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Cancer centre offers new hope to brain cancer patients

A new brain research centre at the Queen Mary University of London will be officially opened later.

It's hoped that scientists will be able to develop pioneering techniques for the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40.

"After my diagnosis I felt I'd been dealt two blows. Having a brain tumour and a disease about which so little is known. Today is a hopeful day for me, a positive step forward which means others may not have to face the devastation my family and I have had to face."

– Emily Jones, 27, from London


Brother's pride for Sergeant-at-Arms hailed a hero after 'shooting gunman'

John Vickers has spoken of his pride for his 'hero' brother Credit: CTV News

The brother of Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers has spoken of his pride after MPs hailed him a hero for his reported role in shooting a gunman during the attack on Ottawa's parliament buildings.

Officials have not confirmed that Vickers fired at the suspect, but multiple MPs credited Vickers on Twitter with helping to stop the attacker.

His brother John Vickers told CTV News: "He always put his nation and his community first and foremost and we're just tremendously relieved that he's OK and very, very proud of him."

Canadian MPs tweet their relief as lockdown lifted

MPs from the Canadian parliament tweeted after lockdown was lifted by Ottawa Police on Wednesday.


Police killer Harry Roberts to be released after 45 years

Harry Roberts Credit: PA Wire

Police killer Harry Roberts is to be released from prison after more than 45 years behind bars.

Roberts, now 78, was handed a life sentence for the murder of three policemen in Shepherd's Bush, west London, in 1966. His 30-year minimum tariff expired 18 years ago.

The Parole Board is understood to have approved his release and he will be subject to close monitoring by police and the Probation Service.

Detective Sergeant Christopher Head, 30, Detective Constable David Wombwell, 25, and Pc Geoffrey Fox, 41, were shot dead without warning while questioning three suspects in a van on August 12, 1966.

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: "We do not comment on individuals.

"The release of life sentence prisoners is directed by the independent Parole Board once they are satisfied they can be safely managed in the community. Once released they are subject to strict controls for as long as their risk requires them. If they fail to comply with these conditions they can be immediately returned to prison.

"Offenders managed through Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) are monitored and supervised by probation, police and other agencies."

Ottawa Police: Lockdown lifted in downtown core

Ottawa Police have lifted some safety blockades which were imposed after a soldier was killed and a gunman shot dead in Parliament.

Parliament Hill and several buildings in and around Ottawa were put on lockdown after a gunman opened fire at the National War Memorial and inside the Hill.

The police said in a statement: "The ongoing police investigation in the downtown core has determined that there no longer exists a threat to public safety in the area.

"However, the police operation continues on Parliament Hill and as such the Hill continues to be off limits to the public."

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