this is bbc news, i'm shaun ley. the headlines at three. britain's fracking tsar quits after six months in thejob, blaming ministers for paying too much attention to the environmental lobby. from within, you can't do very much, and it means at the moment when you have government in such terrible paralysis, you do have to do something as dramatic as this in order to have your voice heard. a woman is shot dead and three people injured at a california synagogue. a man, believed to have used an assault rifle, has been arrested. still hoping britain won't take part in next month's european elections — the conservative party chairman, brandon lewis. security fears in sri lanka sees church services cancelled — a week after more than 250 people were killed in the easter sunday bombings. he has run quicker than anyone else before, including himself in london.
eliud kipchoge has won the london marathon for a fourth time. britain's sir mo farah finished fifth. kenya's brigid kosgei wins the women's race with a new personal best. america's daniel romanchuk wins the men's elite wheelchair event, and swiss paralympian manuela schar wins the women's. go dontay changed my life, they put me on the market to be a glamour model... the victoria derbyshire programme investigates cosmetic quick fixes and reveals how ministers are hoping to prevent botched procedures. that's in half an hour, here on bbc news.
good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the uk's shale gas commissioner has resigned after only six months in the job, saying the government is paying too much attention to a small but noisy environmental lobby, and consequently there is a de facto ban on fracking. natascha engel was tasked with uniting communities over the controversial process, but says stringent rules are stopping the industry from being successful, as john mcmanus reports. is this a vision of the uk's future energy market? hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in this case at a site in lancashire. well, maybe not, because despite government support for shale gas exploration, the woman in charge of inspiring confidence in the project has just quit. certainly, since i first started six months ago, there was always an understanding that fracking was going to really struggle to develop if these really ridiculously low limits on earth tremors were going to be kept in place. the understanding was always that they would be reviewed and be raised when it was safe to do so, and that's not happening.
it means there is a sort of restriction placed on fracking that's not placed on any other extractive industry in the country. retrieving gas through fracking involves pumping water, sand and chemicals at high pressure into shale rock. when that rock fractures, the gas is released and brought to the surface. the industry says it is safe, but it can cause earth tremors. to reassure local communities, fracking must pause if those tremors reach a magnitude of 0.5. this site has had to stop work several times. natascha engel says that rule amounts to a de facto ban. those campaigners aren't just worried about tremors, they say climate—changing fossil fuels should stay underground. in scotland, fracking remains under a moratorium. holyrood still has not decided how to proceed. supporters in the usa say fracking there has lowered gas bills, but some states have
still banned it. the government here maintains that shale gas is both environmentally and consumer friendly. now it needs to find somebody new to make that case. john mcmanus, bbc news. the department for business, energy and industrial strategy have responded to natascha engel‘s resignation. a spokesperson said the government supported the development of the shale industry in the uk because "it could have the potential to be a new domestic energy source, and create thousands of well paid, qualityjobs." they also said the government was conident that current regulations "strike the right balance in ensuring the industry can develop, while ensuring any operations are carried out safely and responsibly." a woman has died and three people are in hospital after a gunman opened fire at a synagogue in california. a 19—year—old man has been arrested after the shooting outside san diego. our correspondent in los angeles, sophie long, reports. # we shall overcome...#
a community brought together in pain and multi—faith prayers for peace. they came to soothe each other‘s sadness and to pray for those suffering. for laurie gilbert kay, who went to worship on a sunny saturday morning and died hours later in hospital. for a child shot in the leg, and for two men, one a rabbi. i have been going here my entire life, and to see all these wonderful people come together from all these faiths, it's just absolutely amazing. we had one person today full of hate, one person. and look — there is a thousand people here tonight that are full of love. that is what it's about. this is not the first time a tight—knit community like this one have come together to try and help each other heal the wounds inflicted by a man with a gun. it's unlikely it will be the last.
i am hoping this does not become the new normal. places of worship are sacred, human life is sacred, and just the idea of every time we have to keep responding to acts of hate and acts of terror is really traumatising for the community. police have arrested a 19—year—old, john earnest. they are now investigating what made a young man take an assault rifle, shoot a child, kill a woman, and destroy lives in a place of peace and worship. sophie long, bbc news, poway, california. the chairman of the conservative party says he still hopes that the uk won't have to take part in the european parliament elections next month. brandon lewis said he wanted to see the prime minister's brexit withdrawal agreement approved by parliament in the next few weeks so that the uk can avoid electing meps on 23 may. our political correspondent jessica parker has more.
many suspect that it is inevitable with the polling died just weeks ago, but the conservatives say they are aiming to avoid it. our first priority is to not buy the european elections, and we should be looking to do everything we can to respect the 2016 referendum. what a cross— party the 2016 referendum. what a cross—party deal? walking time and again into talks with the government, labour say they are no bar to progress. no bloody discussions have been productive, there is a willingness to move to consensus, there is a willingness to move to consensus, but the government has not moved on any of their red lines. there are other ones were not forced about finding a brexit deal. their focus instead, stopping brexit altogether. but the lib dems were left frustrated in their quest to form a remain alliance.|j left frustrated in their quest to form a remain alliance. i think it isa form a remain alliance. i think it is a shame that there was remain
supporting parties were not able to come to an agreement to be fighting together. but the wider aim of securing a people's vote to stop brexit is one where we are working together. before any european poll, there are of course local elections this thursday, and after all the recent political turmoil in westminster, some conservatives of forecasting a difficult night for their party, because while bins and buses will no doubt be issues in these council contests, few think that the dane of brexit can just be drowned out. jessica parker, bbc news. prayer services have been held in sri lanka one week on from the deadly suicide bombings carroied out by islamist extremists. at least 250 people, including many tourists, died in a series of co—ordinated attacks at churches and hotels on easter sunday. the archbishop of colombo called the atrocities "an insult to humanity". from sri lanka, clive myrie reports.
seven days ago, st anthony's church was filled with the screams and cries of the dying. bells ring. and today, bells marked their passing. the bombers mainly attacked christians, but buddhists commemorated the horrors of last week too. it doesn't matter what they've done. we are coming from, like, buddhists, hindus, islamics, or whoever. we have to pray, then to live in harmony. inside st anthony's, members of the sri lankan navy tried to wash away the stain of violence. to restore this house of god. this is the exact spot where the suicide bomber detonated his backpack to devastating effect. you can see the walls pockmarked with the holes of ball bearings and the roof in this area pretty much destroyed, and what happened here is destined to be passed down the ages to join all
those other acts of religious intolerance that black in history. god said we need the others. it is not good for man to be alone. the leader of sri lanka's catholics, cardinal malcolm ranjith, gave a televised mass, but some frightened parishioners stayed away. it is hard to see, to see this empty church. it is so sad that this kind of disaster has happened due to religion. several raids in recent days may improve public confidence. terror cells had been disrupted and huge quantities of bomb—making equipment seized. but the hope is that the trauma of a week ago will unite this country in grief, rather than divide it in acrimony and retaliation. clive myrie, bbc news, colombo. ten's of thousands of runners have been taking part in today's london marathon,
with a new record set in the men's race. joe wilson was watching. more than ever before began london's marathon. just a few came to win. mo farah may be many things but as his coach said this morning, he's not an angel. after a week of disputes over hotel robbery and gym scuffle, today it was simple street talk. 26 miles of london's roads would measure his progress. meanwhile, a new force in wheelchair sport — american daniel romanchuk, aged just 20, outsprinted the rest. manuela schar of switzerland was over five minutes clear of the field when she won the women's wheelchair race. the challenge was just starting for the eccentrics, the fundraisers and the brave, who make this event a mass expression of enthusiasm. but as the men's elite race passed halfway, where was mo farah? not in the leading group. kenyan eliud kipchoge was in control. no—one in the women's field could get near brigid kosgei. she made the whole
thing seem almost easy. of course, it isn't. not far behind, britain's hayley carruthers was giving everything to try and break her personal best. everything. well done, hayley... she made the finishing line, and then the help arrived. hayley has just run a personal best. she's 0k... well, this is how eliud kipchoge finished — two hours, two minutes, 37 seconds. 0utside his world—record, but the fastest time ever in london. for mo farah, fifth place, and a little slower than his personal best. definitely disappointed, he said, but no regrets about the build—up. a new link between obesity and mental health problems in children as young as seven has been idenfied by researchers. they found obese seven—year—olds were at greater risk of suffering emotional problems, such as anxiety and depression, by the time they reached 11. researchers say the findings, to be presented at the european congress on obesity in glasgow, strengthen the case for early prevention.
exercise and a healthy diet have long been the best prescription for avoiding obesity at any age. but this new study has found a link to mental health in children too. researchers analysed data on more than 17,000 children up to the age of 14. they found that, from the age of seven, obesity and emotional problems were closely linked. and that linkage was the same for girls and boys. researchers don't fully understand the link between obesity and mental health in children. the extent to which poverty plays a role is also unclear. but the relationship between these issues could be important. i don't think it's as simple as one simply causing another. i think they influence each other. it's probably going to be different in different people, the extent to which that happens, but i also definitely agree there are other factors at play here, and one of those could be socioeconomic disadvantage, which is something we looked
at in the study. no harm in a little snack, is there? but half the sugar our kids eat comes from snacks and sugary drinks, which could lead to harmful fat building up inside. public health england has been encouraging parents to cut the sugar in kids' diets for years, to reduce obesity and stave off physical health issues. this study suggest there might be mental health benefits too. at this school in salford, children start the day playing and chatting, giving staff a chance to spot any potential emotional problems. the research may mean this focus on mental health could also improve children's physical well—being. richard lister, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news: britain's fracking tsar quits after six months in thejob. natascha engel says ministers are paying too much attention to a small but noisy environmental lobby. a woman is shot dead and three people are injured at a synagogue in california.
police are questioning a 19—year—old man who they say opened fire with an assault rifle. conservative party chairman brandon lewis says he still hopes the uk won't have to take part in next months european elections. in sport, manchester city can go top of the premier league once again with a win at burnley, it is currently goalless at turf moor. earlier, arsenal lost 3—0 at leicester. elsewhere, lyon leads chelsea women 3—2 on aggregate in a champions league semifinal. earlier, arsenal clinched the women's title with a 4—0 win at brighton. valtteri bottas has won formula 0ne's for the grand prix of the season in azerbaijan, finishing clear of mercedes team—mate lewis hamilton in yet another 1—2 for the team, and he now leads the championship from hamilton by a single point. more
from bbc sport in the next hour. spain is holding its third general election in four years. the election was called by the socialist prime minister, pedro sanchez, in february after catalan separatists joined right—wing parties in rejecting his government's budget. for the first time since the end of the franco era in 1975, a far—right party, vox, is among the main contenders. tim wilcox has been in madrid for us and has sent us this update. it has for the last few years, you're right, beautiful spring, summer day here, but a deeply divided country. you were mentioning francisco franco, a lot of commentators saying this is the most divisive election since the death of the dictator back in 1975. what seems clear, according to the polls, is that no individual party will win an outright majority, that will mean coalitions
will have to be formed. now, in the past, spain used to be governed, really, by two parties, basically the psoe, the socialist party, or the centre right wing party. now, that has fragmented, so now potentially there are some five parties who have assured at being in power, and you mentioned that hard right party, vox, a lot of attention has been focused on them. they are predicted, according to some of the latest polls, to maybe get 15—i6% of the deputies in the congress behind me now, i have some 350, so they could get 35—40, and could they potentially be the kingmakers for a right—wing coalition? what is also interesting, shaun, they are anti—immigration, the united nations says many villages in northern mozambique have been entirely wiped out by cyclone kenneth, which hit on thursday. with heavy rainfall predicted for the next few days, there are also fears that many communities will face severe flooding.
mozambique is still recovering from cyclone idai, which killed hundreds of people further south last month. donna larsen reports. where families once lived now standing as shells, corrugated iron roofs contorted by the wind, littering the ground. these homes were ripped apart by the strongest cyclone ever to hit this region. jamal‘s shop was just one of so many ravaged by the storm. translation: the wind destroyed the farms and the palm trees. the farms don't have anything, we lost everything. here in the village, as you see, 300 houses have been destroyed. the view from above provides some idea of the scale of destruction, villages completely flattened. the united nations has described the damage as heartbreaking. these villages have been entirely wiped out. they look like they have been run over by a bulldozer. people are asking first for shelter then they need water
purification and they need food. almost 20,000 people are now living in makeshift displacement centres, set up in schools and churches. more heavy rain is forecast for mozambique over the coming days and with rivers already swollen, the threat of severe flooding continues to loom large. people here now face the daunting reality that the worst could be yet to come. we can hear nicola sturgeon addressing her party conference, she has just addressing her party conference, she hasjust come to addressing her party conference, she has just come to the rostrum. addressing her party conference, she hasjust come to the rostrum. that would make any party leader smile, a 23 point lead in westminster voting intentions... cheering and applause a24 a 2a point lead for the scottish
parliament and a 26 point lead for the euro elections, that is truly extraordinary. cheering and applause but enough of polls. what about elections? two weeks ago people in edinburgh got the chance to vote. the result of the council by—election in leith was stunning. with all due apologies to the proclaimers, and don't worry, i am not about to saying! the result went something like this. my heart was broken for the tories... laughter sorrow, sorrow for labour. applause
and, for the snp and independence, it was a sunshine on leith all the way! cheering and applause that win came hard on the heels of another success with the labour vote down under snp support up, so let's congratulate our two newest councillors, jane jane mactaggart in clackmannanshire... applause and rob mann, our new councillorfor leith walk. friends, here in edinburgh, we are surrounded by history, history that offers inspiration for the future. this is the birthplace of the
enlightenment. it was in the city, in our small country on the edge of europe, that an intellectual flowering transformed the way humanity thinks about the world. thomas jefferson, the humanity thinks about the world. thomasjefferson, the author of america's declaration of independence, wrote these. so far as a science is concerned, no place in the world can pretend to competition with edinburgh. the contribution scotla nd with edinburgh. the contribution scotland has made to the modern world is unparalleled. that should make us proud. but it should also make us proud. but it should also make us proud. but it should also make us determined. proud that the scottish independence movement is defined by progressive, inclusive internationalism. applause
and determined that we will never allow our nation's place in the world to be sacrificed by the likes of nigel farage, jacob rees—mogg or borisjohnson! cheering and applause scotland's enlightenment legacy is not just about our scotland's enlightenment legacy is notjust about our history. the search for knowledge, invention and innovation is the foundation on which we will build our future too. few countries are better placed than scotla nd few countries are better placed than scotland to help lead the world into a new age. we are one of the best educated nations anywhere. today we have more top universities per head of our population than any other country in the world are one. our universities are part of a golden thread. that thread runs from the scotla nd thread. that thread runs from the scotland of david hume and adam
smith to the country ofjohn logie baird, alexander graham bell and marion ross, and on to our modern day nation of peter higgs and his nobel prize—winning discovery. 0ur nation values education, and that is why i will always make this commitment to scottish students. as long as the snp is in government, there will be no tuition fees. cheering and applause education will always be based on your ability to learn, not on your ability to pay. 0ur universities today face a grave brexit threat. european research grants at risk, collaboration damaged, european academics leaving. the end of free
movement in theresa may's deplorable hostile environment will make it harder to attract the world's best minds to scotland. so, friends, i make no apology for taking the opportunity again to send a message to all of our fellow eu citizens — whether you are studying or working in our universities, saving lives in oui’ in our universities, saving lives in our health service, creating wealth in our business community, catering for our tourists, or harvesting our food, wherever you are in scotland, and whatever you do, you are part of us, and with all our hearts we want you to stay. applause we stand up for scotland in europe as well. you know, when the history of the
snp is written, there will be a very, very special place for winnie ewing and the late alan mccartney and neil mccormick. not just ewing and the late alan mccartney and neil mccormick. notjust giants of our movement but formidable figures who advanced scotland's interest on the international stage. in recent years, alan smith and ian hudghton have continued that tradition. ian has championed scotland's because in the european parliament for more than 20 years, he has been a passionate advocate for scotland's interest and, as he steps down, we thank him today for all he has done for our party, for independence, and for scotland. applause alan, we hope, will be going back to brussels!
and, friends, ourjob, ourjob is to make sure he is taking others from oui’ make sure he is taking others from our fantastic group of candidates along with him. number two on our european list, of course, is christian are large, a native frenchman. what a wonderful statement of intent by scotland to stay pa rt statement of intent by scotland to stay part of the european family of nations! applause conference, as voters go to the polls for the european elections in may 23, our message will be clear and direct, and unlike labour's, it will be unambiguous. scotla nd will be unambiguous. scotland is not for brexit, scotland
is for europe, and if you want to keep scotland in europe, vote snp! brexit is an unforgivable act of tory sabotage on our country. having failed to force her disastrous plan through parliament, the prime minister is now looking for help from labour. let me be blunt. laughter i don't trust theresa may. but on brexit, i don't trustjeremy corbyn either. applause so today i make this clear — the snp will not vote for a tory brexit, and
we will not vote for a labour brexit. 0ur brexit. our policy is no brexit, that is what the people of scotland voted for, and that is what should happen. applause at westminster, ian blackford has led our mps at westminster, ian blackford has led ourmps in at westminster, ian blackford has led our mps in fighting scotland's corner. . . applause and he and they have been simply magnificent, we are so proud of them. that is nicola sturgeon, the first minister of scotland, she has already said that they should be an independence vote, another independence vote, another independence referendum by the time of the next scottish elections in 2021. of course, that will require consent from the westminster parliament, which is highly
controversial. that is the snp conference in edinburgh. in a moment, the headlines but first the weather with tomasz schafernaker. fairly quiet on the weather front today, tomorrow looking pretty good, a bright day on the way with sunshine, tuesday and wednesday it will be gradually warming up, temperatures up to 20 degrees. for this afternoon, fresher than that, typically 13—15 in the warmest spots, but notice across western parts of the country here, a bit more cloud, bits and pieces of light rain, mistand more cloud, bits and pieces of light rain, mist and murk overnight around the southwest, perhaps the welsh hills, but many central and eastern areas should have plenty of clear weather, and it will be nippy, particularly out of town, temperatures down to low single figures nationwide. tomorrow's forecast, a lot of bright weather around, but not necessarily clear blue skies for many of us. in fact, central areas may be cloudy, also