this is bbc news. the headlines at midday... two of the victims of a seaplane crash in australia are identified as an 11—year—old british girl and her mother, emma bowden. also among the dead, her fiance and boss of british company compass, richard cousins, and his two sons william and edward, both in their 20s. these are people who have come on holidays to visit australia, in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. for this to happen to them in a place like that is tragic. a car park fire in liverpool destroys up to 1,400 vehicles — forcing many people to spend new year's eve in temporary shelters. iranian state media says the death toll in anti—government protests has risen to ten. the country's president warns that violence and disorder will not be tolerated. china bans the importation of waste plastic in a bid to cut pollution, but campaigners say it
will have a major impact on global recycling. the archbishop of canterbury praises the response of emergency services to terror attacks and the grenfell disaster in his new year message. also this hour — over 100,000 people ring in the new year in london. and in edinburgh, the traditional hogmanay celebrations went ahead, despite the arrival of storm dylan in parts of scotland. and in half an hour... a virtual reality trip to the bridge of the starship enterprise and much more as click takes a look back at the year in tech. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news.
the chief executive of the british catering company compass — and four members of his family — have been killed in a seaplane crash in australia. local police confirmed that richard cousins, who was 58, was on board the plane which crashed into a river 30 miles north of sydney yesterday. he died with his two sons, edward and william, who were in their 20s, his fiancee, emma bowden, and her 11—year—old daughter, heather. the australian pilot, gareth morgan, was also killed. phil mercer reports from sydney. the wreckage of the seaplane lies 30 metres below the surface of the hawkesbury river. 0ne metres below the surface of the hawkesbury river. one of the victims was the british businessmen richard cousins, the chief executive of the world's largest catering company, compass, due to retire later this year. the company confirmed his death in a statement. the pilot had
collected mr cousins and members of his family from an exclusive waterfront restaurant and was heading back to rose bayonne sydney harbour. it could take months to find out how and why a routine sightseeing trip could end in utter disaster. a crash investigators have begun their work. their clash —— task will not be easy. the plane had been submerged in more than a0 feet of water. although the italy bays and inlets are geographically close to sydney, the crash site is tucked away at hard to get to. shortly after take—off, the plane plummeted into the water. investigators say that it quickly sank and there were no survivors. this is people that have come on holidays to visitors daily in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. —— to visit australia. to happen in a place like thatis australia. to happen in a place like that is nothing more than just tragic. mr cousins, 58, died
alongside his fiancee, emma bowden, and her 11—year—old daughter, heather. also on board the seaplane crashed into jerusalem heather. also on board the seaplane crashed intojerusalem bay, william cousins, 25, who worked for ( and, a pro—eu group set up in the aftermath of the brexit vote. colleagues said that they were shocked by news of his death. his brother, edward, 23, had his death. his brother, edward, 23, ha d rece ntly his death. his brother, edward, 23, had recently graduated from the university of st andrews. the pilot, gareth morgan, had done more than 10,000 flying hours, 9000 of which we re 10,000 flying hours, 9000 of which were on seaplanes. sydney seaplanes, which owns the aircraft, has suspended all flights until further notice. and earlier, phil gave us this update from the scene. air crash investigators say that their work could go on for many, many months, and their task is immense. in the first instance, they need to retrieve the wreckage of the seaplane that lies more than a0 feet, it is in the crash site.
the crash site is a couple of miles to the north of where we are at westhead. the plane came down in a place called jerusalem bay, this is near the town of cowan on the hawkesbury river. as you can see, it is an idyllic part of the coastline. it is relatively close to sydney, but the area where the plane came down is tucked away, it is hard to reach, so of course piecing together the last moments of the aircraft is key to this investigation, so what investigators need to do is to retrieve, to salvage the aircraft to try to piece together, to establish how and why a routine scenic flight could end in disaster. and what, phil, can you tell us about the victims? well, we know that 58—year—old richard cousins was travelling with his two sons and his fiancee and her 11—year—old daughter. all five british holiday—makers have died, and we have been gleaning more
information from eyewitnesses. there was a man speaking on australian radio earlier today, saying that he was on a houseboat 50 metres away when the plane, in his words, nosedived into the water. this man says that he dived in, that he tried to open the fuselage door, the door of the plane, as it crashed into the water. he said that it was sinking so quickly that he was simply unable to open that door and try to retrieve or help anyone inside escape. another eyewitness has been saying how the plane turned sharply right before ditching into the water. all of these eyewitness accounts will also form part of that investigation and, once again, air crash investigators do tell us this will be a very slow—moving investigation, a very painstaking one, and they say their work could go on for many, many months. phil mercer reporting.
here, scores of people who had travelled to liverpool to celebrate the new year have had to spend the night in a temporary shelter after a fire in a multi—storey car park next to the city's echo arena destroyed more than a thousand vehicles. the fire is thought to have started in one vehicle on the third floor of the car park. emergency services arrived within minutes, but the flames quickly spread to other floors. police say 1,a00 cars have been destroyed. up to a,000 people are thought to have been left stranded in the city. the arena, on the city's waterfront, was hosting the liverpool international horse show. no spectators or animals have been injured. i've got a vehicle in there, yeah, so i'm unsure at the moment what it's going to be, we can't get anywhere near it. we've called family and friends from over north—east and huddersfield to come and pick us all up. my car. all our belongings in it. everything. i came over from northern ireland, and all my stuff — like, my suitcase and all my clothes
are in it, all gone. merseyside fire and rescue service say this is one of the biggest fires they have ever dealt with, with crews working under very challenging conditions from the outside of the building because of a real fear of structural collapse. the difficulty that we have is, because this is so deep—seated, is to physically be able to get right into the middle of the building to put the fire out, which clearly, as the extent to which the fire has taken hold there, we're not going to be able to do that for quite some time, given the structural stability issues with the building as well. liverpool city council are expected to help make arrangements to get those who have been left in the city back home later. temporary parking arrangements have been made so the arena can operate as normal. 0ur correspondent danny savage has been
describing the scene. he is in liverpool. it looks like some people are getting back into the flats? we talked about the latest situation from here earlier. the cordon, which was in quite a wide area, has been moved back. we are a lot closer to where the fire happened. some people behind me now. they were moved out of the apartments and hotels. behind where the multistorey car park is. they have now been allowed back into get some belongings. they will not be allowed to stay there. they will just get stuff leave. you can see that lack and shell of the multistorey car park. a lot closer to it. you can see how serious the damages. many hundreds of cars have been destroyed but we found out in the last hour that at the very top, on the rooftop level, there are some cards up there which are virtually untouched by the fire last night. and we know that because after the fire was put out this morning, after
that reached all night, some dogs, which had been left in the car while their owners went for a quick meal here in the local restaurants in the area, here in the local restaurants in the area , were rescued here in the local restaurants in the area, were rescued from those cars the roof this morning and reunited with their very grateful owner. some pictures you will see later on bbc news of dog owners hugging firefighters in thanks for getting their dogs back to them this morning. it would have been pretty alarming and frightening for those animals upon the roof as the fire was ongoing. but the cars up there are virtually untouched by ten could be probably driven again. how they get them out of the building, which is probably dangerous, is another matter altogether. for the vast majority of people who had cars in your last may, all they can do is get in touch with insurance companies because they will never see again vehicles again. —— their vehicles again. are we any clear on what the cause of this might be?m
is understood that there was a vehicle in the car park that had an accidentalfire vehicle in the car park that had an accidental fire yesterday evening. that rapidly spread to neighbouring ca rs that rapidly spread to neighbouring cars in the area. and that moved from other vehicles on the floor to different floors. it spread from one small fire on one vehicle. 0n the ground floor, there was some stabling for the international horse show that was scheduled to be going on today. luckily, the animals are all key and will be looked after at aintree. here, just across the road, you can see the temporary stables in place of international horse show. everybody and all the animals are safe but it was a close call, really. and there will be some questions asked about how it spread so questions asked about how it spread so rapidly. was there no system in place to stop fire spreading through this structure? as to what happens for it now, will it have to be
destroyed, can be saved? that is what the assessments are all about. here, right now, people slowly getting back into the area. it is new year's day, they have probably been out all night. it is getting busier by the minute. people coming back to buildings to get belongings. anyone who had a car he will sadly not able to get them back for the time being. probably never. but the ones at the top floor might be rescue will —— able to be rescued. danny savage, thank you very much, from liverpool. detectives are investigating four unrelated murders in london, three on new year's eve and a fourth in the early hours of this morning. all four were stabbings, resulting in the death of four young males. a fifth male is in a critical condition at hospital. the four incidents happened in north, east and south london. five men have been arrested in connection with one of the deaths. iranian state media says ten people have now been killed in anti—government protests in iran.
president rouhani has appealed for calm following several days of anti—government demonstrations, saying iranians have the right to protest, but not to commit acts of violence orjeopardise security. the archbishop of canterbury has paid tribute to emergency workers in his new year's day message. justin welby said 2018 could be defined either by human suffering or the compassionate response to it. here's our religion editor, martin bashir. paying tribute to the unrelenting dedication of the emergency services, archbishopjustin welby chose the london ambulance headquarters in waterloo to deliver his new year message. and he began by describing the terror attack at nearby london bridge and borough market. 0n the third ofjune, as the terrifying events unfolded on london bridge and in borough market, staff took over 100 calls from those caught up in the atrocities. the archbishop went on to catalogue other terror attacks at manchester, westminster, finsbury park and parsons green, along
with the tragedy at grenfell tower. i visited grenfell tower while it was still burning. i remember the desperation and sorrow. you all right? visiting borough market six months after the attack, justin welby witnessed the recovery of a community that, like others, has inspired the nation. in concluding his message, the archbishop asked, what will define us in the year ahead? will it be the depth of suffering, or the breadth of compassion? the darkness, or the light of human kindness? it is a choice. but not one we have to make alone. jesus christ, the light of the world, weeps for our struggles, works for our healing, and invites us to walk in his light. he is right there with us in the midst of everything. may i wish you all a very happy new year. martin bashir, bbc news, borough market, london. you can see the archbishop's new
year ‘s message later today. the headlines on bbc news: the six victims of a seaplane crash identified. hundreds were stranded in central liverpool might have to car park fire—damaged destroyed 1a00 vehicles. iran's president warns violence and disorder will not be tolerated amid large demonstrations. reports suggest that ten people have now been killed. sport now. and for a full round up from the bbc sport centre, here's mike bushell. good afternoon. we are just minutes away from the first premier league action, of the new year.
it's a south coast affair, with brighton hosting bournemouth. brighton's
australian goalkeeper, matthew ryan, is one reason the hosts are as high as 12th in their first season in the league. they're problem is scoring goals, just two in the whole of december, while bournemouth arrive just 2 points above the relegation zone despite their morale boosting win over everton, on saturday. manchester united managerjose mourinho, says he has problems ahead of today's premier league game at everton. united have slipped to third after a run of three draws. mourinho has to contend with injuries to romelu lukaku, and zlatan ibrahimovic, as well as, ashley young beginning a three match ban. we have problems. difficulty to rotate players. the fact that we do not claim the capital cup semifinal is a good thing for us because we have no players to play these extra possible matches injanuary. now we have to cope with everton and derby county. in the efa cup derby next weekend.
—— that is in the fa cup next weekend. liverpool can
stretch their unbeaten run to 16 games with a win at burnley this afternoon. it won't be easy. burnley won this fixture last season, and drew at anfield in september. we will be ready because we have to be ready. that is not a friendly game for us. it is very important for us. three points to get against a very strong side. they are having a good moment in the league. i said it after the burnley game, it was one of the best games we played. we were creating, creating, creating. they fought hard and that is why they deserved the point. but, in general, it is a difficult place to go. british number one johanna konta has started her season with a two sets to one victory over madison keys at the brisbane international. it's her first tournament with new coach michaeljoyce. she lost the first set to the american 6—a but broke early in the second to take it 6—a
and level the match. keys lost her serve at the start of the third and konta was untroubled by her opponent as she strolled through the set 6—3 to win the first round contest. she'll play ajla tomlayanovic next. while england's test cricketers prepare for the fifth test in sydney this week, some of the one—day players have been plying their trade in australia's big bash t20 league. jos buttler has been impressing for sydney thunder. he hit 81 against hobart hurricanes in sydney before being run out today. his efforts weren't enough to stop his side's 9—run defeat. he also hit 67 off a1 balls in their win over hobart in launceston at the weekend. david willey put paid to the short innings of england's jason roy for the sydney sixers. roy was out lbw to the yorkshireman forjust 7 runs. the sixers are playing the perth scorchers and are 92—3 from 13 overs with perth still to bat. england's five—match one—day series against australia starts in melbourne on january the 1ath.
that's all the sport for now. i'll have more for you in the next hour. thank you, mike. see you later. the north korean leader has said that he has a nuclear button on his desk. in a defiant new year message, kim jong un says now that north korea had developed the capability to hit all of the us mainland with its nuclear weapons, washington would never start a war. he added he would not order the use of weapons unless his country's security was threatened. translation: no matter how much the united states shows off their nuclear weapons and frantically provokes war, now that we have a deterrence, the us will not be able to do anything, and if north and south korea put our minds together, we can easily prevent war. as a responsible, powerful nuclear state that promotes peace, we will not use our nuclear weapons unless an invasive enemy violates our sovereignty and interests. however, we will respond firmly to actions that destroy peace and security.
robert kelly is professor of political science at south korea's pusan national university. he told my colleague, lucy hockings, that kim jong un chose his words carefully to make an impact. the button is a nice moment of hyperbole and brings up moments of movies from the ‘80s, like a big red button or something like that. a bit of drama. there is a question of how much the north korean leadership controls the nuclear programme. the chain of command. other than that, the speech was pretty typical. a lot of belligerent stuff that we have heard from the north koreans before. there was the olive branch regarding the olympics, designed to split the us and south korea apart because the united states have been trying hard to isolate north korea this year. if the north koreans come to the olympics, a great big international event, it looks like they are accepted by the international community.
so it is an odd... it was a smart move by the north koreans and an odd place for the americans and south koreans. what do you expect from washington and south korea, given the slightly more conciliatory dialogue? the south koreans will look into it. their president is a liberal. he was an architect of what is known as the sunshine policy. donald trump has been quite reckless in his use of twitter and the way he talked about korea, quite belligerent. it is easy to see the trump administration and south korean administration getting into a tussle for this but i don't think we will see a big followed. this is probablyjust a ploy. professor robert kelly. news coming to us more stabbings. we told you earlier the fatal stabbings of four men in separate incidents in london yesterday and the early hours
of this morning. we have heard that five people have been stabbed in sheffield over might have to an altercation in the city centre at around 2:20am this morning. when police arrived, five men in their 20s were taken to hospital and three found to have superficial injuries. but two of the men suffered life—threatening injuries and remain in hospital in a critical but stable condition. the police are appealing for anyone with information about the altercation to get in touch with them. china is banning most imports of waste plastics in a bid to cut pollution. authorities say any plastic waste which contains dirty or hazardous material will not be allowed into the country. countries across the world have relied on china to recycle millions of tonnes every year at a cheap cost. a little earlier, i spoke to our correspondent john sudworth in beijing. this was a process that dove—tailed with china's economic development.
for many years, it has used this supply of cheap, old plastic, reprocessed here in china to feed into its own sort of low grade industrial base. these were plastics being used in low—end manufacturing, in the construction industry, but of course, it all came at a cost. a lot of these repossessing centres have poor environmental safeguards. china is increasingly concerned about the issue of pollution, of course, and there was a real worry that this industry was contaminating soil and water and having a knock on health impact on communities living near some of these giant reprocessing plants and i think also a bit of political expediency as well. china is, of course, at the moment — its leadership talking about this sense of national rejuvenation, its vision of itself as a leading world power. that doesn't sit very well with being the world's binman if you like and state media
are making it very clear in some of its commentaries that this was a practise that simply had to change. so it fits with the political zeitgeist then. but do you feel it is a genuine push for change? i think so. i mean they are very serious about it. it is 2a categories of waste that won't be allowed into china. plastics, low grade paper, the sorts of things that other economies have long come to depend on china to take and it will cause a real headache for governments around the world which will, of course, now have to find new ways of disposing or recycling millions of tonnes of this kind of waste and a lot of people suggesting, a lot of governments are pretty unprepared for what is going to be a significant impact on the global recycling industry. millions of people around
the world have been celebrating the start of 2018. more than 100 thousand ticketholders watched london's midnight firework show from the banks of the river thames — and hogmanay celebrations went ahead in edinburgh despite earlier travel and weather concerns, as simon clemison reports. it was one party big ben really couldn't miss. bong! chiming for new year, despite being silenced at the moment while repairs are carried out. cue 12,000 fireworks. whatever you did to finish 2017, whatever you're doing to start 2018, there are these 11 minutes and 15 seconds in the middle here in london when you look up and forget to breathe. music. the soundtrack dominated by female artists. the centenary of women beginning to get the vote —
one way this year will be defined. have you thought about what 2018 might hold for you? yeah, it's going to be the best year ever! why's that? just a levels, we're going to get our careers... we're going get into university! go to university! going to be good. do you want to get my kilt? yeah! in scotland, storm dylan had been an unwelcome party guest during the day but, given the importance of hogmanay, it would take a lot to spoil the evening celebrations, even though winds of more than 70 miles an hour had hit some parts. in sydney, another quiet night, the harbour bridge somewhere in this picture. rainbow colours, a tribute to australia's legalisation of same—sex marriage in 2017. as city after city around the world rang in the new year, hong kong erupted, athens glowed, and moscow sparkled. there are still some
countries to go. now new york has marked the moment, the last inhabited island, american samoa, will celebrate 25 hours after neighbouring islands first began the party. what other whether prospero ‘s —— what are the weather prospects like. the 20 team ? lots of low pressure systems moving into our shores, meaning things are u nsettled into our shores, meaning things are unsettled with spells of gales and heavy rain. sunshine in between. and improving picture across southern parts of the uk into the afternoon with the area of wet weather clearing away. windier weather across northern ireland and south—west scotland pushing into northern england and maybe the north midlands through the afternoon. best of the sunshine in central and southern areas but it is cooler than we have had of late. 0ver might, winds will fall light and it will be
quite chilly. temperatures coming up across the west because the next weather system moves in. it brings a rising temperature and strong winds but outbreaks of heavy rain that will turn to snow over the pennines and certain across the higher ground of scotland. as that moves away, whole rash of showers moved behind. some sunshine and it feels a bit milder across the south. this is bbc news, our latest headlines. two of the victims of a seaplane crash in australia are identified as an 11—year—old british girl and her mother, emma bowden. also among the dead, her fiancee and the head of a british company, richard cousins, and his two sons william and edward, both in their 20s. this is people that have come over on holidays to visit australia. they were in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. and for this to happen to them at a place like that is nothing more than just tragic.
hundreds of people are stranded in liverpool city centre overnight, after a car park fire damaged or destroyed 1a00 vehicles. state media in iran says the death toll in anti—government protests has risen to ten. the country's president warns that violence and disorder will not be tolerated. the archbishop of canterbury praises the response of emergency services to terror attacks and the grenfell tower disaster in his new year message. bong. and london hosts its traditional new year fireworks display in front of a crowd of more than 100,000, and big ben welcomed in 2018, despite its restoration work.