Finn's Law campaign aims to protect police dogs

Police dog Finn was stabbed on duty earlier this month, and had to undergo emergency surgery. As a result, the Finn's Law campaign is now calling for offenders who attack police animals to face charges similar to those for attacking a person.

Today we spoke to Matthew Ellis, Staffordshire Police & Crime Commissioner who is backing the campaign. Handler Mark Tasker was joined by his retired German Shepherd dog Bear on set to discuss the petition, which already has over 80,000 signatures.

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'The screams got less and less as time went by': Last child to be pulled alive from Aberfan speaks out

The last survivor taken from the Aberfan tragedy 50 years ago today has spoken to Good Morning Britain.

Jeff Edwards was sitting in his classroom when tragedy struck and when he regained consciousness, there was a dead classmate on his shoulder.

"One minute we were in a lesson and the next minute we were covered with this material," he said. "The screams got less and less as time went by."

A minute's silence will be observed at 9.15am this morning, to remember the victims of the South Wales disaster.

144 people were killed including 116 young children, when a coal waste tip collapsed and slid down a hillside - engulfing houses and the local school. The First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones will lay a wreath in the village later.

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The carrier Admiral Kuznetsov

  1. Prime Minister Theresa May has told European leaders they must act to stop Russia's involvement in the Syrian civil war. Meanwhile, two British warships are shadowing an aircraft carrier and other Russian naval ships as they pass the UK on their way to Syria. The carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and its task force are on a course to sail through the North Sea and English Channel. It comes amid heightened tension between Russia and Nato.

  2. A minute's silence will be held today to mark the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan tragedy. It's fifty years today since Aberfan, one of the biggest disasters in the UK's history. A total of 144 people, 116 children and 28 adults. were killed when a vast coal slag heap collpased on Pantglas Primary School in the South Wales village.

  3. Former Coronation Street actress Tracy Brabin has won the seat for Labour, with a majority of more than 16 thousand. It was held by the Labour MP Jo Cox before she was killed.

  4. An investigation into potentially misleading online gambling promotions has been launched by the Competition and Markets Authority. It will also look into allegations that unfair terms and conditions have been used to cancel winning bets, or deny pay-outs to players.

  5. Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton went head-to-head at annual fundraiser dinner last night. It is tradition for candidates to roast one another at the Al Smith dinner. Trump was met with both laughing and heckling, insulting Clinton on her "anti-Catholic views" and being "corrupt". Hillary returned Donald's insults suggesting he is a puppet for Russia

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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  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