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Tom Bradby revealed he was arrested aged nine
The 50-year-old broadcaster shattered his clean-cut image when he revealed that he had been caught shoplifting as a child.
"Crime? No thanks," he told the Mail on Sunday's You Magazine when he was asked what he would do if he knew he could get away with it. "I got arrested for shoplifting aged nine."
The ITV favourite insisted that was as far as his bad boy streak went, saying: "My mum dug me out of the police station and I got the Alex Ferguson hairdryer treatment for an hour.
Tom admitted that his mum had to get him out from the police station
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"That was the end of my life of crime," he added.
Tom, the political editor for ITV News, also opened up about his personal life in the revealing interview, saying that his parents deaths had been the most significant event to alter his character.
"Losing people you love brings your own mortality to the fore," he explained, speaking out about how he lost his mother to cancer in 2012 and his father, who died from a heart attack last year.
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Tom is a father-of-three with wife Claudia
He is also a successful novelist
The father-of-three lives with his wife Claudia, whom he wed in 1994, and is also a successful fiction writer, with several novels under his belt.
Tom is also set to host ITV News Election 2017 Live: The Results on Thursday, bringing the breaking news from the general election to viewers at home.