this is bbc news. the headlines: fresh pressure on theresa may as she arrives in manchester ahead of the start of her party's conference. borisjohnson intervenes again in the brexit debate — calling for a strict time limit on any transition deal. ukip's new leader, henry bolton, addresses his party conference in torquay, saying mass immigration is harming british culture and overwhelming public services. a man's been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a young girl was dropped from a bridge into a river in bolton. the spanish government says most potential voting stations for tomorrow's banned referendum on catalan independence have been closed. also in the next hour: thousands flee their homes in bali after fears a nearby volcano could erupt imminently. the indonesian island was put on high alert last week after a warning that mount agoong could erupt for the first time in half a century. and coming up in 30 minutes here on bbc news — race and pace looks at the impact west indian players have made
on the lancashire cricket league. it's the eve of the conservative party conference and theresa may is under renewed pressure from within the cabinet over her approach to brexit. the prime minister arrived in manchester a little earlier with her husband phillip. she's facing a new intervention on the brexit negotiations from the foreign secretary borisjohnson,
who has called for a strict time limit on fully leaving the eu. could the next few days bring unity to the conservative party? probably not, if the issue of brexit dominates the agenda. as they reflect on a disappointing election result, the prime minister wants to talk about domestic issues but her foreign secretary has other ideas. in an interview with the sun, borisjohnson lays out four red lines for brexit. he says the transition period after march 2019 should not be a second longer than two years. the uk should not accept any new rulings from brussels during that time. no payments should be made for access to the single market. and there should be no shadowing of the eu after brexit, mimicking eu rules to ensure free trade. let us be creative as well as practical... last week in florence, theresa may tried to move eu negotiations forward with a speech suggesting compromises in some areas. mrjohnson doesn't contradict her, but does go further than agreed government policy. what i want from the brexit talks and what borisjohnson wants from the brexit talks and indeed all of us around the cabinet table want, is the best possible deal for britain.
that secures our future outside the european union and keeps a close relationship with our current european partners. to the point where we cannot... boris, just one question,... some conservatives don't go along with borisjohnson‘s assertion that brexit will be great. in heated referendum debates, the scottish conservative leader ruth davidson took him on. can you name me just one country in the world that has said it will give us a better deal if we come out of the eu? and today she told the times that overoptimism about britain's future outside the eu sells people short. so what do conservatives arriving in manchester make of borisjohnson‘s latest intervention? i guess he's positioning himself as a sort of spokesperson for brexit and making sure that it goes through. i'm not quite sure that boris going down his own line is necessarily the right way forward. i like people who are charismatic and who can speak their minds so boris is certainly one
of those people. what is your message to boris johnson? sshhh! get behind the prime minister. theresa may is struggling to contain her party's differences over europe. something she should be just as concerned about, is just who is trying to move in on herjob. we'll find out how this story and many others are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10.30pm and 11.30pm this evening in the papers — our guests tonight are the political commentator, jo phillips, and nigel nelson, political editor at the sunday mirror and people. at ukip‘s party conference in torquay, new leader henry bolton has warned that mass immigration is harming british culture and overwhelming public services. but in a major shift on ukip‘s position he added there should be no cap on the number of migrants who can come to the country — instead calling for an australian style points—based system to manage figures instead. the prime minister has asked for a transition period of around — "around" — two years.
across the uk people see their community is changing. and they have little or no voice in the way that those communities are being shaped, the environment they live in and the services provided to them. they are rarely consulted, and when they are, it is a matter of procedure rather than care for their opinion. doctors' surgeries are being closed. police numbers are being cut and crime is increasing. multiculturalism is swamping or displacing our own british culture. a 14—year—old boy is in a critical condition after being stabbed near a mosque in the small heath area of birmingham. a 29—year—old has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. police have not ruled out the attack could be racially motivated. five people have been injured in two stabbings in sheffield city centre. police believe the incidents — which happened in the early hours of the morning — are linked. four people have been arrested and are in police custody.
samantha haines reports. pa rt part of sheffield city centre was closed off for several hours today as crime scene investigators gathered evidence following the stabbings. police described the two incidents as fights they believed we re incidents as fights they believed were linked and involved the same local people. the first happened at 4am and the second one happened here at two hours later. three people we re at two hours later. three people were stabbed here and another person was it ever the head with a bottle. people passing the crime scene said they were shocked to learn what had happened hours earlier. desperately sad. too many weapons being used on the streets. i'm not sure there is a solution as to what we can do about that. my daughter is only 18. it is scary. it is freshers week, there
are young people out. it is shocking. i am really shocked. one of the injured people was in a critical condition this morning but is said to be stable in hospital after having emergency surgery. two of the four people arrested are being held on suspicion of attempted murder while the other two are held on suspicion of public order offences. police ask anyone who saw anything to contact them. a 21—year—old man has died after being stabbed during a mass brawl in manchester city centre. four men have been arrested in relation to the large fight which spilled out of suburbia nightclub in the early hours of this morning. several people were taken to hospital and two police officers were treated for minor injuries. police have appealed for witnesses to come forward with information. a man's been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a young girl was dropped from a bridge into a river in bolton. the three year old was rescued from the water by police and escaped without serious injury. from the water by police and escaped kevin fitzpatrick reports.
from the water by police and escaped a bridge overlooking the river tonge in astley bridge. last night the scene of a desperate effort to prevent a 39—year—old man from throwing a little girl over the edge. below is a 50 foot drop into shallow water. police had been called to the scene on crompton way at 8.30pm after reports that the man was on the bridge wall, threatening to let go of the child. simon hartshorn drove past as specialist officers attempted to talk him down. i came down this road and i spotted the police car. i spied a pram and then i spotted the man sat on the bridge with his hands in front like that. i thought, he's got a kid, there. i hope he don't drop that kid. all sorts were going through my head. and then the thought came, what's the child done? police say the man wouldn't talk to them, and after an hour and a half, he dropped her. by the time the girl fell, an officer was waiting in the water and she was pulled out within seconds. despite it only being a couple of feet deep, she went to hospital
and had suffered just a broken writst. she's expected to make a full recovery. five minutes later, the man also fell and he was rescued by police as well. the man sustained minor injuries and is now being held on suspicion of attempted murder. a police spokesperson said the trauma the girl was put through is heartbreaking. kevin fitzpatrick, bbc north west tonight, astley bridge. the spanish government says it has closed most of the potential polling stations which were to be used for the catalan referendum. thousands of people are expected to take part in the vote — something central government has called illegal. our correspondent tom burridge has been following developments in barcelona. this is how people in catalonia are trying to keep this school, polling stations they hope, open tomorrow. they feel the police will not get in
if they organise activities for their kids. some parents are sleeping at schools overnight to maintain these polling stations and keep them open overnight. there will be other schools which will not open and people will not physically be able to vote and therefore what is key tomorrow is there will be a vote but what will the turnout be? cata la n but what will the turnout be? catalan officials admit the low turnout will render the vote void but they also say if they get a significant turnout, we don't know what they need by that but if they get a significant vote and get a yes vote, they could unilaterally declare independence. thousands of people are demonstrating in another pa rt people are demonstrating in another part of us alone against the very concept of this referendum. this is extinct —— potentially explosive and little bit dangerous. we have a guest who is writing a book on the spanish monarchy and
catalonia. wellcome. how many people need to turn out and vote in favour of independence for even the catalan government to regard it as legitimate? it is a very difficult question. the thought here right now is that even if the turnout is very, very small, if a catalan government is going to declare independence next wednesday the 4th of october, no matter what. it is not a matter of numbers, it is a question of a political decision that has been taken already on the 6th of september in the catalan parliament. what option with the central spanish government have in dealing with catalonia? well, there are two main scenarios. one is the abdication of article 155 in the spanish constitution which is the suspension of autonomy and basically taking
over from the spanish of autonomy and basically taking overfrom the spanish —— spanish government. the other which is the most dramatic and less possible right now is the detention of the prime minister or the president and putting him directly injail prime minister or the president and putting him directly in jail because he has been accused of sedition. these two scenarios will bubbly be taking place this week after the declaration of independence which i incestis declaration of independence which i incest is the most likely thing to be happening after the vote tomorrow, even if the turnout is very small, and even if it is a very strange referendum because the possibilities of voting normally are 110w possibilities of voting normally are now mostly impossible. the catalonia is often say they want to be a republic, they don't want to be part of the monarchy. so, what sort of constitutional crisis is the king facing? it is the biggest constitutional crisis that he has faced since he came in 2014. it is
the biggest crisis that the spanish and and spain of the country is facing since 1981 after the week when things start normalising, the questions there are very, very big, and there is a lot of uncertainty. nobody really knows where the solution is and how we are going to get over all this enormous political crisis. we are going to change the constitution. it will take time. but it is very important what is go to happen this week in this country, it is very important to know what the future will be like, and how the monarchy and the government will be facing this enormous constitutional crisis. how much sympathy in the rest of spain is there for them catalonia to be independent?m
rest of spain is there for them catalonia to be independent? it is enormous. people in the rest of the country have been taken to the streets today and nobody understands the wish. the feelings are very strong, the russians are very high, and the rest of the country, the spanish people, the spaniards outside catalonia are mostly outraged with the desire of breaking away from the rest of the trip. they don't understand. they are angry. and they think it is an illegal move that should be definitely stopped by the central government. there are demonstrations today around the country, they were very emotional and very fierce, if i can use that word. very determined to stop the people of catalonia from raking away from the rest of the country. is there an international court that spain and catalonia could go to to sort this out? well, i don't really
know how this situation could be solved internationally. i have been observing that for the spanish have meant, it is very important what the european union says. president mariano rajoy went to washington this weekend and they were very pleased in the spanish government because president trump said he prefers a united spain. they will be using the fact that two prime ministers, sorry, the president of the game parliament and the president of the repealing commission have been very clearly declaring themselves against the independence of catalonia. how could an international court helps the spanish government and the catalan government get together western mark i don't think there is such a tradition. i don't think there is a court where they could go to settle things down. even need of dialogue,
and the need of a negotiation. after next week. because the spanish government can't afford to stay in catalonia with the police just stopping people from implementing parallel situation which is from wednesday which will probably start happening. thank you for talking to us, it is complex and you have explained it predicted to us. thank you. more now on the news that theresa may is coming under further pressure over brexit from one of her own cabinet members on the eve of the conservative party conference. borisjohnson has set out his own "red lines" for the process — saying any transition period must last no longer than two years. our political correspondent chris mason is in our salford studio. the mason is in our salford studio. labour party manag lot the labour party managed to dodge a lot of the brexit troubles, not the conservatives this week? yes. theresa may on the position of
brexit, and borisjohnson, when he makes these kind of splashes, it raises the whole question around her leadership again because boris johnson's ambitions are nothing if not fairly transparent. and by doing what he has done, not only on brexit but by straying onto territory way over the rematch of a foreign secretary, talking about which jude and depth and public sector pay, it raises the question about the shelf life of the prime minister. i think what we will get repeatedly from conservative spokesmen and women over the next couple of days as a desire to talk about anything but brexit. talk about the domestic political priorities. they are keenly aware that of course conservatives in this government will be defined and see their time
dominated by brexit because it is this gargantuan issue that looms over everything in politics. but they want to try, when they have the chance, and they see the next few days as that chance to talk about that and address what the electorate highlighted was an achilles' heel for them at the general election which was the fact that so many young people didn't go anywhere near the conservatives and were very much drawn byjeromy corbyn and the labour party. amber rudd was quite outspoken about the 4000 word essay that was johnson wrote on outspoken about the 4000 word essay that wasjohnson wrote on this essay —— issue a couple of weeks ago. how much... that was a dissertation from borisjohnson a much... that was a dissertation from boris johnson a couple much... that was a dissertation from borisjohnson a couple of weeks ago. what is striking about the interview he gave in the sun today, he had done that interview and was very
struck by how easy it was to get borisjohnson to say vaguely physically awkward things again for the prime minister. his supporters support him and his detractors don't. what has happened over last year is that his star has faded a little amongst his contemporaries and his peers and the broader conservative faithful but if you look at some survey evidence of conservative members, imperfect as it is, and he is still seen as a potential voice of the future, not least because of its capacity to cut through and which part of the conservatives might not. plenty interpreted that intervention a couple of weeks ago not so much an intervention to topple the prime minister but more to remind his conservative audience that he is still very much there. if they were
remanded a couple of weeks ago in bolton, he has underlined it today. with a highlighter pen probably as well. exactly. thank you. full round—up of the sports now. we are going to start with football tonight because manchester city are back on top of the premier league after a brief spell with united on top this afternoon. city have beaten chelsea 1—0 in a cagey late kick—off to send them to the top. tim hague reports. the biggest premier league game of the season so far. they played against manchester city side many think they will winds the title. the hosts had their star striker upfront. but he and nobody ask avaaz much to be excited about.
the pressure was eventually telling with over 20 minutes left. cut the title holders get back into it? they still weren't creating enough openings. this was one of the best but at the other end, city continued to threaten. this was not a day for it. pep guardiola's side, the winners of the biggest game of the season winners of the biggest game of the season so far and are back on top again. earlier this afternoon an unbeaten manchester united put four past the struggling palace at old trafford... juan mata scoring their first goal within 3 minutes... maroune fellaini then scored twice before romelu lukaku got a late fourth —
his 11th goal in 10 games. palace on the other hand are firmly rooted at the bottom — having lost every league game this season without scoring. spurs are up to third after a four nil over huddersfield in the day's early kick—off. harry kane scored two goals, taking his tally to 13 goals in his last eight games. he scored either side of ben davies as spurs took score three inside the opening 25 minutes. moussa sissoko added a fourth late on to complete the rout... elsewhere in the day's 7 premier league games... bournemouth v leicester was goalless peter crouch scored the winnerfor stoke against southampton watford came from behind to draw 2—2 at west brom and west ham beat swa nsea. let's look at the table.
in the scottish premiership, leaders celtic dropped points today as former manager neil lennon returned with hibernian who earnt a 2—2 draw. second placed aberdeen beat saintjohnstone 3—0. there were also wins for ross county and motherwell whilst dundee and hearts shared the points. lewis hamilton will start on pole for the malaysian grand prix after his biggest championship rival sebastian vettel suffered a big blow in qualifying. the german couldn't set a time in sepang after the turbo on his ferrari failed during the first session of qualifying. it means he'll start the race from the back of the grid. hamilton took the 70th pole position of his career, ahead of ferrari's kimi raikkonen, and will be confident of extending his lead over vettel in tomorrow's race. leicester made it three wins in three in the aviva premiership after beating champions exeter 20—13 at welford road.
leicester took a 10 point lead in the first half with a try from nick malouf and a string of penalties from george ford. but the reigning champions responded well after being awarded a penalty try for a deliberate knock—on. jonny may sealed the win for the tigers with this well—taken try. elsewhere, northampton went top of the table after beating harlequins 30—22. meanwhile in the pro 14, munster put in a dominant second half performance to beat cardiff blues 39 points to 16 and ulster lost their first game of the after going down 27—23 to zebre in italy. catalans dragons came from behind to win the ‘million pound game' 26—10, and relegate leigh centurions from super league. leigh had been leading 6—4 at half time, but the dragons produced an outstanding second half display, scoring 22 points to
guarantee their place in next season's top division. it's the second time centurions have been relegated from super league. now it's almost the end of rory mcilroy‘s season but the 4 that is all the sports are now. the us secretary of state, rex tillerson, has revealed direct communication between washington and the north korean regime for the first time. speaking on a visit to china to meet president xijingping, mr tillerson said washington was ‘probing' the possibility of talks with pyongyang and added that they are not in a ‘dark situation'. but the war of words continues — yesterday, north korea threatened to reduce america to a ‘sea of flames'. earlier our asia pacific editor, celia hatton, explained the significance of the development. donald trump himself famously said on the campaign trail that he would sit down with kim jong—il on over a hamburger so these really aren't out
of the stated policy of us engagement with north korea which is maximum pressure, maximum engagement. we have seen the us really tried to push china to carry out the maximum pressure and the maximum amount of sanctions on north korea to try and convince them to give up their nuclear weapons programme. now we are going to see china really putting the screws into the —— into the us to carry out the engagement side of the process so it is not a surprise that rex tillerson shows his visit to china to reiterate the fact that washington is apparently willing to sit down and talk. china is carrying out sanctions but they have said repeatedly they don't think sanctions will do any good. the sanctions will do any good. the sanctions will do any good. the sanctions will not achieve what the us says it wants which is to convince him to give up his nuclear weapons programme. what china has said all along and what many countries in the region are saying
is diplomacy is what is going to bring down the pressure in the region, bring down the pressure on the korean peninsula. i don't think they are willing to sit down might now, i think it is accepted they wa nt to now, i think it is accepted they want to get it the end goal which is to achieve a weapon that they believe will defend the north korean regime. once they achieve that nuclear weapons, weapon that can reach the mainland united states, they said all along that is what they said all along that is what they are going to do. once they have that weapon and they carry out the test to convince themselves that weapon is usable, i think then they might sit down for negotiations because at that point, they will be a strong position and will be able to negotiate some kind of deal, some kind of achievement to get what they want. more than 100,000 people have fled their homes on the indonesian island of bali amid fears a nearby volcano could erupt imminently. it would be the first time mount agoong has
erupted in half a century, as our correspondent, hywel griffith, reports. a sleeping giant which is slowly coming to life. it's now more than a week since mount agung started to show signs that an eruption could be imminent. the volcano is a sacred place for the balinese people. they face towards it as they pray. when it last erupted in 1963, more than 1,000 people died. so everyone here is calling on the gods for one thing. for good luck, i think. because eruption, nobody knows. nobody knows. from here we can see the smoke coming out of the crater. another sign, maybe, that mount agung is about to erupt. all of the villages here have been evacuated, people forced to leave their fields and livelihoods behind. more than 140,000 people have fled their homes, making the evacuation centres crowded. the balinese governor says anyone who doesn't live in the immediate exclusion zone should return home, mindful that these temporary shelters could be in use for months.
but while one part of the island is bracing for a natural disaster, another seems almost oblivious. the government has been anxious to keep bali open for its biggest business, tourism. for some visitors, the prospect of being marooned here is quite appealing. i could definitely do with a few more weeks here. ijust hope that it has a few little belly rumbles and then basically life goes on. but for now, all anyone can do is wait and hope that the threat hanging over this island will be lifted. hywel griffith, bbc news, bali. let's ta ke let's take a look at the weather forecast. temperatures are dropping across scotland and in the clearest skies for a while across northern england and northern ireland before the cloud —— cloud increases. further south, bit more rain and
drizzle around. and some low cloud, too. further north, quite a difference in temperatures. cause enough for a touch of frost. there is lot of cloud around, the winds picking up. heavy rain clears, nor the lines in the afternoon, later western scotland and colder air beginning to arrive. winds pick up overnight and into monday morning rush—hour. overnight and into monday morning rush-hour. there may well be some travel disruption, especially in the central belt of scotland. quite a few showers across the northern half of the uk but further south, it won't be quite as windy. most places will be dry.