Today the government is announcing a package of measures to tackle child abuse - it follows news last week from the Office for National Statistics that sex crimes in Britain have soared by 20 per cent. Now, Coronation Street is tackling child grooming with a shocking storyline about a manipulative paedophile who lures 16-year-old Bethany Platt into his bed.
The soap worked closely with the NSPCC and a former victim, 'Lucie'. Groomed online when she was just ten years old, and abused until she was 16, Lucie joins us today to tell her story. She reveals how she hopes that meeting with the Corrie cast will raise awareness, and how she hopes it will be a warning to both parents and young people alike. We’re also joined on the sofa by Emily Cherry from the NSPCC.
Obsessive compulsive disorder is considered to be the fourth most common mental illness in the UK, with 12 in every 1,000 people diagnosed.
Dad of five Adam Shaw knows all too well about the condition and the dangerous side effects. Having suffered from OCD since he was five years old, his condition became so bad he thought he would kill his wife and even contemplated suicide.
Now, four years after being diagnosed, Adam has written a book about his experience and how he conquered his dark thoughts. He joins us on the sofa to tell his story about coping with OCD, alongside Dr Zoe.
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Are you, or is someone you know stressed about a big purchase blowing the budget? Maybe your washing machine is washed up and you can’t afford to repair it? Perhaps your friend’s cooker has gone kaput and they don’t have the cash to replace it?
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This case is solvable. I think there are two individuals involved in this case… people known to Claudia.
This Morning has been given exclusive access to the home Claudia Lawrence left behind when she vanished in 2009 and for the first time anyone other than the police or family have been inside.
Former policeman Mark Williams-Thomas shows our cameras where Claudia’s clothes still hang in her wardrobe and the dusty shelves which remain untouched. Claudia's mum and dad both speak to us about how they feel about their daughter's disappearance and Mark reveals what he thinks really happened to Claudia.
Yesterday, we watched as brave single mum Abiegail let her children play Cupid and choose her a date for Valentine’s Day.
But whom did they choose? And did it lead to love?
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Mum to four girls and midwife to many, Clemmie Hooper decided to start a blog to share the knowledge and wisdom she’d learned from being both a midwife and a mother.
Clemmie joins us to share the stories about pregnancy, birth and mothering young children that aren’t so widely talked about including answering her most commonly asked question - will you poo when you give birth?
With fears raised that Islamic State is plotting a deadly terror attack in Spain, should we avoid popular holiday destinations like the Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol this summer?
Spain's anti-terror alert remains at level 4, the same ranking as the UK, but how likely is an attack in resorts where there are fewer resources than major cities?
We’re joined by security expert Will Geddes who says this latest development is a significant escalation in the threat to Spain and families should be cautious about venturing to the sun-kissed beaches on the Mediterranean coast. However, travel guru Simon Calder is urging holidaymakers not to be deterred from heading to Spain’s popular holiday destinations and carrying on as normal.
Karina Eames is not a psychic or a clairvoyant, but the 38-year-old former teacher claims she can communicate with the dead via her antique toy dolls.
Karina, who believes 100 of her 700 dolls have spirit attachments who have spoken or reached out to her psychically, joins us from Adelaide in Australia to tell us why she loves living with these possessed dolls and her belief that spirits are able to attach themselves onto a particular object.
We’re also joined by Skeptic Magazine Editor, Deborah Hyde who quite frankly, doesn’t believe a word of it!