Tumble dryer fires: 'Playing Russian roulette with peoples lives'

People have got these potentially dangerous machines in their homes - and quite frankly they're not fit for purpose

– Vickie Sheriff

Millions of owners of potentially lethal tumble dryers have been warned not to use them, while they await repair. Tumble dryers sold under the Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit brands have been behind a series of fires.

This morning we were joined by Vickie Sheriff who called for a full recall of all the machines involved and strongly encouraged people to check their tumble dryer model to see if it poses a potential fire risk.

Whirlpool have warned customers that if their tumble dryer model is affected they should "unplug it and not use it until it has been modified".

Shocking figures reveal extent of public female harassment

His reaction shocked me more than him doing it. Because he was so blasé.

– Blogger Naomi Hefter after a stranger photographed her on the street

Almost a half of women in a new study have said they have suffered verbal or physical harassment from a stranger in public, with 40 percent saying they even feared violence as a result.

The findings, from ITV's Tonight programme, paint a worrying picture, with over one in five women saying they have suffered actual violence as a result of sexual harassment in a public place.

'I can't remember my pregnancy or giving birth'

I didn't get to bond with my bump

– Tina Tappenden

Being pregnant and giving birth is one of life's defining moments, but 23-year-old Tina Tappenden has no recollection of either.

The young mum went through it all suffering blackouts and being in an induced coma and now can't remember carrying and having her little girl.

At first doctors thought Tina had a mental health condition, but after a month - and some research by her big sisters - she was diagnosed with a form of encephalitis, a disease virtually unknown but which affects 6,000 people a year in the UK.

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  1. Today there's an amber 'be prepared' weather warning for strong gales in parts of northern England, the Midlands, East Anglia and north Wales gusting at up to 80mph as a result of Storm Doris. The Met Office expects damage to structures, interruptions to power supplies and widespread disruption to travel networks, and says there is 'danger of injury from flying debris'.

  2. Millions of owners of potentially lethal tumble dryers have been warned not to use them, while they await repair. Tumble dryers sold under the Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit brands have been behind a series of fires. Owner Whirlpool had previously said they were all right to use, providing someone was in attendance but following advice from Trading Standards, the new guidance is not to use them until they are repaired.

  3. Scientists have found a new solar system filled with planets that look like Earth and could support life, Nasa has announced. At least three of the seven planets sit within the temperate zone and are the right temperature to allow alien life to flourish, researchers have said. They're also capable of having oceans, again suggesting that life could flourish on them.

  4. A mum has no memory of being pregnant or giving birth after she was struck by a devastating brain condition. Tina Tappenden, now 23, was ill with a rare condition just ten weeks into pregnancy - and spent the next six months in a total memory blackout. Tina's health deteriorated rapidly and she was placed in an induced coma. Miraculously, the baby continued to grow healthily inside her despite the trauma. Mother and baby join us today.

  5. Tonight has revealed the scale of verbal and physical harassment women in the UK face today. They found that nearly half of women (47%) have suffered verbal or physical harassment from a stranger in public and 40% say they feared violence as a result. Over one in five women (20.19%) say they have suffered actual violence as a result of sexual harassment in a public place.

EXCLUSIVE: Brendan Cox on carrying on wife Jo's legacy

The killing of Jo was designed to divide communities and I can think of no better way of responding to that than this huge act of unity

– Brendan Cox

In his first live television interview since his wife Jo Cox's murder last year, Brendan Cox talks to Good Morning Britain about how he's teaming up with royalty to continue her legacy.

Brendan and the Duchess of Cornwall will launch The Great Get Together later today - hoped to be the biggest community event since the Jubilee. It will take place in June, a year on from when Jo was murdered, and people will be invited to come together for street parties, picnics, barbecues and bake-off competitions.

Full list of candidates for tomorrow's by-elections

Labour faces a major test tomorrow as it defends two by-elections, after sitting MPs resigned. There is a serious threat from UKIP in Stoke, which came second last time, and the party is defending the Copeland seat in Cumbria on the same day too. Below are the full list of candidates and key facts you need to know about each area.

Copeland key facts:

  • A by-election was called after Labour MP Jamie Reed resigned
  • Reed has been critical of Corbyn but said his departure had absolutely nothing to do with him
  • Reed has taken up a job in the nuclear industry
  • Labour won the seat in 2015 with a 2,564 majority in 2015. This was the lowest vote share that the Labour Party has ever had in Copeland.
  • The Conservatives came in second place and are in with a good chance to win this time
  • If they do, they will be the first governing party to gain a seat in a by-election since 1982

Stoke key facts

  • Labour has held the seat since it was created in 1950
  • The by-election was triggered by the resignation of Labour MP Tristram Hunt. Like in Copeland, Hunt was a critic of Corbyn.
  • Hunt quit to become director of the V&A
  • He won Stoke-on-Trent Central with 12,220 votes in 2015
  • That was the fifth consecutive fall in the Labour vote share since the constituency was created in 1950
  • UKIP came in second place with 7,041 votes

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Brendan Cox will join Good Morning Britain today in his first live TV interview since his wife Jo was murdered

  1. In his first live television interview since his wife Jo Cox's murder last year, Brendan Cox talks to Good Morning Britain about how he's teaming up with royalty to continue her legacy. Brendan and the Duchess of Cornwall will launch The Great Get Together later today - hoped to be the biggest community event since the Jubilee. It will take place in June, a year on from when Jo was murdered, and people will be invited to come together for street parties, picnics, barbecues and bake-off competitions.

  2. MPs are outraged this morning over why a British man, who allegedly staged a suicide-bomb attack in Iraq this week, was previously paid one million pounds compensation by the Blair government. IS says former British inmate Abu Zakariya al-Britani blew himself up yesterday as Iraqi forces approached Mosul.

  3. A Good Morning Britain investigation has found a 61 percent rise in inappropriate contact between pupils and teachers online - prompting the NSPCC to tell us they expect schools to BAN social media communication between the two. Today we'll be discussing whether it's ever acceptable for pupils and teachers to communicate on social media and will be speaking to two schools with very different stances on the matter.

  4. Labour faces a major test tomorrow as it defends two by-elections, after sitting MPs resigned. There is a serious threat from UKIP in Stoke, which came second last time, and the party is defending the Copeland seat in Cumbria on the same day too. Could these by-elections spell the end of Jeremy Corbyn?

  5. Criminal justice agencies are at risk of failing children and young people who come forward to report crimes because they are not being taken seriously the Victims' Commissioner has today warned. A review warns of how it found children and teenagers were made to feel like criminals themselves, accused of wasting police time or simply not believed.

Pie-eating goalie Wayne Shaw 'resigns' amid betting investigation

Following his appearance on Good Morning Britain about his pie-eating antics today, Sutton United substitute goalkeeper Wayne Shaw has 'resigned', the club's manager Paul Doswell has confirmed.

A betting company offered odds on the 'roly poly goalie' eating the pastry item while his side were playing against Arsenal in the FA Cup on Monday.

His actions are now under investigation by the Gambling Commission.

This morning Piers asked Wayne about the betting and whether his friends took advantage....

Watch the moment in the video above.

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