,200 jobs at risk. in new zealand, prince william arrives at one of the mosques attacked last month and meets survivors and relatives of the 50 people who were shot dead. and coming up on bbc news — we're live at anfield where liverpool begin their countdown to one of the tightest title races in history. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. police in northern ireland have released new footage of the man suspected of being responsible for the killing of journalist lyra mckee. the 29—year—old was shot dead while observing a riot in the creggan area of londonderry last week. detectives are calling on the local community to identify this man — who they suspect
of being the gunman. a group calling itself the new ira has admitted it was behind the attack. in the wake of lyra mckee‘s death, the british and irish government have announced that talks to restore the devolved government will resume. it was suspended two years ago. 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. one carrying a crate of petrol bombs. with him, a man wearing a camouflage face mask, and what police believe is the gunman. it is believed they are all in their late teens. 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.
police believe it was this man, firing out and killing an innocent bystander. for some in northern ireland talking to police carries a huge stigma. officers have paid tribute to the overwhelming support they have received from people in derry but today they made a new plea for others to come over fears that might overcome fears about coming forward , might 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're frightened. the reassurance i want to give to people is that i am able to deal with those concerns and worries really sensitively. all i'm looking for is a conversation. 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. it has brought people together but also sparked renewed public anger over their failure
also sparked renewed public anger over theirfailure to also sparked renewed public anger over their failure to form a government. why, in god's name, does it take the death of a 29—year—old woman, with her whole life in front of her... applause today the secretary of state for northern ireland and the irish foreign minister announced plans to try to re—establish power—sharing after local elections. previous talks have failed. what makes you think a fresh round of talks will make it any different this time? you are right, emma, not the first time talks have been called, but it has been sometime since the parties have been sometime since the parties have been together. i think what we saw this time last week with the party leader mikes coming together, it really gives me a clear indication that party leaders do want to do this —— leaders coming together. that party leaders do want to do this —— leaders coming togetherlj think this —— leaders coming together.” think the challenge laid down by the father at lyra mckee's funeral is
the challenge. we now have a process. i think we want to see devolution back and we are on that page as well. we want a devolved administration here working within the united kingdom for all the people of northern ireland. 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. in the two years without a government here we have seen public service is deteriorating and huge public frustration. power—sharing originally collapsed because of a i’ow originally collapsed because of a row over a green energy scheme, but the situation now includes many more points of disagreement. sinn fein's request for an irish language act being one of the major hurdles, and the campaigning both for the local and european elections could make it and european elections could make it a difficult environment in which to find compromise, but after the death of lyra mckee there is clearly a desire in both dublin and london now to give this a big push. emma, thank
you. the brother of the manchester arena bomber, salman abedi, wasjust days away from being returned from libya to britain to face charges over the attack in may 2017 which left 22 people dead at a concert. but libya's interior minister has told the bbc that his extradition is now on hold because of heavy fighting that has broken out on the outskirts of the libyan capital, tripoli. more than 270 people have been killed in libya since fighting erupted nearly three weeks ago — in a battle for control of the capital. from tripoli, our international correspondent, orla guerin, reports. gunfire on the outskirts of tripoli, another round of battle. gunfire government fighters mounting a chaotic defence of the capital. it's under attack by forces from eastern libya. one unseen casualty of this conflict, the attempt to extradite a suspect in the manchester bombing. this is hashem abedi, brother of the bomber salman abedi.
he was detained here in libya a day after the attack in may 2017. greater manchester police have a warrant for his arrest on charges relating to the murder of 22 people. in libya's heavily guarded interior ministry, we were told his extradition has been approved, but the minister warned it was bad timing. the court ruling was issued just a week before the latest fighting erupted. this is... it is ok. they agreed to give hashem abedi to the british because he is a british citizen. and what will happen with that now? i mean, is it possible now to extradite him? they are waiting on the procedure — there is some procedure between our attorney office and your attorney office there in britain, but now the war — everything is stopped.
the minister is focused on protecting his city from an offensive by general khalifa haftar, the military strongman from the east. he accuses theresa may of abandoning tripoli in its hour of need by withdrawing british special forces and embassy staff. why you go out? why you are afraid? haftar coming to kill us, not to kill you. but if you go out, you give clear to haftar to kill us. i have to say something to mrs may — we have built very good relations after 2011, up to 2019. now, within one week, this relation is broke damaged, and we lose that trust and confidence. so you don't trust the british government anymore? i cannot trust. i cannot. because of their behaviour, i cannot trust them.
the foreign office has confirmed all remaining british staff were withdrawn from tripoli due to the worsening violence. it says it maintains full diplomatic relations with libya and is in contact with the government. but the view from here is one of betrayal, and it's clear that security cooperation between britain and libya, vital in the fight against the islamic state group, has been badly damaged. orla guerin, bbc news, tripoli. debenhams has announced it's closing 22 stores next year, as part of its plans to reduce its debts, putting 1,200 jobs at risk. stores in wolverhampton, kirkcaldy, guildford and southport are among those being shut. debenhams has 166 stores across the country and plans to shut a total of 50 within the next few years. our business correspondent emma simpson is outside the debenhams store in folkestone,
which is one of those due to close. store in folkestone, emma? store in folkestone, we store in folkestone, have known for a while, so thl but we have known for a while, so they, but the number of stores debenhams wa nts to but the number of stores debenhams wants to close, today we had the first name is —— sophie, but the number of stores. debenhams fell into administration and was taken over by its lenders and this move allowed it to press on with its turnaround plans. today it started a process with its landlords who are farfrom happy process with its landlords who are far from happy to cut its huge process with its landlords who are farfrom happy to cut its huge rent bill and close lots of stores. it's folkestone's biggest store, a cornerstone of the town centre. this morning, shoppers were taking in the news that it's now set to go. what's folkestone going to without it? you know, we've got no shops. so we'd miss it, wouldn't we? definitely miss it, yeah.
debenhams has been here for donkeys' years, since i was a little child. it'sjust another big store closing that will remain empty. woolworths, marks & spencers, we've lost them all. will you miss it? absolutely. it's one of the most decent stores we've got in folkestone, to be honest. what a shame. what a shame, indeed. it's just one of a long list of locations from altrincham and eastbourne, to guildford and kirkcaldy, 22 stores in all, which debenhams wants to close early next year, including wolverhampton. they were celebrating its opening herejust 18 months ago. nobody likes to close stores. the difficulties in the high street are not unique to debenhams. this shouldn't really come as a surprise to anybody, but what we're trying to do is see if we can make sure that through discussions with our landlords we can protect more than 100 stores going forward and that we won't disappear from the high street. here is the problem — department stores are expensive to run. it's lunchtime in folkestone
and this huge store, slap bang in the centre, it just doesn't have enough shoppers. for debenhams, the sums no longer add up to keep stores like this going, but it will be a big loss for this town. there aren't many empty shops here, but there will be an almighty big one next year. how surprised were you when you saw the list this morning? it was a shocker. four main towns in kent being affected, it was a real blow. local businessman rayjohnson leads folkestone's town team. we have to be realistic. shopping habits have changed and are continuing to change. we need to react to that and work together to make sure we get what we need for the town. that's the challenge for so many places as some of our best—known retailers retreat from the high street. for debenhams there could be 30 more closures to come. a chain that still has a fight on its hands to turn its fortunes around. emma simpson, bbc news, folkestone.
the labour leaderjeremy corbyn has said he will not attend the state banquet at buckingham palace injune in honour of donald trump. mr corbyn said it would be wrong to "roll out the red carpet" for the us president, whom he accused of using "racist and misogynist rhetoric" and said the prime minister was wrong to "kowtow" to a president who tore up international treaties. vauxhall is recalling 235,000 zafira cars for a third time, after a new source of fires was discovered. the zafira b cars were previously recalled after campaigners claimed more than 300 had caught fire. the company said the latest recall affects cars built between 2005 and 2014 which do not have electronic climate control. an investigation is under way after a huge explosion
at the tata steelworks in port talbot. the blast in the early hours is thought to have been caused by a train carrying molten metal. two people suffered minor injuries. the plant has now reopened. sri lanka's prime minister has told the bbc that he considered resigning in the wake of the easter day bomb attacks. but ranil wickremesinghe said he simply "wasn't in the loop" for a briefing on warnings of a possible terrorist plot received two weeks before suicide bombers killed more than 250 people. today the security operation across sri lanka continued, with a large cache of bomb—making equipment found during a raid in the east of the country. from colombo, clive myrie reports. in sand where nothing else will grow, wreaths blossom. no names yet — just numbers. in this catholic graveyard. christian souls lost to suicide bombers on easter sunday. anil fernando was away working in cardiff when his sister died in the attack on the local church. he, like many, accuses
the government of not doing enough to protect the public. if the prime minister was here in front of you know, what would you say? i don't want to talk about this. you don't want to talk? no, that's it. we were given the chance to speak with the prime minister, who says he is grieving too. you know you have a job to do. and you do thatjob. some people have to be here and handle the situation. on our travels in sri lanka, we've come across so many who say their government has been a disaster, and we wanted to put their concerns to the prime minister. offered condolences by the leader of sri lanka's catholics, fernando lost four relatives in the bombings, and he is angry the government did not act on warnings that there may be attacks. anytime, any moment, can happen. we cannot believe it. we really condemn them. it is a credible warning and you are not
aware of that. unfortunately i did not know of it. what do you do when you are out of the loop? you are talking about not being in the loop. you are the prime minister. you are number two on the national security council. that's the critical issue we are here to find out — who was in the loop, who wasn't, why i wasn't. as we spoke the security forces raided a bomb—making factory in the east of the country where they found a giant so—called islamic state flag. huge quantities of ball bearings, and explosives. this was the safe house of the easter sunday bombers, a major breakthrough in the investigation. but with a dysfunctional ruling elite, the desperate hope is that this country's leaders can unite to beat initial thoughts are that this was
probably the safe house for another series of devastating attacks somewhere here in sri lanka. at the moment we understand that there is an ongoing gun battle in that area. this episode in the hunt for the easter sunday bombers is far from over, sophie. clive, thank you. it is just after quarter past six. our top story this evening: police release new images of the man they believe killed the journalist lyra mckee in northern ireland last week. coming up: i am at anfield where liverpool have a chance to go top of the table in what is an enthralling premier league title race. coming up on sportsday on bbc news, a strange and dramatic day of practice on the baku street circuit ahead of this weekend's azerbaijan grand prix. prince william has been meeting survivors of last month's shootings in two mosques in new zealand as well as relatives
of the 50 people who were killed. during an emotional speech at one of the mosques that was attacked, he called on people to refect all forms of extremism and described the shootings as an unspeakable act of hate. hywel griffith reports from christchurch. reclaimed as a place of prayer. this is where a few weeks ago dozens of people lost their lives. prince william came to the al noor mosque to condemn the violent extremism unleashed within these walls, and to praise the survivors. 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've often seen up close the sorrow of others in moments of tragedy, as i have today.
christchurch responded with unity, and love. that message of love overcoming hate, the rejection of radical ideologies, clearly does resonate here. the survivors of the shootings and the families of the victims hope that sense of unity over the last six weeks can remain for the months and years to come. some have chosen to stay away from the mosque since the shooting. others felt it was important to come today. the family of abdul fattah qasem say they felt the prince understood their grief. we are not left alone. they're acknowledging what happened to us, and they are showing that they are sharing our feelings and they are supporting us. it's really appreciated. yeah. this visit was brief but it helped to show people here that the world hasn't forgotten them, or the strength they showed in the shadow of terror. hywel griffith, bbc news, christchurch.
the liberal democrats have launched their campaign for the european elections next month with a promise to stop brexit. speaking at an event in east london, their leader sir vince cable reiterated his party's call for another referendum, saying that parliament was gridlocked and the country was demoralised. our deputy political editor john pienaar reports. vince cable's last outing as leader, and as tough as any he's known. not that that was his message today, launching the liberal democrats' push in the european parliament this was. stop brexit. it's simple. it's uncomplicated. it's unambiguous. we are not iffing and butting. it's honest. not easy, though, squeezed by probe brexit protests, labour, the tories, not easy, though, squeezed by pro brexit protests, labour, the tories, and the new party of the centre refusing sir vince's call to work together. you reached out to the new party,
change uk, and offered partnership. they rebuffed you and they are coming after your votes. has that made a very difficult election all but impossible? there are millions of people in the country who are craving an alternative to the extremes. which they are now getting from the tory party and the labour party. and they do want people to come together to have a more moderate centrist approach to politics. he was sure pro—europe centrist parties would collaborate, just not this time. the brutal logic of the british first past the post system is staring everybody in the face, that you either hang together or you hang separately. a lot of people may admire a tough fight against the odds, but not enough to much help the liberal democrat, if you believe the polls. they are still carrying the baggage and the blame from their years in coalition government. they've been drowned out by the din about europe, and now they are facing a new party equally hostile to brexit. no wonder they are finding it tough just to get a hearing.
you still blame them for bringing in tuition fees at universities and colleges? yes, very much so, i was a lib dems supporter, and then i went over to conservative because i thought they are all as bad as each other. i think they are on the wrong side of it at this stage, i think they should focus on enabling a good brexit. vince cable is a really righteous man. he has good virtues and i respect him. i think they have to convince people that they are actually a realistic option, rather than a tiny party that cannot have any support. you mean, they've got to get people to support them so more people support them ? yes. defending a single european parliament seat under a leader pledged to stand down by summer, the lib dems are hoping they'll defy all expectations, though just now that is setting the bar rather low. john pienaar, bbc news. the 58—year—old father of the footballer emiliano sala — who was killed in a plane crash injanuary — has died of a heart attack in argentina.
horacio sala described his son's death as a "bad dream". emiliano sala was on his way to his new club, cardiff city, when the private jet chartered by his agent came down in the english channel. the montenegro football team will play its next uefa home match behind close doors — after england players were racially abused there in march. england players, including raheem sterling and danny rose, suffered racist abuse during the 5—1 win in podgorica last month. montenegro have also been fined 20 thousand euros and ordered to display a banner with the words hashtag equal game. there's a crucial night ahead for liverpool. they could return to the top of the premier league when they play huddersfield at anfield. liverpool are virtually neck and neck with the current leaders manchester city — as the season draws to a close. our sports correspondent andy swiss is at anfield for us this evening. yes, welcome to anfield where it's a pretty chilly night for the fans — but it could be another dramatic one for the premier league title race, because liverpool know if that if they can win here tonight — that would really ramp up
the pressure on their rivals manchester city. let's have a look at the table as it stands right now. manchester city leading the way byjust a single point — after that crucial win over manchester united earlier in the week both teams have three games left to play. liverpool, well first of all they face huddersfield here this evening, a match that should be pretty straightforward — as huddersfield are rock bottom of the table. they then have two games against newcastle and wolves. as for manchester city, well they don't play their next match until sunday — when they face burnley before they finish the season against leicester and brighton. so it is all still in manchester city's hands. if they win their last three games, they will be champions, but liverpool know that if they win here tonight — for a short while at least — they will be top of the table. and that will put a bit of pressure back on manchester city for their game
in hand on sunday. so there could be a few more twists and turns in this enthralling title race. kick off here is at 8 o'clock. thank you. i have a nervous liverpool fan here who is trying to concentrate on the weather, not the football. i will stick to the weather. last weekend was barbecue weather, this weekend was barbecue weather, this weekend is not, and that is because storm hanna is sweeping in from the atlantic. the curl of cloud shows this area of low pressure which is deepening and the winds will be strengthening overnight and in due tomorrow for many parts of the country. we will all see a band of rain sweeping north and east, which could be heavy, and the winds pick up could be heavy, and the winds pick up overnight, with more rain coming into northern ireland and over the irish sea. all tending to keep those temperatures on the mild side. the strength of the wind could bring damage and travel disruption overnight and into tomorrow. this is where we have the strongest of the
winds. the warning from the met office, dusts widely at 45 mph. around coastal areas, could be 60 mile an hour plus. late in the day, the winds will ease down. but we have a windy weather for northern ireland and wet weather, and it stays wet across northern england, north wales through the day underneath all of that rain. temperatures will be eight, 9 degrees. for scotland, the winds will be light, sunshine and heavy showers. further south, things bright enough, sunshine and blustery showers, and highs of only 12 degrees. there is the storm, it is weakening as it moves away from the uk. it will sit around close in the south—east for a while. a ridge of high pressure coming in. quietening down for sunday. last year for the london marathon we had record—breaking temperatures. this year, much more comfortable, 13, 14 degrees, probably dry and cloudy and a little breezy. no where near as windy on sunday as it will be overnight and into saturday. most places dry and bright. some
sunshine. apple showers, notably towards east anglia, and we could see low cloud and drizzly weather coming into northern ireland come into wales, and the south—west of england. —— a few showers. temperatures should be a bit higher, but only about 14 degrees at best. that's all from the bbc news at six. wejoin the bbc that's all from the bbc news at six. we join the bbc news teams where you are. goodbye.
this is bbc news with lukwesa burak. the headlines: police release new images of the man they believe killed the journalist lyra mckee in northern ireland last week — and ask for help from the public in identifying him. lyra mckee was observing riots in londonderry when she was hit. her death has prompted politicians to step up their efforts to restore power—sharing in northern ireland. lyra symbolise the ireland and her tragic death be in vain. —— the new northern ireland. and her tragic death cannot be in vain. and retailer debenhams confirms plan to close up to 22 of its stores next year, affecting around 1,200 jobs. libya says the brother of the manchester bomber — salman abedi — was about to be extradited to britain, but that's been halted because of heavy fighting around the capital, tripoli. britain's top civil servant demands that ministers co—operate — as an investigation begins into who leaked secrets from the government's
national security council. in a moment, it will be time for sportsday. but first, a look at what else is coming up this evening on bbc news. at 7pm, we'll be speaking to the former northern ireland secretary, lord hain, after the british and irish governments announce that talks to restore the devolved government will resume. at 7.15pm, we'll speak to a former security adviser to gordon brown, lord west, on the chances of identifying the person responsible for the huawei leak from the government's national security council. and at 10.40pm, we'll take a first look at tomorrow's papers with our reviewers, claire cohen, women's editor at the telegraph, and joe twyman, director at deltapoll. that's all coming out. first though, here on bbc news, it's time for sportsday.
hello and welcome to sportsday. i'm lizzie greenwood—hughes. here's a taster of what we have coming up on tonight's show. the countdown is on for liverpool — in one of the tightest title races in history. yes, i'm here at anfield, where at 8pm, liverpool take on huddersfield in the first of three must win games for them. and england's greatest striker kelly smith tells us why her old club arsenal can win the title this weekend, as well as looking ahead to chelsea's champions league semifinal. an bulletin on and bolton on the brink. their players threaten to go on strike tomorrow over unpaid wages. also coming up in the programme: could there be another big shock on the cards at the world snooker championship?