Hate crimes against British Muslims soar

It's been 12 days since the atrocities in Paris - and while many people have been left shocked and even worried about safety since those attacks, Britain's Muslim community seem to be paying the price for the actions of a small minority.

The number of hate crimes against British Muslims has soared by almost 300 per cent since the Paris attacks.

In the first week after the attacks, 115 anti-Muslim hate incidents were recorded compared to just 42 in the same period last year.

Most of the incidents involved street abuse with the majority of victims being Muslim women aged 14 to 45 years old.

About a third of cases took place on buses, trains and on the London Underground.

Ruhi Rehman who was racially abused on a train in Newcastle, just one week after the Paris attacks, but in a show of community spirit, other commuters on the train rushed to her defence and managed to force the man off the train.

Top five headlines you're waking up to

  1. Balancing the books - George Osborne will reveal today where he plans to make billions of pounds of cuts to public services

  2. World on the brink - global leaders call for calm after Turkey shoots down a Russian jet and Vladimir Putin warns of "serious consequences"

  3. Fighting back against hatred - a Muslim woman thanks the "Geordie Angels" who came to her rescue when she was abused on a train

  4. As President Hollande prepares to meet German chancellor Angela Merkel in Paris today, the manhunt continues for two suspects from the terrorist attacks

  5. Schools and the Metro in Brussels will reopen today following a lockdown in the aftermath of the Paris attacks. The city does however remain on its highest level of alert.

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Piers gets pickpocketed!

A shiny new smartphone, fancy purse or new watch may well be on your discount wish list at the Black Friday sales this week, but thieves are also on the prowl looking for their own unbeatable deals.

Showing just how easy it is, Piers Morgan had his phone unknowingly taken from his pocket by stage pickpocket Lee Thompson whilst filming Good Morning Britain this morning.

Later on he said: “I had absolutely no idea. I had actually suggested to him why don’t you try and pickpocket my phone live on air? And he had already done it.”

Piers later discovered that in place of his mobile, Lee had managed to put a picture of Susanna in his pocket, again without Piers knowing a thing.

Kevin Pietersen to become a dad for second time

One of the most talented and controversial cricketers of his generation Kevin Pietersen has announced exclusively on Good Morning Britain that he is to become a dad for a second time!

The former England batsman revealed he and wife, former Liberty X singerJessica Taylor, are expecting their second child next month as he joined us on the sofa to talk about his new project working with underprivileged children.

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Tumble dryer fire risk warning

There's a warning this morning about tumble dryers that could be a potential fire hazard.

An alert has been issued about two types of machine sold under the Indesit, Hotpoint and Creda brands. The companies have recalled appliances, warning they can be used but not left unattended over fears about fire.

You can find out exactly which models of tumble dryers are affected on the Indesit or Hotpoint websites

Top five headlines you're waking up to

  1. America has issued a worldwide travel alert for its citizens in response to ''increased terrorist threats''. The State Department's warning comes on the day President Barack Obama hosts talks at the White House with France's President François Hollande on combating the threat from Islamic State in the wake of the Paris atrocity.

  2. Brussels will remain on the highest security threat level for at least another week over fears of an imminent attack, but authorities say school's in Belgium's capital and the underground train network should reopen tomorrow.

  3. George Osborne will announce tomorrow that the health service will receive an extra £4 billion from next April to ease the growing pressure on hospitals. The Chancellor claims the government's total investment is the biggest ever commitment to the NHS since its creation.

  4. The number of child abuse cases in England has been vastly underestimated with only one in eight victims coming to the attention of the authorities, new research suggests

  5. Victoria and David Beckham, Lady Gaga and Rita Ora were among the stars out in force at last night's glitzy British Fashion Awards

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