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Alice Gross family statement: 'This is a time for grieving'

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The family of murdered teenager Alice Gross have released the following statement via the Metropolitan Police.

We have been left completely devastated by the recent developments and it is difficult to comprehend that our sweet and beautiful daughter was the victim of a terrible crime. Why anyone would want to hurt her is something that we are struggling to come to terms with.

Alice was a loving and much loved daughter and sister, a quirky live spark of a girl, beautiful inside and out. She was a funny companion, a loyal friend, both passionate and compassionate, and so talented with a bright future ahead of her. She brought so much joy to our family and those who knew her.

We still don't know who is responsible for this crime and we ask that people continue to help the police by giving them information that could help bring the perpetrator to justice.

We would like to thank all those that have supported us in our efforts to find Alice, especially the local community; it is comforting to know that so many people care.

This is a personal and private tragedy and one which we want to be allowed to deal with in that manner, rather than fearing any individual or group will use it to further any political agenda.

This is a time for grieving and not a time for anger or recriminations.

We trust that the press will behave responsibly and not publish any material that might jeopardise any future criminal proceedings.

We now ask for our privacy to be respected to allow us time to grieve as a family.

– Family of Alice Gross


Tornados in third air strike against militants in Iraq

A Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 Credit: MoD

Two RAF Tornados have carried out a third air strike in Iraq.

The Ministry of Defence said the fighters had been on patrol over north-west Iraq when they were asked to assist Kurdish ground forces who were under heavy fire from Islamic State militants.

The aircraft conducted a successful strike with Paveway IV guided bombs.


Ex-Tory donor defects to Ukip over EU beliefs

Ukip leader Nigel Farage with Aaron Banks Credit: ITV News Pool

Former Tory donor Aaron Banks has said he made his decision to switch to Ukip as he had always been a strong advocate of leaving the European Union.

Speaking at a press conference alongside Ukip leader Nigel Farage, Mr Banks said: "I woke up this morning intending to donate £100,000 to Ukip.

"I understand Mr Hague called me 'a nobody' so in light of that in view of the fact that i'm a strong advocate of leaving the EU I've decided today to donate £1 million to the party and not the £100,000 we originally agreed."

"I was hoping Mr Hague will now know who I am," Mr Banks quipped in reply.

Thanking Mr Banks, Mr Farage said it had been a "remarkable week" for Ukip.

Police inquiry after 900 birds killed by golf club in the US

Police in California are investigating a seemingly random attack on more than 900 birds inside a farm in Fresno.

The birds were killed with a golf club after intruders broke into their shed.

Officials from Fresno County Sheriff's office said that the attack happened on September 20th after the suspects pulled back a fence and gained access to the shed of Foster Farms. The birds were killed with a golf club, and possibly another similar type of blunt instrument.

The farm owners said the attack appeared to be random, and called it an "unconscionable act of animal cruelty."

Sandy Hook children 'bused from school' amid threat

Children from Sandy Hook Elementary School are being bused away to a nearby school where they can be picked up by their parents, local TV statio WFSB reports.

Donation increased after Hague called Aaron Banks 'a nobody'

Former Tory Party donor Aaron Banks has given Ukip £1 million. Credit: ITV News

Former Tory party donor and insurance businessman Aaron Banks said that he increased his donation to Ukip from £100,000 to £1 million after allegations that former Conservative Foreign Secretary William Hague called him "a nobody".

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