Pistorius verdict - what does it mean?

Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison for the killing of his girlfriend model Reeva Steenkamp in South Africa yesterday.

The sprinter also received a three year suspended sentence for a separate firearms charge and will have to keep out of trouble for the next five years, otherwise spend more time behind bars.

However, the reaction has been mixed from relatives, supporters and critics.

  • The defence argue the star athlete should only serve 10 months behind bars and the rest under house arrest
  • However, prosecutors insist Pistorius will be locked up for "at least one third" of the five year stretch
  • Reeva's mother June said "justice had been done" as the former Paralympian would "have to pay something" for his role in the death of her law graduate daughter
  • However, Reeva's cousin Kim Martin, blasted Judge Thokozile Masipa for being too lenient and backed prosector Gerrie Nel's case for a 10 year sentence
  • The Pistorius family have accepted the judgement and ruled out an appeal. Oscar's uncle Arnold said he hoped his nephew would "start his own healing process" and promised to stand by him

Watch a world exclusive interview with Reeva's parents Barry and June on Good Morning Britain at 7:10am this morning.

Dairy farmers in crisis talks over low price of milk

Britain's dairy farmers are holding crisis talks with the environment secretary over the low cost of supermarket milk, which they say is pricing them out of the market.

Farmers have warned the price of a pint of milk has fallen to just 6p per litre, leaving many dairy processors struggling to make ends meet.

Most of the major supermarkets have been selling milk at four pints for £1 - or less - for months, with Iceland joining in last week, asking customers for just 89p for four pints.

Problems caused by oversupply in the market, the Russian ban on EU diary imports and cutbacks by China, have all lead to catastrophically low diary prices, farmers said.

Father of British Islamic State hostage dies

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The terminally ill father of a British Islamic State (IS) hostage has died from "complications following pneumonia", his family have said.

Paul Cantlie, 80, had made a desperate plea to his son John's kidnappers to release the war journalist just days before he passed away.

Paul died not knowing if his cries were heard by IS despite "urgent" attempts to contact the militants, his family said in a statement.

The failure of communication to date has inevitably led to a terrible sense of abandonment, particularly for John's father, with the family feeling ignored.

This burden has been especially hard these last few days, as we have so needed to tell John that his father, whom he so loved, has died.

Paul Cantlie will be remembered by many for his fortitude, quiet courage, wry humour and keen intelligence, as well as for his great gentleness.

– The Cantlie family

A private funeral will be held on October 30.

One in six foreign offenders 'has disappeared'

One in every six - or 760 out of the 4,200 - foreign prisoners living in the UK have disappeared, according to a damning report from the government's spending watchdog.

The National Audit Office (NAO) said 58 of the missing criminals were considered "high harm" and had not been heard of by authorities for at least four years.

The strongly worded report gave a damning inditement of how easy it was for foreign criminals to slip through the net, with police failing to conduct overseas criminal record checks on more than two thirds of arrested foreign nationals.

About £1 billion of taxpayer money was spent last year on foreign criminals living in the UK, the NAO added.

Charlotte, Sean and Laura make stockings!

Good Morning Britain's Christmas Stocking competition has lunched as we search for Britain's craftiest kid who can draw the most seasonal festive stocking!

The winning design will be made into a craft kit and then sold in Hobbycraft stores nationwide with a donation (50p) from each kit bought going to ITV's Text Santa Appeal.

But just how crafty are our presenters? We put Sean, Charlotte, and Laura to the test to see what they could come up with, and be warned, this video contains Christmas jumpers!

Find out how you can enter our Christmas stocking competition!