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this is bbc news. i'm martine croxall. the headlines at 8:00. an apology from the head of the parole board to the victims not told of the release of serial sex attackerjohn worboys. we believed all the victims had been told of that decision but we're checking today because clearly something went wrong. jon venables, one of the killers of the toddlerjames bulger, is charged in relation to indecent images of children. "full of lies" that's the words from president trump as copies of that book hit the shelves. a proposed 25p on each take a wake encourage recycling. also this hour — as snow and ice continues to hit parts of the united states — the worst is yet to come. it has left homes without power and
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now temperatures look set to plummet toa now temperatures look set to plummet to a record level. and ridley scott's latest film all the money in the world hits the screens — it saw christopher plummer replace kevin spacey. we'll get the verdict in the film review at 8:45. 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
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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
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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.
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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
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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 criminaljustice system still treats perpetrators and victims of sexual crimes. and mark says he expects 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
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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 called an imprisonment for public protection. it is a indeterminate sentence. it is given to people whose crimes would not impose a life sentence but who 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, is just how is the criminal justice system good enough
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at dealing with the sensitivities that always surround these cases of intimate sexual violence. and tonight the crown prosecution service has issued a statement, following this conviction, we were advised by the metropolitan police there were a further 19 complainants. the police were advised in respect of these 19 complainants that if there were any allegations of rape they should refer these cases. it would be unlikely that it would be in in the public interest to prosecute worboys in relation to allegations of sexual assault or administering a substance with intent, because of the maximum sentence available to the court. the police submitted a file in respect of one complainant who alleged a sexual assault, this file did not pass the evidential test. for more on this let's talk to professor andrew sanders. he is a professor of criminal law and criminology at sussex university and a former parole board member and joins us by webcam. thank you very much forjoining
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others. what do you think may have gone wrong in this particular case with regard to notifying victims?” don't know what went wrong but clearly victims ought to have a central place in this process and pa rt central place in this process and part of that should be that they should be told, if they wish to be informed, they should be told well in advance of the actual release date. that didn't happen in this case and the bags obviously com pletely case and the bags obviously completely wrong. to what extent are pa role completely wrong. to what extent are parole boards encouraged to take into account the views of victims? the way it works is that a sentence like this, and into —— and indeterminate sentence, it is set by thejudge in terms
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indeterminate sentence, it is set by the judge in terms of the indeterminate sentence, it is set by thejudge in terms of the minimum sentence to be served and the second pa rt sentence to be served and the second part of the sentence is what the pa role part of the sentence is what the parole board decides the person it should serve until he or she is safe to release. in this case, they decided that this man was saved to be released. we can'tjudge whether that was a wise decision or not but there is no reason to think that the pa role there is no reason to think that the parole board got it wrong because they tend to be quite risk averse in these situations. they only make these situations. they only make these decisions when they are pretty sure it is a safe thing to do. what are the factors that they have to consider before coming to that decision? the key question is whether there is a substantial risk to the public if this plan is to be released. they make that decision based on a whole series of reports which would have been done on the offender. with any serious offence
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like these sexual offences, the offender would have done a number of programmes to understand why they did the crime and the people running the courses would assess whether that person is likely to commit crime again. with a serious sexual offence they will have done a treatment programme which is very long and complex and intense with a lot of supervision and it is run by people with a lot of expertise in these matters. when people say that these matters. when people say that the victim should have a role in this, we have to understand that in assessing how risky it is in the future, you need people who have experience and training in assessing risk. victims should be involved in expressing the type of hurt that they suffered and being able to express how the affected them. being able to request support, counselling, rehousing if necessary, the victim should have huge role in
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asking for support but it doesn't mean they should necessarily help to assess risk. briefly, if you would, what are the arguments in favour of greater transparency in that process ? greater transparency in that process? there are some very good reasons for more transparency. there is no reason why these processes should be kept secret. if you compare a parole board hearing with a trial, in a trial the victim can observe most of the trial and understand the process by which the evidence is produced and assessed and verdicts are reached. that doesn't happen with parole board hearings. i don't understand why victims can't attend parole board hearings. it doesn't means to say they would have active role necessarily although one might think the victim should be able to ask the offender questions but if they could understand how the process work, they would have more reassurance
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that this is a process designed to protect people. alexander sanders from sussex university, thanks very much for talking to others. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:40 this evening in the papers — our guests joining me tonight are randeep ramesh, chief leader writer at the guardian and the political strategist jo tanner. one of the killers of the toddlerjames 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. a very carefully worded statement released by the crown prosecution service from its headquarters in london. it said that the man formerly known asjon venables has been charged with offences relating to indecent images of children and
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will appear in the crown court. no further details can be revealed at this stage and because of reporting restrictions we can say very little more about the cases sell. venables was first jailed in 1993 more about the cases sell. venables was firstjailed in 1993 along with robert thompson when they were ten yea rs robert thompson when they were ten years old. they were jailed for life for the abduction, torture and murder of two—year—old james bolger. they were released eight years later in 2001. robert thompson disappeared with a new identity into relative obscurity but venables was convicted in 2010 of possession of child abuse images. he was recalled to prison and today came the news that once again he has been charged. daniel sandford. despite legal efforts by the white house to block it, the controversial book about donald trump's first year
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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.
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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.
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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?" jon sopel, bbc news, washington. the headlines on bbc news: the head of the parole board
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apologises for the victims ofjohn warboys who weren't told of his release. john venables is charged with possession of indecent images of children. copies of a controversial book about president trump hit the shelves — its author says he stands by every word. sport now and now for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre. let's bring you right up—to—date with the two fa cup third—round tie is taking place tonight. this is the merseyside derby at anfield, you can watch live on bbc one. virgil van dijk making his liverpool debut. a £75 million transfer from southampton. this is wayne rooney getting booked for that challenge. a fiery merseyside derby. still goalless at anfield. liverpool 0—0
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everton with 23 minutes played. the other games saw manchester united kick—off against derby county five minutes later. it's still goalless there, they have played 30 minutes at old trafford. not involved in the merseyside derby, ross barkley who hasjoined merseyside derby, ross barkley who has joined chelsea for a fee thought to be £50 million. he is yet to play this season after hamstring surgery but is now approaching match fitness. he signed a 5.5 year deal at chelsea, he joined fitness. he signed a 5.5 year deal at chelsea, hejoined everton fitness. he signed a 5.5 year deal at chelsea, he joined everton as an 11—year—old back in 2005. arsene wenger has been handed a three match touchline ban and fined £40,000 by the fa over the comments he made about the referee of the game against west brom. he has also been
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as to provide observations about what he said about penalty decisions given in recent matches. natalie perks has more. the ban follows an independent regulatory commission appearance today in which he admitted language used was abusive, improper and questioning the integrity of the official. he will miss the match against nottingham forest, the first leg of arsenal pa rs forest, the first leg of arsenal pars semifinal in the league cup against chelsea and a premier league match away at bournemouth. he's also been asked for observations about things he said around the festive season relating to penalty decisions. he seems to be suggesting there is a conspiracy against arsenal and doesn't seem to be a happy bunny at the moment. last season, he served a four—game touchline ban after swearing at anthony taylor in a home game
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against birmingham and calling him dishonest. dave —— day three of the final ashes test starts in a couple of hours' time with australia in a commanding position. it is the most often repeated sentence of the ashes, steve smith is still there and he is alongside usman khawaja who is not far short of his century and they are batting england out of this match. earlier on, they lost dawid malan early. great fielding with a spectacular cash from smith. the rest of the fielding wasn't as good with some terrible clangers in the field. the lower order made some useful contributions. england made 113 before being bowled out. they
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made a great start with stuart broad clea n made a great start with stuart broad clean bowling the out of sorts cameron bancroft. david warner made his customary 50 at the mcg. —— scg. they were on a roll but it only brought in steve smith. mason crane bowled well but australia became increasingly comfortable as the day w0 re increasingly comfortable as the day wore on. they are getting closer to the england total and england must work out how to get smith out. juan mata has just gone very close for manchester united. great save by scott carson. still goalless in both fa cup ties. more in the next hour. theodorejohnson from
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theodore johnson from north theodorejohnson from north london has been convicted of killing two of his former partners. sarah campbell has this report. 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 north 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
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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 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. 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
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of a serious case review afte jeremiah regis ngauja was beaten to death by his stepfather. he was the fifth child to be killed by an adult in wolverhampton in less than 10 years. new car sales fell for the first time in six years last year and demand for diesel cars dropped by almost a fifth — hit by fears about pollution and higher taxes. industry experts say they expect car sales to continue to drop this year because of a decline in business and consumer confidence — and confusion over what type of car to buy. here's our business editor simonjack. 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 volkswagon and other manufactures had hidden the amount
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of harmful particles that they were pumping out. customers lost faith, governments clamped down 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
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in the sale of diesel 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 tackle pollution charges introduced in london. the thing is as the drivers ditch diesel for one type of pollution, there have been other rises in co2 for the first time in 20 years.
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joining us now from our birmingham newsroom is david bailey, professor of industry at aston university's economics, finance & entrepreneurship department. professor bailey, thank you very much forjoining as on a friday night. you heard the report. what are the factors that you think are behind this fall? we are seeing a fall in car sales in general link to uncertainty and slow growth link to brexit and the bbc asian of sterling. and that —— depreciation. and that fall in diesel sales. also there has been a contraction because ofan there has been a contraction because of an over active market previously. car sales were something that got the economy going after the last financial crash. how likely is it to
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be this time? they were an important fillip for the economy partly due to pay—outs on ppi and things which really fuelled purchasing. i think we are going to see a contraction of 5-10% in we are going to see a contraction of 5—10% in the market. the headwinds against car sales are still there and you factor in a rise in interest rates and the fact that european markets are now growing, so deals simply won't be as good. what are the prospects for diesel sales in the prospects for diesel sales in the future given there is so much confusion about what might happen if you drive a diesel? it was only europe and the uk that went into diesel ina europe and the uk that went into diesel in a big way. the united states and japan, diesel is a tiny share of the market. they were seen asa share of the market. they were seen as a quick fix for co2 emissions. it was the wrong solution. i think we
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will see an impact in terms of the quality of air in cities. it could fall as low as 15% in 2025. there will always be a market for these earls but there is a shift and petrol hybrids and electric cars will continue to grow in size in coming years. how likely is it that we will see prices to rob on certain models at least to try to boost sales ? models at least to try to boost sales? some companies have so-called scrappage schemes. they are clever marketing schemes. they are trying to discount diesel sales to attract customers back. it's not working well. consumers are spooked by this perfect storm about bad news of diesels, fears over residual value, fears over the future and attacks and that we might see further action ata
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and that we might see further action at a city level in particular to restrict dirty diesel is going forward. companies are already discounting diesels but it's not having much impact. x-ray much for talking to us tonight. time for a look at the weather forecast with sarah. in fact, look at the weather forecast with sarah. infact, quite look at the weather forecast with sarah. in fact, quite a cold night ahead tonight, with a cold north—easterly wind blowing across scotland, bringing wintry showers, and rain showers on cold services could mean icy stretches to begin saturday morning. also some mist patches. through the day on saturday we have a north—south split, the northern half mostly dry, and further south, it is cloudy, with a few rain showers, and temperatures ranging from 3—7. into the second half of the weekend we have the cold
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clearair half of the weekend we have the cold clear air across all of the country so clear air across all of the country soa clear air across all of the country so a frosty start for sunday. but light winds and a fine day if you have outdoor plans, feeling colder thanit have outdoor plans, feeling colder than it has done, struggling to get above freezing in places, but 5—7 in the south. goodbye. this is bbc news. these are our latest headlines. the head of the parole board apologises after some victims of the sex attackerjohn worboys were not told about his release, victim's commissioner baroness newlove says lessons need to be learned. i think it's very heartbreaking for the victims to listen to this. there are some victims who have been informed but there are others who have not had that support and so it is 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
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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. more now on the controversial new book about life in the white house, by michael wolff, in which he says everyone he spoke to described president trump as being like a child, in need of instant gratification. asked about those who'd questioned the accuracy of the book, michael wolff said he stood by everything he'd written. 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, he has a need for immediate gratification. it is all about him. they say he is a
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moron and an idiot. there is a competition to sort of get to the bottom line here of who this man is. this man does not read and does not listen. so, he's like a pinball, just shooting off the side. author michael wolff. a small number of copies have been available in the uk today and some we re available in the uk today and some were picked up at waterstones in piccadilly. i heard the publication had been brought forward because of the litigation and the white house is initiating and this is compulsive reading. it is a load of trash, unreliable, but compulsive reading nevertheless. which bits do you want to read about? ijust want to read
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how awful weather front is but they deserve each other, they are like rats in a sack —— ijust want to read how awful trump is. rats in a sack —— ijust want to read how awful trump islj rats in a sack —— ijust want to read how awfultrump is. i have been following the news and it is amazing, so i want to find out more grisly details. it has possibly had more publicity than it might deserve but it is nice to get one before anybody else. we can speak now to steve salis, owner of krammerbooks in washington which sold it's 75 copies of fire and fury in under 15 minutes. how quickly did they sell? good evening. it was more than 75, many hundreds were sold, and we sold them within minutes. we had a very long line outs of —— outside of our book store and we were able to take this
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opportunity to push the book. it is evidence that people are pretty excited and they want to read it. people had to brave pretty bad weather to get you? i tell you what, many people had put their alarms on at midnight. many people struggled with the weather and it was fascinating to see it very busy. we do normally stay open until 1am on weekdays and we have a tendency to have opportunities for customers to come in but nothing like this. as evidenced how many units we sold last night, and we are excited. why did people want to read it, what we re did people want to read it, what were they telling you? so much controversy and noise and anger around the book. the book was
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brought forward to friday, the publication, and all the bad publicity, people are clearly very intrigued and they want to learn more top i'm not sure it's entirely good but that is what it is and my job is to make sure we put out the books that our customers want and clearly they want this book. how many of them worked weather front supporters rather than opponents? —— how many of them were trump supporters. i have no idea. you are going to get your hands on more copies? yes, we will try to get as many copies as we possibly can. we are hoping for more but there is a snowstorm in the north—east. we're hoping to get a lot of copies, because a lot of people want the book. save us a few because we want
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some over here, as well. thanks for joining us. take care now. our apologies, the sound wasn't great towards the end of the interview but we understood what he was saying. 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.
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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.
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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. apple has confirmed that all iphones, ipads and mac computers are affected by two flaws in their computer chips. it emerged this week that technology companies have been working to block the meltdown and spectre bugs, which could allow hackers to steal data. apple says it has released some updates to try to tackle potential problems. the queen's granddaughter zara tindall has announced she is pregnant. the baby will be her second child with husband mike tindall, the former rugby player. the announcement comes just over a year after zara
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suffered a miscarriage. 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% 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
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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.
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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's 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 or 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. nothing is more likely to make a groom nervous on his wedding day than his bride showing up late — left wondering if she'll turn up at all. and seemingly it has also irritated one vicar in kent. now canonjohn corbyn who runs two churches near maidstone has come up with an unusual incentive scheme
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for tardy brides — they'll get £100 cashback — as long as they're on time. peter whittlesea reports. # get me to the church on time... when it comes to weddings, times have changed since my fair lady the musical was released in the 1960s. it is now all about whether the bride makes it to the church on time. for the last nine years, the vicar of this church has quietly been giving couples a £100 rebate if the ceremony starts on time. since the cash incentive was revealed, reverend john corbyn has gained celebrity status as the clock watching canon. we say they should be arriving around ten minutes before the due time to start so they are composed and calm, they can get out of the car, have their pictures taken with their bridesmaids and their dad before they come in, just be relaxed and happy and then be able to start a few minutes past the start time. so, no, i don't think
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it is unreasonable at all. and what do you think of your now notoriety as the vicar who gives £100 to those on time? i regard it as fame rather than notoriety. to ensure the happy couple is not ignominiously upstaged by late guests like in the movies, reverend corbyn allows a little leeway so the bride can be fashionably late, but does his cash offer work in practice? what girl was ever early? the brides are not going to be early. for £100? in the grand scheme of things, no, it won't work. would you turn up on time for £100? yes. no, i would turn up five minutes late. i would have kept my tradition but get the money as well. it is a woman's prerogative to make you sweat. unlike soap operas, reverend corbyn is not a fan of dramas on wedding days.
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last year no bride was late which means no groom had an agonising wait thanks to the prospect of £100 from the parson who insists on punctuality. my my male colleagues point out it does require the grooms to be on time, as well. 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. president trump brands a controversial new book about him as phoney, as copies fly off the shelves.


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