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today at 5pm, as parliament starts its 5 week suspension, borisjohnson holds talks with northern ireland's dup. the dup arrived at number ten, a short while ago, amid suggestions that they're discussing possible changes to the irish backstop. earlier today, the prime minister defended his decision to suspend parliament during the brexit crisis, denying it was anti—democratic. and anybody who says it's all, this stuff about it being anti—democratic. i mean, donne moi un break! what a load of nonsense. for labour, jeremy corbyn says he'll offer voters another referendum, with an option for leaving the eu, as well as an option for remaining. we're ready for that election. we're ready to unleash the biggest people powered campaign we've ever
seen in this country and in this movement! applause we'll have the latest on the talks between the prime minister and the dup. the other main stories on bbc news at 5. a white supremacist, who tried to kill a bulgarian teenager in a car park in surrey, is jailed for more than 18 years. geoffrey boycott, the former cricketer, is knighted, but domestic abuse charities say it's not acceptable, given a conviction for an offence that he still denies. i can't apologise for anything i didn't do. i am 100% convinced i didn't do. i am 100% convinced i didn't hit her or anyone else. hooked on prescription drugs, a review finds that 12 million patients in england regularly take drugs which could be addictive. and england face second—place kosovo this evening, as they chase euro 2020 qualification, after beating bulgaria 4—0 at the weekend.
it's 5pm. our main story is the meeting that's been taking place in downing street, between boris johnson and the leadership of northern ireland's dup, the party that's been in partnership with the conservatives at westminster. there's speculation that the prime minister might be considering a change of stance on the irish backstop, the mechanism that's meant to prevent a hard border in northern ireland. downing street denies that. we'll have more on that meeting in a moment, as parliament starts its 5—week suspension, before the queen's opens the new session on october 14th. boris johnson's attempt to call an election was failed, again, when mps voted late last night, as our political correspondent
ben wright reports. i couldn't care less whether you like it or not. i require no response from you, young man. get out, man! i'd already made the point if people had the manners to listen, which they haven't. early—hours pandemonium in the house of commons, the speaker, john bercow, contemptuous of the government's decision to suspend parliament for five weeks. this is not, however, a normal prorogation, it is not typical, it is not standard. it's one of the longest... the chamber had never seen anything like it. some opposition mps held up signs saying "silenced" and tried to block john bercow heading off to the lords in a ceremony to mark the suspension. and they shouted "shame" at tory mps trooping out. shame on you! and some of the mps who stayed in the chamber broke into song. # we'll keep the red flag flying here! with dawn, came calm.
before parliament shut down, mps stopped borisjohnson calling a snap election and passed a law blocking a no—deal brexit. but the prime minister is still free to pass on advice to future voters. i'm afraid i didn't do enough work at university. my strong advice is don't waste your time at university. don't get drunk, don't do... not that you would. but use it well. use it well, i frittered too much time at university and afraid to say. this image of the bayeux tapestry... and on this visit to a school, borisjohnson insisted he was aiming to get a new brexit deal. i think we will get a deal. but if absolutely necessary, we will come out with no deal! but in the meantime, we're gonna get on with the priorities. i think, of the british people, and that's education, it's new school, free schools. getting our streets safer.
20,000 more police on the streets. this morning, number 10's chief strategist, dominic cummings, had a dig at what he called rich remainers. don't to talk to people who are not rich remainers. what do you think‘s gonna happen? what's your next move? will britain leave the eu on time? sure. pitting brexit supporters against parliament is part of number 10's strategy, but by limiting the number of days mps have to sit before october 31st, triggered this cross—party alliance that has now boxed borisjohnson in, forcing him to seek a further extension, if he can't get a deal through parliament by the middle of october. borisjohnson has said he'd rather die in a ditch than delay brexit again, but as the cabinet met this morning, to discuss a way through the stand—off, the leader of the dup, arlene foster, said the backstop was an unacceptable part of the brexit deal, although she hoped a sensible agreement could be found. johnson's reckless no—deal. .. speaking at a tuc conference in brighton, the labour leader
jeremy corbyn said he was ready for an election, a day after stopping the prime minister going to the polls next month. so a general election is coming. but we won't allowjohnson to dictate the terms. and i can tell you this. we're ready for that election. we're ready to unleash the biggest people—powered campaign we've ever seen in this country and in this movement! mps may not be here for the next five weeks, but the brexit crisis is not going away, with downing street determined to make brexit happen regardless of the resistance here. 0ur chief political correspondent vicki young is at downing street. can we talk about what has been going on today and the fact that these talks are happening. what is your reading of what is going on inside number ten now? arlene foster
went in 15 minutes ago. under theresa may, they were propping up her government. they were the key votes when it came to holding the balance of power. to some extent, that has changed. because boris johnson has booted out 2! of his own mps, bosses majority because of defections, so in some ways, you could argue that the dup might be losing some of their influence. but borisjohnson hinted losing some of their influence. but boris johnson hinted at losing some of their influence. but borisjohnson hinted at the meeting with lee over at that —— leo varadkar. the with lee over at that —— leo va radkar. the contentious with lee over at that —— leo varadkar. the contentious bit is s they are talking about a return to a northern ireland only backstop. to be clear, that would mean northern ireland effectively stays in a customs union with the rest of ireland and the eu but the rest of great britain does not. that means you end up with checks between great
britain and northern ireland which the dup say they would never accept. downing street has said that is not what they are proposing, going back to the original idea of a northern ireland only backstop. but there are clearly talks about what they can do to try to get a deal. because this is where we have ended up after all the turmoil of the last few days. in a situation where the best way out of this for boris johnson a situation where the best way out of this for borisjohnson is to get a deal that he can get through parliament. because that would mean he would not have to ask for a delay to brexit. something he says he simply won't do. quickly if i can. about labour. we saw the clip and the report. where are they now, in your view, in this business of a referendum, and has mr corbin changed his position in the past few days? —— jeremy corbyn. changed his position in the past few days? -- jeremy corbyn. labour have suffered over the past one or two
yea rs suffered over the past one or two years because their approach to brexit has not been clear. many in the shadow cabinet are very concerned because the liberal democrats have come out today and wa nt to democrats have come out today and want to make it policy that they would revoke article 50, stop brexit altogether. whether or not you agree to that, it is an incredibly clear pitch for some of those who voted remain in the referendum. sojeremy corbyn has been under huge pressure from some of his party to go much more clearly down the road of campaigning for remain. we understand that what is happened is that he has agreed with the unions that he has agreed with the unions that he has agreed with the unions that he would hold another referendum. there would be a plausible leave option. a deal of some kind put on that referendum question. along with remain. what he won't do, even if he goes into general election, is to tell people how labour would approach that. would the campaign for remain, as some of the party would want to do? 0r some of the party would want to do? or would they not? so that is still
unclear and there are many in the party very concerned that that fuzziness over their policy would be extremely damaging, if it comes to an election which is held soon and which would inevitably be all about brexit. many thanks again. having to get a deal seems to be the obvious way out. chris morris is with me. what you make of the day? we now boris johnson with me. what you make of the day? we now borisjohnson wants to replace the backstop but not what he wa nts to replace the backstop but not what he wants to replace it with. speaking to eu sources today, they don't know either. 0ne to eu sources today, they don't know either. one idea which has been floating around an opinion has mentioned himself is to replace the backstop with an all ireland economic zone. foi’
backstop with an all ireland economic zone. forfood backstop with an all ireland economic zone. for food and animals. that would cover a decent chunk of trade across the irish border and the need for checks there, but certainly by no means all of it. the other thing it would not do is cover things that might happen at the border like customs declarations. the payment of tariffs, vat, regulation and all sorts of things. what it would do would mean there would have been checks between northern ireland and the rest of the uk, the so—called border in the irish sea, which is we have been hearing is put politically tricky. what room for leeway does he have? and what do you make of the options within the range of things that you are now discussing? one landing zone would be the thing which vicky rightly says downing street do not wa nt rightly says downing street do not want would be a northern ireland only backstop. at would mean
essentially only northern ireland, not the rest of the uk, would remain pa rt not the rest of the uk, would remain part of the eu's customs territory, very close to the rules of the single market. but it would mean that northern ireland was treated differently with all the applications for the debate about sovereignty. that that implies. i think that leaves us with the almost unsolvable brexit triangle. these are the things the uk wants. to leave the customs union and single market, it is determined that there should be an open land border in ireland, as open as it is now, but it also won snowboard in the irish sea and you cannot have all of those together. you can have at least one of them. the backstop says if you wa nt of them. the backstop says if you want the open land border, why doesn't the whole of the uk stay close to the customs union for a limited period? close to the customs union for a limited period ? but close to the customs union for a limited period? but that has been rejected three times in parliament. so the only other alternative, you do not have to call but many more
checks down the irish sea. but that means you need on board, if you want the political support in parliament, tory mps who are sceptical and potentially those votes from the dup so potentially those votes from the dup so it is no surprise to see who is in downing street this afternoon as the sort of issues are being discussed. because we have discussed these before, and people's stance has been pretty clear, because we are so has been pretty clear, because we are so close to the 31st of october, because parliament is now suspended for five weeks, the suggestion is that actually there is a readiness to look again at some of these things in order to get a deal. do you detect the political temperature around some of these things has changed? it has changed and they are being re—examined but as i see, from eu sources i am getting this afternoon, we still do not know what they want. if they want negotiation they want. if they want negotiation they need to put forward a proposal. they are looking at things which can replace the backstop but there is no specifics that are being formally
tabled. and as you say, time is tight. the withdrawal agreement took more than 18 months to negotiate and we have only a few weeks for boris johnson if that is what he wants to do, to be negotiated, get it ratified and legislate for it. i listened to an interview with the scotla nd listened to an interview with the scotland today from the former director—general a few weeks ago, he said time is crushingly tight. thank you chris. in the past few moments we have heard president trump has dismissed his security adviser, botham, saying he disagreed with many of his suggestions. —— bolton. here is president's tweet a
the very familiar figure. just recently in the white house. so he was brought in after the formation of the trump administration, when so many had been dismissed or had left. but his tenure is now been dismissed or had left. but his tenure is now over. a difference in opinion but the result is the same. he is no longer pa rt result is the same. he is no longer part of the trump team. being such a high—profile person in the administration and somebody who is known right around the world, certainly in diplomatic quarters, it isa certainly in diplomatic quarters, it is a very big departure for the trump administration so there will the a lot of interest in who the president replaces esther bolton with. i will bring more to you if i
get it. it is 5:16pm. you are the headlines. the dup leadership meets borisjohnson in downing street to discuss brexit — amid suggestions the prime minister is considering possible changes to the irish backstop. labour leaderjeremy corbyn says he'll offer voters another referendum , with an option for leaving the eu , as well as an option for remaining. and in the last few minutes — president trump has sacked the us national security advisor, john bolton — saying he disagreed with many of his suggestions. england are expected to make changes for their game at southampton against kosovo. the england head coach says jason roy still has a lot to prove at test level four squad. they trained at the oval today ahead
of their game. this i will have a full update in the next 50 minutes. more on our top story of the dup meeting borisjohnson more on our top story of the dup meeting boris johnson amid suggestions, and they are only suggestions, and they are only suggestions, that the prime minister is considering possible changes to the backstop. the mechanism which is meant to avoid a hard border in northern ireland. it is one of the key obstacles to an agreement and has been for some time. to get the view from brussels, i am delighted to see that peter fosterjoins us. what you make of the talks between
the dup and downing street? is it realistic do you think to expect some kind of breakthrough on this idea of a northern ireland only backstop? i am not sure you will get a breakthrough in the immediate term. mr mrjohnson. the dup do not want to see northern ireland left in a different position from the rest of great britain. they do not want to see northern ireland becoming a regulatory explain of the european union. whether not there can be, people need to be clear about the difference with tina northern island only backstop, the text of which is in the original backstop, and the kind of hybrid backdrop which i think downing street is trying to angle for. mrjohnson has said there could be an all ireland regime for
animaland could be an all ireland regime for animal and plant products but as chris morris said, that is only about 30% of the checks at the border. the aim of the backstop is to create a fully open border to defend the entire island economy and to do that you do not do that by simply agreeing that you will follow eu rules on plant and animal health. there is a whole range of other issues that go into a border as chris said. customs, vat, all the rules and regulations, industrial goods and competition policy if good is with labour that does not follow eu standards, social environmental rules, will befall all of those? it is quite unitary proposition and i think we are a long way from the british government accepting that. how would you characterise the nature or intensity or lack of intensity of the communications between london and brussels right now, in terms of trying to get some kind of agreement before this summit ta kes pla ce kind of agreement before this summit
takes place in october? what is the level of discussion and communication on this? it is very low at the moment. david frost, mr johnson's official will be in brussels on wednesday and friday this week i understand. i think europe will be very interested to see if he does finally bring solid proposals to the table. to date, we have put nothing, we the brits have put nothing solid on the table because if you look at the protocol, i don't recommend it, but if you do, and you look at the annexes, they list line after line of eu laws and regulations that will be essentially replicated in the backstop. if you are suggesting that those are going to be replicated via alternative arrangements, technology, that is a massive and herculean task. it could run to hundreds and thousands of pages possibly. brussels will be looking to see quite clearly what the brits mean by the step in the right direction. how far are they
prepared to state? because in the moment we are in a world where boris johnson says he wants to see the uk leave entirely but he wants a northern ireland only dimension and that won't come close to cutting it in brussels. what is your hunch, at this point, lots can change, at this point, about the prospects for that summit on the 17th of october? point, about the prospects for that summit on the 17th of 0ctober?|j think summit on the 17th of october?” think an awful lot of work needs to be done. the other enormous factor here is that i do not see, from a conversation with european diplomats and officials, i do not see europe slapping a substantially new deal on the table unless borisjohnson can demonstrate he has majority in parliament for that deal. the eu have initially said they would open the west brom agreement to put in a northern ireland only backstop but it would look substantially like the one that has already been rejected.
—— withdrawal agreement. it is a tall order. thank you peter. labour leaderjeremy corbyn told the tuc you would hold another referendum ‘with a viable leave option', if the party were to win. referendum win. but he says the priority is to stop a no—deal brexit. laura thank you forjoining us. jeremy corbyn has arrived at this position. what is this meant to do in terms of voters? what are voters meant to make of labour's offer if there was an election in the next few weeks? you will have seen me set out
alongsidejeremy corbyn a brand—new department for employment rights of which i would be the secretary of state. we are very much giving up for a general election but you will know and i hope people in all formations will that we had to go so it was a moral and political imperative, to stop a no—deal brexit. that is what has happened in parliament, the proroguing parliament has made scrutiny of borisjohnson very difficult but we have said that we will have to block a no—deal brexit for many reasons. number one, the economic hit that would take ever farmers for example, what would happen, this isjust one example, what would happen to designer exports of sheep meat? how would they endure the tariffs, car manufacturing, we just couldn't possibly allow that kind of situation to take place. once that is secure, we are absolutely then desperate to go to the nation in a
general election and offer hope, i very, very positive story about how things can fundamentally change. because of course the question of whether we remain or leave in the european union and upon what terms, is one issue of absolutely hundreds of issues that people are really concerned about. i do not know about you, if you are feeling brexit to ta ke you, if you are feeling brexit to take but many of my constituents are and —— brexit fatigue. as well as being concerned about a no—deal brexit i was very eager to let people know how fundamentally different we are and what can a positive vision we have on workers' rights that borisjohnson is just never ever going to commit to.” won't talk to you about brexit fatigue because i have to be careful what i say. but i will say this. some of your senior colleagues in the shadow cabinet believe passionately that labour should be a
running party. they should be saying that if you vote for us we will stay in the eu —— remain. this is not what the party is offering according tojeremy corbyn. are you co mforta ble tojeremy corbyn. are you comfortable with that?” tojeremy corbyn. are you comfortable with that? i think you cannot expect people who committed their lives to politics do not have very strongly held beliefs on whether not we should remain. you see that on all sides of the house. there is some deeper discontent in the government than you are seeing in the opposition parties. you cannot expect that difference of opinion not to exist. the question is what do we do next? we have said we will go and negotiate an alternative agreement that does not happen with arbitrary red lines. when we are facing people in the general election which we are desperate to do, we will say you will have credible leave options and you will have an option to remain. and people will decide. it is fundamental, people have to decide after three years of such a complex
gruelling process where we have seen deep divisions and a government colla pse deep divisions and a government collapse in front of a rise and a ha rd collapse in front of a rise and a hard right for our coming to place. of course it is right that we go to the people with all of our plans, let's see what the plans are the tory party have two end poverty up and down the country. thank you very much forjoining us. the rate of unemployment in the uk is at a its—year low, according to new figures. the office for national statistics says the number of people out of work fell by 11,000 to 1.29 million in the three months tojuly. wages grew by four% in the same period. there's been criticism of the decision to award the former england cricketer geoffrey
boycott a knighthood. he was included in theresa may's resignation honours list. sir geoffrey was convicted 21 years ago of assaulting his former girlfriend in france. labour said the honour should be removed. some of mrs may's former advisers, including nick timothy and fiona hill, are also being honoured, and as richard galpin reports, the response has been rather mixed. geoffrey boycott, one of england's most successful opening batsmen, becomes sir geoffrey, after receiving a knighthood in theresa may's resignation honours. the former prime minister is a big fan. one of my cricket heroes was always geoffrey boycott. and what do you know about geoffrey boycott? geoffrey boycott stuck to it, and he got the runs in the end. thank you. but the knighthood is proving controversial. this is mr boycott, almost 20 years ago, heading into a french court to appeal a conviction
of assaulting his girlfriend at that time, margaret moore. he lost the appeal. the court had heard she'd been punched in the face and body 20 times. women's rights campaigners say his knighthood is inappropriate. at the time when prosecutions and convictions are going down, it tells survivors that they are not important, and i think that's a terrible message to send women. geoffrey boycott gave his response on the today programme this morning. it's a cross i have to bear, right or wrong, good or bad. i have to live with it, and i do, because i'm clear in my mind, and i think most people in england are, that it's not true. although the chief executive of women's aid has said "celebrating a man. i don't care a toss about her, love. it's 25 years ago. speaking later, mr boycott expressed dismay at the media raising the issue. is that what interviewing is about?
is it always to ask... difficult questions? shouldn't it be just a nice day for me? and these are just some of the close political aides and advisers who'd worked for mrs may whilst in government, who have now been given knighthoods, peerages or other honours. this has sparked yet more criticism of mrs may, with claims of cronyism, something she previously indicated she would avoid. richard galpin, bbc news. let's get reaction on this now from anthea sully, ceo of the charity, white ribbon uk, they work with men to encourage them to challenge their own behaviour and to take a stand against sexism and gender based violence. what troubles you about the way this honours system has been operating today and the fact that geoffrey boycott is now sir geoffrey boycott.
theresa may has made a serious error injudgment. theresa may has made a serious error in judgment. one of theresa may has made a serious error injudgment. one of the theresa may has made a serious error in judgment. one of the things she was trying to push through was a domestic abuse bill and this seems to throw... it seems to fly in the face of that. we have somebody who was showing no remorse, a convicted perpetrator who has been honoured in this way. that cannot be right. you know what people have been saying today, those who have been defending it, they have been saying he was convicted, it was over 20 years ago, and that this award is for a very different thing, this is for his contribution to sporting life, and for that reason it should be respected. so what would your answer to those people be? all people in the public eye, and sportspeople in particular, are role models. people look up to them. that is not only for what they achieve in sporting world, but also for the rest of their lives was up certainly in
terms of honour, this is for the whole person, and we have to look at that. it can'tjust be for what they do on the pitch. it is really important that this is criticised and actually i think geoffrey boycott needs to say something. why does he not condemn all forms of domestic abuse? what would be your message today to the members of the honours committee, who go through these things in great detail, and lots of people are turned down for honours for all kinds of reasons. what would be a message to them?” am deeply concerned that we are in a process where this honour was made in the first place. i don't know how the process works, but if there was a means of rescinding this offer, i think that should take place now. this should be withdrawn. good to talk to you. thank you forjoining us.
more on the news that president trump has sacked his national security advisor, john bolton, saying he disagreed with many of his suggestions. for his part, mr bolton has said he offered to resign last night. president trump has fired his controversial national security advisor, john bolton. he has been on social media to say he has dispensed with those services. our washington correspondent gary o'donoghue joins me now. one says he was fired, the other says he resigned. ultimately, what does this departure mean? it means that there was a fundamental rift at the heart of the white house, and its contact with foreign policy and strategic threats facing the united states. we have just had some reporting from our at
cbs that says that insiders in the white house said jon bolton had effectively been running his own show at the national security council, and he had picked his own agenda and not consulted the president. we have seen in recent times, particular in the last few days over afghanistan, that jon bolton has been at odds with the president over the way forward. he didn't like the idea of the taliban coming here to camp david for talks, he didn't like the idea of the president reaching out to president rohani in iran for potential talks. he has also been frozen out of a lot of the north korean negotiations. if you look around the world at the big strategic problems that the us faces, jon bolton is not on the same page as his president, and that cannot continue. is there an obvious replacement? not so far. the president said that will not happen until next week. this has all been rather rushed was up bolton was due to appear in the white house briefing room in about 45 minutes'
time, along with others, to make various announcements. this is all, in typical style with this president, in a less than orderly fashion. the question of weather he jumps or was pushed will be worked out in the next few days. jon bolton, for his part, has said on twitter that he will have his say at some point. i'm sure he will. thank you once again. why don't we take a slight pause, because there is plenty of sports news to talk about. good afternoon. england will play kosovo for the first time this evening. their euro 2020 qualifier is taking place at southampton's st mary's stadium. england will be looking to maintain their 100% record in the group. our sports correspondent, natalie pirks, is there for us. gareth southgate has hinted at changes after that rather routine
win over bulgaria last friday.” think we could see a few changes tonight, because southgate has talked about 20 to give his squad game time under pressure. qualification is something fans are fully expecting them to do, three wins out of three. there is not enoughjeopardy in wins out of three. there is not enough jeopardy in this group, the talk has said. kosovo could give somejeopardy tonight. talk has said. kosovo could give some jeopardy tonight. the front three could change, rashford... sancho going so well in the bundesliga. he doesn't like confidence, does he? he has complained about his stats on the new fifa game, so he clearly wants to do well. he clearly wants to play for england. southgate said, i could not hold back, he is not one we want to hold back stop england are unbeaten in ten years in terms of
qualifying, so they are looking to make it a full decade without losing. england haven't played here at st marys since 2002, a 2— to drop in euro qualifying against macedonia. kosovo, you hinted that they could be a tough team. they are a young nation, only recognised by u efa a young nation, only recognised by uefa and fifa three years ago or something. they are a really good, on an unbeaten run as well. 15 games unbeaten, the best of any team in europe, almost two years. the fans here already are making a lot of noise. there have beenjokes that kosovois noise. there have beenjokes that kosovo is empty tonight. we are respecting tens of thousands, perhaps even 20,000 coming here for this occasion. england are the best tea m this occasion. england are the best team they have ever faced since they we re team they have ever faced since they were officially ratified as a team by fifa and uefa in 2016. they are just one point behind england in group a, unbeaten still. there is no surprise that southgate talked about
them being the biggest opposition they have got in group a. they are ranked 120 in the world, kind of belying the fact they are full of confidence. they are young squad, an average age of 23. most of them were never born there because their pa rents never born there because their pa re nts ha d never born there because their parents had to leave when the troubles began, they were born in different countries like switzerland, for example. they are a hungry site, some championship players, some excellent players and they will give england a stern test tonight. he cannot make too many changes, southgate, to disrupt that site. for once, it will be something for england to get their teeth into. it should be interesting. thank you. natalie will be back with all the build up from wembley in sportsday at 6:30pm, with commentary on bbc radio 5 live on airfrom 7pm. coverage available on the bbc sport website and app.
we'll have more for you in sportsday at 6:30pm. the scottish government has confirmed that glasgow is to host a major united nation's climate change summit next year, and it is a very big event, because up to 200 heads of state and 30,000 delegates are expected to come to glasgow for the conference, which is designed to produce an international response to the climate urgency. it's the 26th conference of the parties, known as copd 26 and it will aim to reach binding targets to limit greenhouse gases and other climate change reduction measures, and campaigners have said that hosting the conference will give the uk the chance to set the tone for the world's future attitude to climate change. that is just confirmation
that glasgow will be hosting a major united nations climate change summit next year with up to do hundreds of state attending. the time is 5:39pm. let move on to some of the other news today. police in northern ireland say a bomb found in londonderry last night was an attempt by the dissident republican group, the new ira, to murder police officers. during the search of the creggan estate, petrol bombs were thrown at the police. our ireland correspondent, chris page, reports. at this point, what more has been said? we have heard that they believe this device was made by the new ira, thought to be the largest and most active of the dissident republican groups. the device had a degree of sophistication, found in
the boot of a car on the creggan estate, the part of derry where live in the key was shot dead. it had a command wire attached to it, so it perhaps would have been meant to target a police patrol passing through the creggan estate. the bomber would have sent a pulse down the command wire and detonated the device, which did contain a significant quantity of commercial explosives. they are clear that if this device had been used as intended, it was likely the police officers would have been killed, but it also would have been likely to have caused devastation to the community. police are concerned because that was the eighth attempt that we know of to attack police offices this year. we have had a bomb outside the courthouse in derry injanuary, bomb outside the courthouse in derry in january, the bomb outside the courthouse in derry injanuary, the murder of library key in derry in april —— lyra mckee.
police say that although the threat from dissident republicans has been officially classed as severe for the last ten years, they are noticing a pattern this year if what they think is an increase in attacks. they say they cannot repeat it to any individual event, but they say it is pa rt individual event, but they say it is part of what they see as a concerted effort by dissident republicans to attack police officers. they say they have several hundred police officers and m15 officers working to tackle the dissident threat, but the chief constable of northern ireland is appealing to the government for extra police officers. there is concern among senior officers that the publicity around brexit, anything that puts issues of identity to the foreground in northern ireland, anything that pushes prosecution issues up the agenda could be used by dissident republicans to boost their agenda. they will use any means they can to push on in their campaign. while police are emphasising that while
this is nothing new and they have been targeting police officers since the provisional ira went out of business 14 years ago,, they still say that the threat is high, especially with an increase in attacks. thank you for that analysis. a man who threatened to "kill all muslims" and stabbed a teenager the day after the christchurch mosque attack, has been jailed for over 18 years. vincent fuller, who's 50 from stanwell, admitted the attempted murder of a bulgarian teenager in a knife attack on 16 march this year. he targeted the victim, who was sitting in his car with a friend. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford has more. shouting. get on the floor! armed police officers arresting vincent fuller, after his race hate inspired rampage that had lasted almost an hour.
as they detained him, vincent fuller called the officers race traitors, and said he hoped their kids would go to hell. it was the day after the attack on two mosques in new zealand, that left 51 people dead. before his attack, fuller posted on facebook that he agreed with what the killer in new zealand had done. he wrote... he then went to his asian neighbours' home, hitting the door with a baseball bat, shouting racist abuse and terrifying the woman inside. come here, you bleep! next, he headed down his street shouting, "kill all muslims, white supremacists rule", smashing cars with his bat. eventually, it broke, so he went back to his flat to collect a knife and set out to the nearby tesco superstore, intent on carrying out his
threats to kill a muslim. here, vincent fuller walked up to a bmw car, with the windows open and two men inside. one of them was bulgarian but might have been mistaken for middle eastern. the other was black with a beard and appeared to be wearing a skull cap. "you're going to die", fuller told them, lunging at the bulgarian man with the knife, and caught him on his hand. "you're going to die", he repeated. he lunged at him again and nicked him on the neck but fortunately did not break the skin. at that point, the bulgarian managed to start the car and drive off. fuller ran from the scene but was arrested soon after. hello, everybody... he was known by neighbours as a violent and unpredictable man. but it was the massacre in new zealand that triggered him to attempt his own terrorist killing. the teenager who abducted, raped and murdered the schoolgirl
alesha macphail has had his sentence reduced by three years on appeal. aaron campbell was 16 when he was sentenced to life with a minimum of 27 years injail for killing the six—year—old on the isle of bute last year. today, judges ruled the sentence should be reduced to 24 years. as we've heard, a review by public health england has found a quarter of adults have been prescribed drugs in the past year which could be addictive. medicines including painkillers, sleeping pills and anti—depressants are taken by around 12 million adults, with half of them being long—term users. our health correspondent dominic hughes has more details. medicines that can relieve pain, or help with sleep or anxiety, play a vital role in the lives of millions of people. but concern is growing over the length of time some patients are being prescribed these potentially addictive drugs. people like libby, who has been taking antidepressants for more than 20 years.
i have felt, at times, very angry and very frustrated, in terms of how it has affected my family life, how it has affected my relationships with people. because, obviously, people are seeing you suffering. but i feel that the worst thing about it is you're told that you're ill, or you're told that you need the medicine and it kind of makes you feel helpless. public health england looked at five commonly prescribed types of medicine, including powerful painkillers, sleeping pills and antidepressants. a quarter of all adults in england have been prescribed at least one of these drugs in the year to march 2018. half of all patients taking these drugs have done so continuously for the previous 12 months. and, depending on the medicine, between a fifth and a third had received a prescription for at least the previous three years.
opioid painkillers stop working, for most people, after three months, and drugs prescribed for insomnia and anxiety are not recommended to be used for more than 28 days. experts on addiction warn that patients can quickly become dependent on their medication. when you put an addictive substance in, it acts like hunger for food or thirst for water. you know, your survival mechanism now believes that you need that drug. and if you tried to stop eating one day, you'd have problems. it's education and support to help that person. the advice to patients, who may be concerned, is not to suddenly stop taking their medication. instead, they should seek the help of their gp. dominic hughes, bbc news. in the past half hour, president trump has announced that he has sacked his national security advisor, john bolton. in a tweet, mr trump said he disagreed strongly
with many of mr bolton's suggestions, as did others in his administration. he went on say that he would name a new national security adviser next week. mr bolton has also tweeted, saying that he had offered to resign. there have also been plenty of comments on social media from journalists in the us who say that mr bolton has been communicating with them directly. for example, robert costa said that ambassador bolton sent a text message, let's be clear, i resigned, i offered to do so last night and then another journalists saying, he is watching
the coverage, and said, let's be clear i resigned. a battle of the news lines there. let's speak to phyllis bennis, from the independent foreign poicy think tank, the institute for policy studies, in washington, joins me now. what has led to this? i think it is probably true that bolton resigned before and then trump tried to reclaim it and say, you don't resign, i will fire you. there has been serious disagreement between the two. time. bolton is an unreconstructed supporter of one thing, going to warfor regime change. he supported bombing north korea and iran. he was one of the main factors behind trump's decision to reverse the moves towards normalisation with cuba, he pushed for the attempted coup in venezuela. he has been the harshest of the
hawkish voices in the trump administration. he has not had as much support for his position from trump as he hoped. with this agreement over iran and north korea, when president trump went to south korea and then suddenly announced he was going to meet with kimjong—un and stepped over the line into north korean territory, in anticipation of that, bolton had said, i will not even go with you, i will go on another trip somewhere else. that is kind of unprecedented for the national security adviser not to accompany the president, but they had serious disagreements. though both used very strong militaristic language. for trump, it both used very strong militaristic language. fortrump, it was both used very strong militaristic language. for trump, it was more asserting what he thought his base wa nted asserting what he thought his base wanted to hear. he has pulled back from the brink on a number of occasions, because he also has been trying politically to be able to pull out troops from various places where they are in harms way, whether
in afghanistan, iraq and elsewhere. this notion that his administration's top security adviser, bolton, who has historically been against diplomacy, against international institutions, i remember well in a debate with me 25 years ago when he condemned the united nations, his definition of us first, which is trump's position, it's much more us military first. that is not how trump comes to it. he hasn't been able to have as much influence as i think he wanted. the last straw was probably that a particle in the last couple of days of the end of the talks with the taliban and the meeting at camp david being cancelled, the meeting that trump claims to have planned, where he would meet both with the taliban and with the afghan leadership. the irony here is that in his short—term at the united
nations, which was very unsuccessful during george bush's years in the early years of the iraq war, bolton was replaced by the current special envoy to afghanistan, who organised the talks that may have led to this break between trump and bolton. his track record is clear, his values in terms of diplomacy are clear, so the president knew full well what he was getting by appointing jon bolton. it is it surprising therefore that it turned out like this? not really, because i think it would be a mistake to assume that trump had appointed bolton because of some strategic decision about the value of bolton pot positions. i think it was much more a rejection of his
earlier... his first national security adviser and others in his early cabinet who were widely reported as serving as a break on the president's impetuous nurse, on his tendencies to send troops be more militaristic. he wanted people around him who, number one, were not going to challenge him and, two, three, four and five would not be reported as challenging him. one of the things that this president cannot tolerate is somebody in and around his circles he was getting more attention than he is. on some of these issues, bolton was getting too much publicity for a president like trump to tolerate. i think that was part of his thinking. from bolton pot vantage point, his view was he was probably not able to have as much influence as he hoped, that trump was not following his advice,
and so at a certain point he says, if you're not going to follow my advice, i am out of here. interesting to talk to you and thank you so much for your analysis on that. thank you. time for a look at the weather. here's lucy martin. hello. we have seen some glimmers of blue sky at times today, but we have got something better and windier to come as we move through tonight. it is courtesy of an area of low pressure, passing towards the north and west. the associated weather fronts gradually pushed south and east, bringing some rain and windy conditions for a time as you move into wednesday. through tonight, some heavy and persistent rain for a time for north—west parts of scotla nd time for north—west parts of scotland in particular, gusts around 50 master our possible here in
exposed spots was there will be outbreaks of rain gradually working south and east as we move through the night. the initialfirst weather front and then the second one following behind. behind the weather fronts, clearer spells feeding into the far north—west. one of two isolated showers. temperatures abstain in double figures, so mild for most then we saw last night. moving into tomorrow, it starts with some cloud and patchy outbreaks of rain gradually moving south and east across invent and wales was not brighter skies. that northern ireland feeding in as we move through the day. some showers for northern ireland, scott had north—west england. a blustery day with around 30 or 40 mph is. temperatures reaching a maximum of 21 celsius. here is how it looks into thursday, the next area of low pressure waiting in the wings, working in from the west as we move into thursday. thursday will bring further wet weather at times. we
will also drag and this more humid air in the south and east. we will see things turning increasingly humid, but also the temperature picking up here as well. here is how it looks on thursday, abbots of rain for a time for scotland and northern ireland, then push into north—west and parts of wales was quite humid feeling in the south—east, with highs of 24 celsius. as we move towards the end of the week, we will start to see high pressure pushing m, start to see high pressure pushing in, so more in the weight of dry weather to come. there will be some weather to come. there will be some weather fronts just to the far north, bringing some cloud and also greater chances of outbreaks of rain. through friday and into the weekend, we're looking at more in the wake of dry and fine weather. temperatures pick—up as well. by the time we get to sunday, we are looking at highs of 25 celsius in the south—east. a good deal of dry and fine weather to come as we move towards the end of the week.
hundreds of thousands of people in england are hooked. one in four adults are prescribed painkillers, sleeping tablets or anti—depressants. i feel like if i'd turned to heroin or drink to help me with those problems... ..there would've been a lot more help for me to come off those things. public health england calls for a national helpline for people struggling with addiction to prescription drugs. also tonight. the first day of the suspension of parliament — borisjohnson tells schoolchildren he is working for a brexit deal, jeremy corbyn says labour won't commit to leave or remain in an election. petrol bombs and missiles are thrown at police in londonderry after a bomb is found in a car.