Overcoming a stammer

I'd rather have someone cut off a limb than lose my speech

– Vicky Croft, who has suffered with a stutter since regaining her speech after a stroke

Many of us take speaking for granted. But what if the words in your head just won't come out? For over half a million people in Britain, a stutter affects their lives every single day.

Stammer School follows a cast of struggling stammerers as they enrol on an intensive four day course called the McGuire Programme.

The programme features Vicky Croft, who was a fluent speaker until she suffered a minor stroke last December, and Debbie Rasaki, a nursery nurse who has stammered since the age of 4. Vicky and Debbie are here today, along with Rich Whincup who was himself a chronic stammerer but is now a course leader on the McGuire Programme.

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Search for Allan goes on despite cruel trolls

On Saturday November 2 2013, Allan Bryant Jr. went missing after leaving a nightclub in Fife, Scotland.

Allan's family immediately started a massive internet campaign ('Find Allan Bryant Jnr.') to track down their son.

The Facebook page has over 10,000 followers, getting significant attention in the local and national press. However, in April this year internet trolls took advantage of the page to send graphic messages to the Bryant family, falsely claiming he had been tortured and murdered.

Allan's mum, Marie Degan and sister Amy Bryant are here to talk about their search for Allan and how the trolling has affected them.

Missing People - Help find Allan

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Not so cuddly creatures!

When you think of meerkats you may think cute, cuddly and Russian. Well no! They can actually be pretty destructive if not in the right environment.

Their demand as domestic pets has boomed since the 'Compare The Meerkat' advert campaign launched, causing a 191% rise in calls made to the RSPCA regarding cruelty towards them.

In the studio we have Kimmy Rudland, a Zoology graduate who owns two Meerkats to explain the pros and cons.

Plus vet Zara Boland who will gives her view on the surge in exotic pet ownership with the help of some not so cuddly creatures.

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Living on the breadline

Are you cutting back on your food shop to keep a roof over your head? Have you started skipping meals in order to make ends meet?

A new survey claims one in three working parents are forced to make these daily decisions.

We meet Ricky Willis who knows the harsh reality of bringing up a family on the breadline, plus we take your calls in our phone-in.

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Losing a child to drugs

Back in April, Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose; leaving behind a shocked and loving family. Someone who knows only too well what it's like to lose a beloved child to drugs is James McConnel.

James' son Freddy, who was friends with Peaches, also died of a heroin overdose four years ago, aged just 18 years old. Freddy, who was a talented musician, was the inspiration behind a new Channel 4 programme, fronted by James, which helps people overcome their addictions through classical music. James joins us today to talk about 'Addicts' Symphony' and tell us his own heartbreaking story.

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Paper tax discs are on the way out!

If you drive a car or use a vacuum then our consumer expert Alice Beer has got big news! Paper tax discs are being scrapped in six weeks but apparently half of motorists have no idea! Alice explains the new way to pay.

Plus, new EU rules come into force this weekend which will seriously affect suction! Alice shows us how they'll affect our vacuums, and she's got a warning about payday loan middlemen.

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Rotherham child abuse scandal

It's the story that's dominating the headlines - the abuse of up to 1400 children across a 16 year period in Rotherham - some of whom were just 11 years old.

After the leader of the council at the centre of the scandal stepped down, today there are calls for the South Yorkshire Police and Crime commissioner to step down too.

How, in this day and age, could something like this happen?

We hear from Child Protection Expert Mark Williams Thomas, who was first alerted to this scandal a decade ago, and Chief Executive of the college of social work Annie Hudson.

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We’re not learning lessons, we’re repeatedly making the same mistakes

– Child Protection Expert Mark Williams-Thomas