News round-up: The week's top stories (17-23 Sep)

News round-up: The week's top stories

Monday, September 24, 2018

From Labour's call for a ban on early baby gender testing to Vince Cable's "erotic spasm", the last week has been an eventful one.

In case you missed any of it, here's our guide to the top news stories from the last seven days.


Monday 17th September


Former soldier sentenced to jail for fighting ISIS

Joe Robinson, right, with fiancée Mira Rojkan

A former soldier is facing up to eight years in a Turkish for fighting ISIS.

Twenty-five-year-old Joe Robinson was accused of fighting Islamic State alongside the People's Protection Units of Syrian Kurdistan (YPG), which the Turkish state considers a terrorist group.

Speaking to talkRADIO's Matthew Wright, Mr Robinson's fiancée Mira Rojkan, claimed he had "never committed a crime in the territory of Turkey".


Labour calls for ban on early baby gender tests

Labour have called for a ban on early baby gender testing amid concerns some people could choose to terminate a pregnancy because of a foetus's sex.

The proposed ban was welcomed by the founder of the charity, Jeena International, who told Julia Hartley-Brewer on the breakfast show: "There is a significant minority who, unfortunately, women have been almost groomed to think that they need to have a boy in order to stay in a marriage".


Tuesday 18th September


Vince Cable messes up 'erotic spasm' line in keynote speech

Vince Cable speaks at the 2018 Lib Dem conference

The nation waited in anticipation after it was revealed that Sir Vince Cable would say that Brexiteers get an "erotic spasm" from the thought of leaving the EU in his closing speech at the Lib Dem party conference.

He fluffed the line, saying "exotic spresm" instead.


World Boxing Champion says sorry after offering woman drugs if she punched a passer-by

A video circulated which appeared to show world boxing champion, Billy Joe Saunders, offering a woman drugs.

The footage shows the boxer inside a Rolls Royce, encouraging a woman to punch a passer-by and perform a sex act on his friend for "crack".

The sportsman apologised on Twitter, writing: "Apologise to everyone who’s took offence totally in the wrong ‘can’t do anything but be sorry’ banter when wrong’ Apologies once again (sic).”


Wednesday 19th September


Tesco launches discount supermarket 'Jack's' to compete with Lidl and Aldi

Supermarket giant Tesco, has announced it is opening a new discount chain called Jack's to compete with the likes of Lidl and Aldi.

The new brand is named after Tesco founder Jack Cohen, and there are plans to open up to 15 stores over the next year.


Woman dies after caravan blown off cliff by Storm Ali’s 91mph winds

A woman in her fifties has died after the caravan she was in was blown off a cliff during Storm Ali.

The storm brought gusts of around 91mph, and the caravan was blown onto a beach near Clifden in Co Galway.

Irish broadcaster TG4 was forced to apologise after airing an animated advert showing a monster kicking a caravan into the sea just seconds before reporting the news


Thursday 20th September


European Council president mocks Theresa May's Brexit plan on Instagram

The president of the European Council used Instagram to make a dig at the Prime Minister.

Donald Tusk posted a photo of himself and Theresa May sharing cakes with the caption: "A piece of cake, perhaps? Sorry, no cherries".

The tongue-in-cheek post is a reminder of the EU's stance on Ms May "cherry picking" elements of the single market in her Chequers plan.


Sex expert to Eamonn Holmes: ‘I have never heard of a toadstool-shaped penis’

Adult film star Stormy Daniels has claimed that US President Donald Trump has a penis shaped like the "mushroom character in Mario Kart" in her new memoir.

Following the revelation, sex expert Tracey Cox called in to the studio to discuss whether there is a "standard model" of manhood with Eamonn Holmes.


Friday 21st September


UKIP party conference: Nigel Farage condoms and Count Dankula

At this year's UKIP party conference, Nigel Farage condoms were on sale, complete with the slogan "For when you have a hard Brexit".

The contraceptives were sold at £1 each or four for £2 from the UKIP Young Independence shop.

Controversial YouTuber, Mark Meechan (a.k.a Count Dankula), also made an appearance at the conference to give a talk on freedom of speech.

The vlogger was fined £800 after uploading footage of his partner's pug raising a paw at phrases such as "gas the Jews" and "sieg heil" to YouTube.


Grenfell survivors could be at risk from asbestos poisoning, says coroner

The coroner leading the Grenfell Tower inquest called for the NHS to set up a screening programme for survivors who were exposed to smoke and dust in the fire.

Dr Fiona Wilcox raised concerns that many people were exposed to "multiple toxic subsctances" within the smoke. The building was also known to contain asbestos.


Saturday 22nd September 


Grenfell fraudster who received over £80,000 worth of support pleads guilty

Abdelkarim Rekaya

A 28-year-old man has pleaded guilty to Grenfell-related fraud, receiving financial support totalling £88,183.70 and living rent-free until July this year.

Abdelkarim Rekaya is now the eighth person to be exposed for obtaining money by posing as a Grenfell Tower victim.


Sunday 23rd September


'The Bodyguard' finale airs

Richard Madden as David Budd in 'The Bodyguard'

The BBC One hit drama, The Bodyguard, ended with a twist revealing who was responsible for the death of home secretary, Julia Montague.

A 'real-life bodyguard', close protection officer Justin James, appeared on the breakfast show to discuss how realistic the storyline was.

He told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "You’d be surprised, it shouldn’t happen but there is a percentage sometimes when you are working so closely with people; it is human nature to form relationships.

“And it does actually happen.”