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the duke and duchess of cambridge are celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary today. it's estimated around two billion people around the world watched the couple exchange their vows at westminster abbey a decade ago and, today, the cambridges released some new pictures marking the anniversary. time for a look at the weather. here's stav da naos. thank you, good afternoon. so far this month it's been cold and exceptionally dry, but we're finally seeing whether more akin to april and that's sunshine and heavy showers and they've been developing quite widely through the afternoon as this picture shows behind us in staffordshire. yesterday's area of low pressure is pushing away away into the near continent. it's been allowing north north—westerly winds
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to move south across the country. that's been bringing another plunge of cold arctic air. notjust today, but for the next few days, into the weekend it will stay chilly by day and also by night. we'll see a return to these widespread overnight frosts, so gardeners and growers, take note. it's been a cold, frosty start for many places morning. lots of sunshine but has the strong sunshine has got going it's been warming up and showers have been developing widely as you can see on the radar and satellite imagery. some of the showers are likely to be having with hail and thunder in places, some merging together to produce longer spells of rain. other areas avoiding them altogether and staying dry, particularly for central and southern england. winteriness over the north. a key north—easterly breeze particularly across north—eastern area so close to north sea coasts it's disappointing. we've got eight, 9 degrees the high, but further south given some sunny spells we could make 12 degrees but these values are below par for the time of year. the
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showers rattle on for a while this evening. most will fade away overnight although they'll continue across parts of scotland and north—east england, wintry over the higher ground. with largely clear skies for many others it's a cold night, the cold air in place, these are towns and city values, out of town and rural areas will see a widespread frost. the chilly start to friday but bright with plenty of sunshine and it's a repeat performance of what we've had today. those showers start developing late morning into the afternoon, again, some could be heavy with some hail and thunder merging together to produce longer spells of rain or bands of rain in places. other areas staying dry altogether. top temperatures 12—13 in the south, closer to seven, eight, temperatures 12—13 in the south, closerto seven, eight, nine temperatures 12—13 in the south, closer to seven, eight, nine across the north sea coast. it's the same over the bank holiday weekend, chilly, frosty start on through the day we'll see sunshine and afternoon showers. then we start to see a change towards the end of the bank holiday weekend. this deeper area of
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low pressure, something we haven't seenin low pressure, something we haven't seen in a long time, will hurtle into bringers unfortunately i wet bank holiday monday. the rain will be heavy in places and the winds strong. a reminder of our top story... the prime minister has dismissed the controversy over the renovation of his flat, the controversy over insisting "there's nothing to see here." but downing street has declined to say it will publish the full report into the matter by its new standards adviser. that's it, so goodbye from me. now on bbc one, let'sjoin our news teams where you are. have a very good afternoon. good afternoon. it's 1.30pm and here's your latest sports news. we're down to one table at the crucible. the semi—finals at the world snooker championship are underway. three—time champion mark selby is the favourite out of the last four and he's in action now.
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these are live pictures from sheffield. selby is up against 2015 champion stuart bingham who has taken the first frame. it's the first to 16 frames played over three days. you can watch on bbc two or the bbc sport website. tonight sees kyren wilson against shaun murphy. executives at clubs involved in the failed european super league have been forced to resign from advisory roles at the premier league — the other 1a premier league clubs have felt betrayed by the move and demanded that the clubs�* representatives step down. manchester united, liverpool, manchester city, arsenal and chelsea will now no longer have representatives on the club broadcast advisory board or in advisory roles concerning strategy and auditing. tottenham, which were also part of the breakaway group, didn't have any executives in such roles. the resignations won't affect the six clubs�* voting rights in the premier league. the number of inactive adults rose by 1.2 million, by the time the country locked down
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for a second time, in november. sport england has found over 12 million people did less than half an hour's physical activity a week compared to november the previous year. their chief executive tim hollingsworth says more must be done to help encourage people from all backgrounds to get active. the worst elements of this, in some ways, is the fact that it just confirms what we already knew, that this is not a level playing field for community sport and being active in people's lives. there are barriers to entry for certain parts of our community which the pandemic has made worse. definitely, social economic circumstance matters. young people particularly have suffered during the pandemic and i think we need to look very hard at that and why is it that our 16—24—year—old have actually been one of the least active groups over the past year. this week a unique cricket league has begun in birmingham. the hours of play are 10 at night until midnight. as many members of the muslim community observe ramadan
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the passion for cricket still burns strongly. now, for the first time, birmingham s famous edgbaston ground is opening late to accommodate these young players, while also keeping to covid rules. joe wilson reports. ten o'clock at edgbaston, the cricket is just beginning, indoors. four birmingham teams immersed in a new league organised by warwickshire and the chance to shine territory. players are aged between 16 and 18 and observing ramadan. the daylight hours are for fasting and reflection, but there's still time for cricket. it is better because during the day we hardly have any energy so it is better to play at night. this is better, i want to spread the word. everyone can experience this. i am proud of what is going on and proud to be part of it. it is great, keeps us active - because in ramadan we are tired. it keeps us active in all—
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departments and it is fun as well. religious observance is especially important in the month of ramadan and we were invited to film prayers in the indoor school early in the evening, cricket and faith living alongside each other. the interest in cricket and the talent in cities like birmingham, we have known about that than a decade. there is a crickets south asian action plan. the idea is to engage communities by shaping the opportunities to play cricket and this is an example. the first thing is identifying that these guys are passionate about the game and we should be embracing that passion and trying to do things for them. the penny dropped a little bit and everybody is this sort of cricket, that sort of cricket and also the community side as well which isjust as important. covid presents its own challenges. as under 18s, they are permitted
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to take part in indoor sport with specific safety measures like sanitising the ball. when it is time to leave, the cricket ground is a safe environment for the youngsters to be collected. it is only midnight when darkness finally stops play. and that is all the sport for now. i'll have more for you in the next hour. the european parliament has approved the post—brexit trade and cooperation deal with britain by an overwhelming majority. it's been operating provisionally since january, and allows for tariff— and quota—free trade. this week my colleague ros atkins is examining whether promises made during the brexit referendum and the five years since have been met. today he's looking at trade between the uk and eu. trade was at the heart of what brexiteers promised the uk. i genuinely believe our future will so much brighter if we vote leave and take back control of our trade.
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there was this promise, too. we would have the capacity to trade freely with all of the countries in the european union and it would not be in their interest to direct barriers. and the vote leave website told us... and if that was the brexiteers, their opponents had predictions, too. the economic argument is beyond doubt — leaving the eu is a one—way ticket to a poorer britain. at the time, my colleague, alex forsyth, outlined other warnings. house prices will fall, food prices will rise, jobs will be lost and holidays more expensive. just some of the warnings this week about what might happen if we leave the eu. and then this government assessment predicted a vote to leave would push our economy into a recession. well, the uk voted out and brexit is now here, so what did happen?
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well, house prices didn't fall between 2016 and early 2020 when the pandemic started. unemployment figures didn't rise for the same period. food prices haven't risen since the new trade deal came into force injanuary and a recession didn't follow the uk voting out. however, look at this graph from the bank of england in 2018. its calculations found all brexit scenarios producing a smaller uk economy than if brexit had not happened. and what about the uk's new trade deals around the world? well, here's the international trade minister tweeting this month. 68 deals done, but many of them are direct copies of the existing eu deal with those countries and deals with india and the us are a good way off. then there's the promise of trading freely with the eu. well, here is the european parliament ratifying the new uk—eu deal. this deal does allow for tariff—free and quota—free trade in goods,
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but there are new taxes to pay, in some cases, additional vat, in some cases goods are not tariff—free. that is having an impact. in some instances, we can't get it to them at all and in other instances, they get charged such a large amount of import duty that they are just not going to do that. we are going to lose our custom. and these are the figures. uk exports and imports with the eu fell when the deal came in and then recovered but not to where they were. and one of the reasons for that is something vote leave said brexit would reduce — bureaucracy. these forms don't make any sense. they are nonsensical. the messaging from government is very much we are helping, we are helping, we are helping. the answer from me is you are not helping at all. well, we know paperwork has increased. also bear in mind this new trade deal covers goods, not services, and the uk economy is dominated by services like banking and insurance. but a deal for the city of london to access the eu still has to be done. software does all of this leave us?
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so, where does all of this leave us? well, the german commentator wolfgang munchau concludes... he goes on... and if you look at imf growth forecasts for the world's wealthiest countries, the uk is third—highest, though bear in mind, all gdp figures are dominated by the pandemic stopped certainly, though, some the catastrophic brexit certainly, though, some the catastrophic brexit predictions have not come to pass. nor, though, is there evidence of a brexit boost to trade and some argue that, in time, the uk will pay for its desire to take back control. the ippr think tank argues... it concludes... this week, though, borisjohnson has talked of the trade deal as the final step in a long journey and it is undoubtedly a political landmark, but, really,
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this is just the start. evidence of that came this week. france is demanding uk fishing guarantees and threatening blocks on financial services. the trade deal may be done, but the negotiating isn't. nor are the ramifications for trade that will bring. it's been a frosty april — and one of the driest on record, too — which is a tricky combination forfarmers. our business correspondent ben thompson has been to a farm in cheshire to tell us how the weather conditions could affect the price of our shopping. welcome to the farm here, just outside liverpool, where a double whammy, a double whammy of really cold spring weather, one of the coldest on record and really dry, too. less than 10% of the normal rainfall that you would expect in april has fallen and it means that the ground is pretty bare and farmers are struggling to play catch up. they need their crops to be growing to either sell on or for things like animalfeed and animal bedding for later on.
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well, ollie harrison is the farmer here. ollie, nice to see you. we can see where you are, it looks pretty green, looks pretty good, but the cracks tell the story, don't they? yes, so we obviously had a terrible winter, lots of rain, really wet and then spring has been really cold and extremely dry, so we have had the driest april now for 41 years on this farm. this field of wheat here is looking greener than it did two days ago because we got about three millilitres of rain the 48 hours ago and it has just started to perk up, but it is massively behind. it should be a lot higher now so that we got more height on it, more straw for the bedding and different things obviously more yield. can you make up for lost time? if the weather gets a bit warmer, gets a little bit wetter, can you win back the time you've lost? we've definitely lost the 100% potential of the crop. you probably only thinking 90%, 80 maybe. if we get some rain next week, but we really need that rain. and talk to me about what this
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means for who you supply, so where will this stuff end up and, ultimately, i suppose the question, will be see prices go up at the supermarket? so this is milling wheat, so this will go into bread and cakes and biscuits. prices in the uk... sorry, weather in the uk doesn't make a massive difference in prices because it's a massive global market and we are only small players, the uk, but europe has been dry, canada and america have had late springs as well, late winter is coming into their springs, so price rises have started to go up little bits, but don't forget wheat, if you buy a loaf of bread, it's only got about 14p of wheat in it, so if wheat doubled in price, it wouldn't make a lot of difference on the price of your bread. just put this year as a whole into context for us. last time we spoke, it was so wet at the end of last year, that in itself was a problem, now you have the opposite issue. it was kind of chalk and cheese, wasn't it, really? i think it was january we were less talking. well, someone kind of flicked the switch at the beginning of april
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and stop the water and that's it we've just not had any since. well, fingers crossed you get a bit of rain, it starts to get a bit warmer. olly, for now, thank you very much. so there you have it, that is what it means for farmers right now, that double whammy or triple whammy if you take the rain at the end of last year, too. pretty chilly down here this morning, but nonetheless, farmers and, indeed, the food industry keeping a very close eye on the weather forecast hoping for a bit of rain and for the weather to warm up a little bit. as india's covid crisis worsens, many in the british indian community are watching on helplessly, unable to assist friends and family. pria rai has been speaking to one man in leicester, who's thousands of miles away from his family, struggling in india. kalpesh is living in the heart of leicester's indian community. during the festival times, even this park is full of indian people. he tells me how difficult it's been being away from his family in india.
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my brother and my mother is positive and they are in quarantine at the moment. i regularly touch base with them. immediate family members we've got from my in law's side as well and my brother's in—laws as well. which is sadly, they have passed away. one of the family members, they mentioned they had been carrying a lot of cash in their hand, that if someone can sell the oxygen... but unfortunately, we heard that his father passed away, just a lack of oxygen. like here in leicester, british indian communities across the country have strong family and cultural links to india. now, many can only watch helplessly as their loved ones face a crisis. i am very helpless. i can't do anything from here. the only thing i can do is to call them and ask them how they are and how they are coping. is there anything i can help from here? and they say, no, you can't do anything from there. so it is sad. he gives his brother a call.
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hello. hi, you ok? hi. how are you feeling? i am not so well. not so well, i can hear your voice, it's not normal. yeah, i have a sore throat, i have fever. i have lost, very close, my father—in—lawjust a few days before. he had a very bad situation. meanwhile, for kalpesh in the uk, lockdown restrictions are lifting, a world away from the reality in india. your life is now as if you are coming out ofjail and those people are now getting inside the jail. they are struggling and they are not having any help from anywhere. people want to help, but unfortunately, they are not able to. and you feel sad,
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you feel sad about it. pria rai, bbc news. if you've ever lost a pet, you'll knowjust how distressing that experience can be. sadly, though, as dog thefts have increased during the pandemic, some criminals are making it even worse for the owners by pretending to have found their missing animals simply to extort money from them. one woman who fell victim to the scammers has been speaking to ellie price. he went missing on the wednesday night and on the friday evening, two hours after i finished putting the posters up, i had a phone call from a gentleman. he said to me, i've got your dog. and i'm leaving the area tonight, so if you want him back, you've got to give me £1000. if you don't give it to me, he'll go to the bait farm. when six—year—old ronnie went missing, sharon put up posters locally and online.
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she received around 50 calls over ten days from the same scammers, who claimed they had her dog. they kept demanding more. in the end she paid out almost £2,500. i would have given anything to have him back and i truly believed they had him. and although loads of people told me that they were scammers and they hadn't, ijust believed. and he kept promising sharon he would return ronnie. they phoned again and he just said, we haven't got your dog, we never had your dog, have a nice life and laughed and put the phone down. it was actually part of my pension i used. and i sort of think, well, there are times,
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i know it sounds really pathetic, but there are times when i think i don't want to carry on because i can't live waking up every single morning thinking about where he is. going to bed every night thinking about, is he cold, is he frightened? with people spending more time at home over several lockdowns, there's been a rise in demand for dogs. a rise in the cost of dogs, and therefore, a rise in dog thefts. we have heard from a number of people whose dogs have gone missing and a scammer calling them has used the same tactics and script as they did with sharon. talking to sharon today, her story was just unbelievable. wayne may from the dog loss website, which helps reunite owners with their lost dogs, told me he's in touch with 19 different police forces. as an organisation we've experienced one or two scam callers each month. over the last two weeks, we've experienced 117 calls to owners. they're thieves, they're stealing your money.
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they're capitalising on your grief. they're not taking into consideration at all how these people are feeling when their dogs and their pets are being stolen. and they haven't got the dog? they haven't got the dog, no. i'm not aware of any case at the moment where someone has paid a ransom, or they've done a direct transfer for their dogs, and the dogs have ever been returned. fraud specialists are looking into sharon's case. she says she's handed over the scammers�* bank details, and even a phone number. six weeks on, ronnie has still not come home. itjust made what was an awful, awfultime, losing him, just, it was like somebody had opened a wound and just kept on just digging and digging and digging. sorry. china has launched the first module for its new space station as part of the country's
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ambitious space programme. a rocket blasted off from the wenchang launch facility on an island off china's southern coast. it's carrying a module which houses life support systems and living space for the space station's crew. the facility is expected to be fully operational by next year. our china correspondent stephen mcdonell has more from beijing. china's ambitious space programme is unfolding before our very eyes. china was locked out of being part of that international space station and, as a result, just decided to build its own, and so now, well, by next year assuming it all goes to plan, it will be the only country with its own space station. we saw the first module go up there today, as you mentioned, two more modules have to be attached to it. 11 missions in total — four, i think, with astronauts on board, fourjust are carrying cargo, and at the end of that, yeah,
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china will have its own space station orbiting the earth. certainly china's achievements in space play a really important role in the propaganda here but, then again, why wouldn't they? i mean, china launched its first satellite in the �*70s but it wasn't until 2003 that it put the first person into space and then since then it has come along in leaps and bounds. now, people will be drawing conclusions to the cold war space race. given that china was sort of locked out of the international, you know, lab programme, has built its own space station and now has these other ambitions — they are talking mars, they are talking about building a lunar space station with russia, and all of this, of course, like in every country, serves to also justify to the public the enormous amounts of money
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which are going into these programmes. you can imagine how much it costs to build a space station and maintain it. i think once it's built, it will last for at least ten years, we are told. and funnily enough, if the international space station comes to an end when it was predicted to, we could see a situation where china has the only space station still operating in orbit around the earth. more coming up with martin, but now, a time for the weather. hello there. we are finally getting to see some classic april weather for the next few days. we are ending the month with april showers and sunny spells after cold and frosty starts. and we have seen those shower clouds bubbling up across the country through this morning. low pressure is clearing away into the near continent. it is allowing higher pressure to slowly build in, but there is still enough instability in the atmosphere
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to allow these showers to develop through the day, but what we are also pulling in is much colder air right across the board. so, we will see a return to widespread overnight frosts. so, it's been a chilly start this morning. through the day, it looks like it's going to stay bright, with sunny spells, but those shower clouds will continue to develop, with some of them turning out to be heavy with some hail and thunder, even some wintryness over the higher ground of scotland there. some areas staying dry altogether, but it will feel chilly, particularly when you factor in the breeze, which will be quite noticeable across northern and eastern areas. temperatures reaching highs of 11 and 12, maybe 13 celsius, which is pretty disappointing for the time of year. closer to single figures ,though, across the north sea coast with that onshore breeze. as we head on into this evening and overnight, the showers begin to fade away. many places will turn drier, though. some showers are likely to continue on across parts of scotland, again wintry on the higher ground, but for many it is going to be a dry, clear night, winds falling light, so it is going to be chilly. these are the town and city values,
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but you can see the blue hue there in rural areas, where we will see a fairly widespread frost. so, for friday, then, it is a repeat performance with a chilly start, cold and frosty, with some sunshine, though, but then as the temperatures begin to rise, as that strong sunshine gets going, then we will see some showers developing into the afternoon. again, some of them will be heavy, perhaps the risk of hail and thunder, and some forming bands in areas. but some areas staying dry altogether. disappointing temperatures again for the time of year, ranging from around eight to 12 or 13 celsius in the south. for much of this bank holiday weekend, it is pretty samey. it is going to start chilly with some frost around, and we will see sunshine and showers both saturday and sunday. but as we move out of sunday, into bank holiday monday, we will see a feature that we have not seen for quite a while moving off the atlantic, a deep low likely to bring some stronger winds and some wet weather across the country as we head through the course of bank holiday monday.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: borisjohnson insists he will comply with any investigation into the funding of renovations, for his downing street flat — but dismisses concerns. i do not think there is anything to say here or to worry about. but what we are doing is focusing on the stuff that really matters. i think this is getting a bit farcical. i think the prime minister could actually deal with this very, very quickly. all he has got to do is answer a very simple question, which is who paid initially for the redecoration of your flat? leaseholders may still have to foot the bill to remove dangerous cladding from buildings, as new fire safety rules after the grenfell tragedy become law. burying more dead in india, as the rampant covid outbreak
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prompts further offers of help from the international community.

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