The rise in hate crimes

Following the EU referendum, the number of hate crimes reported to police in the UK have increased dramatically with campaigners fearing that many more incidents go unreported.

A hate crime is defined as a criminal offence motivated by hostility or prejudice against someone's race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or gender.

Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, is set to launch a new hate crime action plan, including a drive to punish offenders more harshly by ordering prosecutors to press for tougher sentences in court. A £2.4 million fund is also due to be set up to pay for protective security measures at synagogues, churches and mosques.

We hear from people recently affected both online and in public. We also speak to Jonathan Sacerdoti from the group Campaign Against Antisemitism and Director of Prosecutions, Alison Saunders.

Ben’s Big Challenge continues with a 37-mile run!

We catch up with our very own Ben Shephard on the penultimate day of his epic 210-mile ultra triathlon challenge from Whitehaven to Tynemouth to raise money for the Children's Heart Unit Fund (CHUF).

Having already cycled over 140 miles and swam a mile an a half, today Ben finds himself in Alston, Cumbria where he’ll begin a 37 mile run!

After a gruelling 2 days, he describes the experience as horrific, terrifying, overwhelming and emotional.

The final leg of his challenge concludes tomorrow with a 26 mile run.

Ben takes an ice bath to help soothe those aches and pains!

Ben's joining Whitley Bay dad and lifelong friend, Ivan Hollingsworth, who has raised nearly £500,000 for the Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF) through his Seb 4 CHUF organisation.

Ivan, who’s seven-year-old son Sebastian needed life saving heart surgery just weeks after birth, has completed a range of solo and group challenges from Whitehaven to Tynemouth since his first in 2010. This is his 7th and final Coast to Coast challenge.

The full schedule:
- Sunday 24th: 81 mile cycle - Whitehaven to Glaramara
- Monday 25th: 1 mile swim, 65 mile cycle - Derwent Water to Alston
- Tuesday 26th: 37 mile run - Alston to Corbridge
- Wednesday 27th: 26 mile run - Prudhoe to Tynemouth

Donate now on the Seb 4 CHUF website

CHUF: Children's Heart Unit Fund website

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Is it ever okay to discipline a stranger's child?

He assaulted this young boy and that is crossing the boundaries and that's criminal

– Jo Frost

Childcare expert Jo Frost has criticised a pensioner who was photographed holding a child in an armlock on a train to Manchester after the boy was allegedly refusing to take his feet off the seats. Police are investigating the incident, where according to reports the child's parents weren't present.

The picture has sparked a national debate on whether we should ever - verbally and physically - discipline someone else's child.

Supernanny Jo told us this morning that she thinks the man was in the wrong - but not everyone agrees...

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19 dead after knife attacker strikes disability centre

At least 19 people have been killed and at least 25 wounded in a knife attack at a centre for disabled people near Tokyo, in a rare case of mass violence in Japan.

National broadcaster NHK said the suspect was 26-year-old former employee Satoshi Uematsuat, who had recently been sacked from the centre and reportedly told police: "I want to get rid of the disabled from this world."

He handed himself in to police two hours after carrying out the attack apparently carrying a bag with three blood-stained knives.

Officials said Uematsu had been committed to hospital in February for fear he would harm others.

Petition for Emily's Law after teen in ill-fitting life jacket drowns

Emily was the perfect daughter

– Debbie Gardner

Debbie and Clive Gardner have been through what can only be described as every parent's worst nightmare, facing heartbreak and devastation when their daughter Emily drowned while on a speedboat in Devon.

The 14 year old was holidaying with her best friend's family, when their boat capsized and her over-sized life jacket became caught underwater.

Emily Gardner, 14, died after a boat capsized and her life jacket got caught

Top five headlines you're waking up to

  1. When is it okay to tell other people's children off? And would you ever go as far as physically restraining them? We're discussing this on today's show after a shocking image has emerged appearing to show a pensioner putting a child in an armlock on a train to Manchester. It's reported that a group of children, whose parents weren't with them, were refusing to take their feet off the seats, despite being repeatedly asked.

  2. 19 people have been killed and at least 25 injured in a knife attack at a centre for disabled people in Japan. Police have arrested Satoshi Uematsu, a 26-year-old former employee of the facility. He was quoted by police in local newspaper Asahi Shimbun as saying: "I want to get rid of the disabled from this world."

  3. The parents of a teenage girl who drowned while on a speedboat ride in Devon with her best friend's family want to a see a law in her name that could save the lives of others. Emily's Law would make it a legal requirement for passengers on leisure craft to wear a properly fitting life jacket. Today, Emily's parents Debbie and Clive Gardner speak to us exclusively.

  4. Thousands of lone migrant children are living in squalid conditions or are vulnerable to smuggling gangs after being let down by European countries including the UK, a report has warned. Youngsters face a culture of disbelief and suspicion, while authorities try to avoid taking responsibility for their care and protection, according to the Lords EU committee.

  5. Synagogues, churches and mosques are to be given government money to protect themselves against attacks by racists. Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, will launch a new hate crime action plan, including a drive to punish offenders more harshly by ordering prosecutors to press for tougher sentences in court. A £2.4 million fund will be set up to pay for protective security measures at places of worship.

Dragons' Den's youngest entrepreneur

The moment they walked into the den I wanted it!

– Touker Suleyman, Dragons' Den

Last night 15-year-old Arminder Singh Dhillon became one of the youngest entrepreneurs to receive financial backing from Dragons' Den.

Arminder entered the Den with his mum and brother to sell his ingenious boot cleaning tool. When Dragons Deborah Meaden, Peter Jones and Touker Suleyman saw the product there were totally enamoured with the invention and each offered £20,000 in return for a 10 percent share of the company.

'I talk about him like he's still here'

I'm basically James's voice because he doesn't have one of his own anymore

– Denise Fergus

Denise Fergus has opened up about losing her son James Bulger after he was abducted and murdered by two boys in 1993.

She told Good Morning Britain about how she has had to move on with her life for the sake of her other children since the three year old died after being taken by Jon Venables and Robert Thompson.

Denise told Piers and Susanna of how she still talks about him like he's still alive, so her other sons feel like they know him.

"I'm basically James's voice because he doesn't have one of his own anymore," she told us.

Meanwhile, the father of a toddler kidnapped from a Primark store in Newcastle this year has spoken of the "agony" he felt in the two hours she was missing - and of his guilt over not preventing the abduction.

In an exclusive interview with Denise for GMB the man anonymously opened up about how he still longs for the truth of what happened and cannot forgive the teenagers until they tell him.