The armed robber turned athlete

If I did not engage in sport I would have ended up dead

– John McAvoy

A former convict who spent almost ten years behind bars with dangerous criminals like hate preacher Abu Hamza has turned his life around to become one of the UK's top ultra-athletes.

John McAvoy grew up around crime and was an armed robber - but after training for hours a day in prison became the world's best long-distance triathlete.

He joined us this morning to discuss how the death of his best friend made him decide to turn his life around and why he wants to encourage others to do the same with his autobiography Redemption.

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Mother of missing RAF man: 'Somebody else must be involved'

He has just vanished

– Nicola Urquhart

The mother of missing serviceman Corrie McKeague has told Good Morning Britain that she believes her son is still alive - and that someone else must be involved in his disappearance.

The 23 year old was last seen walking back to his RAF base after a night out on 24 September.

Nicola Urquhart insists Corrie wouldn't have deliberately harmed himself as he was happy - and is appealing for anyone who has information to come forward.

"This is unbearable," she said.

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Parents fined £4m last year for taking children on holiday during term time

Parents were fined more than £4 million for taking their children out of school on holiday last year, new research has found.

ITV's Tonight programme has revealed that local authorities issued a total of 68,438 fines for unauthorised absences for family holidays between September 1, 2015 and July 31, 2016.

We spoke to mum Debbie Proudler, who was preparing to travel to Egypt with husband Lee and their children when terrorists targeted a Russian airline bound for Sharm El-Sheikh . The attack over the Sinai desert caused the family's tour operator to move their departure date by one day after the British Foreign Office banned flights to the area.

As a result she asked staff at her 10-year-old son Ellis' school if he could have an additional term-time day off due to the exceptional circumstances but was refused - and fined on their return for taking the day anyway.

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Top five headlines you're waking up to

  1. The third and final US presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton has taken place overnight - and Trump refused to say whether he would accept the election result on 8 November

  2. The mother of an RAF serviceman who has been missing for more almost four weeks joins Good Morning Britain this morning to to appeal for any information that may lead to his discovery. Corrie McKeague, 23, has not been seen since early on Saturday 24 September after going out with friends in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

  3. Parents were fined more than £4 million for taking their children out of school on holiday last year, new research has found. New Freedom of Information Act responses to ITVs Tonight programme reveal that local authorities issued a total of 68,438 fines for unauthorised absences from school for family holidays between September 1, 2015 and July 31, 2016.

  4. Thousands of people have fled the Mosul area and more are expected as Iraqi troops move on the city to liberate it from the so-called Islamic State (IS). Some 5,000 people have crossed the border into Syria in the last 10 days, the aid agency Save the Children says.

  5. A survey of heads of midwifery for the Royal College of Midwives has shown well over a third of units had to close temporarily over the past year because they couldn't cope with demand

Soldiers to be reburied after DNA tests reveal wrongly marked graves

After 100 years the bodies of two young soldiers recently unearthed on the battlefield of Somme in France will be reburied.

Incredibly the men - who were identified with DNA testing - both already have named graves, which means the people buried there are actually unknown soldiers. Those headstones will now have to be changed.

Ptes William Marmon, 21, and Harry Carter, 20, enlisted into the Essex Regt during WWI. They were killed in the early hours of 22 November 1915 by a sudden and huge German mine explosion. A funeral will be held later on this morning.

Richard Gaisford went to Somme to find out more.

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Thousands of couples ready to adopt - yet 3,000 children are still waiting for a loving home

Five-year-old Autymn and her little brothers George and Harrison want a new mum and dad - but the system seems to be letting them and 3,000 other vulnerable children down.

The Government's flagship adoption policy is showing signs of faltering, with the latest figures showing a 12 percent drop in the number of children matched to a loving new home.

Official figures show that 4,690 children in care have been adopted this year, down from 5,360 last year - and the decrease is a result of local authorities misinterpreting family court judgments made three years ago. What's more, experts say further falls should be expected.

Bored dad invents gadget that allows parents to use smartphone during bottle feeding

A young father's boredom while feeding his baby son late at night has led to him inventing a gadget that enables parents to bottle feed while checking emails, playing games or surfing social media.

The Swipe & Feed, designed by Tim Causa from Virginia, is a dishwasher-safe plastic gadget that attaches a baby bottle to a smartphone.

Parents can use their phone with one hand, while the device supports the bottle at the right angle for the baby's mouth. The other hand is left free to cradle the baby.