DEBATE: Should sex offence suspects be given anonymity?

The rape charge against Oxford student Oliver Mears was dropped after new evidence emerged, making it the fourth false allegation of its kind to come to light in just a month.

This prompts the question of whether people accused of rape should remain anonymous until proven guilty and with us to debate the issue this morning was barrister Jerry Hayes - who actually prosecuted one of the young men who had a false accusation made against him and thinks all suspects should be anonymous - and campaigner Gabrielle Browne, who thinks those accused of sex offences should be named.

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The SAS hero left homeless after council failed to house him

An SAS hero who led the Iranian Embassy Siege has ended up homeless after the council failed to offer him suitable accommodation. Bob Curry, who served for 16 years in the Special Air Service and had a 17-year military career, is now living in a bed and breakfast, paid for by his old regiment.

After his business collapsed and he felt forced to sell his medals, he asked Herefordshire Council for accommodation on five occasions, but was only offered a hostel where he had to ask permission to use the toilet and a home four miles away from the nearest shop. This meant he was forced to live on the streets until the SAS regimental association decided to pick up the bill for him to stay in the B&B.

Priti Patel: There was 'no malice' in unauthorised Israeli meetings

In her first TV interview since her role as International Development Secretary ended, MP Priti Patel told Good Morning Britain there was 'no malice' intended when she met senior Israeli figures without the Prime Minister’s permission.

Billed as having ‘resigned’, hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid asked Priti if it was fairer to say she was sacked last November. She replied: “I left Government, I apologise for what happened. My actions caused difficulty for the Government as the 24,000 people who were tracking me at the time also saw that."

Top five headlines you're waking up to

  1. The head of the British Army will warn today that the country's ability to respond to Russian threats will erode if the UK does not keep up with its enemies. General Sir Nick Carter will use a speech to the Royal United Services Institute to highlight how Moscow is building an increasingly aggressive and expeditionary force that already boasts capabilities that outmatch UK forces.

  2. A little girl who was stabbed to death near Walsall in what police have called a 'domestic incident' has been named as eight-year-old Mylee Billingham. A 54-year-old man has been arrested in connection with her death.

  3. UKIP's ruling committee has unanimously backed a vote of no confidence in party leader Henry Bolton, just hours after he warned the party 'is probably over' if he is forced out. Mr Bolton, whose leadership of the party was called into question following revelations that his girlfriend Jo Marney sent racist text messages, told ITV's Peston on Sunday it could not survive another leadership contest.

  4. Two-thirds of motorists think they can get away with careless driving due to a lack of police on the roads, a survey has found. Some 65% believe they are unlikely to be pulled over for offences such as tailgating or middle lane hogging, the AA poll of 19,500 drivers revealed. More than half (55%) believe they would not be stopped for driving a vehicle in a dangerous or defective condition, while 54% think they would escape prosecution if they used a hand-held mobile phone behind the wheel.

  5. Today marks a year since President Trump took office, and his administration is once again mired in controversy amid a costly federal funding row that has led to a government shutdown. On today's Good Morning Britain we take a look back at Trump's first year and how he will fare in 2018, especially with the crucial midterms approaching in November.

Quiz: Do you know the law when it comes to driving with your phone?

Police forces across the UK will be running targeted Don't Text and Drive campaigns next week - but do you know what exactly could get you stopped?

It's a year since new penalties came in, meaning those caught using their phone while driving now get six points on their license and a £200 fine - double what it was previously.

Take the quiz above to make sure you know the laws for staying as safe as possible on the roads.

Bournemouth footballer Tyrone Mings talks about racism on social media

From the top of the game right down to the grassroots - racism in football continues to be a problem in the sport.

This morning we were joined by Bournemouth defender Tyrone Bings, who regularly receives racist abuse on social media following his clash with a Manchester United player last March 2017.

The sports star said: “It’s gone on for too many years now, where people have been able to get away with it, either through fake profiles or being able to hide their identity.”

Tyrone, then went on to say more “preventative measures” should be put in place to help combat racism online.

Watch the full interview above.

Pro wrestler Mike Parrow speaks on trying gay conversion therapy

Professional wrestler Mike Parrow spoke on TV for the first time on today’s Good Morning Britain about coming out as a gay athlete.

Mike, who came out four years ago, said at one point he tried to ‘cure’ his homosexuality using gay conversion therapy.

He said: “There’s no role models for athletes. Athletes tend to come out after they retire because of fear of maybe rejection, fear of different pay, fear of people just not accepting them for who they are."

When talking about gay conversion therapy, Mike said: “It was my choice, and I can’t tell you whether it works or doesn’t work, this is why it didn’t work for me and this is my opinion and why I left."

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Should schools ban kids from dressing up as pop stars and professional athletes?

Schools normally teach kids to reach for the stars, but one school in Wilshire has caused controversy because they have banned pupils from dressing up as stars and athletes for their future job day.

Instead, they want kids to come to school dressed as more achievable career aspirations. Is this the right approach to take or could it do more harm than good?

We were joined by Olympic medalist Iwan Thomas who said he was “disgusted” by the school and stressed if wasn’t for his school pushing him to achieve his dream, he would not have been an athlete.

Watch the full discussion above.

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