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Two men arrested in Syria-fraud investigation

Police investigating large-scale fraud linked to extremists travelling to Syria have arrested two men in London on suspicion of money laundering.

Two people have been arrested as part of the investigation. Credit: PA Wire

Scotland Yard said the arrests are linked to reports of vulnerable and elderly victims being "cold called" over the phone by a suspect impersonating a police officer, who informs them their bank account has been compromised.

Victims are then tricked into transferring money to an account under the control of the suspect, with one elderly victim losing around £150,000.

The two men, aged 23 and 29, were arrested at addresses in west and east London.

They remain in custody at a police station in south London.


'Animal cruelty' unseen by William during China visit

This footage may embarass Prince William, who was in China to fight against the illegal wildlife trade and protect elephants.

But in the same animal sanctuary he visited, but unseen by him, one area is said to house elephants which are made to perform for visitors' amusement.

There are allegations of mistreatment in the training process, in which the animals are made to spin and play football.

ITV News' Royal Editor Tim Ewart reports:

Emotional scenes as Becky Watts' family lay flowers

There were emotional scenes today as Becky Watts' family laid flowers at her house, where she was last seen alive.

Police only have a few hours left to either charge or release Becky's stepbrother Nathan Matthews and his girlfriend Shauna Phillips, who are reportedly being held over her murder.

ITV News Correspondent Rupert Evelyn reports from Bristol:

Police given extra 24 hours to question five suspects

Police have been given an extra 24 hours to question five suspects arrested in connection with the Becky Watts case.

The four men and one woman, aged between 23 and 29, were detained on Monday on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Officers have until this afternoon to question two murder suspects in the case, who are reported as being Becky's stepbrother Nathan Matthews and his girlfriend Shauna Phillips.


Family of ex-Royal Marine killed fighting IS speak of pride

The devastated family of ex-Royal Marine Konstandinos Erik Scurfield, killed in Syria fighting Islamic State militants, have paid tribute to the soldier.

In a statement, they said:

His flame might have burned briefly but it burned brightly with love, courage, conviction and honour and we are very proud of him.

– Scurfield family statement
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