'Number of casualties' after aircraft and helicopter in mid-air collision

A helicopter and aircraft have been involved in a mid-air collision over Buckinghamshire, with the ambulance service confirming a number of casualties.

Emergency crews were called to the crash site near to the village of Waddesdon, which is home to Waddesdon Manor, shortly after midday.

A forensic tent at the crash site near Waddesdon Manor

A spokeswoman for the South Central Ambulance Service said: "There have been a number of casualties at the scene, but at this stage this is all we are able to confirm."

Air crash investigators have also been sent to the scene.

Epilepsy may have played a “big part” in Gaia Pope's disappearance

The father and cousin of missing teenager Gaia Pope have told Good Morning Britain her epilepsy may have played a 'big part' in her disappearance.

As the search for Gaia continues, her father Richard Sutherland expressed how the family fear her condition may have left her disoriented and confused.

He explained: “The doctors have said that she is at risk of sudden death from epilepsy, or sudden epileptic death. It’s pretty serious.” Speaking of Gaia’s ‘great spirit’, Richard added: “She’s got a big, big heart. Big, big heart. She’s a very loving girl.”

Police continue to question a 49-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder. He is believed to have known the 19-year-old who went missing 10 days ago. Clothes similar to what Gaia was wearing were discovered near a coastal path in Swanage.

Speaking about the seriousness of Gaia’s epilepsy, her cousin Marienna Pope-Weidemann explained: “Gaia’s condition has been really deteriorating over the last six months to a year. She rarely gets through a day without a seizure. Sometimes they’re very small. Other times they’re very serious. Those bigger seizures are often accompanied with quite prolonged periods of confusion and disorientation. There’s been times when she’s not recognised us for a short time afterwards, not really understood where she is. That’s a big part of what’s made this case so complicated.”

Richard added: “One thing we’ve really tried to do is not to go off down every speculation because that can lead you to 100 different ideas with a 100 different variations on everything. But, it’s entirely possible that her epilepsy has played a big part in this and that’s meant it’s been more difficult to find her.”

Richard and Marienna explained to GMB, how the efforts of the community and their family and friends “will be what gives the family the answers that we desperately need.”

Richard added: “It’s impossible to express in words really the gratitude we have for all the help we’ve had from every quarter.”

Top five headlines you’re waking up to

  1. Negotiations are underway following military action which placed President Robert Mugabe under house arrest. The country's state-run Herald newspaper published what appeared to be photographs of the ousted President meeting with army commander Constantino Chiwenga at the state house, next to South African delegation.

  2. It has emerged that twenty people have accused Kevin Spacey of "inappropriate behaviour" during his time working at the Old Vic theatre in London. In a report released by the theatre, it stated that "those affected felt unable to raise concerns" and Spacey, "operated without sufficient accountability". The US film star began performing at the Old Vic in the nineties, serving as its artistic director from 2004-15.

  3. More than one million families will sadly not have enough money to meet basic fuel needs this winter, according to new research. The National Energy Action report follows on from a recent survey which highlighted that three in 10 Britons are too scared to put their heating on fearing big fuel bills. The charity said fuel-poor families have a shortfall of £778 per month to cover basic essentials.

  4. Over 200,000 personal items have been retrieved from Grenfell Tower following a recovery operation. Some of the survivors who lived in the lower flats of Grenfell Tower have been allowed to re-enter their homes for one last time to retrieve any personal belongings that remained. It was reported that survivors "cried tears of joy" when they received the news that they would be able to go back into their homes to salvage their belongings.

  5. Despite a pinch on household budgets, British shoppers are expected to spend heavily on Black Friday before Christmas. Shoppers are set to spend a whopping £2.6 billion - that’s an 8% increase on the £2.4 billion spent last year - according to predictions by VoucherCodes and the Centre for Retail Research.

Top five headlines you're going home to

  1. Dorset police have confirmed that a third person has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of missing teenager, Gaia Pope. The 49-year-old man is believed to have known Miss Pope and was arrested on Thursday afternoon. This was just hours after items of women’s clothing had been found in a field near Swanage.

  2. It has emerged that twenty people have accused Kevin Spacey of "inappropriate behaviour" during his time working at the Old Vic theatre in London. In a report released by the theatre, it stated that "those affected felt unable to raise concerns" and that Spacey had "operated without sufficient accountability".

  3. It is now believed that seventy people and a stillborn baby died as a result of the Grenfell Tower fire. Police have said that all those who died in the blaze in west London have been recovered and formally identified. According to The Metropolitan Police, the search operation is now entering its final stage.

  4. Missing British explorer Benedict Allen has been sighted "alive and well", according to reports. The family of Allen were becoming increasingly concerned after he went missing in remote jungle in Papua New Guinea. Mr Allen had warned in a Twitter post before he set off "where I'm going in PNG you won't ever find me".

  5. High street chain Boots has been accused of a "scandalous" failure to sell cheaper emergency contraception. This is despite promising to roll it out nationwide earlier this year. Just 69 of the high street chain's 2,500 shops offer the less expensive version of EHC (Levonorgestrel), which costs £15.99.

Greggs forced to apologise for 'offensive' advent calendar advert

Bakery chain Greggs has been forced to issue an apology after they released a Christmas advert showing a nativity scene with a sausage roll replacing the baby Jesus.

Promotion for their first ever advent calendar turned into a PR nightmare after the advert attracted outrage from offended religious groups.

Right-wing pressure group The Freedom Association claimed the advert was 'sick' and that the retailer would never dare insult other religions, with chief executive Simon Richards calling for people to boycott the brand.

Should home tattoo kits be banned?

The celebrity tattooist who inks Ed Sheeran is calling for home tattoo kits to be banned, saying half his time is now spent having to fix bad jobs done by non-professionals.

Kevin Paul is concerned by the quality of products that can be bought online to enable people to tattoo at home and thinks the kits shouldn't be allowed.

However Gemma Rawnsley, who says her and her husband have tattooed each other at home, thinks a ban would be too drastic a move. "We can't legislate against absolutely everything," she said. "People make decisions they're going to regret in life. We're not going to legislate against bad relationships."

Top five headlines you're waking up to

  1. Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has been confined to his home after the country's army took control of government offices and the state broadcaster. Meanwhile, military leaders in Harare are denying they're staging a coup, insisting their action yesterday was a restoration of order, and that they are targeting 'criminals'.

  2. New CCTV images of missing teenager Gaia Pope taken less than an hour before she disappeared a week ago, have been released by Dorset Police. In them, the 19-year-old can be seen in a petrol station buying an ice cream at around 2.55pm on 7 November. She had been driven between Langton Matravers and Swanage by a family member when they stopped off for fuel at St Michael's Garage on Valley Road in Swanage.

  3. Social media giants Facebook and Snapchat will trial a new service providing direct support to victims of cyberbullying, a royal campaign has announced. The Duke of Cambridge is spearheading a fresh battle against online abuse with the support of a taskforce made up of major tech firms and charities.

  4. Theresa May will take 'personal charge' for government plans to fix the UK’s 'broken' housing market. Acknowledging a lack of affordable properties in the UK has created a 'rootless generation', the Prime Minister said too few homes have been built, and too slowly, which has forced prices to rise.

  5. John McDonnell will call on Philip Hammond to end seven years of austerity with an 'emergency Budget' for public services. The shadow chancellor will push the Chancellor to set out a "genuine and decisive change of course" when he reveals his Budget plans in the Commons next week.

Can selling rhino horns save the species?

The beautiful rhino is an animal sadly almost driven to extinction by poachers. On today’s show, our debate looked at whether selling rhino horns can save the species.

John Hume is making it his life ambition to save the rhino. He believes the best way to deal with it is to cut off and sell their horns, believing that legalising the horn trade will help stop poaching. He stated: “We need to remove the horn anyway, and we remove it like removing your nails. It removes most of what the poacher wants and makes it less profitable.”

When quizzed by Piers on why he is still selling the ivory he is collecting, he argued: “Bans don’t work, ask the Americans about their alcohol ban. It only creates a business for the illegals.”