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Missing Luton family may have been 'radicalised'

A community leader in Luton believes a family thought to have fled to Syria may have been "radicalised".

Ashuk Ahmed, who has known the family for around 30 years, said there were suggestions within the community that a woman in the group might have come under external influences. Police have not commented on the claims.

Mr Ahmed said: "The family was under the impression they were travelling to Bangladesh. It was planned as a genuine family visit.

"When they didn't turn up in the UK (other) family members raised the alarm. They were told they may have crossed into Syria.

"The community is in shock. The boys were all running successful businesses."


Cameron 'deeply moved' as Brits killed in Tunisia return home

The Prime Minister has tweeted to say how moved he was as eight of the Britons killed in the Tunisia attack last Friday are brought home.

Prime Minister leads tributes to Sir Nicholas Winton

David Cameron has paid tribute to Sir Nicholas Winton, the many who rescued 669 mostly Jewish children from the Nazis, who died today.

Writing on Twitter, the Prime Minister said the world had lost "a great man".

The UK's Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, said Sir Nicholas was "one of the greatest people I have ever met."

In a statement via Facebook, he said:

Few people deserve the moniker of ‘hero’ – Sir Nicolas Winton certainly did. His exceptional courage, selflessness and modesty make him an outstanding role model for all in our society. He lived to see thousands of descendants of those whose lives he saved who were proud to call themselves members of his family, and who were inspired by his example to undertake outstanding charitable, humanitarian and educational initiatives. He name will continue to be an ongoing source of inspiration to thousands.

– hief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

Cameron facing Tory anger over Heathrow expansion

Conservative heavyweights have already spoken out about the recommendations to expand Heathrow airport.

Cameron facing Tory anger over Heathrow expansion. Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Cabinet minister Justine Greening, whose south west London constituency could be affected by any increase in flights, has claimed that expansion is "undeliverable both democratically, politically and legally".

Zac Goldsmith, a frontrunner in the race to be the Tory candidate to replace Boris Johnson as mayor next year, has threatened to resign and trigger a by-election if the Government gives the green light to a third runway.


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M1 motorway closed after lorry catches fire

The M1 motorway has been closed in both directions between Junction 28 and 29 this afternoon after a lorry caught fire.

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Pictures posted on social media showed thick black smoke in the sky.

The blaze, close to Mansfield, is now believed to be under control but the motorway lanes remain closed.

'British Schindler' Sir Nicholas Winton dies aged 106

Sir Nicholas Winton, a Briton who saved hundreds of children from the Nazis on the eve of World War II, has died at the age of 106.

Sir Nicholas, who was known as the "British Schindler", was honoured by the Czech Republic for his work only last year.

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Sir Nicholas rescued 669 children, mainly from Jewish families, after organising eight trains from Prague to London in 1939.

He also helped to find foster families for the children when they arrived in England.

His death came exactly 76 years to the day since a train carrying 241 children he had saved departed from Prague.

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