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Public memorial for Alice Gross to held next month

A public memorial service for Alice Gross will be held next month, her family have announced, as they paid tribute to the support of local people in Hanwell.

ITV News Reporter Sejal Karia reports:

Alice funeral to be a 'humanist celebration full of music'

The funeral of murdered schoolgirl Alice Gross will be a "humanist celebration full of music", her parents say.

Videos of Alice singing songs she wrote will be played during the service.

The Gross family have released further pictures of Alice ahead of her funeral. Credit: Family handout

Her parents, elder sister and teachers will all pay tributes to the 14-year-old who was found dead on September 30.

Her coffin sister Nina, Alice's Grandmother, Anne Hodgkiss, and family friend, Carole McCourt.

The coffin, showing a meadow scene, is said to capture Alice's love of nature and features her three cats, Lottie, Louis and Pattie, and her dog, Peggy.


Alvin's ex-wife: Thank you for our beautiful daughter

A Twitter account that seems to belong to Alvin Stardust's former wife, Liza Goddard, carries a message for the late singer:

The pair married in 1981 and had one child together.

Gross family 'devastated by appalling circumstances of Alice's death'

The parents of Alice Gross have described their devastation at the "appalling circumstances" of her death.

Alice Gross was found dead last month. Credit: Family handout

In a statement released on the day of their daughter's funeral, Jose Gross and Rosalind Hodgkiss said Alice was "so spirited, so present, so vital and so full of promise".

“We find it almost impossible to understand what has happened and that we have to say goodbye to her.

"We want Alice’s funeral to focus on the joy of Alice’s life and the joy of having known her."

They also thanked the community of Hanwell for their support during their ordeal, saying it has "touched them very deeply".

Everton issue statement over hooligan attacks in Lille

Everton have issued a statement following the news that fans were left with injuries after being attacked by hooligans in Lille ahead of the Europa League clash tonight.

A statement issued on Everton's official website on Thursday morning said: "The club has been made aware of an isolated incident in a bar in Lille on Wednesday evening in which a number of Evertonians were attacked by a group of around 50 local men.

"The club understands that two Everton fans suffered minor facial injuries and were taken to the local hospital and that this was the only incident in what was otherwise a good-natured evening in the city centre.

"The club are in continual contact with Merseyside police officers who are in Lille today and the city's police representatives.

"Supporters travelling to tonight's match are advised to utilise the travel information provided on the official website where updates on any safety matters will also be provided."


Alvin Stardust sings 1973 hit 'My Coo Ca Choo'

'My Coo Ca Choo' was Alvin Stardust's first successful release for Alvin Stardust and it reached number two in the UK Singles Chart in December 1973.

Singer and actor Alvin Stardust died this morning aged 72 after a short illness, his manager has said.

Stardust was set to release a new album, entitled 'Alvin', at the beginning of next month.

Unite: Report paints 'very bleak' picture of NHS funding

The head of the Unite union, Rachael Maskell, has said that the plan published by the NHS today makes it clear that it will not avoid a funding black hole.

[NHS England head] Simon Stevens makes precious little mention of the plummeting morale of the 1.3 million workforce, which is becoming a worrying pattern for this Government with its continued failure to invest in skills, retention and development.

In the last four years, the NHS has been battered by the funding crisis, resulting in £20 billion being sucked out of the service during this parliament.

The picture remains very bleak and it is clear that the plan will not plug the predicted £30 billion financial black hole by 2020/21.

– Rachael Maskell, unite

Singer and actor Alvin Stardust dies

Credit: PA Images

Singer and actor Alvin Stardust died this morning aged 72 after a short illness, his manager has said.

Stardust was set to release a new album, entitled 'Alvin, at the beginning of next month.

Writing on his official website he had said of the record:

I am extremely delighted to announce that my new album is now finished and will be released at the beginning of November by Conehead Records. "Alvin" is a new and exciting departure for me and I'm immensly proud of the finished product

– Alvin Stardust
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