a levy on lattes — a proposed 25p on each takeaway cup to encourage recycling. also, as snow and ice continued to hit parts of the united states, the worst is to come. it's late travel chaos and left homes without power. temperatures look likely to plummet to record—breaking levels. and on news what, after the bbc announces its increasing its religious affairs coverage, we will be watching why and what the impact will be. join us at 7:45pm on bbc news. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the chair of the parole board has apologised unreservedly to victims of the serial sex attacker john worboys after some of them
were not told of his imminent release from prison. the black cab driver was jailed in 2009, for offences against 12 women, but detectives later said they believed he'd attacked more than 100 women. mps are now calling for an inquiry into why some victims were not informed and whether their views were sufficiently ta ken into account. our home editor mark easton reports. rapistjohn worboys has become symbolic of the charge that police and prosecutors in england and wales still don't take violent sexual crimes against women seriously enough. the london cabbie, who drugged and raped or sexually assaulted numerous women in the back of his taxi, is to be released after nine years, a parole board decision that has prompted fury and questions, not least — were victims ignored? 58 mps have written to thejustice secretary calling for an investigation into why some of worboys‘ victims were not told their attacker would soon be back on the streets.
i think it's very difficult at this point in time to know what role the victims have had in the decision to givejohn worboys parole. they do have a clearly defined role and what we're asking is that the secretary of state act to ensure that has happened. the head of the parole board has apologised unreservedly to victims who say they were not informed of worboys‘s imminent release, accepting that the news must have been very distressing. the ministry ofjustice says some victims had chosen not to be informed. but the questions raised by this case go beyond the management of worboys‘ release from prison. 0ne urgent question — why was parole granted? it's likely he accepted guilt for his convictions, but quite how the board decided he now poses no risk must remain secret. i'm not allowed by law to explain the reasons for our decision. as i've said before, i'd like to get that changed. and so if this pushes the idea that the parole board processes need to be much more open and transparent and we get support for that, then i think some
good will have come out of all this. we need to understand whether he's admitted guilt in relation to the offences that he was convicted for and, indeed, the police need to look again at the possibility of prosecuting him for those many further offences of which he is also suspected. given that more than 100 women have said worboys tried to drug and sexually assault them, the question why were so many allegations not prosecuted is being asked once again. 80 women came forward after his arrest was publicised, more still after his trial, but only the allegations from 12 women were raised at his trial because prosecutors focused on the cases most likely to get a conviction. one of my clients, due to a very poor police investigation did not succeed in having her case prosecuted. she was told by the police, who reinvestigated it later, that didn't matter if her case didn't go forward because there were enough that were going forward.
the director of public prosecutions at the time, keir starmer, now a labour shadow minister, today urged victims to take the allegations to the police. i think these decisions were nine years ago. it's very important that you go to the crown prosecution service and get an accurate readout of the decisions that were made, particularly if further allegations are likely to be made now. thank you very much indeed. but with police saying worboys may be britain's most prolific sex attacker, did the original punishment fit the crime? this is a guy who drugged 12 women, who carried out a campaign to attempt to rape a very large number of women and who has served rather less than ten years in prison and is now said to be safe. it's pretty surprising. worboys will have to comply with stringent controls while on parole, but his release reactivates the debate about how the criminal justice system still treats perpetrators and victims of sexual crimes. our home editor, mark easton said he expected a review of the parole
system following the case. i think ministers will have to think quite hard about some of the questions raised by this case. you heard the head of the parole board himself says he wants to have a review of the automatic secrecy that surrounds parole board hearings and i'm sure that will certainly be considered. the committee of mps that hold the ministry ofjustice to account will look into that. they also want to look into why some victims apparently were not in informed of worboys imminent release. it will also look at the role of prosecutors in deciding how many of the cases, perhaps 100 different women, why so few were involved in the original trial. the type of sentence that worboys was given is cold and imprisonment for public protection. it is a indeterminate sentence. it is given
to people whose crimes would not impose a life sentence but he posed a risk to the public. that no longer exists and i think that these kinds of offenders, there will be also questions as to whether we need to look again at that. but overall, the real issue, i think, isjust how is the criminal justice real issue, i think, isjust how is the criminaljustice system good enough at dealing with the sensitivities that always around these cases of intimate sexual violence. and tonight the cps issued this statement — following this conviction, we were advised by the metropolitan police there were a further 19 complainants. a little later we hope to speak to baroness new love. she is the victims' commissioner for england and wales and joins us one of the killers of the toddler james bulger in 1993, jon venables, has been charged over indecent images of children. the trial will be held in an unnamed court. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford is outside the crown prosecution service in central london. the news broke in a statement released, a very carefully worded statement released by the crown prosecution service from its headquarters here in london.
the statement said the man formerly known asjon venables has been charged with offences relating to indecent images of children and he will appear in the crown court. in order thatjustice can be done, no further details are being released at this stage and the proceedings are subject to reporting restrictions and because of those reporting restrictions, we can say very little more about the court case itself, but it's worth reminding people that jon venables was firstjailed in 1993 along with his friend robert thompson. both of them were ten years old and they were jailed for life for the abduction, torture and murder of two—year—old james bulger. quite controversially, they were released just eight years later in 2001. robert thompson disappeared with a new identity into relative obscurity, butjon venables appeared before the courts again and was convicted in 2010 of possession of child abuse images before being released again from prison in 2013. at the back end of last year, he was once again recalled to prison and today came the news that once again, he has been charged.
despite legal efforts by the white house to block it, the controversial book about donald trump's first year as us president has gone on sale. fire and fury was released four days early and people have been queuing in the us to buy a copy. its author, michael wolff, has questioned the president's mental stability and said everyone he spoke to in the white house described mr trump as being like a child in need of instant gratification. 0ur north america editor jon sopel has more. not quite harry potter but at midnight last night, they were queuing to get their hands on fire and fury, and if donald trump had the powers of the young wizard, he'd have made this book disappear but he doesn't and this damning portrait is now available for everyone to read. well, what i'm most looking forward to is seeing what we all know is going onjust below the surface. i'm expecting the white house to be as absolutely dysfunctional as the leaks make it seem.
i don't think anyone really gets tired of palace intrigue. the picture it paints of life in the west wing is unsparing, allegations of marital strain, of tears and tantrums, of dysfunction and improvisation. and at the epicentre of every storm, donald j trump. i will tell you the one description that everyone gave, everyone has in common, they all say he is like a child. and what they mean by that is he has a need for immediate gratification. it's all about him. and the gravest charge of all, michael wolff alleges that a number of his unnamed sources told him that the president was mentally unfit to remain in office, a charge that brought this response from the president's spokeswoman. it's disgraceful and laughable. if he was unfit he probably wouldn't be sitting there and wouldn't have defeated the most qualified group of candidates that the republican
party has ever seen. the president has been on twitter to rubbish the book saying: i authorised zero access to white house, actually turned him down many times, for author of phoney book! i never spoke to him for any book. full of lies, misrepresentations, and sources that don't exist. but that's not how michael wolff remembers it. i absolutely spoke to the president, whether he realised it was an interview or not, i don't know but it certainly was not off the record. the author says he stands by every word. although with anonymous sources it's hard to fact—check. the most remarkable thing about this is — given michael wolff's track record — why white house staff gave him access to the inner sanctum of the west wing for months on end as virtually a semi—resident. the author was asked this morning what he had to say about the threatening legal letter the president's lawyers had sent. his reply?
where do i send the box of chocolates? meanwhile a small numbers of copies of fire and fury have been on sale in the uk today, with many expected to hit shelves in the coming days. a select few people were able to snap up a copy at waterstones piccadily in central london. well, i heard that the publication had been brought forward to today because of the litigation the white house is initiating and, you know, it's compulsive reading. i'm sorry. it's a load of trash, unreliable trash, but compulsive reading nevertheless no doubt. which bits do you specifically want to read about? well, ijust want to read how awful trump is, but, i mean, they deserve each other, don't they? they're like rats in a sack, those two. well, i've been following it every day on the news and it's been quite amazing, to say the least, so, yeah, i want to find out more grisly details. i think it has possibly had more publicity than it might deserve, but at any rate, it's
really nice to get one, you know, before anybody else has got one. with me is james daunt, managing director of the book store chain, waterstones. just how much in demand is this book? there will be very long queues. we had quite a few thousand today. they all went in a second. more copies will be in on tuesday where i imagine we will sell out again. it is a politicaltitle, in the end, so how does the demand for it compare with others of its genre? it isa it compare with others of its genre? it is a political book but it also clearly highly entertaining, highly amusing and a compulsive read. we know the story and some of the punch lines, but nonetheless, it is hugely entertaining. how does it compare? not harry potter, but certainly the biggest book we have had for a long time. you have a marker in your book of hammy pages you have read. what is it like? i always wore down
escalators and i went down piccadilly and hit the bottom and nearly fell over. it's very, very funny right from the first page. i can only vouch for the first 60! however, how helpful is it that you asa however, how helpful is it that you as a book—seller that mr trump is making such a fuss about it rather than keeping quiet? it is absolutely fantastic! 0bviously, than keeping quiet? it is absolutely fantastic! obviously, we book—sellers and we love the popularity that can surrounds the book and the entertainment that this kind of book brings an also the inside. political books can bring huge insight in a narrative sense that few other narratives cancel the book should be celebrated. when people try to block a book, how often does it have the opposite effect? if you do not have grounds, it will have the opposite effect. in this country, the libel laws are quite on arrest and many books do not see the light of the atoll, but i understand, the lawyers see no difficulty at all. how our paper
copies of this book, the hardback selling compare ee version which lots of people preferred these days? i think generally people prefer reading physical books but you can get the e—book much quicker so i'm sure there will be very substantial sales of this, but people want to hold it and feel it. you will need to get the real book. how many copies have you got? only 15,000 but we will get more. the prices will be running over the weekend is all on wednesday when the next great lump comes landing into the shops, so multiple will get them but you will have to reserve one. reserve one? we will sell out for sure on tuesday. 50,000 will not last. when in your memory has there been a reaction to a book like this? i have been book selling for 27 years. this used to be something that happens more often. it sometimes take off, sometimes novels, sometimes children's books. they might be total nonsense and then we forget
about them. i think this one will have longer legs because it is so entertaining. and because of the reaction? and because trump will add to it. it is a compelling and ongoing story. can you believe that with me is like can make up my own mind? i have borrowed this myself on sovereigns that i give it back when i have read it! a great shame, i disappointed you did not give me a copy to keep. thank you very much. 0ur correspondent anthony zurcher is in washington for us. it seems there is no such thing as bad publicity and the president should have approached this differently. there is that they miss me met with barbara streisand were she tried to block pictures of her house and all that meant was that the pictures went everywhere. the same phenomenon is happening here. trying to block the book has made this a national phenomenon where people were lining up, as we saw, at midnight here in washington, dc to
get their hands on the book. have you looked at it yourself?” get their hands on the book. have you looked at it yourself? i have. there is one in the office. i have not been able to read it myself, but people have been shouting things across the newsroom, so i hope to have an e—book i can pour over this weekend. how much interest will there be over the next few months, given that book shops seem to be selling out? is there a sense that people's interest will die down? you know, with every single donald trump scandal, it seems very big at the moment and then there is a new, shiny object and everyone chases after that in just a matter of days. i think it would be foolish to say this would be different from any of the previous incidents over the last two years. the previous incidents over the last two yea rs. i the previous incidents over the last two years. i think the impact of this book is for trump critics, it confirms all the prior existing views. they tend to see donald trump as insufficiently prepared,
qualified for the presidency. they will point to this as evidence. i think you will see the white house go into even more of a bunker mentality, looking at trusted allies perhaps more suspiciously now, not trusting anyone in the media. as i think generally, americans around the country will probably move on. here in washington, we are very focused on the sorts of things, but outside, people have other things going on in their lives. it may break through for a couple of days, but i do not think it will have longer legs. take a ticket, join the queue and tell us what you think when you get your hands on it. thank you. the headlines on bbc news: as criticism grows over the planned release of the sex offenderjohn worboys, an apology that some victims were not told. copies of a controversial book about president trump hit the shelves. the author says he stands by every word.
more now on the chair of the parole board apologising to victims of the serial sex attackerjohn worboys after some were not told of his imminent release from prison. let's beat a baroness newlove who joins us live from our salford newsroom. thank you very much forjoining us this evening. as far as you are aware, of what has gone on, what is your view on how this has been handled from the victims' perspective? is very heartbreaking for the victims to listen to this. there are some victims who have been informed, but there are others that have not had that support and so it is important that is, you know, we get this right for other victims as we go forward. what should the
consideration be for victims in an ideal case, if things are working properly? communication is the ideal way to make sure everything goes properly from the very beginning and right through to the end. and, of course, understanding if they are entitled to go on the victims contact schema which give them information of the journey of the prisoner, help them understand is, get them ready for when there is a pa role get them ready for when there is a parole hearing. unfortunately, this is not the only case that this has happened in, so we have a lot of work to do to ensure that there are no gaps, that victims do not feel alone and, as in this case, those other victims who are not on the contact scheme because there was no conviction, but actually they are entitled to support because their evidence is there and have been laid on file. what is the impact like on a victim when a perpetrator comes before the parole board? having gone through is three times myself, losing gary in 2007, i can tell you
now that it is like a bolt in the heart. firstly, you are going back today one of losing somebody, but also you are trying to unlock emotions that you have put away to cope with everyday living, so it is very hard, very lonely and you have a lot of people that you don't know and you are speaking about personal things that you hope you are doing the best you possibly can for that loved one. how much can be viewed and wishes of victims influence a pa role and wishes of victims influence a parole board decision? the reason why you are entitled to go and visit a parole hearing and speech about your victim statement to yourself is to ensure that it directly parole boards of your understanding of what has happened through yourjourney since the action happened. but the problem is that once you do your statement, you then are told to leave the room and that is it. you
do not know what decisions are made, how they get to that decision, there is no transparency. you have to wait then for your liaison officer to give you the decision that has been made and, as we saw in this case, people have been missed, so it is very lonely and it is very emotional and the work that i have done with the parole board is that i want ensured that they are open and transparent and i think we should have that now and i think this is the opportunity to make it better for victims. how will this review, then, that the justice select committee is going to carry out about parole board is decisions have about parole board is decisions have a bearing on those changes you are talking about? i think it will unlock a lot of things that we don't know about and that is the whole point of this. it is to ensure that we know what the parole board, how they came to their decisions, we are not asking any thing which is unfair or —— we are asking this to be fair
and balanced and to give support and communication. i look forward to seeing what this review picks out and also i havejust seeing what this review picks out and also i have just been seeing what this review picks out and also i havejust been in talks with the secretary of state for justice to ensure that we get the victim contact scheme also better because people need to understand what the purpose of it is, but it comes at such a raw time after sentencing that i have to say most victims put their letters in the bin because it is the last thing they wa nt to because it is the last thing they want to read at that time. baroness newlove, thank you very much for talking to us. thank you. the murder of a two—year—old boy in wolverhampton could not have been predicted but improvements need to be made to safeguarding children in the area. that's the conclusion of a serious case review after jeremiah regis—ngaujah was beaten to death by his stepfather. he was the fifth child to be killed by an adult in wolverhampton in less than ten years.
eastern parts of the united states are enduring record freezing conditions. up to 19 people are believed to have died as blizzards, flooding and giant waves cause disruption across much of the region. thousands of flights have been cancelled and there are widespread power cuts. new york's mayor is warning temperatures could drop to minus 29 tonight. laura trevelyan reports. the impact of the bomb cyclone in portland in maine where the storm swallowed up the very foundations of ferry beach as wind and waves lashed the coastline. in massachusetts, the storm brought notjust heavy snowfall but flooding too, due to the high winds. in boston, there was a three foot storm surge. the mayor is blaming the changing climate. we're keeping an eye on all of those different floodings and if anyone wants to question global warming, just see where the flood zones are. those zones didn't
flood 30 years ago. this is the scene in coastal new england today. in the wake of the blizzard, the subzero conditions are making life very difficult. the winter hurricane conditions closed new york's major airports, though they're reopening today. the clear up has begun in manhattan. new yorkers are trying to take it all in their frozen stride. i'm so bundled up. i have so many layers. i feel 0k right now. as long as i go quickly to work, i'm 0k. ijust want it to be over with. it's been way too long. ijust want it to be nice and warm again. the race is on to clear away the snow in manhattan before it turns into dangerous ice. the storm brought in all this cold airfrom the arctic and so, in its aftermath, we're due to have subzero temperatures for the next few days. it is so cold out here, —10 celsius, that already i can hardly feel my fingers or my toes. can you believe this
is tallahassee, florida? and we are getting snow? that was the reaction in tallahassee, florida, where they haven't seen snow in almost three decades. and freezing temperatures are prompting many americans to experiment. this particular trick is proving very popular in the deep freeze. laura trevelyan is in new york. we hear it's going to get even worse. i know! you can see the ice skaters behind me here in the park enjoying the music, enjoying the freezing weather, but, yes, tonight is the mayor of new york is forecasting the temperature to drop to almost —30 celsius. in parts of england, it will be —40 tonight and on the top of mount washington in
new hampshire, it will be minus 1200 fahrenheit. people get frostbite if they are out for a minute in those temperatures. 0n they are out for a minute in those temperatures. on top of all the snowfall we have had, this could now turn to ice and for the elderly, the homeless, the vulnerable, the very young, these conditions are perishing and they are due to go on until sunday and it may be that this will be the oldest prolonged period in new york since records began if it carries on like this. what is the advice to people? the advice is to stay indoors unless you absolutely have to be out. not to drive anywhere unless you absolutely must be on the road. the subway is working, that is a good way to get around here in new york. there are senior centres which are open year in new york city where the elderly can go get warm. the airports,
though, are reopening. school was open again today having been closed with a blizzard, but really, just the worry is what is will mean having these prolonged subzero temperatures, something that doesn't normally happen in new york. thank you, laura. keep warm if you can! you look smugly, but i'm not sure if any amount of clothing is really enoughin any amount of clothing is really enough in those temperatures. these plummeting temperatures are having an unusual effect on reptiles and causing it one is too far out of trees. in florida, the reptiles are experiencing temporary paralysis and ball into the ground, landing in back gardens, swimming pools and even roads. members of the public are asked to gently pick them up if they find them and move them into they find them and move them into the sunlight so they can warm up more quickly. time for a look at our weather forecast now. sunny spells and scattered showers
and things will turn brighter through the weekend and calder, too. quite a cold night ahead tonight. north—easterly wind blowing across scotla nd north—easterly wind blowing across scotland and northern england bringing wintry showers. further south, rain showers and there could be the icy stretch on saturday morning. mist and fog through several parts of england and wales, too. through the day on saturday, a north—south split with the northern half of the country mostly dry, a few wintry showers in the north—east but mainly sunshine. further south, cloudy with some rain showers. temperatures raising between three and 7 degrees during saturday. into the second half of the weekend, calder, clearer air the second half of the weekend, calder, clearerairacross the second half of the weekend, calder, clearer air across the whole country to a frosty start to sunday but light winds, lots of sunshine and afine but light winds, lots of sunshine and a fine day if you have outdoor plans. feeling colder than it has with some places in the north struggling to get above freezing, five to seven in the south. hello.
this is bbc news. the headlines at 7:30pm. the chairman of the parole board apologises after some victims of the serial sex attacker john worboys weren't told he was about to be released. it's heartbreaking for the victims to have to listen to this. some victims have been informed but others haven't had that support and it's important that we get this right for other victims as we go forward. jon venables, one of the killers of the toddlerjames bulger, is charged in relation to indecent images of children. president trump dismisses a new book about him as "full of lies". its author says he stands by everything he wrote. sales of new cars fall for the first time in six years, with demand for diesel models plunging by almost a fifth. a man who killed two of his former partners has been sentenced
to a minimum of 26 years in prison for the murder of a third. theodorejohnson, who's 64 and from north london, admitted beating and strangling angela best in december 2016. sarah campbell reports. for years, theodorejohnson managed to keep it a secret from his partner, angela best, that he was a double killer. 0n the 15th of december 2016 at his flat in borth london, unable to accept that she had left him, he killed her. the 51—year—old mother and grandmother, described in court as the life and soul of the family, was hit multiple times with a hammer and strangled with a dressing gown cord. in court, family members listen to the details of her death and of the two other women he previously killed. this convicted murderer tried to play the system, as he has successfully done so twice before. he knew exactly what he was doing, when he planned and executed the horrific murder of our
beautiful, beloved angela. this was his wife, the mother of his two sons and his first victim. in 1981 he pushed yvonnejohnson from the ninth floor balcony of the flat they shared. he was sentenced to three years for manslaughter. 12 years later in 1993 he pleaded guilty to manslaughter here at the old bailey, after killing his then partner yvonne bennett. he was sent to a secure mental health unit. one of the conditions of his release was that he must disclose to authorities any new relationship he may strike up with a woman so that she could be informed of his criminal past. but he repeatedly failed to do so, leaving angela best largely unaware the 51—year—old mother and grandmother, described in court but he repeatedly failed to do so, leaving angela best largely unaware of the danger she could be in. johnson left herfor dead in his flat and then jumped in front of an express train.
he survived, but with serious injuries. angela best's family say they received a life sentence of inconsolable grief. sarah campbell, bbc news, at the old bailey. we're now all used to paying for plastic shopping bags. could we now be made to pay extra for disposable coffee cups? a committee of mps says not even 1% percent of the 2.5 billion cups we use every year are recycled. part of the problem is that paper cups contain a plastic lining which requires specialist recycling. mps are calling for a 25p charge on top of the coffee price to pay for better facilities. nina warhurst reports. it's the smell. it's the taste. it's that dynamite start to the day. but bubbling below the surface is a whopping waste problem. so, why are so few cups being recycled? well, it's the way that they are made. you see, the outer paper is sealed to the inner plastic that makes it watertight and separating those two materials to reuse them is a pretty sticky task... and there are just three plants
in the country that can do that, like this one in kendal. environmental campaigners say that it is time that the government rather than consumers coughed up for more coffee recycling. there isn't really the opportunity for customers to do the right thing, to recycle these disposable cups. the facilities don't exist. we have run schemes in the past, in manchester and in inner london, showing if you do provide the facilities to the public, they will use them. some consumers say that they are tired of top up taxes. i don't think it is necessarily right. we've got the charge on the 5p bags, haven't we? it's not ideal, but i think it's probably necessary because they are a massive environmental issue. today, the coffee industry has fought back. some already use fully compostable cups, and lots offer a reverse levy of sorts, a price reduction if you bring your own cup. there is a worry that this new tax could be hard for some customers to swallow. if they are coming from the office,
for their lunch coffee, theyjust might get a cafetiere for the office, and they can just do it in the office instead. so you think it could be bad for the coffee industry? it might be, yes. where consumers create problems, entrepreneurs innovate. we think it is unique, in the sense that it is three sizes in one. there's a growing market for cups that you can keep. it is reusable and that means over 1000 occasions, you can use this, minimum. so, close it up... non—drip, into the pocket of a handbag. the government must now respond to this storm in a coffee cup and decide whether it is them, the coffee industry, or consumers, who are to carry the costs. nina warhurst, bbc news, leeds. we can now speak to mike turner from the paper cup alliance, which represents coffee cup manufacturers in the uk. thank you forjoining us this evening. how much responsibility to
manufacturers bear to try and resolve this problem? well, we take all responsibility and we are demonstrating that through the infrastructure that we are building to increase recycling of paper cups. last year, we installed 4000 bins to collect, paper cups, to get them to our facilities and this january alone we've installed another 415, so we are taking responsibility, we are collecting those cuts and getting them to our facilities, four facilities today, not three, as your report said, and a fifth facility is opening later this year. but it doesn't sound like they are readily going to recycle billions of cups that we are used each year, so what effo rts that we are used each year, so what efforts are being made to try and find an alternative type of car that is easier to recycle and doesn't need this lining inside? alternative
type of cup. the cups used across the uk are totally recyclable. we are collecting those cuts and getting them to our facilities and they are recyclable. it is like today. what impact do you think this idea of a 25p levy would have? we don't support the levy because we can't see it would help to build the infrastructure to collect paper cuts, and it's also going to hurt the consumer, who has had a tough week, with 3.4% increases announced in trainfares week, with 3.4% increases announced in train fares on monday, and now a potential coffee tax, and it will hurt the high street, which is having a hard time. research has demonstrated that 75% of people who go to demonstrated that 75% of people who gotoa demonstrated that 75% of people who go to a coffee shop are going to at least two other shops and spending at least £15, and we have learned that a third of those that said, if there is a tax introduced on a coffee cup, they are just not going
to make that visit, so the high street will suffer. they say that now but of course, we have all got used to paying 5p for a plastic bag. how else do you change people's habits? i don't think you can compare the 5p charge on plastic bags, which has been a success. when you go shopping for food, it's generally a planned trip, so you ta ke generally a planned trip, so you take a bag with you to get your shopping and you go home, whereas purchasing a beverage for consumption on the go is a more impulsive purchase. we would say, don't make the consumer supper, don't make the consumer supper, don't make the high street suffer, continue working with us as an injury, we are taking responsibility and help us collect the cups. it's important to make the point, to bring a sense of proportion to it, it's around 0.7% of packaging waste, paper cups. we are not at all
complacent about it, but i think there needs to be a sense of proportion. thank you for your time. more now on the record—breaking cold snap that's hitting america's east coast. in parts of us and canada, temperatures are expected to fall below minus 29 degrees, according to the national weather service. and we can now cross to the nbc12 newsroom in virginia, where meteorologist megan wise can tell us more about what's happening there. thank you forjoining us. can you explain the meteorology office? thank you for having me. it's going to be the coldest air we have seen in quite some time, arctic air driving in from the north, and our temperatures here in richmond, virginia are going to be about 30 degrees below average. tomorrow morning alone, all of the state is under a wind chill advisory, so we are expecting —5 —15 below zero
wind—chill. we will not even make it to freezing all weekend. this is a very, very cold weekend ahead. how unusual are these conditions? it's not unusual to see cold snaps and a period like this, but it will be unprecedented as far as how low temperatures will go. we are talking 1 degrees forecast for sunday morning. that will be record—breaking, breaking a record in 1959 of 10 degrees. we are going to break a couple records. we keep hearing the expression a one. where has that come from? it's taken off here, especially with social media. —— the expression a weather bomb. not to get too technical, it's the rapid intensification of a storm and the amount of millibars it drops
within 24 hours, and i believe it dropped 59 millibars, so an intense and very powerful storm that has gone all up and down the east coast but there storm warnings stretching from florida and up towards maine, with footage from boston of flooding. and the snow we have seen, he alone we had a band of snow yesterday morning that brought eight to ten inches. thank you for talking to us. new car sales fell for the first time last year and demand for diesel fell by almost a fifth. industry experts say they expect car sales to continue to drop because of a decline in business and consumer confidence and confusion over what type of car to buy. 2017 was the year the showroom shine began to fade.
for the first time in six years, sales of new cars fell, dragged down by a plunge in diesel sales. it started with revelations that vax wagon and other manufactures had hidden the amount of harmful particles that they were pumping out. customers lost faith, governments clamped down and it led to confusion. why are people not buying diesel? they were telling us to buy diesels, because of emissions and helping the community, the world, now they are telling us not to buy diesels. it is confusing people. would you buy a diesel? no, i wouldn't. why not? because they are not so good for the environment. i'm worried for the future, for my children and everything. here at this garage, the customers and staff had concerns. perception today is that they're bad for the environment. the perception 18 months ago, two years ago, they were the best thing since sliced bread. for years and years they said that diesel was safe, better, everyone bought diesel cars. if they want us to go petrol, what do we do with the diesel cars? that customer confusion about diesel
as been showing up in the sales numbers big time in 2017. up to march, the sales were hanging in there. after that, there is a fall in the sale of diesel cars and in fact here in december, down a whopping 31%. now you would think that the buyers would be buying other types of vehicles like petrol, but even petrol sales were down in december, what is going on? there is evidence that diesel owners have held off from buying a new car, rather than buying a petrol or an electric vehicle, they want to know the right decision. they need reassurance. it takes senior members of the government to put their weight behind it. but the government wants to ban the sales of new diesel and petrol cars but not until 2040 but is letting councils introduce pollution charges in london.
the thing is as the drivers ditch diesel for one type of pollution, c02 has risen for the first time in 20 years. there are reports that house of fraser has asked its landlords to reduce rents on some properties that howells if stores. the company has said, we can confirm we have contacted our landlords asking for their support as we drive forward with our transformation programme. the headlines on bbc news: as criticism grows over the decision to release the serial sex attackerjohn worboys, the head of the parole board apologises that some of the victims weren't told first. jon venables, one of the killers of the toddlerjames bulger, is charged in relation to indecent images of children. copies of a controversial book about president trump hit copies of a controversial book about president trump hit the shelves.
its author says he stands by every word. an update on the market numbers for you — here's how london's and frankfurt ended the day. and in the the united states this is how the dow and the nasdaq are getting on. the new year stock rally has continued. now it's time for newswatch. this week martin bashir discusses coverage of religion on bbc news with samira ahmed. a happy new year, and welcome to the first newswatch of 2018 with me, samira ahmed. this week, after the bbc announces it's increasing its religious affairs coverage, we'll be asking why and what the impact will be?