Scotland are set to ban parents from smacking their children, Holyrood has confirmed. Parents will be breaking the law once the defence of “justifiable assault” is removed. If the plan goes ahead, then Scotland will be the first part of the UK to introduce the ban.
Violent crimes and sexual offences has increased over the last 12 months, according to new figures. The report shows the number of violent crimes has risen by almost a fifth (19 percent) to 1.2 million. The Office for National Statistics said an increase in knife crime and bank and credit card fraud were also to blame.
Hollywood actor Channing Tatum has announced he has pulled out of a film he was developing with The Weinstein Company. This comes after the dozens of sexual harassment claims made against Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. The 37-year-old posted the following message on his Facebook page: "The brave women who had the courage to stand up and speak their truth about Harvey Weinstein are true heroes to us.”
Have you got your Halloween outfit yet? There are strong calls to put a strict age limit on Halloween costumes because they have become "too scary" for children. Watch the full debate here.
Would you eat green satsumas and clementines? Tesco announced it will start selling the green "perfectly imperfect" fruit to help reduce food waste.
Mum Siobhan Freegard thinks Halloween costumes have become too scary and should come with an age rating, similar to those used in the film industry. But Halloween enthusiast Chris Walton thinks this is a bad idea.
Website runner Siobhan revealed parents have told her they find some costumes to be 'terrifying', citing killer clowns who carry meat cleavers as an example. “Children get nightmares about them when they’re outside the windows. They’re little kids, they can’t distinguish the difference between the fact that that’s a person in a costume dressed up,” she told Susanna Reid and Richard Madeley.
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Would you swap lives with another family for a week? Today we met two couples who did exactly that for a Channel 5 documentary - and it was a true awakening for both.
Andy and Kim Leamon, who are married with two children, live on just £171 a week after paying their bills and mortgage for their ex council house in Southampton. Their family swapped places with millionaires Matt and Monique Fiddes and Matt's two children - who are used to a lavish six- bedroom home in the Wiltshire countryside.
The Fiddes spend £16 a week on avocados alone, which is more than half of the Leamon's whole food budget. And although Matt and Monique found their temporarily smaller wallet difficult they say their family ended up better for it.
After their swap the two families met for the first time on the Good Morning Britain sofa to share their insights - would the Leamons swap permanently if given the chance?
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Thursday 19 October: Susanna is wearing a red dress by Damsel in a Dress and pink and black shoes by Nine West.
Two thirds of parents say Halloween outfits are too frightening for young children and 55 percent think they are too sexualised, according to a Channel Mums survey. The website's runner Siobhan Freeguard joins us today to talk about why she thinks certain costumes should have an age certificate. Let us know what you think on Twitter and Facebook.
Theresa May will address EU leaders in Brussels later today with Brexit on top of the list of topics at the summit, after five rounds of talks between the EU and UK. The last round of negotiations ended with what the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier called a 'disturbing deadlock.' Dr Michael Fuchs said on Tuesday, the UK must offer to pay the EU more if Brexit talks are to advance on to the next round. We'll be speaking to him this morning.
Self-harming in teenage girls aged 13-16 has risen 'rapidly' in recent years according to new research. Between 2011 and 2014 reports of self-harm among British girls in the age group rose by 68 percent, experts at the University of Manchester found. An increase in common mental health disorders and the impact of digital media were suggested as possible reasons behind the rise.
Former England football captain Terry Butcher has said he is 'devastated' by the death of his son Christopher, aged 35. Butcher, 58, said his son's life had been 'tragically cut short' and described him as a 'dedicated captain in the British Army' after serving in Afghanistan with the Royal Artillery. Christopher died on Monday but the circumstances of his death have not been made public.
The trial of a soldier accused of trying to kill his wife with a sabotaged parachute has been shown a video demonstrating how it could be done in a toilet cubicle in just over five minutes. Sergeant Emile Cilliers, 37, is accused of tampering with the chute of his former Army officer wife, Victoria Cilliers, the day before a jump at Easter in April 2015. Prosecutors allege the NCO in the Royal Army Physical Training Corps took the chute into a lavatory at the airfield at Netheravon, Wiltshire, and twisted the lines of the main parachute before removing vital parts called 'slinks' from the reserve.
The FA has apologised after an internal investigation found that ex-England women’s football manager Mark Sampson made “discriminatory” remarks. The FA found that Sampson made “ill-judged attempts at humour” when speaking to players Eniola Aluko and Drew Spence. However, Katherine Newton, who led the investigation, concluded that Sampson “was not a racist” and that Aluko was not a victim of prolonged bullying.
The Universal Credit helpline call charge has been scrapped. The 55p-a-minute rate has been scrapped following a heavy amount of criticism from MPs and campaigners, with Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn bringing up the issue in last weeks PMQs. Welfare secretary David Gauke announced the fee would be scrapped in November and all of the departments helplines would be free by the end of the year.
Shocking footage has emerged of a firework that was thrown onto a bus traveling between The Angel and Camden on Saturday night. The footage shows the firework being launched into the front of the bus before sparks flew in the direction of passengers. An eyewitness told ITV news: "No one was expecting the attack. They started attacking cars and bikes but then went on attacking the bus." Watch the video here.
US President Donald Trump has hit out on Twitter after he was accused of “insensitive remarks” he reportedly made during a phone call to a soldier’s widow, whose husband was killed by Islamist militants. Myeshia Johnson was travelling to the airport where Sgt La David Johnson’s coffin was flown to, when she received a call from the president who is alleged to have said Sgt Johnson "must have known what he'd signed up for". Trump has hit back on Twitter claiming that he has proof that he didn’t say the alleged remarks.
Former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has praised the NHS after the care she received after fracturing her toe during her UK book tour. The injury resulted in the cancellation of several promotional events for her book. Clinton revealed the accident took place during the recording of The Graham Norton show, which was re-scheduled due to her injury.
TOWIE star Megan McKenna joined us this morning to talk about shooting to fame as a country singer.
The reality TV star shot to the top of the charts with her debut single, High Heeled Shoes - and even took Taylor Swift's number one spot!
But what does her musical success mean for her future on TOWIE?
Watch the full interview above.
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