this is bbc news, i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 6pm. 15 bodies, including those of six children, are found by sri lankan security forces after a gun battle with islamist militants. the labour leadership says it will decide next week whether to commit to back another referendum on any brexit deal in their european election manifesto. we would prefer to have a general election, but failing that, if we get that agreement, we're prepared to consider to put it to a confirmatory vote. but that is a decision the national executives of the party will make on tuesday. northern ireland politicians are being urged to deliver on power—sharing by the priest who received a standing ovation at lyra mckee‘s funeral. cosmetics clinics offering "quick fixes" with treatments such as botox are accused of fuelling a mental health epidemic.
and west ham beat tottenham 1—0, to end their 100% record at their new stadium. we'll have more on this and the rest of the day's action in sportsday. good afternoon, and welcome to bbc news. sri lanka's security forces have said 15 people were killed in an explosion and gun battle with suspected islamist militants. six children were among the dead. the search is continuing for those involved in carrying out a series of attacks on easter sunday. from sri lanka, our correspondent, yogita limaye, reports. the search continues for those behind sri lanka's horror. police have been carrying out
raids across the country. on friday, they followed a tip—off to this house in the eastern city of ampara. armed men were inside, who set off an explosion. a gun battle followed and the house burned down. more than a dozen died. six are believed to have been linked to the bombings. several children were also caught up in the violence. in another house, in the same city, police found a huge stash of bomb—making material — a discovery that shows how grave the threat of more attacks still is. this banner of the islamic state group, which has claimed responsibility for the easter sunday attacks, was also found. not far is the town where this man lived, zahran hashim — the alleged mastermind of the attacks, believed to have been one of the suicide bombers himself.
several suspects are still at large. these photos were released by the government earlier this week. perhaps the most inhuman of the bombings was at this church in batticaloa, because children were the target. young boys and girls, who were attending sunday school. the bbc‘s tamil service spoke to a pastor, who recalls seeing the bomber. translation: he was wearing a shoulder bag and a camera bag. i wasn't aware of his purpose at that time. many children were drinking water in the entrance of the church after their sunday school class. people and children are entering. that's when the bomb went off. workers have begun to clear the trail of destruction, and most of those who died have been laid to rest, but fear remains. yogita limaye, bbc news, colombo. dr rajesh venugopal,
assistant professor at the london school of economics, told me that the decision to give security forces extra powers has been causing concern and tension in sri lanka. this was an obscure and tiny extremist organisation that operated in the south—east of the country, and that was largely found to be a menace within the muslim community for some time. and that community had tried to report this organisation to the authorities, but very little action had been taken. yeah, i understand it was the sufis that had reported the leader, the alleged leader of this group. where would they have received the funding? once again, it's speculation. there is a lot of speculation going around and rumours going around that it may have come from the middle east, perhaps from isis. once again, there's very little hard evidence out there, so i would be very careful to add to that very fetid atmosphere of rumour. what were they after?
because there is some description that they were part of the wahhabi tradition. what did they want? well, this organisation has been trying to campaign against other muslim organisations, other muslim sects in the east of the country for some time now. and it appears that they are one of a clutch of extremist organisations that have been sort of operating within that sort of milieu. in december last year, there were reports they had slightly moved beyond that and started attacking other religious monuments, such as buddhist monuments, which is when they first came to the serious attention of the authorities. what does this now mean, do you think, for everyday life in sri lanka? because many people are very hesitant. they do not want to return to the days of civil war, with a high military presence on their streets. is this inevitable? well, i think there is a huge tension now between security and protecting the rights of people.
and this is something which is a grave tension because, in the past, when there was a state of emergency and when there was a much more intense scale of militarisation, there were also serious abuses that were committed and serious problems with that sort of greater degree of power and flexibility that was allowed to the security forces. so, there is a real tension and there are very serious concerns that giving those extra powers is to be, you know, is a cause for concern. that was dr rajesh venugopal of the london school of economics. in the last hour, labour leader jeremy corbyn has given his reaction to a letter signed by around 100 labour mps and meps demanding the party commits to holding another referendum on any brexit deal. in response to the letter, whose signaturies include a number of shadow ministers, jeremy corbyn said it was not for him to decide,
but the labour party as a whole. the national executive will decide on tuesday what will be in the european election manifesto, and we will reflect the decisions made in last year's labour party conference, which were for a customs union, market access, and rights protection with the european union. and we would prefer to have a general election, but failing that, if we get that agreement, we are prepared to consider putting it to a confirmatory vote. but that is a decision the party will make on tuesday. but will there be a promise of a confirmatory vote? we'll let you know on the tuesday after that, because it is important that the party, which is a democratic party structure, makes those decisions. sadly — or perhaps it's a good thing — i'm not a dictator of the labour party. labour's ruling national executive will meet on tuesday to finalise the pa rty‘s manifesto for the european elections, which are due to take place in less than four weeks‘ time. our political correspondent susana mendonca has been giving me more details.
we've got a number of mps — around 100 mps and meps on the labour side saying that they want the party to offer a clear commitment that it is committed to having a vote on a brexit deal, and that they want that to be part of the manifesto, ahead of the european elections, which are due to be held on 23 may, provided that we do have european elections, because we know the prime minster hopes that if she can get a deal done before then, it might not happen. within the labour party, there's a lot of controversy over whether they should be going for that clear message on the referendum, or whether they can actually deter labour voters, for people who perhaps voted for brexit in the referendum in 2016. so there are those who think labour should not be going down that road.
just to clarify, it is not a given that we will be taking part in those european elections? no, it is supposed to happen on 23 may, but if the prime minister can do a deal before then, presumably, that election would not happen. that's what the tories would like to see. they have their own challenges because they have activists who say that they will not take part in campaigning, they have donors who say they do not want to contribute to the campaign. they have their own issues — many in the conservative party who did not want there to be european elections and they are very unhappy if they do go ahead. a formal investigation has begun into a decision by the home office to accuse more than 30,000 international students of cheating in english language tests. there are claims now, that many of the accusations were unfair. many students had their visas revoked, and more than 1,000 were removed from the uk after evidence of cheating was uncovered by the bbc‘s panorama programme. the national audit office will conduct the inquiry.
the catholic priest father martin magill, who criticised northern ireland's political leaders at the funeral of thejournalist, lyra mckee, has told the bbc that people want results from new talks next month to restore power—sharing at stormont. the coalition government collapsed more than two years ago. our ireland correspondent, emma vardy reports. at lyra mckee's funeral, the words of father martin magill received a standing ovation when he shamed politicians for failing to reconcile their differences to restore devolution. 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. in his first interview since the address, he urged politicians to listen to the people. i get the sense that people want our politicians to move and they want them to move now, and by that, i mean in terms of entering into those talks and in a way that will actually
bring a positive result at the end of them. political adversaries in northern ireland have been brought together by the death of the journalist who was shot during rioting in londonderry. more than two years since power—sharing collapsed in northern ireland, yesterday, the british and irish governments announced that in the wake of lyra's death, there would be fresh discussions to try to reach a new power—sharing agreement, beginning after the local elections next week. and we will work with all the parties to help them do that. but repeated rounds of talks have previously failed, and big sticking points between the parties remain. emma vardy, bbc news. clinics offering cosmetic surgery such as botox and fillers have said they will introduce new checks to ensure vulnerable people are not sold unnecessary or damaging treatment. it follows a warning, from the nhs director of mental health services, that the cosmetic industry is doing too little to stop those with body
image obsessions undergoing potentially harmful treatments. richard galpin reports. cosmetic procedures like botox injections and fillers are popular and easily available. notjust in clinics, but also in high street outlets. the nhs is concerned there's a link between young people's mental health and these kinds of procedures. 25% of youngsters are worried about their appearance, 50% are worried about their weight, and we know that the evidence is if you've got those concerns, if you are feeling pressure or bombarded around idealised body image, that you are more likely to seek procedures, but you are also then more likely to be dissatisfied with the outcome of those procedures. to try to tackle this, the nhs wants all those providing cosmetic procedures to sign up to an online training programme teaching them how to recognise the signs and symptoms
of vulnerability and mental ill health, and ensuring they tell customers where to get help if they show signs of being vulnerable. but the course is voluntary and, so far, only 10% of providers have signed up for the training. richard galpin, bbc news. health officials in pakistan say they've suspended a nationwide anti—polio campaign, after a series of deadly attacks on health workers trying to vaccinate children last week. a health worker and two security officers were killed in separate incidents. thousands of parents have refused to allow their children to be given the vaccine. officials are blaming mis—information being spread on social media. cyclone kenneth has become the second powerful storm to hit mozambique in two months. rescue teams are attempting to reach remote villages in the north of the country,
where thousands of people may be trapped. the storm first hit the comoros islands, killing three people. it then made landfall on thursday in the cabo delgado region — near the tanzanian border. heavy rain has increased the risk of flooding and landslides. our correspondent, pumza fihlani is watching from the capital, maputo. it's the worst storm this part of mozambique has seen. the people here were unprepared. days after cyclone kenneth hit, many are still shocked at the force of mother nature. heavy wind of up to 200 kilometres ripped through northern mozambique, destroying homes and uprooting trees. the people of mozambique had barely recovered from another cyclone, which hit the port town of beira just over a month ago, causing death and destruction. the authorities this time around
want to move faster. they're desperate to get their hands on resources which will make it possible for them to get help to where it's needed most. the operation is dependent on how nimble they are on the ground. torrential rains are expected here over the next few days. this means there's a high risk of flooding and landslides. there are fears thousands of people could be left trapped in remote villages. there are nearly 20,000 people in displacement centres — schools and churches that survived the impact. but as a clearer picture emerges of the destruction, more may be needed, local authorities have said. the worst—hit areas include pemba. teams have been deployed to the area. officials say this will determine where help is needed most. one death has been confirmed, but there are fears that figure will rise over the next few days. but for some, life now has become
a search for the next meal. they are relying on aid efforts. it's a desperate time for survivors. rebuilding their lives will be slow and daunting for many people of this poor country. pumza fihlani, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news. 15 bodies, including those of six children, are found by sri lankan security forces after a gun battle with islamist militants. the authorities say the militants set off explosives as troops surrounded a house in the east of the country. the labour leadership says it will decide next week whether to commit to back another referendum on any brexit deal in their european election manifesto. northern ireland politicians are being urged to unite to deliver on power—sharing by the priest who received a standing ovation at lyra mckee's funeral.
spaniards go the polls tomorrow in a fiercely—contested general election — the third in the past four years. the controversial far—right vox party, is threatening to shake up spanish politics, but critics say its divisive message could set the country back decades. andy beatt reports. spain's third general election in just four years. with as many as 40% of voters still undecided ahead of sunday's vote, politicians of all colours have been campaigning hard. among them, the far—right populist party vox, enjoying a surge of support and hoping to upstage their rivals. but in madrid, activists from feminist group femen, written across their bodies, "this isn't patriotism, it's fascism." and the anti—franco slogan,
"they shall not pass." anti—immigration, anti—separatist, and anti—women's rights, vox is one of five parties with a chance of entering government. if it does, it would become the first far—right group to sit in parliament for nearly a0 years. its leader, though, is keen to brush aside links with spain's fascist past. translation: vox is the only party capable of defending national unity and the freedoms for spaniards, that are under attack from socialism, communism, and separatism. the party's rise, dubbed an earthquake in spanish politics, has clearly shaken the country's socialist prime minister. translation: i ask you all to unite around the only party that can guarantee spain looks to the future
and doesn't go back 40 years, as the right would have it. political tremors have also unsettled the centre—right. led by the main opposition people's party. they‘ re likely to lose votes to vox, or end up depending on them to hold power. after the convulsions of the campaign, saturday has been set aside as a day of reflection. but with results expected to be close and followed by lengthy coalition talks, the calm is not likely to last. andy beatt, bbc news. it's being claimed that some fitness trackers from leading brands are so inaccurate, they can be out by up to 11 miles when logging the distance of a marathon. the consumer group which? has published analysis of some of the most popular devices from big names in the market. the watchdog used a calibrated treadmill to compare different trackers logging the number of steps
and distance travelled. it's warning some simply can't be relied upon. in the uk, around half a million people have a debilitating form of heart failure that doctors know very little about. the condition stops the heart from relaxing, meaning the muscles become too stiff to function properly. now researchers at four british universities are looking into how to diagnose and treat the condition. here's our science correspondent, richard westcott. around 500,000 people have a type of heart failure we know very little about. it's called hfpef. .. if you're ready, we can stop there. and this is a new study to find out what makes it tick. i didn't realise i had a heart condition and i thought, why, i'm so fit? i can't be — i've been a dancer, done so much, gardening, et cetera, i can't believe it.
so you are quite good at walking on the flat, but not the inclines? definitely. as well as the physical tests, they will be asking patients about their lives. if i said, could you walk to the shop and back again? no, i couldn't. this is a very interesting patient group that are pretty much left to their own devices, there are not any evidence—based treatment therapies for them, so it's really interesting to try to find out what would help them. it wasn't long ago that some clinicians doubted hfpef even existed. it might be common, but it's hard to recognise. symptoms can be similar to more well—known types of heart failure, or even other conditions, but there is a key difference. a normal heart muscle needs to be able to expand and contract so it can pump the blood. around half the people with heart failure have a muscle that's too loose, but they know how to diagnose that and treat it. the other half have a muscle that's gone thick and goes too tight,
and that's the one they need to find out a lot more about. this is one of the more obvious signs we sometimes see. this blue jet you see here is blood leaking back because this valve should be closing, but it's not, and that can occur because the heart muscle has become thickened. we know that there are things that we can do for this group of patients and it's just ensuring that there's a systematic way of diagnosing and managing, that people are more aware of it, and that they know, right, if we get the blood pressure controlled, if we control their diabetes, if perhaps we make sure that they're doing more physical activity, that we can actually improve them. researchers will study around 200 patients for a year. well, i hope they find the reason why we go downhill like we are. and i'm quite pleased, actually, that i had that call from faye last year, when she asked me would i come and participate in research? because it must help the future. they will then recommend new ways to identify and look after the hundreds
of thousands who suffer. richard westcott, bbc news. beginning on saturday, the japanese will enjoy an extended 10—day holiday, in the run up to the accession of a new emperor. crown prince naruhito will assume the chrysanthemum throne on 1 may, as his father, emperor akihito, abdicates. for many japanese, it's a chance to see their own families and reflect on the end of an era. rahuljoglekar reports. lights, camera, action! this 78—year—old royalfan has been waiting for this moment for three decades. she's a super fan of emperor akihito and his wife, and has clicked thousands of photographs for the royal couple over the years. as the new emperor ascends to the throne, she plans to be there at the palace to capture
history being made. translation: there were always plans to follow them here or there, so i feel excited. if ijust stayed at home, then i just wouldn't do anything. but not everyone is sticking around to take photographs of the real couple. japan is on the move over the festive period. a record 24.7 million people are taking a holiday — that's one fifth of the total population. while many will travel within japan, hawaii seems to be a favourite destination for those going abroad. translation: since the 10-day holiday was decided in october, people started to book their trips earlier compared to past years. customers also booked longer stays. the imperial house injapan is believed to be the oldest continuous monarchy in the world. emperor akihito is the 125th emperor in a line that extends back to the country's founding.
as emperor akihito hands it all over to his son, after 31 years on the throne, he will be looking forward to some time off. something that japan's many holiday—makers will also be doing over the next few days. rahuljoglekar, bbc news. now on bbc news it's time for sportsday. hello and welcome to sportsday. cardiff on the brink of relegation after losing at fulham. valtteri bottas takes pole in azerbaijan as charles leclerc‘s challenge hits the wall. a fairytale return for bryony frost as she wins at sandown on her first ride since breaking her collarbone.
hello and welcome to sportsday. cardiff's hopes of staying up have taken a huge blow — after they lost 1—0 at already—relegated fulham. ryan babel‘s spectacular goal from 25 yards in the 79th minute proved to be the difference. cardiff missed a number of good chances in the last ten minutes — junior hoilett coming closest when he hit the crossbar. neil warnock‘s side are three points off safety, with two games to go. we aren't out of it yet. i think that we had ten shots in the last ten minutes. i thought we could have been a bit more intense in the first half, but probably a bit nervous. i don't know. i can't follow any of
their efforts, is just don't know. i can't follow any of their efforts, isjust one don't know. i can't follow any of their efforts, is just one of those things that the one guy on the pitch who scores a goal like that, he's the one probably worth the most money. we've had a 5—6 great chances, really, and we can't finish one of them, so we probably wouldn't have scored really. brighton's far superior goal difference means one more win would effectively keep them up. they're currently playing newcastle at the amex — and the score at half—time is 0—1 newcastle. ayoze perez with the goal. brighton are without a win in seven games whilst newcastle are seeking their third straight win. southampton got the point they needed to secure their premier league survival after a 3—3 draw with bournemouth at st mary's. shane long gave them the lead, before bournemouth hit back through dan gosling and callum wilson. james ward—prowse and matt targett put saints back in control before wilson grabbed his second to level the match with four minutes to go.
west ham have become the first away side to win at tottenham's new ground. they beat their london rivals by 1—0. spurs missing out on a chance to cement their place in the top four. craig templeton was watching. tottenham's record at their new stadium has been flawless. west ham started brightly as declan rice fired an early warning, but they we re fired an early warning, but they were quite blowing bubblesjust fired an early warning, but they were quite blowing bubbles just yet. if spurs did have one eye on tuesday's champions league semifinal, they became refocused. but lucas wore us saw his efforts go wild. christian eriksen was more accurate, but lucas will be on ski stood strong. second half started in aa stood strong. second half started in a a similarfashion to stood strong. second half started in a a similar fashion to the first. he did find mikhail antonio, who will go as the first —— in history as the
first person to score against totte n ha m first person to score against tottenham in their new stadium. this celebration perhaps shouldn't go into the record books. the resurgence eventually came, but it was matched with an iron defence. so the house warming has been ruined by the house warming has been ruined by the neighbours, and spurs will be hoping for a much better against my ajax on tuesday. craig doubled in, bbc news. in the day's other games, crystal palace and everton played out a 0—0 draw, while wolves beat watford 2—1 at vicarage road, to get revenge for their recent fa cup semi final defeat. tottenham stay third, despite that defeat to west ham. chelsea can join them on 70 points if they win at manchester united tomorrow. arsenal can also close the gap when they face leicester. manchester city can reclaim the top spot with a win at burnley. you can hear commentary of all three games on bbc radio 5live tomorrow from 12pm. and this is how it looks at the bottom. cardiff three points adrift of brighton — who are currently playing newcastle. cardiff's goal difference far inferior to brighton's. fulham and huddersfield
are already relegated. southampton‘s draw today confirms their place in the premier league next season. bolton have been told that they must complete their two outstanding championship fixtures by the english football league. today's match with brentford was called off last night after bolton's players said they would not play again until they received outstanding wages. bolton, who have been relegated to league one have been told to rearrange that game "at the earliest opportunity" — on the pitch in the championship — norwich just need to draw, in order to get promoted back to the premier league. they play blackburn later this evening. sheffield united are also chasing automatic promotion, they're playing already—relegated ipswich and they lead by a goal to nil through scott hogan. if they win tonight, and leeds fail to beat aston villa tomorrow, the blades will be promoted.derby beat bristol city in the chase for a play off race. at the bottom of the table, rotherham are down — after conceding twice in the last 15 minutes to lose 2—1
against west brom. leyton orient are back in the english football league. their goalless draw against already—relegated braintree town confirms them as champions of the national league. monday's goalless draw against solihull had put orient into pole position to win promotion as long as they avoided defeat by braintree. they got the point they needed to secure a return to the efl after two seasons in the fifth tier. more than 8,000 home fans flooded the pitch at the end to celebrate the news. celtic are just a point away from retaining the scottish premiership after a 1—0 win over kilmarnock on an emotional day at celtic park. in the week of legendary captain billy mcneill‘s passing, members of the famous lisbon lions team that won the european cup in 1967 were present for a special tribute to him before the game. and poignantly, it was their current number 5 —jozo simunovic — who scored the winner with, incredibly, 67 minutes on the clock to give celtic the victory. elsewhere — aaron mcgowan‘s
last minute penalty secured a 3 —3 draw for hamilton against livingston. they go 10th, above st mirren who drew one all with stjohnstone. motherwell edged out the league's bottom side dundee 11—3 — thanks to a stoppage time winner from david turnbull. there was drama in baku — ahead of the azerbaijan grand prix. valtteri bottas led lewis hamilton to a mercedes one—two in qualifying after ferrari's charles leclerc crashed in the second period of today's action — stuart pollitt reports... experts build this weekend as the one that ferrari had to strike back in baku. williams managed to strictly wall, qualifying suspended for 30 minutes. when it resumed the proposition favourites did exactly the same. i am stupid. the crash
leaving him tenth on the grid and only watching the battle for the front row which was won by mercedes, lewis hamilton pipped by 0.5 of a second. sebastian vettel only third. yet again this season a head scratching day for the italian team and a letter one for the silver arrows. exeter beat harlequins 17—15 in the premiership — to increase their lead at the top of the table. after the chiefs had taken an early lead, quins piled on the pressure in the closing stages but they fell agonisingly short — as they chase a top four finish. paul frostick was watching. it has been another colourful season at exeter chiefs having a book to their premiership semifinal spot in record time. victory over harlequins would help cement opposition the table. after a surprise defeat in their last match they came out of their last match they came out of the blocks quickly. the games first
try after less than two minutes. exeter‘s domination on home trust was all too clear for harlequins when the bit over four try number two. 27 phases before the ball was down. the game was more than an hour old by the london side finally made their mark, against the post. charlie walker then went over to get a side within two points, the chief suddenly under pressure. despite a frantic final ten minutes they had just enough to hold on and build on their lead at the top. saracens — who are second — have beaten seventh placed wasps 31—111. the problems continue for leicester after they were beaten 23—20 by bristol. it means the tigers will have to wait to secure their premiership status. dan thomas and harry thacker both crossed for the visitors after the break to seal their win. to add to leicester's woes, it's been confirmed that
manu tuilagi will miss the rest of the season with a hamstring injury. it's the final weekend before the playoffs in the pro 1a, all the teams are in action today. all the games are derbies — scarlets were aiming to secure at play off place against the dragons. but they failed, losing out to the dragons in an incredible game at the principality stadium stadium. this try from matthew screech levelled the scores at 32 points all in the 79th minute. then all the pressure was on fly half jason tovey to kick the conversion, which he did to seal victory by two points. the other two teams chasing that final playoff place — are benetton who are currently leading against zebre 25—6 — they started at five. and edinburgh who play glasgow later. there's been a big shock at the world snooker championship, where the three—time champion mark selby has been beaten by qualifier gary wilson in the second round. wilson, who is a former taxi driver, won by 13 frames to ten in sheffield. this break of 92 sealing
the win in style. it's the second time the qualifier has knocked out a seed in this tournament after victory over belgium's luca breycell in the first round. he'll meet either ali carter or china'sjo yoo long in the quarterfinal. these are live pictures from the crucible, ronnie o'sullivan's conquerer — the amateur, james cahill is in a real battle against scotland's stephen maguire. it's currently 12 frames all and in the final frame decider. you can watch the conclusion of that match live on bbc two now and the bbc sport website. butjockey bryony frost isn't like most people and she proved it today, when winning the oaksey chase at sandown on 2—1 favourite black corton. it was her first race since suffering the injury at the cheltenham festival last month. it completed a stellar day for frost, as she was crowned champion conditional jockey on the final day of the national hunt season.
and history was made shortly after frost's victory when altior won his 19th race in a row — setting a new national hunt record for most consecutive victories. that's all from sportsday. we'll have more for you at half past seven. today's gales continue to ease as the storm hannah blows itself out, it's just starting to push out into the north sea. this is the satellite image as it moved across the uk in the last 12 hours or so, the worst of the weather in parts of south—western ireland, also the coasts of wales experienced gusts in excess of 80 mph. so, here's the storm, you can see the centre moving into the north sea,
and tonight it's just going to stay quite breezy, with some showers. some of them heavy around north—western parts of the uk. early evening the gusts inland well in excess of a0 mph, not quite as strong here around the western areas. temperatures at 7pm around 12 in london, optimistic nine degrees in newcastle, and tonight it will be quite chilly. a dry night for most of us, apart from north—western areas of wales, the midlands and a couple of showers elsewhere. the majority of the country should have some clear spells. we are talking around four degrees in northern towns and cities. sunday's weather map looks like there's hardly anything left of the storm, just exiting, the southern portion of the north sea. this is the forecast for the marathon on sunday, temperatures around 8—9 degrees,
peaking at around 13—111. a bit of a breeze but it should die away. this afternoon not looking bad, a couple of showers in parts of east anglia, on the whole a bright day, sunny day for many of us. winds are a lot lighter. average wind speeds are 12—15 mph. more sunshine, it's going to feel a lot, lot better with temperatures recovering into the mid—teens for some of us. even 16 there in glasgow and edinburgh. at the start of the week, dry for most of us on monday, temperatures continue to climb, a decent day on the way. a little bit of rain, a couple of showers in some western areas, but on the whole, a dry day for many of us with temperatures peaking at 18 degrees, possibly. goodbye.
good evening. sri lanka's security forces have detained the wife and child of the man believed to be the ringleader behind the wave of bomb attacks on easter sunday. they were captured following a gun battle with suspected islamist militants — in which 15 people were killed, including six children. a huge search is continuing for the bombers. from sri lanka, our correspondent yogita limaye reports. the search continues for those behind sri lanka's horror.
police have been carrying out raids across the country. on friday, they followed a tip—off to this house, in the eastern city of sainthamaruthu. armed men were inside, who set off an explosion. a gun battle followed and the house burned down. more than a dozen died. women and children were caught up in the violence. the wife and child of this man, zahran hashim, the alleged mastermind of the bombings, are believed to be amongst them. in another raid in the same area, police found a huge stash of bomb—making material. a discovery that reveals how grave the threat of more attacks still is. this banner of the islamic state group, which has claimed responsibility for the easter sunday attacks, was also found. several suspects are still at large. these photos were put out by the government earlier this week.
newly released closed—circuit tv footage shows the bomber at kingsbury hotel, in colombo, the night before the attack. backpack full of explosives, he checks in at the front desk, then goes off to his room. in the morning, he's seen leaving the elevator on his way to the hotel's breakfast rest room. moments later, he detonates his bomb. perhaps the most inhuman of the bombings was at this church in batticaloa, because children were the target. young boys and girls who were attending sunday school. the bbc‘s tamil service spoke to a pastor, who recalls seeing the bomber. translation: he was wearing a shoulder bag and a camera bag. i wasn't aware of his purpose at that time. many children were drinking water in the entrance of the church after their sunday school class. people and children were entering,
that's when the bomb went off. workers have begun to clear the trail of destruction and most of those who died have been laid to rest, but fear remains. yogita joins us live. from sri lanka. as she reported, raids by the security forces, but how much security —— concern is that there could be further attacks? well, tonight, it is the seventh night of curfew in sri lanka. tomorrow is one week since the bombings, it is a sunday but all church services have been cancelled, people have been asked to stay at—home and pray with their families. so i would say there is a real sense of fear here. it is not a city in lockdown in the daytime, you do see people and cars out on the roads, but it is far fewer than it would normally be. it is what happened yesterday, the video release from the safe house in the east of the country showing these
explosives, also the gun battle in which several people were killed, i think there is a sense of disbelief here that such a large network of people was operating. they were able to accumulate all of this material. and the intelligent securities —— intelligence and security services didn't know about it or act on it. 0k, didn't know about it or act on it. ok, thank you very much indeed. an investigation has begun into whether the home office acted fairly when it accused more than 30,000 foreign students of cheating in the english language tests required to obtain their visas. hundreds were detained and more than a thousand were removed from the uk. clear evidence of cheating was uncovered by the bbc‘s panorama programme in 2014, but there are claims the government went on to wrongly accuse many people. kathryn stanczyszyn reports. an instructor reads out the answers. the students dutifully write them down. 2014, panorama found clear
evidence of this kind of cheating at two centres where foreign students sit english language tests. it is one of the assessments they need to passin one of the assessments they need to pass in order to obtain a visa to study in the uk. the then home secretary theresa may said it would be urgently looked into. we have done a lot over the last three and a half years, done a lot over the last three and a half yea rs, we done a lot over the last three and a half years, we have rooted out abuse, the number of student visas has gone down and the amount of abuse has gone down, but it is clear people are finding other ways around the system. following the panorama investigation, the home office or dig checks are more than 58,000 oral tests ta ke n dig checks are more than 58,000 oral tests ta ken between dig checks are more than 58,000 oral tests taken between 2011 and 2014. it concluded that 30,000 people had cheated and said other results were questionable —— 34,000. the government cancelled 36,000 student visas and more than 1,000 people removed from the uk. fatima was one of those told heavies it would be revoked but denies doing anything wrong —— told heavies it would be
revoked. my life is actually damaged, it is broken now. whatever iam doing damaged, it is broken now. whatever i am doing isjust staying in the home and counting my time, hoping that one day, everything will be sorted. and i will live my life again. at the time, the conservative government made very public its aim to reduce immigration numbers, something critics claim may have played a part. those students were not even treated like criminals, criminals would have a better chance to defend themselves because you would have to present them with evidence. this is directly moved with this effort to attempt to reduce the number of migrants and those students were caught in this. the national audit office says it will now review the government's response to fraud in the student visa system. the home office says it is already cooperating and continues to welcome genuine international students. the labour party is to change
its european election campaign leaflets — to make clear that it may support another brexit referendum. it comes after nearly 90 labour mps and meps signed a letter, calling onjeremy corbyn to back another public vote on any brexit deal. bolton wanderers have been told they must complete their two remaining championship fixtures this season, despite being involved in a dispute about pay. today's match against brentford was called off after bolton's players said they wouldn't play until they received wages they're owed. bolton have been told to rearrange that game as soon as possible. our correspondent, stuart flinders, is outside the club's ground now. stuart. well, the match was called off late last night, but that was too late for brentford's players who had already travelled north. and many supporters of both sides will already have bought their tickets for today's match. bolton's players are refusing to play the final two fixtures of the season because they
have not been paid their wages for march. the efl says the club is guilty of misconduct and it may face a penalty, but many supporters appear to be backing the players. to be able to get up to 20,000 people week in, week out and to not be able to afford to pay the wages is just, something has gone seriously wrong. every time i go online and see what is happening with the wanderers, it is happening with the wanderers, it is awful news. it is awful, ijust wa nt is awful news. it is awful, ijust want this season to finish. it is quite terrible really, the players should be paid and the staff should be paid. at the root of all this, big money problems at bolton wanderers. six times in the past 18 months they have faced winding—up petitions in the courts for unpaid debts. there is a takeover agreement in place, but that also appears in jeopardy with both sides accusing each other of acting in bad faith. the club is mathematically certain of relegation this season, but what
the fans are asking is, can lead club, founder members of the football league can survive? thank you very much indeed. staying with football, and the race for third and fourth place in the premier league is still wide open, after tottenham were beaten 1—0 at home by west ham. it's the first time spurs have lost in their new stadium, asjoe lysnkey reports. now they've settled in back home, spurs hope to build to something spectacular. on tuesday, they play in the champions league semifinals, but before looking abroad, they had to take on the neighbours. west ham hadn't won a match for more than a month, but with harry kane still out injured, spurs are missing their firepower. first, son heung—min, and then christian eriksen, couldn't take their early chances. that gave the visitors the platform for a second—half lift—off. antonio! with this, west ham scored the first opposition goal in the new stadium. michail antonio marked the history — in his own way. and instead of a response,
tottenham could have let in more. the strain of seven games in april showing, as substitute vincent janssen missed the chance to draw level. in the week spurs hope to do the extraordinary, this was a day they lost their rhythm. joe lysnkey, bbc news. that's all for now. we're back with the late news at five past ten. now on bbc one, it's time for the news where you are. goodbye.
hello, you're watching bbc news with ben brown. months of training will come to fruition this time tomorrow, when thousands of amateur and professional athletes line up for the london marathon. in the men's wheelchair race, all eyes will be on david weir, who's looking for a record ninth course victory. his team matejohnboy smith, is an upcoming wheelchair racer whose life was changed in a split second as a teenager. kate grey has been to meet him at his training base at richmond park.
johnboy smith is one of britain's rising stars on the wheelchair racing circuit, but he never set out to be. his life changed at the age of 16, in a tragic case of mistaken identity. i stumbled upon the wrong farm, at the wrong time. mistaken for a poacher, i was accused of poaching and everything like that. the farmer fired a warning shot at me, instead of asking questions — "are you poaching? was you here before?", or whichever. fired a warning shot, me and my friends ran back to our car. the gun that the farmer shot me with was a rifle. he shot through the back of the car, through the seat and into my spine. that's the less gory, short story. and that was it? that was it. instantly, total paralysis. before his injury, he was a keen amateur boxer in his traveller community. that was clearly no longer an option, so during his five months of rehab at stoke mandeville hospital, he had to come to terms with his new way of life.
my mum was pushing me around the hospital in a wheelchair and i was thinking, one, i'm not going to let her do that, because that's going to get her down. and, two, i'm a 16—year—old boy, i need some dignity. that sort of like inspired me to be better, be stronger, physically and mentally. and, yeah, itjust all snowballed from there, really. over time, johnboy tried out a number of different sports and eventually found his calling as a marathon racer. it's going to be silver and bronze for england! success soon followed, winning silver at last yea r‘s commonwealth games. the best moment in his wheelchair racing career so far. but ultimately, it's not about the medals forjohnboy. he wants to be a role model in his community and prove that anything is possible. you can have the worst news in the world — you've lost the use of your legs, you can't box any more, you can't have a normaljob. i just wanted to show that there's life after disability, there's life after tragedy. i'm just a local lad from kent, and itjust so happens i'm very good at wheelchair racing. time for a look at the weather with tomas schafernaker.
today's gales continue to ease as storm hannah blows itself out, it's just starting to push out into the north sea. this is the satellite image as it moved across the uk in the last 12 hours or so, the worst of the weather in parts of south—western ireland, also the coasts of wales experienced gusts in excess of 80 mph. so, here's the storm, you can see the centre moving into the north sea, and tonight it's just going to stay quite breezy, with some showers. some of them heavy around north—western parts of the uk. early evening the gusts inland well in excess of 40 mph, not quite as strong here around the western areas. temperatures at 7pm around 12 in london, optimistic nine degrees in newcastle, and tonight it will be quite chilly. a dry night for most of us, apart from north—western areas of wales, the midlands and a couple of showers elsewhere.
the majority of the country should have some clear spells. we are talking around four degrees in northern towns and cities. sunday's weather map looks like there's hardly anything left of the storm, just exiting, the southern portion of the north sea. this is the forecast for the marathon on sunday, temperatures around 8—9 degrees, peaking at around 13—14. a bit of a breeze but it should die away. this afternoon not looking bad, a couple of showers in parts of east anglia, on the whole a bright day, sunny day for many of us. winds are a lot lighter. average wind speeds are 12—15 mph. more sunshine, it's going to feel a lot, lot better with temperatures recovering into the mid—teens for some of us. even 16 there in glasgow and edinburgh. at the start of the week, dry for most of us on monday,
this is bbc news, i'm martine croxall. the headlines at 7pm. sri lankan security forces have detained the wife and child of the man believed to be the mastermind behind the wave of bomb attacks on easter sunday. the home office is being investigated after they revoked the visas of 30,000 foreign students over claims they cheated in an english language exam. the labour party is to change its european election manifesto leaflets, saying it may support another referendum on any brexit deal. we would prefer to have a general election, but failing that, if we get that agreement, we're prepared to consider to put it we would prefer to have a general election, but failing that, to a confirmatory vote. but that is a decision the national executives of the party will make on tuesday. northern ireland politicians are being urged to deliver on power—sharing by the priest who received a standing ovation