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Family of Triathlete speak of their devastation

The family of Paul Galligawk pay tribute to a 'brilliant son'. Credit: Facebook

The family of Paul Gallihawk who died while competing in the swimming leg of a triathlon have spoken of their devastation.

Words cannot express how we feel and what Paul meant not only to us but to all of his family and friends.

Paul was a brilliant son and brother to Nick. He would do anything to help anyone and would always put them first. He had such a caring nature and will be sadly missed by all the family, extended family and friends.

– Malcolm and Linda Gallihawk , parents and Nick Gallihawk, brother

His girlfriend, Hayley Wright, added: "Paul and I had been together for five years and he was the most amazing and thoughtful partner. He was incredible in every way and he always put others before himself. I loved him to bits and always will."

The 34-year-old disappeared during a 750m swim at the start of the Ocean Lake Triathlon at Leybourne Lakes in Kent on Saturday morning.

The hunt for Mr Gallihawk, from Maidstone, resumed this morning and his body was later found in the lake by search teams.

Austria begin spot checks on trains carrying migrants

Austrian police begin spot checks on trains to begin returning migrants who have applied for asylum elsewhere. Credit: Reuters

Austrian police have begun checking the hundreds of refugees who have boarded trains from Budapest bound for western Europe - and will return those who have already applied for asylum in Hungary.

The remaining migrants will be given two weeks to apply for asylum in Austria or be returned to their last transit country.

Trains are being stopped at Hegyeshalom on the border with Hungary, with police confirming that no Vienna bound services have left the station as yet.


Four missing and four injured after explosion in Spain

Four people are missing and four were seriously injured after an explosion at a fireworks factory near Zaragoza in Spain, emergency services have said.

The cause of the explosion at the factory on the outskirts of the city, near the city's airport, is still unknown.

The blast at the factory, which makes fireworks and matches, was heard across the city.

State television RTVE also said emergency services could not get to the source of the blast because explosions were still happening. Credit: RTVE/Twitter

'More than 90' injured in Ukraine grenade attack

Ukraine's national guard said about 90 of its members were hurt. Credit: AP

A member of Ukraine's national guard has been killed and more than 90 police officers and members of the national guard have been injured in clashes outside parliament as MPs took part in a controversial vote.

At least four police and national guard were badly hurt when a grenade was lobbed from a crowd of nationalists protesting in Kiev against a draft law to give special status to separatist regions.

Ukraine's national guard said about 90 of its members were hurt, including four seriously, by the blast.

MPs gave their backing to the reforms, which give more powers to Donetsk and Luhansk.

Bangkok bomb suspect police to get $83,000 as reward

Thailand's police chief has praised officers investigating the bombing in bangkok which killed 20 people two weeks ago. And has promised to split a $83,000 reward between them for catching a suspect that they have yet managed to tie directly to the attack.

Thailand's Cheif of Police, Somyot Pumpanmuang Credit: REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom TPX IMAGES

Standing behind a podium topped with three bundles of banknotes, Somyot Pumpanmuang commended the detective work after the arrest of a foreign national whose name and nationality still remain a mystery.

"The accomplished work that led to the arrest is truly the work of the authorities and their investigative abilities... This was the work of the Thai authorities, there were no tip-offs." Somyot told a news conference.

Police have been criticised for a patchy investigation and have yet to say if the man arrested has provided any information or if his DNA samples, seized explosives, fake passports or telephone records connect him to the bombing at Bangkok's most famous shrine a fortnight ago.

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