Are councils coming down too hard on dog owners?

I almost feel like I'm being asked to apologise for owning a dog in the UK

– Ryan O'Meara

A kennel club is claiming an increasing number of councils are using ASBO-style orders to ban and restrict dog owners from walking their pets in parks and public open spaces.

We sent Katy Rickitt to Daventry where she spoke to a professional dog walker who thinks the restrictions are a bit too much, as well as a member of the District Council who insists the rules needed to be brought in due to a small number of people who won't clear up after their dogs.

In the studio editor of K9 magazine Ryan O'Meara told us he feels the councils are using bans and restrictions when less extreme measures could be used.

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Lord and Lady Heseltine: 'Grey squirrels need to be culled'

Lord Michael and Lady Anne Heseltine have spoken out about the culling over 400 squirrels on their estate in recent times.

The couple, who are owners of the Thenford Estate in Nottinghamshire, have just released a new book about their passion for gardening called Thenford, The Creation of an English Garden. But their passion is not one that that extends to grey squirrels who have been running riot on their estate.

"They are destroyers," Lord Heseltine said.

"They destroy the trees and they destroy the wildlife. We had 30 nesting boxes and every one of them was destroyed by squirrels eating the eggs. We culled over 400 squirrels in 70 acres in nine months, so in other words we had an infestation. If you cull the greys, you get red back."

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The top five headlines you're waking up to

  1. A third runway at Heathrow airport is expected to be the choice when the Government announces its long-awaited decision on which airport scheme should get the go-ahead later on today.

  2. Thousands of migrants have been moved from the Calais 'Jungle' camp ahead of its demolition later. Around 2,000 residents, including around 300 minors, are thought to have passed through the registration centre on the edge of the camp.

  3. Tributes have been paid to singer Pete Burns who died from a cardiac arrest at the age of 57. The statement, signed by his manager Steve Coy and including his civil partner Michael Simpson and ex-wife Lynne Corlett, said he died on Sunday.
    It added: "All of his friends and family are devastated by the loss of our special star.

  4. The militant group known as Islamic State has released a new propaganda video falsely claiming that a series of suicide attacks in the battle for Mosul have been a success.
    The footage shows attacks on a convoy of Iraq's elite troops last week on the approach to the IS-held city. However, IITV News' Senior International Correspondent John Irvine confirmed at least one suicide attack IS claimed to have succeeded did not.

  5. At least 40 people have been killed after gunmen stormed a police training centre in Pakistan. Up to six militants attacked the centre in the Baluchistan province opening fire and detonating explosive vests. Baluchistan's top health official, Noor Haq Baloch, said at least 106 people were wounded.

Café owner asks parents to take children having tantrums outside

Have you ever been stuck struggling with an irate toddler? Well one coffee shop owner wants you to take them outside if they kick off.

Time Coffee Lounge owner Shaun Donohoe believes it is parent's responsibility to control misbehaving children in restaurants. He thinks it's important that parents take their children out if they are misbehaving as otherwise they disrupt other customers.

Daughter of footballer Jeff Astle: 'Headers gave my dad brain damage'

We thought Dad had alzheimer's. He didn't.

– Dawn Astle

Dawn Astle joined us this morning to discuss the dangers of headers in football.

Her father - star footballer Jeff Astle - was known for his incredible headers in the 1960s and 1970s. Jeff went on to suffer from Chroncic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a progressive degenerative brain disease that his family believe stemmed from his career.

Jeff once told his family heading the old leather ball was like "heading a bag of bricks".

First migrants leave Jungle camp in Calais

Six and a half thousand residents of the Calais migrant camp begin leaving in convoys of buses this morning.

The camp, which has been in Calais for 14 years, includes many vulnerable children who have been travelling on their own.

There are still many inside the jungle who say they are refusing to leave. A number of clashes with French police took place overnight and tear gas was fired.

Night flames lit up the sky for a second night running as tensions boiled over among residents angry at plans to demolish the camp and forcibly remove its residents on Monday.

The camp's closure has been described as "total chaos" by British and French authorities and there are worries that vulnerable families will face further danger.

Schools and facilities run by charities in the camp have already been shut.

The top five headlines you're waking up to

  1. Work to clear the Jungle migrant camp in Calais begins this morning. Officials at France's interior ministry have insisted all the almost 6,500 migrants they have counted in the camp will be offered relocation in reception centres in France or other countries. Police have fired tear gas on migrants in the notorious camp as clashes broke out on its final night before France moved in to disperse the thousands living there.

  2. Theresa May is to include Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the Brexit process.
    The prime minister will offer the devolved nations a "direct line" to Brexit Secretary David Davis. Monday will see the Joint Ministerial Committee (JMC) meet for the first time since Britain voted to leave the EU.

  3. The UK faces a "full-blown constitutional crisis" unless all nations of the UK agree on the Government's approach to Brexit, a leading think tank has warned.
    In a message to Theresa May as she hosts the leaders of the devolved administrations for talks, the Institute for Government (IfG) said the four governments should agree the "core planks" of the UK's negotiating position before the Prime Minister triggers Article 50, formally starting the Brexit process.

  4. The United Nations has said it is is "gravely worried" that ISIS has taken 550 families from villages around Mosul and is using them as human shields. ISIS have also launched a major counter-attack on the city of Kirkuk

  5. Tributes have been paid to Jimmy Perry, one of the creators of comedy classics including Dad's Army and Hi-de-Hi!, who has has died aged 93. Perry, along with co-writer David Croft, was responsible for many of the most successful sitcoms on TV between the 1960s and 1990s.

Finn's Law campaign aims to protect police dogs

Police dog Finn was stabbed on duty earlier this month, and had to undergo emergency surgery. As a result, the Finn's Law campaign is now calling for offenders who attack police animals to face charges similar to those for attacking a person.

Today we spoke to Matthew Ellis, Staffordshire Police & Crime Commissioner who is backing the campaign. Handler Mark Tasker was joined by his retired German Shepherd dog Bear on set to discuss the petition, which already has over 80,000 signatures.

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