THEIR CRIMES SHOOK THE NATION. THE MURDERS OF FIVE INNOCENT CHILDREN AT THE HANDS OF IAN BRADY AND HIS LOVER MYRA HINDLEY, WHO BECAME KNOWN AS THE NOTORIOUS MOORS MURDERERS.
Chillingly, that number could have been six, after Tommy Rhattigan was lured to their house as a vulnerable seven-year-old boy, on the promise of bread and jam. Incredibly, he managed to escape Brady and Hindley’s evil clutches on that cold November night, and he joined Coleen, Denise, Saira and Jane to share his dramatic story of escape.
Tommy recalled arriving at their house of horrors. ‘The very first thing [Hindley] did when she brought the slice of bread and jam out... It was the way she put it onto the table. It wasn’t placed on the table. It was dropped. The first thought when I looked at the bread and jam was - I know this sounds really strange - there was no margarine on it.’ Tommy quickly noticed a change in [Hindley’s] behaviour too, from the woman with the ‘perfume’ and ‘kind eyes’ he’d met in the park, to someone he knew he wanted to get away from. ‘I looked up at her and noticed that there was a complete change in her altogether.’
70 YEARS AGO, THE NATION CAME OUT IN FORCE TO CELEBRATE THE MARRIAGE OF THEN-PRINCESS ELIZABETH TO PHILIP MOUNTBATTEN.
Seven decades on, the couple are still going strong. To mark their impressive milestone anniversary, Coleen, Denise, Saira and Jane were joined by royal biographer Ingrid Seward, who gave a unique insight into life behind palace doors.
Talking about the secret to the royals’ long and happy marriage, Ingrid, who's been in the industry for 34 years, said, ‘I think the secret is they laugh together. We all know that life is very, very difficult. I think the Queen is [the comedian]. She's a wonderful mimic, absolutely brilliant mimic.’ Accents seems to be her forte, as Ingrid revealed, ‘She can do Liverpool, she can do Liverpool really well, she does Irish. She can do all kinds of accents. She's very good at American as well.'
BETHANY HAINES JOINED US TO REMEMBER HER FATHER, DAVID, WHO WAS ABDUCTED AND MURDERED BY ISIS IN MARCH 2013 BEFORE HIS EXECUTION VIDEO WAS RELEASED TO THE WORLD 18 MONTHS LATER
Bethany joined Andrea, Denise, Linda and Kaye to talk about her dad, David, a humanitarian aid worker, who was abducted by Islamic State terrorists while working in Syria. His family desperately pleaded for his safe release but 18 months, later David was brutally executed by a man named Mohammed Emwazi, the notorious ‘Jihadi John’.
Talking about the last time she saw her dad, Bethany explained, 'It was probably in 2014, he was back from working in South Sudan and looking for another job. We’d always spend the week together and do what normal father and daughters do - walks on the beach and movie nights with ice cream and chocolate.
'He was the centre of attention, she added. 'If you were feeling down, he’d make you laugh in seconds. He could get on with anyone.'
Talking about when she found out he'd been taken hostage, she bravely explained, 'It was the week of my sixteenth birthday and I was in France. No matter where he was in the world, he’d phone or text me on my birthday, so I thought that was odd. I realised I hadn’t heard from him for over a month. Then within two days of returning, I found out he’d been kidnapped.'
Bethany revealed she initially wasn't allowed to discuss his situation, ‘Even my grandparents didn’t know. I disclosed it to some of my best friends at school out of sheer desperation, but they didn’t believe me - they thought I’d made it up for attention. Having them not believe me made me not go to school.'
CHANELLE HAYES GIVES HER FIRST TELEVISION INTERVIEW SINCE HER SPLIT FROM HER EX-BOYFRIEND, TWO MONTHS AFTER SHE GAVE BIRTH
Chanelle joined Andrea, Penny, Jane and Nadia to set the record straight after her difficult split from the father of her two month old son, Ryan Oates.
Talking about her ex, who she met on Tinder in February 2016, Chanelle said, ‘Ryan decided to leave… he’s not left the kids, he’s left me that’s fine. I’m not going to force someone.’ She added, ‘I wouldn’t change my children for the world but it wasn’t in the plan.... We had plans together.’
She also revealed she wasn’t getting much sleep, which wasn’t helping with things. When asked if there were rows she said, ‘To be fair, I’m not an easy person to live with but I didn’t think it was bad enough to break up,’ revealing that she is moving back home to be with her family.
JUNE SARPONG JOINED US TODAY TO TALK ABOUT HER MISSION TO TACKLE ONLINE BULLYING
June joined Andrea, Jane and Nadia today to talk about how she's recently joined forces with the likes of Kendall Jenner and Willow Smith to create an anti-bullying campaign, Be Cool Be Nice.
Talking about how brilliant the campaign is, she explained, 'The idea is to encourage young people to be cool to be nice. The book is a kind of toolkit to show you what you can do and how your words impact people - it’s really interactive.'
On online abuse, she added, 'In one way the internet has made things better, but in another it’s made things worse. You can troll people and be distant from it. Even as adults we get bullied.'