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British hero who helped young victim in Barcelona attack urges everyone to stand up against terrorism

Harry Athwal, the British man who comforted a young victim of the Barcelona terror attack and refused to leave his side, joined us this morning for an exclusive interview.

In an emotional chat with Jeremy and Kate, Harry describes the moment paternal instinct led him to rush to the side of a young victim despite any risks to his own life.

Harry describes the moment he was standing next to a gunman who was shooting people and says "it's not about your safety, it's about others so you must do something.... the common man is now the person who can do something."

Watch the full interview above.

Ford offering £2k to trade your old car for new model

Ford of Britain Chairman and Managing Director Andy Barratt joined us in the studio this morning as the company announces a car and van scrappage scheme aimed at improving air quality by enabling customers, of any brand, to trade-in and scrap their old vehicles for new and affordable Ford cars and commercial vehicles.

The scheme offering £2,000 to anyone trading in their old car for a new model will run to the end of the year and is effective for registrations from before 2009

The move follows the Government's announcement of a ban on the sale of new diesel and petrol cars by 2040.

Andy describes how there's been a massive step forward in technology used to make new cars to reduce harmful emissions. But is the scheme just a marketing stunt? Watch the full interview above.

Top five headlines you're waking up to

Trump addresses the nation

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  1. Donald Trump has reconfirmed his nation's commitment to securing peace in Afghanistan, saying the US military will "fight to win" in the country. The president said he would not be commenting on troop numbers, and that America's enemies "must never know our plans", as he laid out his strategy for battling terrorism in the region. In an address to the nation from Fort Myer in Virginia, Trump was light on detail but heavy on promises, as he told allies to boost troops and spending on the Afghanistan war in line with the US.

  2. Following yesterday's news that the van driver in the Barcelona terror attack was shot dead by police, this morning we speak to the British man who comforted a young victim of the terror attack and refused to leave his side.

  3. An earthquake has hit the Italian resort island of Ischia, killing at least one person and trapping around six others under collapsed buildings. Police said all but one of the people known to be trapped were responding to rescuers and were expected to be extracted alive. One person however, wasn't responding, raising worries the death toll could rise, said Giovanni Salerno of the financial police.

  4. The Government is to set out proposals to ensure that cross-border legal disputes are dealt with in a "fair and sensible way" after Brexit. A paper setting out the UK's position on future co-operation with civil courts in the European Union will say that families, businesses and individuals need "certainty" about how their cases will be dealt with following Britain's withdrawal from the EU.

  5. And finally, it looks like the weather is turning! After a grey and misty start in places many southern and eastern areas can expect to see a fine day with some locally very warm sunshine developing. However, one or two sharp showers are possible, and across many northern and northwestern parts of Britain it will generally be cloudier. If you've got any decent weather pics, email us at gmb@itv.com or tweet @gmb

Top five headlines you're going home to

Police released these images of 22 year-old Younes Abouyaaqoub - the suspected driver in the Barcelona terror attack who has been shot dead by police

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- The suspected driver in the Barcelona terror attack has been shot dead by police. Younes Abouyaaqoub was cornered in the town of Subirats, 30 miles west of Barcelona. He was wearing what looked like an explosives belt. Abouyaaqou, 22, is believed to have hijacked another car to flee the scene, killing the driver. Read more.

- A partial solar eclipse, where the moon will appear to take a "bite" out of the sun, will be visible in the UK tonight at around 8pm. Around 4% of the sun will be covered by the moon during the phenomenon which will last for approximately 40 minutes just before sunset. For those fortunate enough to be in a prime location to witness the event it could be a stunning spectacle. But overcast skies could scupper the chances of many Britons seeing the the partial eclipse of the sun

Matt Dawson opens up about his battle with Lyme disease

Matt Dawson shared his experience of Lyme disease with us this morning. The former England rugby player contracted the disease from a tick bite while training in London back in 2016.

The bacterial infection affected his heart and resulted in him having several operations.

Thankfully, after a lengthy recovery process, Matt is on the mend and is now supporting the Big Tick Project to help raise awareness of the disease.

Being a former Strictly Come Dancing contestant himself, Matt offered our latest Strictly star, Charlotte Hawkins, the advice she needs to waltz her way to victory.

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'One of the most talented performers this country has ever produced' - Nicholas Parsons on Brucie

Tributes continue to pour in for showbiz legend Sir Bruce Forsyth who passed away on Friday at the age of 89.

Broadcaster Nicholas Parsons joined us in the studio this morning to talk about his longtime friend saying Bruce had a "unique talent who gave so much of himself whatever he did''.

Charlotte Hawkins joins the Strictly Come Dancing line-up!

This morning we were delighted to announce our very own Charlotte Hawkins as the 11th contestant to join the Strictly Come Dancing 2017 line-up.

Charlotte teased us throughout the show before finally making her big announcement to the nation.

Watch the video above.