Domestic abuse victim urges others to use Clare's Law

The man I had been spending my time with actually wasn’t who I thought he was

– Kirby Weegram

A young woman who was beaten so severely by her boyfriend she begged him to let her write a goodbye letter to her family has told Good Morning Britain why she backs Clare's Law, which enables people to check whether their partner has a criminal record of domestic abuse.

Kirby Weegram suffered severe bruising on every single part of her body after she was brutally kicked and punched by the man she had been seeing for only ten weeks. He was later convicted for ABH and jailed for 21 months.

She says if she had known she could access information about him via Clare's Law, she would have checked his background. But after it was too late she found he had an extensive history of abuse, with many victims.

Now Kirby is urging others who have even a slightest suspicion to use the law to check that they're not with someone with a dangerous past.

Watch the interview above

Top five headlines you're waking up to

  1. Two students have died and 18 more have been injured after a shooting at a high school in western Kentucky. A 15-year-old male student was arrested at the scene at Marshall County High School after two other 15 year old students were killed.

  2. The growing problem of prescription drug addiction is to be reviewed by health officials, the Government has announced. Public health minister Steve Brine has commissioned Public Health England (PHE) to examine why one patient in every 11 was prescribed a potentially addictive drug last year. Mr Brine said the issue was a 'huge problem' in countries such as the United States, adding: "we must absolutely make sure it doesn't become one here."

  3. A fresh allegation of sexual assault is believed to have been made against convicted rapist John Worboys, according to Metropolitan Police. A statement said an investigation into a 'non-recent sexual assault reported this month is underway but no arrests have taken place. The fresh allegation comes as Worboys was moved to a London jail ahead of his release just nine years after he was jailed.

  4. A book released to help children understand terrorism has been criticised by parents who think its too much for youngsters to take on. Lions and Tigers and Terrorists, Oh My! is the first and only book about terrorism for children, with the first half helping grownups understand how to talk to children, while the second half is a picture book for children which gives them a 'gentle' introduction to terrorism. The book has been criticised by some parents who say the book is too much too soon.

  5. Ant and Dec were named Best Presenters for the 17th time at last night's National Television Awards and gave an emotional speech, citing 'a tough 12 months'. Meanwhile Emmerdale won Best Soap, This Morning best Daytime Show and Dr Foster Best Drama.

Is it sexist to say 'darling'?

Darling, honey, love - terms of endearment or patronising turns of phrase?

TV's Queen of house and home, Kirstie Allsop, appeared on Good Morning Britain to discuss whether it is sexist or offensive to the commonly used phrase. She said that the question was raised after a television production company she was working for asked her to complete a diversity questionnaire.

Recently, intercity train operator Virgin Trains East Coast came under scrutiny after a member of one its train crews called a passenger "honey". The passenger tweeted the brand to complaining, it responded asking if she would prefer "pet or love next time?"

It was later forced to delete the tweet and issue an apology.

Should children eat sausages from the pigs they raised?

A school in Lymington, Hampshire is facing a grilling after it sent pigs raised by its students to slaughter. More than 35,000 people have signed a petition calling for the pigs to be saved, but the decision has been defended by the school's head. He said that the children are told no porkies about the source of the meat, and they're fully aware it comes from the school's pigs.

Headteacher, Chris Willsher, said it was an important exercise for the children to learn where their food comes from and expressed his outrage at the death threats received by the school's staff. Products from the animals will be served by the school's kitchens, it says its students are fully aware of the source of the meat.

Vincent Cook, a vegan parent who inspired the petition, told GMB the school's actions sent an "endorsement to the whole meat industry that it's a normal thing to do".

It comes a few months after firefighters in Wiltshire came under fire for eating sausages made from pigs they rescued from a barn fire in the village near Swindon. The service was later forced to apologise for its decision after pressure from animal rights campaigners.

Homeless SAS hero is 'overwhelmed' by the public support

I'm not asking for a mansion, just a key to a front door

– Bob Curry

Homeless SAS hero Bob Curry’s incredibly sad story touched people from all across the world.

The SAS hero was left homeless after the council failed to offer him suitable accommodation. Bob served for 16 years and led the Iranian Embassy Siege, but is now living in a bed and breakfast.

Mr Curry joined us live outside the Herefordshire council office and said he has been “overwhelmed” by the support he’s received from the public - but unfortunately, there’s still no update from the council in trying to find him a new home.

Henry Bolton refuses to step down as UKIP leader

They want him to leave, but he’s determined to remain. Henry Bolton said he will not step down as UKIP leader despite a string of senior resignations and also continuing questions about judgements in his personal life.

Fifteen senior members have resigned in light of his ex-girlfriend’s racist tweets about Meghan Markle - and despite a wave of strong questions from Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid about his relationship with Jo Marney, the UKIP leader insisted the party comes first.

Watch the full interview above.

Top five headlines you’re waking up to

  1. Do internet companies do enough to protect children from online grooming and abuse? Police Chief Simon Bailey has accused internet companies of “enabling child abuse” because not enough is being done to remove offensive material to protect them. He said: “The fact children are being abused and not enough is being done to make chatrooms a safe place for our children to go. Not enough is being done to take down indecent imagery which is currently out there.”

  2. They want him to leave, but he’s determined to remain. Ukip’s party leader Henry Bolton is determined to stay in charge despite half his team resigning from their positions. Sixteen members have quit their post since last week over Mr Bolton’s leadership and in light of his ex-girlfriend’s racist tweets about Meghan Markle. Nigel Farage has backed Bolton and said he could become the Ukip’s version of Jeremy Corbyn.

  3. The man accused of the Finsbury park terrorist attack on a crowd of Muslim men was trying to kill as many people as possible, a court has been told. Darren Osborne, 48, allegedly mowed down Makram Ali, 51, and nine other people in a north London street which was busy with worshippers attending Ramadan night prayers just after 12.15am on June 19 last year. Osborne denies charges of murder and attempted murder.

  4. The police searching for a missing Halifax schoolgirl have found a body in a river. Ursula Keogh, 11, went missing on Monday around 3.30pm. Her family have been told of the discovery of a body and a formal identification is yet to take place, West Yorkshire Police said. In a statement, the authorities said: "Inquiries will remain ongoing to determine a cause of the death, however, at this stage, it is not believed there are any suspicious circumstances."

  5. After several weeks, Arsenal’s star attacker Alexis Sanchez has completed his long-awaited move to Manchester United. The agreement between the two clubs also saw Manchester United’s out-of-favour midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan go the other way in a straight swap deal.

Lovely couple welcome refugee into their home

We seemed to be a fabulous fit from the beginning

– Shoshana Goldhill speaks on welcoming refugee Faraj Alnasir into their home

The issue of how to manage refugees was a key part of the discussion between Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron last week.

We spoke to one wonderful couple who wanted to help refugees directly. The Goldhill family opened up their home to Syrian refugee Faraj Alnasir over a year and a half ago because they were "were moved by all the images and stories" they heard.

Shoshana Goldhill said it seemed like a “no-brainer” to welcome Faraj into her home and then went on to say how living with him has been such a “fantastic experience”.

Watch the full interview above.

The Goldhill family. Photos by Aubrey Wade/UNHCR