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Matt Dawson opens up about his battle with Lyme disease

Matt Dawson shared his experience of Lyme disease with us this morning. The former England rugby player contracted the disease from a tick bite while training in London back in 2016.

The bacterial infection affected his heart and resulted in him having several operations.

Thankfully, after a lengthy recovery process, Matt is on the mend and is now supporting the Big Tick Project to help raise awareness of the disease.

Being a former Strictly Come Dancing contestant himself, Matt offered our latest Strictly star, Charlotte Hawkins, the advice she needs to waltz her way to victory.

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'One of the most talented performers this country has ever produced' - Nicholas Parsons on Brucie

Tributes continue to pour in for showbiz legend Sir Bruce Forsyth who passed away on Friday at the age of 89.

Broadcaster Nicholas Parsons joined us in the studio this morning to talk about his longtime friend saying Bruce had a "unique talent who gave so much of himself whatever he did''.

Charlotte Hawkins joins the Strictly Come Dancing line-up!

This morning we were delighted to announce our very own Charlotte Hawkins as the 11th contestant to join the Strictly Come Dancing 2017 line-up.

Charlotte teased us throughout the show before finally making her big announcement to the nation.

Watch the video above.

Top five headlines you’re waking up to

  1. Seven-year-old Julian Alessandro Cadman was killed during the Barcelona terrorist attack, his family have confirmed. Julian, who was British born, was with his mother on Las Ramblas when the van hit pedestrians, killing 14 and injuring dozens more.

  2. Pork products sold at a leading supermarket may have infected thousands of people with a potentially deadly virus. The hepatitis E virus has been on the rise since 2010, according to Public Health England, and studies have found ham and sausages from a specific supermarket was a recurring feature.

  3. The courts have been told to get tough on social media hate crime. Prosecutors have been told to treat hate crime that is committed online the same as offences committed offline. In new guidance, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) states: "The internet and social media in particular have provided new platforms for offending behaviour."

  4. Ten sailors are missing and five are injured after a US Navy ship collided with a merchant ship near Singapore. An aircraft from another US ship and Singaporean coast guard vessels are in the area to assist in the rescue efforts.

  5. Barcelona players and fans held a minute's silence prior to their football match against Real Betis last night. The Catalans had 'Barcelona' embossed on the back of their shirts, replacing the players' names in tribute to those who lost their lives during Thursday's terror attack.

Top five headlines you're going home to

  1. Sir Bruce Forsyth has died aged 89. The veteran television presenter had been unwell for some time, battling a chest infection in hospital.

  2. Police in Finland say two people have died after a number of people were stabbed in the western city of Turku. A man was shot and apprehended and local media reported a woman pushing a stroller were among those attacked.

  3. The number of people killed in yesterday's attack in Barcelona has risen to 14. More than 100 were injured when a van crashed into pedestrians in Barcelona's busy Las Ramblas district and a single police officer shot dead four terror suspects.

  4. Princess Diana's former butler and "rock" Paul Burrell has told Good Morning Britain that he thinks she was aware of his suppressed sexuality, saying: "It was implicit in everything we did." Watch the full interview.

  5. Wayne and Colleen Rooney are expecting their fourth child. Colleen tweeted the happy news that a new baby will be joining their three sons Kai, eight, Klay, four, and one-year-old Kit.

Paul Burrell on friendship with Diana: 'I think she understood my sexuality'

She never saw race in anyone, she never saw colour in anyone. She saw people and she saw me as a person.

– Paul Burrell

The man Princess Diana called her 'rock' joined Good Morning Britain today to talk about his friendship with the iconic woman on the 20th anniversary of her death.

Paul Burrell, who was the princess's butler and confidante and recently came out as gay, told us that he thought Diana was aware of his sexuality but he knew it didn't matter to her.

"We never had that discussion but it was implicit in everything we did," he told GMB.
"I chose her dresses, I did wonderful flower arrangements, I chose her jewels. I was her best friend. I think she understood my sexuality.

Why isn't 'upskirting' a crime?

If a man's going to put his hands between your legs and take pictures of your genitals without you knowing, what's that man going to do when he's drunk?

– Gina Martin

Victims of 'upskirting' - where someone takes a picture of a woman's underwear by putting a phone or camera up her skirt - are campaigning to make it a crime after finding perpetrators can't be prosecuted because it's not technically a sexual offence.

Heading the campaign is Gina Martin, who grabbed a man's phone after he took a picture up her skirt at a festival. She told police, who were supportive but couldn't do anything apart from ask him to delete the image.

Former Met chief Sue Hill joined us to talk us through the complications around the issue, alongside Gina who stresses the reasons these men need to be registered as sex offenders.

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Barcelona terror eyewitness said 'everyone just ran for cover'

Everyone was just in shock and panic

– Eyewitness, Liam Searle

Earlier we heard from Liam Searle, who was in Barcelona at the time of the terror attack. He shared his shocking account of events as he recalled witnessing scared and panicked pedestrians running to safety.

Liam was riding on his skateboard wearing his headphones when he heard people screaming and running towards buildings.

He said: "Everyone just ran for cover, everyone was just in shock and panic, people were crying and everyone was pretty upset about the whole situation."

Watch his full eyewitness account above.

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